Philipp Steven

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The cornea is one of the few tissues which actively maintain an avascular state, i.e. the absence of blood and lymphatic vessels (corneal [lymph]angiogenic privilege). Nonetheless do several diseases interfere with this privilege and cause pathologic corneal hem- and lymphangiogenesis. The ingrowths of pathologic blood and lymphatic vessels into the cornea(More)
CD4(+) T (helper) cells migrate in huge numbers through lymphoid organs. However, little is known about traffic routes and kinetics of CD4(+) T-cell subsets within different organ compartments. Such information is important because there are indications that CD4(+) T cells may influence the function of microenvironments depending on their developmental(More)
PURPOSE TGFbeta can induce development in lenses of opaque subcapsular fibrotic plaques that have many features of human subcapsular cataracts. To understand further the events associated with the onset and progression of TGFbeta-induced cataract, several different models for anterior subcapsular cataract (ASC) were used and characterized. METHODS(More)
Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular bacterium that alternates between two metabolically different developmental forms. We performed fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) of the metabolic coenzymes, reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotides [NAD(P)H], by two-photon microscopy for separate analysis of host and pathogen metabolism during(More)
The central cornea of 10 cadavers and 33 patients suffering from keratoconus, herpetic keratitis, Fuchs' dystrophy and pterygium were analysed focusing on the expression of TFF peptides by means of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry. TFF1 and TFF3 transcripts were detected in healthy corneae as well as in pterygia. Only(More)
BACKGROUND The role of lymphatic vessels in tissue and organ transplantation as well as in tumor growth and metastasis has drawn great attention in recent years. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We now developed a novel method using non-invasive two-photon microscopy to simultaneously visualize and track specifically stained lymphatic vessels and(More)
PURPOSE Conjunctiva-associated lymphoid tissue (CALT) is assumed to be a key location for the generation of adaptive immune mechanisms of the ocular surface, but functional studies of CALT are still lacking. The purpose of this study was to establish an animal model that enables functional analysis of immune mechanisms going on within CALT. In addition, the(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to investigate the autofluorescence (AF) of the RPE with two-photon microscopy (TPM) and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) under normal and oxidative stress conditions. METHODS Porcine RPE-choroid explants were used for investigation. The RPE-choroid tissue was preserved in a perfusion organ culture system. Oxidative(More)
PURPOSE To analyze potential alterations in corneal nerve morphology and function in different stages of Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). METHODS Thirty eyes with FECD underwent in vivo confocal microscopy using the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph II (HRT II; Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany) and the Rostock Cornea Module (RCM) to(More)
PURPOSE Conjunctiva-associated lymphoid tissue (CALT) is thought to play a key role in initiating ocular surface related immune responses. This study was planned to get first profound insights into the function of CALT related to development, cellular dynamics and morphological alteration using a novel mouse model. METHODS Expression and morphology of(More)