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PURPOSE The optineurin gene (OPTN) is the second gene besides MYOC in which mutations have been identified to be associated with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). In this study, sequence alterations in the OPTN gene associated with POAG in Chinese subjects were investigated. METHODS All the coding exons of OPTN were screened, including the intron-exon(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the coding exons of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta-induced factor (TGIF) for mutations in Chinese patients with high myopia. METHODS Seventy-one individuals with high myopia of -6.00 D or less and 105 control subjects were screened by DNA sequencing for sequence alterations. Univariate analysis and logistic regression were(More)
PURPOSE To discover sequence alterations in the TIGR/MYOC gene associated with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in Chinese subjects. METHODS Two hundred one unrelated Chinese patients with POAG and 291 unrelated individuals without glaucoma, aged 50 years or more, were screened for sequence alterations in the TIGR/MYOC gene by polymerase chain reaction,(More)
BACKGROUND Several wheat flour allergens relevant to baker's asthma have been identified in the last 25 years. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of sensitization to these allergens in German bakers. METHODS Using recombinant DNA technology, the following wheat flour allergens were cloned, expressed in Escherichia coli and purified: five(More)
PURPOSE Dexamethasone (DEX) is a glucocorticoid commonly used in topical eyedrops to treat eye inflammation. It has an undesirable effect of inducing glaucoma in certain patients. In human Trabecular Meshwork (TM) cells DEX regulates a number of genes but its global influence on TM gene expression is still elusive. In the present work, DEX effects on global(More)
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