Ulrike Hampel

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Amniotic membrane (AM) is often used for the treatment of ocular surface ulcerations and other corneal defects. Trefoil factor family (TFF) peptide 3 is produced by conjunctival goblet cells, participates in tear film physiology and has also been shown to be involved in ocular surface restitution after corneal injury. In the present study, we questioned(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate a human meibomian gland epithelial cell line (HMGEC) as a model for meibomian gland (patho)physiology in vitro. METHODS HMGEC were cultured in the absence or presence of serum. Sudan III lipid staining, ultrastructural analysis and lipidomic analyses were performed. Impedance sensing, desmoplakin 1/2 mRNA and(More)
To develop a method of the assay of chemokine and cytokine signaling in synovial fluid from patients suffering from osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and evaluate the effect of heterophilic antibodies on the reliability of the data. 21 synovial fluid samples from OA and 16 synovial fluid samples from RA patients were analyzed using a unique 2(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the morphology of the human eyelid margin and the presence of different cytokeratins, mucins and stem cell markers within the skin epithelium, mucocutaneous junction (MCJ) and palpebral conjunctiva. METHODS Eyelids of body donors were investigated histologically and ultrastructurally as well as by immunohistochemical methods using(More)
In this study, we present first data concerning the anatomical structure, blood supply and location of the lacrimal gland of the pig. Our data indicate that the porcine lacrimal gland may serve as a potential xenograft candidate in humans or as an animal model for engineering of a bioartificial lacrimal gland tissue construct for clinical application. For(More)
AIMS Sex hormones could provide a future treatment avenue for dry eye post menopause. However, there are few well-controlled studies. This study investigates the impact of testosterone and oestrogen on dry eye symptoms and signs in postmenopausal women. METHODS A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled pilot study was conducted involving 40 women with(More)
The meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is the leading cause of dry eye disease (DED) throughout the world. The investigation of MGD lacks suitable in vivo and in vitro models. In 2010 a human meibomian gland epithelial cell line (HMGEC) was established, so far the only available meibomian gland cell line. The characterization of HMGEC is of major importance(More)
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is considered the most common cause of dry eye disease (DED). Sex hormones seem to play a role in the pathogenesis of MGD although their involvement is not completely understood. Therefore, in the present study we evaluated the effect of dihydrotestosteron (DHT) and estradiol (β-Est) on an immortalized human meibomian gland(More)
AIM To explore the relationship between serum concentration of sex hormones and dry eye symptoms and signs in postmenopausal women. METHODS A cross-sectional analysis was undertaken. Subjects were 46 postmenopausal women with dry eye (mean age 64.4±5.2 years, 13.7±6.4 years since menopause; not undergoing hormone replacement therapy). Ocular symptoms(More)
PURPOSE To elucidate the role of trefoil family peptide (TFF) 3 at the ocular surface under conditions similar to dry eye disease (DED) and in tears of patients suffering from DED. METHODS Trefoil family peptide 3 levels in tear samples from non-Sjögren's DED patients with moderate dry eye were analyzed by ELISA and compared with tears from healthy(More)