The cornea consists of three distinct cell layers: the outer epithelium, the central stroma, and the inner endothelium. The corneal epithelium plays a role in the innate immune response by sensing the presence of pathogens and providing signals to activate the corneal defense system. Corneal epithelial cells also express a high level of aldehyde dehydrogenase to protect them against UV- and 4-hydroxynonenal-induced cellular damage. The renewal of corneal epithelium is regulated by a host of cytokines, including epidermal growth factor, which activates their cognate receptors in the deeper layers of the epithelium.
Cultured corneal epithelial cells can be an alternative to animal testing in toxicology studies. They can also be used to understand the highly integrated balance between corneal epithelial proliferation, differentiation, and cell death.
Corneal Epithelial Cell Medium (CEpiCM)
HCEpiC are cryopreserved at passage one and delivered frozen. HCEpiC are characterized by their cobble stone morphology in serum-free culture and immunofluorescence with antibodies specific to CK and Product Description The cornea is a unique tissue due to its transparency and avascularity.
Catalog No. It is not approved for use in humans, animals, or in vitro diagnostic procedures. Storage Directly and immediately transfer cells from dry ice to liquid nitrogen upon receiving and keep the cells in liquid nitrogen until cell culture needed for experiments.
Shipping Info Dry ice. Dark-adaptation difficulties can be overcome by using a simple penlight for searching in dark cabinets or finding a keyhole at night, for reading and writing near visual aids such as lighted magnifiers and closed-circuit televisions are useful. But considerable progress has been made in the genetics of RP, and treatment modalities are being studied in both animal models of retinal degeneration and humans, giving retina specialists and their patients reasons for hope.
Gene therapy involves replacement of defective genes with functional ones. The most promising approach would involve using vectors such as recombinant adeno-associated virus to deliver new genes to the retina, therefore it has concerns for risk of complications when a virus is injected into the eye and even the safety of vectors. With gene therapy we would protect the retina before injury occurs to the retina. Molecular genetic technology is now able to identify many genetic mutations causally linked to RP.
More than 40 genes have been identified to be causative of RP, if we would know the type of mutation we might be able to give our patients more accurate diagnosis, genetic counseling and participate in clinical gene therapy trials affecting the particular gene.
Treatment with specific growth factors may be a way to slow RP progression in people with mild or later-onset disease as suggested by animal models of retinal degenerations. Currently, research includes ciliary neurotrophic factor encapsulated cell technology but seems to be controversial.
Stem cell research is currently being undertaken for those patients who have significant vision loss, someday degenerated photoreceptors might be replaced by stem cell transplantation. Retinal implants are being developed and implanted at various centers in the world.
There are two types of implants, either epiretinal or subretinal. The basic concept is microchip implantation of electrodes on the retina or below it. They are stimulated by light, converting them to electric signals. Then these electric impulses induce biological visual signals in the remaining functional retinal cells and which are transmitted through the optic nerve to the brain.
Mark Humayun and Eugene DeJuan at the Doheny Eye Institute USC were the original inventors of the active epiretinal prosthesis and demonstrated proof of principle in acute patient investigations at Johns Hopkins University in the early s along with Dr. Robert Greenberg.
Human Corneal Epithelial Cells (HCEpiC) (put into culture upon receipt or store in Liquid Nitrogen)
In the late s the company Second Sight was formed by Dr. Greenberg along with medical device entrepreneur Alfred E. Mann to develop a chronically implantable retinal prosthesis.
Gisbert Richard and his team with the IMI system. We as ophthalmologists should give these patients a positive ray of hope as well address their clinical situation. I always tell them that the researchers around the world are relentlessly working for them and some cure already rising on the horizon would surely land in the clinical practice arena in the near future.
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