Laura Leigh S Rowlette

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PURPOSE Previous studies have identified the cytoskeletal proteins actin and tubulin as potential cellular targets in the trabecular meshwork for novel glaucoma therapy. The authors and others have hypothesized that acto-myosin interactions may be important for outflow function. The current study was conducted to evaluate 2,3-butanedione 2-monoxime (BDM), a(More)
PURPOSE To identify myocilin (TIGR/MYOC) properties that are specific to the human trabecular meshwork (HTM). To search for genes highly expressed in dexamethasone (DEX)-induced HTM cells that are barely expressed or absent in DEX-induced cells from other tissues. METHODS TIGR/MYOC induction by DEX (10(-7) M for 8-10 days) was analyzed by Northern and(More)
TIGR/MYOC, a novel 504 amino acids (aa) protein of unknown function, has recently been linked to glaucoma. The protein is both intra- and extracellular and most known mutations map to its C-terminus, an olfactomedin-like domain. To investigate the properties of a TIGR/MYOC peptide lacking this important domain, we constructed a replication-deficient(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the effects of high intraocular pressure (h-IOP) on TIGR/MYOC expression, extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition, and outflow facility (C) in perfused human anterior segment cultures. METHODS Anterior segments of 31 pairs of normal human eyes from postmortem donors were perfused at constant flow (3 microl/min). After reaching stable(More)
Obstruction of the aqueous humor outflow from the anterior chamber of the eye leads to an elevation of intraocular pressure in glaucoma, the second major cause of blindness worldwide. Our goal is to be able to modulate aqueous humor outflow resistance by gene transfer to the cells of the trabecular meshwork (TM). We have previously shown that adenoviral(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the effects of dexamethasone (DEX) on pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) cDNA and secreted protein in human trabecular meshwork (TM). METHODS Anterior segment organ cultures were perfused with 0.1 microM DEX (OD) and vehicle (OS). Primary human TM cells (HTM) were treated with DEX under similar conditions. PEDF mRNA and(More)
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