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  1. Anomalous enthalpy relaxation in vitreous silica

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    Yue, Yuanzheng

    2015-01-01

    It is a challenge to calorimetrically determine the glass transition temperature (Tg) of vitreous silica. Here, we demonstrate that this challenge mainly arises from the extremely high sensitivity of the Tg to the hydroxyl content, but also from decrease of the Tg with repeating the calorimetric...... scans. It is known that the liquid fragility (i.e., the speed of the viscous slow-down of a supercooled liquid at its Tg during cooling) has impact on enthalpy relaxation in glass. Here, we find that vitreous silica (as a strong system) exhibits striking anomalies in both glass transition and enthalpy...... relaxation compared to fragile oxide systems. The anomalous enthalpy relaxation of vitreous silica is discovered by performing the hyperquenching-annealing-calorimetry experiments. We argue that the strong systems like vitreous silica and vitreous Germania relax in a structurally cooperative manner, whereas...

  2. ESR of vitreous silica containing hydroxyl

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    Shendrik, A.V. (Latvijskij Gosudarstvennyj Univ., Riga (USSR))

    1981-09-16

    H(II) centers in vitreous silica containing Al or Ge were investigated by ESR measurements at 77 K. Vitreous silica samples were melted in an electric resistance furnace in hydrogen atmosphere or by SiCl/sub 4/ vapor oxidation in the flame of an oxyhydrogen burner and irradiated with /sup 60/Co-gamma doses of 5 x 10/sup 7/ rad at 300 K. It was found that hydrogen atoms are localized at the H(II) center near the non-bridging oxygen of the germanium-oxygen structural unit.

  3. Envelope Solitons in Acoustically Dispersive Vitreous Silica

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    Cantrell, John H.; Yost, William T.

    2012-01-01

    Acoustic radiation-induced static strains, displacements, and stresses are manifested as rectified or dc waveforms linked to the energy density of an acoustic wave or vibrational mode via the mode nonlinearity parameter of the material. An analytical model is developed for acoustically dispersive media that predicts the evolution of the energy density of an initial waveform into a series of energy solitons that generates a corresponding series of radiation-induced static strains (envelope solitons). The evolutionary characteristics of the envelope solitons are confirmed experimentally in Suprasil W1 vitreous silica. The value (-11.9 plus or minus 1.43) for the nonlinearity parameter, determined from displacement measurements of the envelope solitons via a capacitive transducer, is in good agreement with the value (-11.6 plus or minus 1.16) obtained independently from acoustic harmonic generation measurements. The agreement provides strong, quantitative evidence for the validity of the model.

  4. Does vitreous silica contradict the toxicity of the crystalline silica paradigm?

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    Ghiazza, Mara; Polimeni, Manuela; Fenoglio, Ivana; Gazzano, Elena; Ghigo, Dario; Fubini, Bice

    2010-03-15

    "Vitreous silica" is a particular form of amorphous silica, much neglected in experimental studies on silica toxicity. In spite of the incorrect term "quartz glass", often employed, this material is fully amorphous. When reduced in powdered form by grinding, the particulate appears most close to workplace quartz dust but, opposite to quartz, is not crystalline. As silicosis and lung cancer are also found among workers exposed to "quartz glass", the question arises of whether crystallinity is the prerequisite feature that makes a silica dust toxic. We compare here the behavior of comminuted quartz, vitreous silica, and monodispersed silica spheres, as it concerns surface reactivity and cellular responses involved in the accepted mechanisms of silica toxicity. Care was taken to choose samples of extreme purity, to avoid any effect due to trace contaminants. Quartz and vitreous silica, opposite to silica spheres, show irregular particles with sharp edges, stable surface radicals, and sustained release of HO(*) radicals via a Fenton-like mechanism. The evolution of the heat of adsorption of water as a function of coverage shows with quartz and vitreous silica a similar pattern of strong hydrophilic sites, nearly absent on the other silica specimen. When tested on a macrophage cell line (MH-S), vitreous silica and pure quartz, but not the monodispersed silica spheres, showed a remarkable potency in cytotoxicity, nitric oxide synthase activation and release of nitrite, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha production, suggesting a common behavior in inducing an oxidative stress. All of the above features appear to indicate that crystallinity might not be a necessary prerequisite to make a silica particle toxic.

