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Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Mastropasqua L.,Ophthalmology Clinic | Toto L.,Ophthalmology Clinic | Calienno R.,Ophthalmology Clinic | Mattei P.A.,Ophthalmology Clinic | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery | Year: 2013

Purpose To use scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to evaluate capsulorhexis-cut quality obtained during femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery at different energy settings and evaluate whether there are differences between this technique and a standard manual technique. Setting Ophthalmology Clinic, Department of Medicine and Science of Ageing, University G. D'Annunzio Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy. Design Prospective nonrandomized single blinded study. Methods Sixty capsulorhexes obtained using the conventional manual technique and the femtosecond laser with different laser energy settings were divided into 5 groups as follows: Group 1 (12 capsulorhexes) obtained with the manual technique and Groups 2 to 5 (each with 12 capsulorhexes) obtained with the femtosecond laser at 7.0 μJ, 13.5 μJ, 14.0 μJ, and 15.0 μJ, respectively. All samples were evaluated using SEM to compare the thickness along the capsulorhexis edge and the overall irregularity of the cut surface. Results Capsulorhexes obtained with the femtosecond laser at all energy settings were perfectly circular with negligible deformation. Group 1 and Group 2 had a significantly higher thickness and lower thickness, respectively, of the capsulorhexis edge than the other 3 groups (P<.001). There was also a statistically significant correlation between the degree of irregularity and increasing energy (P<.001). Conclusions The use of the femtosecond laser in cataract surgery resulted in better capsulorhexis geometry and circularity than the manual capsulorhexis. The cut surface was smoother in the manual group. In the femtosecond laser groups, the degree of irregularity was higher at increasing energy settings. Financial Disclosure No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. © 2013 ASCRS and ESCRS.


Kaya M.K.,Ophthalmology Clinic | Demir T.,Firat University | Bulut H.,Firat University | Akpolat N.,Inonu University | Turgut B.,Firat University
Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology | Year: 2015

Background: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of lapatinib and trastuzumab on vascular endothelial growth factor on experimental corneal neovascularization. Methods: A total of 35 Wistar albino rats were randomly divided into five groups, each containing seven animals. Corneas of rats in the control group were not cauterized and did not receive any treatment. A silver nitrate pencil was applied on the right corneas of rats in the non-control groups to induce corneal neovascularization. Rats in the sham, lapatinib, trastuzumab and lapatinib+trastuzumab groups were administered systemic saline, 50mg/kg lapatinib once a day orally by gavage, 4mg/kg trastuzumab once a day intraperitoneally, or 50mg/kg lapatinib once a day orally by gavage together with 4mg/kg trastuzumab once a day intraperitoneally, respectively, for 7 days. Rats were sacrificed on the eighth day, and corneas were excised using a 4-mm punch trephine. Vascular endothelial growth factor immunostaining in the corneal epithelial and stromal layers was evaluated. Staining intensities were determined semi-quantitatively, and corneal vascular endothelial growth factor levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results: The mean immunostaining intensities of epithelial and stromal vascular endothelial growth factor in the control group were significantly lesser than those in the sham group (P<0.05). The mean immunostaining intensities of epithelial and stromal vascular endothelial growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay levels of corneas in all treatment groups (lapatinib, trastuzumab and lapatinib+trastuzumab groups) were lesser than those in the sham group (P<0.05); however, it was similar to those in the control group (P>0.05). Conclusions: It is suggested that systemically administered lapatinib is more effective than systemically administered trastuzumab in preventing corneal neovascularization. © 2015 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.


Cappai G.,Ophthalmology Clinic | Songini M.,Diabetes Center | Doria A.,Harvard University | Cavallerano J.D.,Harvard University | Lorenzi M.,Schepens Eye Research Institute
Diabetologia | Year: 2011

Aims/hypothesis: Impaired activity of the pentose phosphate pathway of glucose metabolism caused by hereditary deficiency of its key regulatory enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) has consequences that may worsen or attenuate the course of diabetic complications. Decreased availability of NADPH can predispose to oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction, but can also limit the activity of the polyol pathway and cholesterol synthesis. Reduced availability of pentose phosphates for nucleic acid synthesis could impair cell proliferation. We sought to learn in which direction G6PD deficiency affects diabetic retinopathy. Methods: We enrolled patients who were G6PD-deficient or -sufficient with type 1 diabetes of duration 15 years or longer for whom HbA1c records were available for at least the previous 3 years. Renal failure and smoking were exclusion criteria. For each participant seven standard field colour photographs were obtained of each eye, and retinopathy was graded in a masked fashion. Results: The clinical characteristics of the 19 G6PDdeficient patients studied (age 42±9 years, diabetes duration 24±6 years, average HbA1c over 3 years 6.7± 0.8%) were similar to those of the 35 G6PD-sufficient patients. Almost 90% of patients in both groups had retinopathy; however, proliferative retinopathy was noted solely among G6PD-deficient patients (28%, p= 0.0036 vs G6PD-sufficient). The G6PD-deficient patients also showed a trend for increased frequency of microalbuminuria. Conclusions/ interpretation: The data suggest that G6PD deficiency accelerates the microvascular complications of diabetes, and that among the consequences of G6PD deficiency those that can enhance the damage caused by diabetes outweigh those that could be protective. © Springer-Verlag 2011.


