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Healing of corneal alkali injuries remains a severe clinical challenge. The authors evaluated the effect of a new synthetic inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (GM6001 or N-[2(R)-2-(hydroxamido carbonylmethyl)-4-methylpentanoyl]-L-tryptophane methylamide) on preventing ulceration of rabbit corneas after alkali injury. Topical treatment of corneas with(More)
Given the emerging roles of microRNAs (miRNAs) as key regulator of mRNA stability we assessed their expression profile in paired myometrium and leiomyoma, their isolated smooth muscle cells (MSMC and LSMC), a spontaneously transformed leiomyoma smooth muscle cells (T-LSMC) and SK-LMS-1, a leiomyosarcoma cell line using microarray and real time PCR. Based on(More)
Gene microarray analysis indicated that several components of the transforming growth factor beta receptor (TGF-betaR) signaling pathway are differentially expressed in leiomyoma and myometrium. To validate the microarray results we evaluated the expression of Smads, intracellular proteins that transmit TGF-betaR signals, in leiomyoma and matched myometrium(More)
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Human corneal epithelial cells are normally shed from the apical surface and replaced primarily by mitosis of basal cells. Growth factors may regulate this process, but the sources for the growth factors have not been fully established. One potential source for growth factors is tear fluid, and epidermal growth factor (EGF) has been detected in the lacrimal(More)
The objective of this study was to elucidate the biological significance of GnRH and antiprogestins and antiestrogen in leiomyoma and their interactions with ovarian steroid 'add-back' therapy. Leiomyoma and myometrial smooth muscle cells (LSMC and MSMC) were isolated and exposed to GnRH agonist (leuprolide acetate, LA), 17β-estradiol (E 2),(More)
MicroRNA-200c (miR-200c) through repression of specific target genes has been associated with cellular transition, tumorigenesis, and tissue fibrosis. We explored the expression and functional aspects of miR-200c in genesis of leiomyomas (LYO), benign uterine tumors with fibrotic characteristic. Using LYO and matched myometrium (MYO; n=76) from untreated(More)
BACKGROUND During the development of non-infectious kidney stones, crystals form and deposit in the kidneys and become surrounded by monocytes/macrophages (M/M). We have proposed that in response to crystal exposure renal epithelial cells produce chemokines, which attract the M/M to the sites of crystal deposition. We investigated the expression of monocyte(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical observations indicate that leiomyomas occur more frequently in African Americans compared to other ethnic groups with unknown etiology. To identify the molecular basis for the difference we compared leiomyomas form A. Americans with Caucasians using genomic and proteomic strategies. METHODS Microarray, realtime PCR, 2D-PAGE, mass(More)
BACKGROUND Leiomyoma have often been compared to keloids because of their fibrotic characteristic and higher rate of occurrence among African Americans as compared to other ethnic groups. To evaluate such a correlation at molecular level this study comparatively analyzed leiomyomas with keloids, surgical scars and peritoneal adhesions to identify genes that(More)