  5. Acoustic spectroscopy for studies of vitreous silica up to 740 GHz

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    Kung-Hsuan Lin

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Due to the high attenuation in vitreous silica, acoustic attenuations in the THz regime are typically measured by incoherent techniques such as Raman, neutron, and X-ray scattering. Here, we utilized multiple-quantum-well structures to demonstrate acoustic spectroscopy of vitreous silica up to ∼740 THz. The acoustic properties of silica thin films prepared by physical and chemical deposition methods were characterized in the sub-THz regime. This technique can be useful in resolving debated issues relating to Boson peak around 1 THz.

  6. Crystalline silica in heated man-made vitreous fibres: a review.

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    Brown, Terry P; Harrison, Paul T C

    2014-02-01

    Refractory ceramic fibres (RCF) and alkaline earth silicate (AES) wools are types of man-made vitreous fibre (MMVF) that are used in demanding high-temperature industrial applications, generally above 900 °C and up to 1400 °C. When exposed to prolonged high temperatures, MMVF can devitrify with the formation of cristobalite and other crystalline silica species, which is of potential concern because crystalline silica (CS) is classified as carcinogenic. This article reviews the chemico-physical processes and morphological consequences of fibre devitrification, the forms and micro-location of CS produced, and the toxicity of devitrified fibres and the CS species formed in this way. It also examines scenarios for worker exposure to the products of fibre devitrification in industries using RCF and/or AES wools. We identify gaps in knowledge and make recommendations for future research. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. How thin should a vitreous silica layer be for boson peak measurement? (Conference Presentation)

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    Hung, Tsung-Chi; Huang, Yu-Ru; Sheu, Jinn-Kong; Sun, Chi-Kuang

    2017-02-01

    Amorphous materials, such as glasses, polymers, gels, or even bio-tissues, are an indispensable part of our lives. Unlike crystalline solids, amorphous materials exhibit some anomalous thermal properties that are still under debate. The reduced density of vibrational states versus sound frequency near 1THz disobeys the Debye model and shows a peak, usually termed the boson peak. This excess density of states is often related to a plateau in thermal conductivity and a maximum in the reduced heat capacity around 1-10 Kelvin. This boson peak is expected to provide extra acoustic attenuation for propagating acoustic waves with a frequency around 1THz. In this presentation, we discuss the optimal thickness of a vitreous silica layer in which the THz acoustic waves will propagate through to render the acoustic attenuation constant measurement. In this potential experiment, the thickness of the vitreous silica layer becomes a critical issue. It can't be too thick because the attenuation will be so high that the THz acoustic wave may be completely depleted; while it can't be too thin because the wavelength (several nanometers) of the THz acoustic wave can be much longer than the layer thickness and the resulted measurement accuracy will be compromised. In this study, by using femtosecond acoustics with a bandwidth over 1THz, we explore the sample thickness issue of this much-needed experiment. Results with different layer thickness will be presented and will be compared with the current direct or indirect measurement results.

  8. Thermal conductivity of vitreous silica from molecular dynamics simulations: The effects of force field, heat flux and system size

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    Tian, Ye; Du, Jincheng; Han, Wei; Zu, Xiaotao; Yuan, Xiaodong; Zheng, Wanguo

    2017-02-01

    The thermal conductivity of vitreous silica is computed using the direct method in molecular dynamics simulations with three sets of empirical force fields, including the BKS, Teter, and ReaxFF, to investigate their performance in thermal characterization. Various heat flux and system sizes are used in the simulations to evaluate the statistical uncertainty and the finite-size effect. While all these potentials can reproduce realistic silica structures, the ReaxFF provides better agreement with experiments at 300 K than the BKS and Teter, which is due to its improved description of low-frequency vibrations. Increasing the heat flux and cross-sectional area tends to reduce the calculated standard deviation induced by thermal fluctuations, thus contributing to more accurate thermal conductivity predictions.