Samoila O.,Ophthalmology Clinic | Samoila O.,University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca | Soritau O.,Prof Dr Ion Chiricuta Oncology Institute | Totu L.,Ophthalmology Clinic | And 2 more authors.
Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology | Year: 2014

Purpose: In the last decades, strong evidence emerged regarding the presence of stem cells located at the corneal limbus. Our objective was to find a way to isolate and cultivate rabbit corneal stem cells in vitro, into an epithelial tissue. Materials and Methods: Two in vitro systems were developed to culture rabbit corneal stem cells: (1) limbal biopsies used as explants and cultivated on fresh denuded amniotic membrane and (2) a monolayer culture obtained by enzymatic treatment of the corneal biopsies. Genetic characterization (PCR) was performed. Specific triggers were used to induce differentiation of corneal stem cells. Results: At four weeks, 16 explant samples out of 18 cultures showed good expansion, ranging from 1 cm to 2 cm. Genetic characterization showed similar expression of genetic stem markers for corneal stem cells and placental stem cells, previously characterized (stem cell factor, Oct3/4, Vimentin, Nestin and Neurofilament). Corneal stem cells showed high Rhodamine efflux and were effective progenitors for neuronal, myocardial, osteogenic and endothelial lineage. Conclusions: In one month, it was possible to grow enough epithelial tissue with preserved proliferative state to allow transplantation on the cornea.


Zigiotti G.L.,University of Bologna | Cavarretta S.,Ophthalmology Clinic | Morara M.,S Orsola Malpighi Hospital | Nam S.M.,CHA Medical University | And 6 more authors.
The Scientific World Journal | Year: 2012

Purpose. We describe in our study a modified standard enucleation, using sclera harvested from the enucleated eye to cover the prosthesis in order to insert a large porous implant and to reduce postoperative complication rates in a phthisis globe. Methods. We perform initially a standard enucleation. The porous implant (Bioceramic) is then covered only partially by the patient's sclera. The implant is inserted in the posterior Tenon's space with the scleral covering looking at front. All patients were followed at least for twelve months (average followup 16 months). Results. We performed nineteen primary procedures (19 patients, 19 eyes, x M; x F) and secondary, to fill the orbital cavity in patients already operated by standard evisceration (7 patients, 7 eyes). There were no cases of implant extrusion. The orbital volume was well reintegrated. Conclusion. Our procedure was safe and effective. All patients had a good cosmetic result after final prosthetic fitting and we also achieved good prothesis mobility. Copyright 2012 Gian Luigi Zigiotti et al.


Mariotti C.,Ophthalmology Clinic | Lazzarini R.,Marche Polytechnic University | Nicolai M.,Ophthalmology Clinic | Saitta A.,Ophthalmology Clinic | And 3 more authors.
Cell and Tissue Research | Year: 2015

Dysfunction of the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) is one of the first effects of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with consequent blindness. Hence, patients affected by this retinal disorder could benefit from a cell-based transplantation strategy for RPE. Actually, an effective protocol to approach this problem is lacking, though recently, it has been postulated the existence of a subpopulation of RPE stem cells (RPESCs) derived from adult RPE and able to reconstitute a functional RPE. On the other hand, the evidence related to the differentiative potential of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is continuously increasing. Among others, amniotic fluid-derived MSCs (AF-MSCs) may be a promising candidate, since these cells are characterized by high proliferation and differentiative potential. In this study, AF-MSCs and RPESCs were isolated, characterized to assay their stemness and induced to neuronal/retinal differentiation; specific RPE markers were then analyzed. Our results indicate that RPESCs are more suitable candidates for RPE replacement than AF-MSCs. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Akcakaya A.A.,Goztepe Training and Research Hospital | Yaylali S.A.,Goztepe Training and Research Hospital | Erbil H.H.,Goztepe Training and Research Hospital | Sadigov F.,Goztepe Training and Research Hospital | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus | Year: 2012

