Mario Martino

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PURPOSE Transplantation of autologous corneal stem cells in not possible in cases of bilateral limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD). To restore the ocular surface in these patients, an autologous extraocular source of stem cells is desirable to avoid dependence on deceased donor tissue and host immunosuppression of allogenic transplants. While bone(More)
Culturing of human retinal pigment epithelial cells (hRPE) is the initial step in cell therapy of some retinal diseases. To transfer these cells into clinical use, it is necessary to guarantee that they are well differentiated and contamination free. Fluorescence microscopy is the easiest method to do this, but it is associated with operator subjectivity,(More)
PURPOSE To assess cell viability and cell cycle kinetics of the conjunctival epithelium and to identify intraepithelial lymphocyte (IEL) subsets in patients with evaporative-type dry eye disease (ev-DED) caused by meibomian gland dysfunction and in healthy subjects. The effect of topical treatment and correlations between clinical symptoms and signs and(More)
Retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells are currently in the "spotlight" of cell therapy approaches to some retinal diseases. The analysis of the expressed proteins of RPE primary cells is an essential step for many of these approaches. But the emission of autofluorescence by RPE cells produces higher background noise interference thereby creating an(More)
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