Marc A. Dziasko

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Limbal epithelial stem cells (LESCs) are essential to maintain the transparent ocular surface required for vision. Despite great advances in our understanding of ocular stem cell biology over the last decade, the exact location of the LESC niche remains unclear. In the present study we have used in vitro clonal analysis to confirm that limbal crypts provide(More)
Epithelial stem cells of the ocular surface are essential for the maintenance of corneal transparency and therefore for vision. Human corneal/limbal epithelial stem cells (LESCs) are believed to reside in the limbus, the interface between the peripheral cornea and neighboring conjunctiva. A specific anatomical microenvironment called the niche regulates the(More)
Limbal epithelial stem cells are responsible for the maintenance of the human corneal epithelium and these cells reside in a specialised stem cell niche. They are located at the base of limbal crypts, in a physically protected microenvironment in close proximity to a variety of neighbouring niche cells. Design and recreation of elements of various stem cell(More)
Human limbal epithelial cells (HLE) and corneal stromal stem cells (CSSC) reside in close proximity in vivo in the corneal limbal stem cell niche. However, HLE are typically cultured in vitro without supporting niche cells. Here, we re-create the cell-cell juxtaposition of the native environment in vitro, to provide a tool for investigation of(More)
Human limbal epithelial stem cells (LESCs) are essential for the maintenance of the corneal epithelium of the ocular surface. LESCs are located within limbal crypts between the palisades of Vogt in the limbus; the interface between the peripheral cornea and conjunctiva. The limbal crypts have been proposed as a LESC niche owing to their support of(More)
The limbal epithelial stem cell niche provides a unique, physically protective environment in which limbal epithelial stem cells reside in close proximity with accessory cell types and their secreted factors. The use of advanced imaging techniques is described to visualize the niche in three dimensions in native human corneal tissue. In addition, a protocol(More)
The transplantation of limbal epithelial stem cells (LESCs) cultured in vitro is a great advance in the treatment of patients suffering from LESC deficiency. However, the optimal technique for LESC isolation from a healthy limbal niche has not yet been established. Our aim was to determine which isolation method renders the highest recovery of functional(More)
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