Santa Jeremy Ono

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PURPOSE To evaluate the differential gene expression of chemokines after corneal transplantation and to determine the chemokines associated with allograft rejection. METHODS Orthotopic mouse corneal transplantation was performed in two fully mismatched-strain combinations using C57BL/6 (H-2b) and BALB/c (H-2d) mice as recipients and BALB/c and C57BL/6(More)
PURPOSE Primary uveal melanocytes and many ocular melanoma cells are resistant to interferon (IFN)-gamma-mediated induction of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecule expression. This suppression of class II MHC induction is considered to be one of the ways in which the eye is able to inhibit inflammatory responses. However, the(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the therapeutic potential of immunostimulatory sequence oligodeoxynucleotides (ISS-ODN) administration in ocular allergy, using a mouse model of ragweed-specific conjunctivitis. METHODS A murine model of allergic conjunctivitis involving SWR/J mice sensitized and challenged with short ragweed was used to test immunostimulatory DNA(More)
BACKGROUND Antihistamines constitute the first line of therapy for allergic conjunctivitis, and are safe and effective in relieving the signs and symptoms of ocular allergy. Despite this, they are less effective than some other drugs in relieving delayed symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. Recent evidence suggests that changes in the conjunctival(More)
PURPOSE To determine the impact of interleukin-1 (IL-1) inhibition using IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) in a mouse model of allergic eye disease. METHODS A/J mice sensitized and challenged with cat dander in the eye were treated with topical IL-1Ra or vehicle alone. Control mice were treated with IL-1Ra or vehicle but sensitized and challenged with(More)
We report for the first time that IFNG gene expression requires high mobility group (HMG)A1, the architectural transcription factor mediating enhanceosome formation. This finding is supported by our direct studies of T cells isolated from the HMGA1-transgenic mice displaying an up-regulation of IFN-gamma production and of HMGA1-deficient mice exhibited a(More)
PURPOSE To determine the contribution of conjunctival mast cells to the allergen-specific inflammatory responses in eyes with allergic conjunctivitis and to test the hypothesis that mast cells act as mediators of the early phase response. METHODS The participation of mast cells in allergen-induced inflammatory cell recruitment was studied in an(More)
PURPOSE Immunologic rejection is the most common cause of corneal allograft rejection. Ipsilateral ocular inflammation has been identified as a predictor of future corneal graft failure. This study investigates the effect of perioperative allergic conjunctivitis on corneal allograft survival. METHODS C57BL6 donor corneas were transplanted into naive A/J(More)
To assess whether retinoblastoma formation is associated with the expression of high mobility group (HMG) A2 protein, a transcription factor that is highly expressed during embryogenesis and completely repressed in normal adult tissues, we performed Northern and Western blots and RT-PCR analyses, and immunohistochemistry to test for HMGA2 expression. We(More)