Ignacio Alcalde

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PURPOSE To analyze the in vitro Müller cell modifications in an organotypic culture of porcine neuroretina in response to the addition of a blood-derived mononuclear fraction (MNF; monocytes and lymphocytes) as a source of macrophages. METHODS Control and MNF-stimulated neuroretinal explants were examined at 3, 6, and 9 days of culture. Specimens were(More)
Infectious diseases remain an important global health problem. The interaction of a wide range of pathogen bacteria with host cells from many different tissues is frequently mediated by proteoglycans. These compounds are ubiquitous complex molecules which are not only involved in adherence and colonization, but can also participate in other steps of(More)
PURPOSE Keratoconus is a heterogeneous disease associated with a range of pathologies, including disorders that involve proteoglycans (PGs). Some PG alterations, mainly in keratan sulfate (KS), occur in keratoconus. In this article, we studied the differential expression of the genes encoding PGs in cells isolated from keratoconus patients and healthy(More)
Corneal injuries are one of the most frequently observed ocular diseases, leading to permanent damage and impaired vision if they are not treated properly. In this sense, adequate wound healing after injury is critical for keeping the integrity and structure of the cornea. The goal of this work was to assess the potential of polymeric nanocapsules, either(More)
PURPOSE Cholecystokinin (CCK) is a neuropeptide that has been identified in trigeminal ganglion neurons. Gastrin (GAST) is a related peptide never explored in the cornea. The presence and role of both gastrointestinal peptides in the cornea and corneal sensory neurons remain to be established. We explored here in mice whether CCK, GAST, and their receptors(More)
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