  9. Characterizing Crystalline-Vitreous Structures: From Atomically Resolved Silica to Macroscopic Bubble Rafts

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    Burson, Kristen M.; Schlexer, Philomena; Bu¨chner, Christin; Lichtenstein, Leonid; Heyde, Markus; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2015-01-01

    A two-part experiment using bubble rafts to analyze amorphous structures is presented. In the first part, the distinctions between crystalline and vitreous structures are examined. In the second part, the interface between crystalline and amorphous regions is considered. Bubble rafts are easy to produce and provide excellent analogy to recent…

  10. Effect of neutron irradiation on the density of low-energy excitations in vitreous silica. [Neutron irradiation

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    Smith, Terry Lee [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States)

    1979-01-01

    Systematic low-temperature measurements of the thermal conductivity, specific heat, dielectric constant, and temperature-dependent ultrasound velocity were made on a single piece of vitreous silica. These measurements were repeated after fast neutron irradiation of the material. It was found that the irradiation produced changes of the same relative magnitude in the low-temperature excess specific heat Cex, the thermal conductivity κ the anomalous temperature dependence of the ultrasound velocity Δv/v. A corresponding change in the temperature dependent dielectric constant was not observed. It is therefore likely that kappa and Δv/v are determined by the same localized excitations responsible for Cex, but the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant may have a different, though possibly related, origin. A consistent account for the measured Cex, κ, and Δv/v of unirradiated silica is given by the tunneling-state model with a single, energy-dependent density of states. Changes in these three properties due to irradiation can be explained by altering only the density of tunneling states incorporated in the model.

  11. Irradiation induced densification and its correlation with three-membered rings in vitreous silica

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    Gavenda, T.; Gedeon, O.; Jurek, Karel

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 425, Oct (2015), s. 61-66 ISSN 0022-3093 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-12580S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : silica glass * electron irradiation * densification * Raman spectroscopy * glass topology * three-membered rings Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.825, year: 2015

  12. Temperature and hydroxyl concentration dependences of diffusion coefficients of hydroxyl groups in vitreous silica at temperatures of 850–1200 °C

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    Kuzuu, Nobu; Sato, Naoya; Arakawa, Yu; Horikoshi, Hideharu; Horii, Naohiro

    2017-11-01

    The hydroxyl concentration and temperature dependences of the diffusion coefficients of hydroxyl groups in vitreous silica were investigated by analyzing the change in the hydroxyl concentration distribution caused by heat treatment around the binding interface between silica glass plates with different hydroxyl concentrations. We confirmed experimentally that the diffusion coefficient is proportional to the hydroxyl concentration, which had been predicted theoretically, and obtained the empirical formula D(c OH) = [(4.9 ± 1.0) × 10‑14 m2/s·wt ppm] × exp[‑(8.1 ± 0.3) × 103 K/T] c OH with the hydroxyl concentration c OH and the absolute temperature T, which is valid at least in the temperature range of 850–1200 °C. Using the values calculated using this formula, we can reproduce the hydroxyl concentration profile after diffusion from a silica glass surface induced by heating in a water vapor atmosphere in the literature, which supports the validity of the empirical formula obtained in this study. The relationship between the effective diffusion coefficient in the literature and our result is discussed.

  13. Track formation in two amorphous insulators, vitreous silica and diamond like carbon: Experimental observations and description by the inelastic thermal spike model

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    Rotaru, C.; Pawlak, F.; Khalfaoui, N.; Dufour, C.; Perrière, J.; Laurent, A.; Stoquert, J. P.; Lebius, H.; Toulemonde, M.

    2012-02-01

    Vitreous silica thin film (a-SiO 2) and mixed deuterated and hydrogenated amorphous carbon thin film (a-C:D,H), grown or deposited, respectively, on silicon, have been irradiated at GANIL in the MeV/u energy range with ions between C and U in order to reach electronic energy loss between 0.7 and 25 keV/nm. The evolution of Si-O bonds and C-D bonds contents was determined by infrared absorption spectroscopy. Complementary physico-chemical characterization was performed for a-C:D,H using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA). For a-SiO 2, the band at 1076 cm -1 decreases with the appearance of a band at 1046 cm -1. In the case of the diamond like amorphous carbon, the main effects due to MeV/u ion irradiations are the decrease of sp 3 bonding content and of deuterium relative concentration (D/C atomic ratio) as a function of fluence with the appearance of the sp 1 bond. The cylinder radii in which these physical phenomena are confined can be deduced from a statistical analysis. Using the inelastic thermal spike model (i-TS) these track radii can be described using the electron-phonon mean free path which takes values equal to 3 and 0.9 nm for a-SiO 2 and a-C:D, respectively. Extrapolation to low energy range (˜1 MeV in total or ˜0.02 MeV/u) will be made.

