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PURPOSE To investigate in impression cytology (IC) specimens the expression of inflammatory and apoptosis-related markers by conjunctival epithelial cells from patients with dry eye as a rationale for treatment with topical cyclosporine. METHODS Immunologic anomalies were identified at baseline, before treatment with the masked medication, in a(More)
PURPOSE Immune-based inflammation has been observed as a common mechanism of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). In KCS-affected eyes, upregulated expression of HLA DR and various immune- or apoptosis-related markers by conjunctival epithelial cells has been demonstrated in an earlier study, by a technique of flow cytometry in impression cytology (IC)(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate conjunctival and trabecular specimens from patients with glaucoma according to the duration and number of drugs received before filtration surgery, and to confirm, in a complementary experimental model, the role of preservative by comparing the effects of preserved and nonpreserved timolol. STUDY DESIGN Experimental animal and(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to investigate the action of benzalkonium chloride (BAC), used as a preservative in most ophthalmic topical solutions, on epithelial conjunctival cells in vitro. METHODS A continuous human conjunctival cell line (Wong-Kilbourne derivative of Chang conjunctiva) was exposed to BAC solutions at various concentrations(More)
PURPOSE To compare the toxicity of a short-time application of timolol with benzalkonium chloride (timolol-BAC+) and unpreserved timolol (timolol-BAC-) in a human conjunctival cell line. METHODS Chang's conjunctival cell line (ATCC CCL 20.2) was treated for 15min. with 0.1%, 0.25% or 0.4% timolol-BAC(+) or BAC(-) and then examined immediately or 24h(More)
We report a case of acute angle-closure glaucoma in a patient treated with bronchodilator nebulization. An 82-year-old man with chronic obstructive bronchopathy was treated for acute respiratory decompensation with salbutamol and ipratropium bromide aerosols. Twenty-four hours after beginning the treatment, the patient developed acute angle-closure glaucoma(More)
PURPOSE To analyze the relevance of a human conjunctival cell line in a study of conjunctival epithelium. We investigated and compared the effects of IFNgamma and TNFalpha in a primary culture of human conjunctiva and in a human conjunctival cell line. METHODS A primary-cultured human conjunctival epithelium and a human conjunctival cell line (Chang(More)
PURPOSE Quaternary ammonium ions have been demonstrated to induce apoptosis correlated with superoxide anion production in vitro. The purpose of this study was to further investigate the mechanisms of benzalkonium chloride (BAC), unpreserved and preserved beta-blocker eye-drops-induced programmed cell death, with special attention to the roles of(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of interferon (IFN)gamma on cell viability, cell growth, and apoptosis and on expression of apoptotic and inflammation-related proteins in epithelial conjunctival cells in vitro. Some aspects of transduction pathways of IFNgamma-induced alterations were also investigated, especially the role of(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively evaluate use of the laser flare meter the inflammatory response after phacoemulsification with four different types of intraocular lenses. METHODS Measurements with the Kowa laser flare meter FC-500 were done before surgery and at 1, 6 and 21 days following standard phacoemulsification with corneal incision in 157 patients. The(More)