Helen L Robey

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An overview is presented of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cell in repair and regeneration. Changes in the RPE associated with repair activities have been described as metaplasia. However, evidence is presented to show that RPE cells do not become either fibroblasts or macrophages but merely adopt the appearance of these cell types in pathological(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with cystic fibrosis have received more intravenous antibiotic courses as median survival has steadily increased. A number of centres have adopted a policy of regular (three monthly) rather than on demand intravenous antipseudomonal antibiotics. More widespread bacterial antibiotic resistance has resulted from this increased antibiotic(More)
BACKGROUND The inflammatory cell content of subretinal membranes occurring in proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) has not yet been well characterized. This study was undertaken to investigate the inflammatory cells present in PVR subretinal membranes. METHODS Eight subretinal membranes obtained surgically from eyes with PVR complicating rhegmatogenous(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common disorder affecting 15% of children aged over 18 months. AD is associated with intense nocturnal itching. The central sedative effect of antihistamines is thought to be useful in interrupting the itching cycle and may prevent exacerbations. OBJECTIVE A multi-centred, double-blind, placebo-controlled(More)
The cytoskeletal elements of normal (in situ) and cultured human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) were studied by a variety of immunocytochemical techniques. Primary antibodies to vimentin and cytokeratins were used. Positive immunoreactivity for vimentin was obtained with in situ and cultured material. The pattern of reactivity obtained with antisera and(More)
The expression of cytokeratins 18 and 19 by human retinal pigment epithelial cells (HRPE) has been suspected of being associated with HRPE proliferation. We have investigated the involvement of these cytokeratin subtypes in the proliferative and migratory behaviour of cultured HRPE. Cell proliferation markers (bromodeoxyuridine and proliferating cell(More)
We compared the distribution of the adhesive extracellular matrix glycoproteins thrombospondin and cellular fibronectin in epiretinal membranes. A total of nine membranes were investigated with immunohistochemical techniques. Thrombospondin and cellular fibronectin immunoreactivity were observed in seven of the specimens and immunostaining for the two(More)
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