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PURPOSE To test the hypothesis that expressions of Na-K-2Cl cotransporter-1 (NKCC1), cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), and chloride channel 2 γ subunit (ClC2γ) in the lacrimal glands (LGs) of rabbits with induced autoimmune dacryoadenitis (IAD) are changed. METHODS LGs were obtained from adult female rabbits with IAD and(More)
PURPOSE To test the hypotheses that pregnancy represents a physiologic condition that is associated with dry eye symptoms, and the expression of aquaporin 4 (AQP4) and AQP5 are altered in the lacrimal gland (LG) from term pregnant rabbits. METHODS Schirmer's test, tear break-up time (BUT), and Rose Bengal staining were used to evaluate ocular surface(More)
PURPOSE To test the hypothesis that expression of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase subunits in the lacrimal glands (LGs) of rabbits with induced autoimmune dacryoadenitis (IAD) changes. METHODS LGs were obtained from adult female rabbits with IAD and age-matched female control rabbits. The LGs were processed for laser capture microdissection (LCM), real time RT-PCR,(More)
AIMS To test the hypotheses that some epithelial cells in the rabbit lacrimal gland (LG) are mucin-secreting cells that are also particularly rich in aquaporin 5 (AQP5) and sodium potassium ATPase β(1) subunit (NKAβ(1)), LG-secreted mucins contribute to the total mucin pool in tear film, and that the rabbit LG is a heterogenic gland where proteins secreted(More)
To evaluate corneal innervation and inflammatory cell infiltration using in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) and to correlate these findings with subjective symptoms of dry eye, as measured by the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) in patients with non-Sjögren’s (NSDE) and Sjögren’s syndrome dry eyes (SSDE). Central corneal images were prospectively(More)
PURPOSE To compare endothelial cell analysis obtained by noncontact specular and confocal microscopy, using the Konan NSP-9900 and Nidek ConfoScan4 systems, respectively. METHODS Three groups including 70 healthy eyes, 49 eyes with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD), and 78 eyes with glaucoma were examined with both the Konan NSP-9900 specular(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the expressional changes of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase subunits in the lacrimal glands (LG) of term pregnant rabbits. METHODS LG were obtained from term pregnant rabbits and age-matched female control rabbits for laser capture microdissection (LCM), real time RT-PCR, western blot, and immunofluorescence. The mRNA and proteins of α1, α2, β1,(More)
PURPOSE Epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) plays a critical role in the control of Na(+) balance and the development and progression of exocrine gland pathologic condition. The aim of the present study was to investigate the presence of ENaC in the rabbit lacrimal gland (LG) and its potential changes during induced autoimmune dacryoadenitis (IAD) and(More)
PURPOSE To describe the morphological features of the corneal epithelial layers, subbasal nerve plexus, stroma, and endothelium in patients with mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP) as shown by in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). METHODS Central corneal images were captured from 10 healthy age-matched control eyes and 30 eyes with clinically diagnosed MMP by(More)
PURPOSE To quantify the density, distribution, and depth of invasion of cysts in the corneas of eyes with acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) by in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) with a novel scanning pattern. METHODS The medical records of patients with AK evaluated at the Doheny Eye Center UCLA between September 2014 and July 2016 were reviewed(More)
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