Purpose: To study the incidence and risk factors of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in premature infants examined in a tertiary hospital in Istanbul. Methods: Data of infants screened for ROP from April 2007 to September 2009 were retrospectively reviewed. Possible risk factors and eye examinations were recorded and analyzed using the chi-square test and univariate and multivariate regressions. Results: ROP was detected in 177 (34.3%) of the 517 infants enrolled in the study; 64 had mild ROP (77.4%) and 38 had severe ROP (22.6%). The mean gestational age and birth weight of patients who were treated for ROP were 28.6 ± 2.3 and 1,143.5 ± 337.4, respectively. Two of these infants had a gestational age of 32 g or greater and three had a birth weight of 1,500 g or greater. The multivariate regression analyses showed gestational age, birth weight, sepsis, respiratory distress syndrome, and length of oxygen therapy as independent predictors of ROP. Conclusion: The incidence of ROP observed in this study was higher than that in developed countries and relatively more mature infants were affected. Criteria including gestational age of less than 34 weeks or birth weight of less than 2,000 g would have identified all infants who were at risk.


PubMed | Marche Polytechnic University and Ophthalmology Clinic
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Cell and tissue research | Year: 2015

Dysfunction of the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) is one of the first effects of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with consequent blindness. Hence, patients affected by this retinal disorder could benefit from a cell-based transplantation strategy for RPE. Actually, an effective protocol to approach this problem is lacking, though recently, it has been postulated the existence of a subpopulation of RPE stem cells (RPESCs) derived from adult RPE and able to reconstitute a functional RPE. On the other hand, the evidence related to the differentiative potential of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is continuously increasing. Among others, amniotic fluid-derived MSCs (AF-MSCs) may be a promising candidate, since these cells are characterized by high proliferation and differentiative potential. In this study, AF-MSCs and RPESCs were isolated, characterized to assay their stemness and induced to neuronal/retinal differentiation; specific RPE markers were then analyzed. Our results indicate that RPESCs are more suitable candidates for RPE replacement than AF-MSCs.


PubMed | Ophthalmology Clinic and Neurology Clinic
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Neuro-ophthalmology (Aeolus Press) | Year: 2016

The objective of this study was to evaluate the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) thickness using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (Optos SD-OCT, UK) in migraine patients with or without aura and to search for possible structural effects of migraine on the retina. Eighty eyes of 40 migraine patients and 80 eyes of 40 healthy subjects were included in this study. All four quadrants (temporal, superior, nasal, and inferior) and average peripapillary RNFL measurements were taken with SD-OCT in both groups. The average age of the patients and the control group were 35.79.5 and 40.912.7 years, respectively. In the migraine group, 45% of patients were with aura, and 55% were without aura. The average frequency of attacks per month and the migraine diagnosis time was 4.64.4 and 6.25.6, respectively. Parameters related to RNFL thickness of right and left eyes average, superior, inferior, nasal, and temporal quadrant values were found to be similar in migraine and control subjects (


PubMed | Ophthalmology Clinic
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Current drug metabolism | Year: 2015

Subretinal neovascularization and pathologic ocular angiogenesis are common causes of progressive, irreversible impairment of central vision, and dramatically affect quality of life. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy has improved the quality of life for many patients with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other ocular diseases involving neovascularization and edema. In these pathologies, the inhibition of intraocular VEGF is the only therapy that can preserve vision. Four anti-VEGF drugs are currently used to treat ocular neovascularization; pegaptanib, ranibizumab, and aflibercept have been approved for this condition, while bevacizumab can be used off-label. Anti-VEGF therapy is administered regularly for many months or years because its suspension or discontinuation may cause recurrence of neovascularization. On the other hand, VEGF is necessary for the survival of retinal and choroidal endothelial cells. Experimental studies in animal models have shown that local inhibition of VEGF causes thinning and atrophy of the choriocapillaris and degeneration of photoreceptors, primarily cones. These studies combined with clinical experience indicated that prolonged VEGF inhibition could impair retinal function. Moreover, anti-VEGF compounds can cross the blood-retina barrier, enter the systemic circulation, and inhibit serum VEGF. Since circulating VEGF protects blood vessel integrity, prolonged anti-VEGF treatment could induce thromboembolic adverse events from vascular causes such as heart attack and stroke, and even death. The ocular dosing regimen and systemic toxicity of anti-VEGF compounds are therefore central concerns. A better understanding of this topic requires knowledge of the metabolism, tissue distribution, and clearance of anti-VEGF compounds. This manuscript reviews the properties of anti-VEGF compounds following intravitreal administration.

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