Joan E. Roberts

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The water-soluble, hydroxylated fullerene [fullerol, nano-C60(OH)22-26] has several clinical applications including use as a drug carrier to bypass the blood ocular barriers. We have assessed fullerol's potential ocular toxicity by measuring its cytotoxicity and phototoxicity induced by UVA and visible light in vitro with human lens epithelial cells (HLE(More)
PURPOSE Measuring the concentration of oxygen in the aqueous humor without penetrating the eye would provide a new dimension in understanding aqueous humor and corneal dynamics. In this study a preinvasive method was developed for determining the cameral oxygen concentration in anesthetized rabbits by measuring the excited-state lifetime of a phosphorescent(More)
High doses of light can cause damage to the retina e.g. during intra ocular surgery. Previously, thiols have been demonstrated to protect against retinal damage in various damage models. Such protection is very promising for clinical practice. Retinal light damage can be caused by a relatively short exposure to high irradiance levels. These conditions occur(More)
St. John's wort (SJW), an over-the-counter antidepressant, contains hypericin, which absorbs light in the UV and visible ranges. In vivo studies have determined that hypericin is phototoxic to skin and our previous in vitro studies with lens tissues have determined that it is potentially phototoxic to the human lens. To determine if hypericin might also be(More)
The adverse effects of sunlight, from melanoma to cataracts, are well known and frequently reported (1). However, because humans evolved under sunlight, it is not surprising that there are many positive effects of light on human health. Light that reaches the human eye has two fundamental biological functions: regulation of the visual cycle and of circadian(More)
PURPOSE Recently, we reported finding that circulating melatonin levels in age-related macular degeneration patients were significantly lower than those in age-matched controls. The purpose of this study was to investigate the hypothesis that melatonin deficiency may play a role in the oxidative damage of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) by testing the(More)
Calf lens protein was irradiated with near ultraviolet (UV) light in the presence of the drugs chlorpromazine, promazine, and hematoporphyrin. It then was analyzed by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and amino acid analysis. Marked increases in protein photopolymerization (other than S-S bond formation) and histidine destruction were noted in the(More)
St. John's Wort (SJW), an over-the-counter antidepressant, contains hypericin, which absorbs light in the UV and visible ranges and is phototoxic to skin. To determine if it also could be phototoxic to the eye, we exposed human lens epithelial cells to 0.1–10 lM hypericin and irradiated them with 4 J/cm 2 UV-A or 0.9 J/cm 2 visible light. Neither hypericin(More)