Kenta Yamasaki

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PURPOSE To investigate clinical manifestations and response to antiviral therapy of 8 patients with cytomegalovirus (CMV)-induced corneal endotheliitis who were diagnosed and treated at 2 university hospitals in Japan. DESIGN Retrospective, consecutive, multicenter case series. PARTICIPANTS Eight eyes of 8 patients diagnosed with active CMV corneal(More)
PURPOSE Simian virus (SV)40-immortalized human corneal epithelial (HCE-T) cells have been widely used as an in vitro model of human corneal epithelial cells. The nature of this cell line was assessed for genomic aberrations and cellular heterogeneity. METHODS For the quantitative measurement of genomic aberrations, array-based comparative genomic(More)
Phototaxis in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is mediated by rhodopsin-type photoreceptor(s). Recent expressed sequence tag database from the Kazusa DNA Research Institute has provided the basis for unequivocal identification of two archaeal-type rhodopsins in it. Here we demonstrate that one is located near the eyespot, wherein the(More)
Calcium-activated chloride channels (CLCAs) are a family of multifunctional proteins that are widely distributed in tissues. To investigate the distribution of human CLCA-2 (hCLCA2) in human epithelia at the light and electron microscopic levels, we raised a primary antibody against a synthetic polypeptide sequence from natural hCLCA2. Corneal, skin,(More)
PURPOSE To determine the feasibility of cultivated conjunctiva as a viable epithelial sheet for transplantation and corneal resurfacing in eyes with limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD). METHODS Human corneal epithelial (HCE) and human conjunctival epithelial (HCjE) cells were cultivated on human amniotic membrane (AM) to confluence and then air lifted to(More)
The functional significance of p63 in regulating cell proliferation in various stratified epithelial cells has previously been proposed. More than six isoforms have been reported for this protein; however, it is not yet clearly understood how functionally different these isoforms are. To investigate how these isoforms are used in ocular surface epithelia,(More)
PURPOSE To report cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA in aqueous humor from a patient with unilateral corneal endotheliitis. DESIGN Case report. METHODS A 51-year-old man presented with unilateral corneal endotheliitis with linear keratic precipitates and coin-shaped lesions. Tear and aqueous humor samples were subjected to polymerase chain reaction to look for(More)
Human calcium-activated chloride channel 2 (hCLCA2) belongs to a family of multifunctional proteins and is localised mainly in basal cells of squamous epithelia. However, its function is still not fully understood. Relative amounts of hCLCA2 were analysed using real-time PCR in several human epithelial tissues and tissues expressing high amounts were(More)
We designed a new ophthalmic drug-delivery system for epidermal growth factor (EGF) from the biodegradable hydrogel of cationized gelatin. We placed a cationized gelatin hydrogel (CGH) with incorporated (125)I-labelled EGF in the conjunctival sac of mice and measured the residual radioactivity at different times to evaluate the in vivo profile of EGF(More)
Our previous gene expression analysis suggested that conjunctival epithelial cells of Sjögren's syndrome (SS) are inclined to hyper-proliferation and keratinisation status. The goal of this study is to elucidate whether such pathological situations really exist in the conjunctival epithelium of SS. Also, involvement of inflammatory cytokines in this disease(More)