Jukka A O Moilanen

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BACKGROUND Variants in the complement cascade genes and the LOC387715/HTRA1, have been widely reported to associate with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of visual impairment in industrialized countries. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We investigated the association between the LOC387715 A69S and complement component C3 R102G risk(More)
PURPOSE To analyze the in vivo morphology of the different corneal sublayers and corneal nerves in primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS). METHODS Ten eyes of 10 patients with primary SS and 10 eyes of 10 sex- and age-matched control subjects were investigated. Diagnosis was based on American-European consensus criteria. In vivo confocal microscopy with(More)
PURPOSE Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a central role in the wound-healing process. The objective of this study was to identify and characterize the levels and molecular forms of human tear fluid collagenase-2 (MMP-8) and membrane type 1-MMP (MT1-MMP or MMP-14) in patients who had undergone excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and in(More)
PURPOSE To examine human corneal morphology and nerve recovery 5 years after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). METHODS Fourteen eyes of 14 patients (ages, 27-53 years) who underwent 6-mm diameter PRK for low to moderate myopia (spherical equivalent [SE] -2.5 to -8.0 D) were examined once 5 years after surgery. Nine healthy individuals served as control(More)
PURPOSE To study the association of the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs4073 in the interleukin-8 (IL-8) promoter region with the diagnosis and age of onset of exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in association with the known genetic risk factors for AMD and tobacco smoking. METHODS Medical records, smoking history and angiograms or(More)
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