Megan F. Jones

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Much controversy has arisen on the nature and sources of stem cells in the adult human retina. Whilst ciliary epithelium has been thought to constitute a source of neural stem cells, a population of Müller glia in the neural retina has also been shown to exhibit neurogenic characteristics. This study aimed to compare the neurogenic and proliferative(More)
Müller glia with stem cell characteristics have been identified in the adult human eye, and although there is no evidence that they regenerate retina in vivo, they can be induced to grow and differentiate into retinal neurons in vitro. We differentiated human Müller stem cells into retinal ganglion cell (RGC) precursors by stimulation with fibroblast growth(More)
Müller glia possess stem cell characteristics that have been recognized to be responsible for the regeneration of injured retina in fish and amphibians. Although these cells are present in the adult human eye, they are not known to regenerate human retina in vivo. Human Müller glia with stem cell characteristics (hMSCs) can acquire phenotypic and genotypic(More)
PURPOSE Human Müller glia with stem cell characteristics (hMGSCs) can be induced to express genes and proteins of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) upon in vitro inhibition of Notch-1 activity. However, it is not known whether expression of these markers is accompanied by acquisition of RGC function. This study investigated whether hMGSCs that express RGC(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe an optimized surgical technique for feline vitrectomy which reduces bleeding and aids posterior gel clearance in order to facilitate stem cell delivery to the inner retina using cellular scaffolds. PROCEDURES Three-port pars plana vitrectomies were performed in six-specific pathogen-free domestic cats using an optimized surgical(More)
Human Müller glia with stem cell characteristics (hMGSCs) have been shown to improve retinal function upon transplantation into rat models of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) depletion. However, their translational potential may depend upon successful engraftment and improvement of retinal function in experimental models with anatomical and functional features(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in ADAMTSL4 have recently been shown to be the major cause of autosomal recessive isolated ectopia lentis (IEL). However, the function and ocular localisation of the protein is yet to be fully established. We therefore aimed to confirm the expression of this gene and protein in normal ocular tissue. METHODS Donor ocular tissue was(More)
The anticonvulsant potencies (ED50) of alpha,alpha-diphenylsuccinimide, phenytoin, and phenobarbital were evaluated in mice by a standard maximal electroshock technique. Potencies were expressed in terms of intraperitoneal dosage and blood and brain concentrations. Overt neurotoxicity (TD50) was assessed by the rotorod method. These data were compared with(More)
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