Nerida Cole

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis is one of the most destructive diseases of the cornea. The host response to this infection is critical to the outcome. The cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10) is thought to play an important role in modulating excessive inflammation and antimicrobial defenses. We have found that in IL-10(-/-) mice there is a significant decrease(More)
The process of any contact lens related keratitis generally starts with the adhesion of opportunistic pathogens to contact lens surface. This article focuses on identifying the factors which have been reported to affect bacterial adhesion to contact lenses. Adhesion to lenses differs between various genera/species/strains of bacteria. Pseudomonas(More)
PURPOSE Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are degrading enzymes which maintain and remodel tissue architecture. Upregulation of MMP-9 has been associated with corneal erosions and ulceration. As these conditions are often exacerbated on waking, suggesting that degrading activity is upregulated overnight, this study set out to determine the diurnal variation(More)
PURPOSE One strategy to minimize bacteria-associated adverse responses such as microbial keratitis, contact lens-induced acute red eye (CLARE), and contact lens induced peripheral ulcers (CLPUs) that occur with contact lens wear is the development of an antimicrobial or antiadhesive contact lens. Cationic peptides represent a novel approach for the(More)
Lack of interleukin-6 (IL-6) during Pseudomonas aeruginosa corneal infection leads to more severe disease with changes in neutrophil recruitment. Exogenous IL-6 leads to increased efficiency of neutrophil recruitment and reduced bacterial loads in corneal infection in both IL-6 gene knockout and wild-type mice. This may be mediated by IL-6 increasing the(More)
PURPOSE To develop a stable antimicrobial contact lens, which is effective against the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) panel microorganisms, Acanthamoeba castellanii and drug resistant strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. METHODS Melimine was covalently incorporated into etafilcon A lenses. The amount of(More)
PURPOSE Secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) is a potent antibacterial enzyme in tears and has been found to kill Staphylococcus aureus rapidly in vitro. The purpose was to determine whether sPLA2 deposition is associated with contact lens (CL) type, if sPLA2 remains active on CLs, and if this has an effect on bacterial adhesion. METHODS Ionic (etafilcon A)(More)
PURPOSE This study was conducted to investigate the role of IL-1beta in the regulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) in a mouse model of experimental keratitis and corneal injury. METHODS Mice were injected subconjunctivally with 10 micro g of anti-mouse IL-1beta antibody 2 hours before challenge(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of bovine lactoferrin (BLF) on human corneal epithelial wound healing using an in vitro alkali-induced wound model and to understand its role in promoting wound healing. METHODS Confluent human corneal limbal epithelial (HCLE) cells wounded using 0.5 microL of 0.1 M sodium hydroxide were(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether interleukin-6 (IL-6) plays a protective role in Staphylococcus aureus keratitis in a gene knockout (gko) mouse model and to determine whether IL-6 may be used as a therapy to modulate host responses and control bacterial infection, thereby reducing scarring. METHODS The eyes of IL-6 gko mice and wild-type mice were challenged(More)