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The physical character and amount of mucus secreted by the endocervix changes dramatically during the menstrual cycle to facilitate sperm migration at the time of midcycle ovulation. Mucins are highly glycosylated, high-molecular-weight proteins, which are the major structural components of the protective mucus gel covering all wet-surfaced epithelia,(More)
PURPOSE The authors determined the synthesis, cell surface expression, and localization of integrins in the rat corneal epithelium to detect whether any changes in integrins occur during epithelial migration in response to simple debridement wounding. METHODS Immunoprecipitation analysis of extracts from either metabolically or surface-labeled rat(More)
PURPOSE To determine if human corneal and conjunctival epithelial synthesize MUC1 mucin, a membrane-spanning mucin present in a variety of simple epithelia. METHODS Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was carried out to examine the expression of MUC1 mRNA by epithelial cells, using total cellular RNA prepared from cultured corneal(More)
PURPOSE The corneal and conjunctival epithelia, which cover the ocular surface, play an important role in preventing pathogen penetrance into the eye and maintaining a wet-surface phenotype by producing highly hydrophilic mucin molecules for their apical surfaces. Ocular surface infections, wounding, and pathologies resulting in dry eye threaten sight and(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether human conjunctival epithelium expresses any of the human mucin genes designated MUC2 through MUC7. METHOD Northern blot analysis was performed using total RNA isolated from surgically removed conjunctival tissues. Complementary DNA or oligonucleotides to the tandem repeat region of each mucin gene were labeled and hybridized(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether the relative amounts of mucin mRNA in the conjunctival epithelium and mucin protein in the tears are altered in patients with Sjögren syndrome compared with healthy individuals. METHODS Tear fluid was collected from the inferior fornix of normal subjects (n = 17) and patients with Sjögren syndrome (n = 11) after instillation(More)
PURPOSE H185 antibody has been shown to recognize a carbohydrate epitope on a membrane-associated mucin in the apical surfaces of the corneal and conjunctival epithelia. The distribution of this antibody is altered on the surfaces of conjunctival epithelial cells of dry eye patients. The purpose of this work was to determine whether the H185 antibody(More)
Reappearance of the structures involved in adhesion of the corneal epithelium to the stroma was studied in healing 7 mm keratectomy wounds in rabbit corneas. Corneas were taken at 48 and 66 hr, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 weeks, and 4, 6 and 12 months post-wounding. Immunolocalization of bullous pemphigoid antigen (BPA), laminin and type VII collagen was used to(More)
PURPOSE To study effects of depletion of retinoic acid on expression of the mucins ASGP (rMuc4), rMuc5AC, and rMuc1, by the corneal and conjunctival epithelia of the rat. METHODS Nineteen-day-old Sprague-Dawley male rats were fed a casein-based vitamin A- deficient diet or casein-based diet with vitamin A as control. Rats from both groups were killed at(More)
Anchoring fibril distribution, depth of penetration into the stroma, and pattern of histochemical localization of type VII collagen (the anchoring fibril collagen) were studied in normal human and rabbit corneas. Electron micrographs of cross sections and sections taken parallel to the basement membrane demonstrate that anchoring fibrils insert into the(More)