  14. Vitreous substitutes: challenges and directions.

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    Gao, Qian-Ying; Fu, Yue; Hui, Yan-Nian

    2015-01-01

    The natural vitreous body has a fine structure and complex functions. The imitation of the natural vitreous body by vitreous substitutes is a challenging work for both researchers and ophthalmologists. Gases, silicone oil, heavy silicone oil and hydrogels, particularly the former two vitreous substitutes are clinically widely used with certain complications. Those, however, are not real artificial vitreous due to lack of structure and function like the natural vitreous body. This article reviews the situations, challenges, and future directions in the development of vitreous substitutes, particularly the experimental and clinical use of a new artificial foldable capsular vitreous body.

  15. Vitreous floaters (Conference Presentation)

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    Kershaw, K.; Nguyen, Derek; Yee, Kenneth; Nguyen, Justin A.; Harrington, Michael G.; Sebag, Jerry

    2017-02-01

    BACKGROUND: Vitreous opacities and posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) disturb vision by degrading contrast sensitivity (AJO 172:7-12, 2016). Increased light scattering is the presumed mechanism. To test this hypothesis, dynamic light scattering (DLS) was performed on excised vitreous of patients with clinically significant floaters, and compared to macular pucker controls. METHODS: Undiluted, unfixed vitreous was procured during 25-gauge vitrectomy in 14 subjects (age = 59 +/- 6.6 years) with clinically significant vitreous floaters, and 6 controls (age = 66.5 +/- 8.7 years; P = 0.10) with macular pucker. Total protein concentration was determined by fluorescent Quant-iTTM protein assay kit (Invitrogen/Molecular Probes, Eugene, OR) with bovine serum albumin (0500 ng/ml) as a standard. Fluorescence (excitation at 470 nm and emission at 570 nm) was measured using a Gemini XPS Dual-Scanning Microplate Spectrofluorometer and data analyzed using SoftMax Pro software (Molecular Devices, Sunnyvale, CA). DLS (NS300, Malvern Instruments, Westborough, MA) measurements were performed in each specimen after 10-fold dilution in phosphate buffered saline to optimize concentration in each specimen and determine the mean number of particles, the particle size distributions, and the average particle sizes. RESULTS: Total protein concentration in vitreous specimens trended higher in macular pucker controls (1037 +/- 1038 μg/mL) than eyes with vitreous floaters (353.7 +/- 141.1 μg/mL P = 0.08). When normalized to total protein concentration, the number of particles in vitreous from floater eyes was more than 2-fold greater than controls (P vitreous from floater subjects as compared to controls (P vitreous from floater eyes was 315.8 +/- 194.6 nm, compared to 147.7 +/- 129.3 nm in macular pucker controls (P = 0.039). CONCLUSIONS: Vitreous from eyes with clinically significant floaters contains more particles of larger sizes as compared to controls, likely accounting for the

  16. Investigating the micro-rheology of the vitreous humor using an optically trapped local probe

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    Watts, Fiona; Ean Tan, Lay; Wilson, Clive G.; Girkin, John M.; Tassieri, Manlio; Wright, Amanda J.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate that an optically trapped silica bead can be used as a local probe to measure the micro-rheology of the vitreous humor. The Brownian motion of the bead was observed using a fast camera and the micro-rheology determined by analysis of the time-dependent mean-square displacement of the bead. We observed regions of the vitreous that showed different degrees of viscoelasticity, along with the homogeneous and inhomogeneous nature of different regions. The motivation behind this study is to understand the vitreous structure, in particular changes due to aging, allowing more confident prediction of pharmaceutical drug behavior and delivery within the vitreous humor.

  17. Enhanced Vitreous Imaging in Uveitis.

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    Mahendradas, Padmamalini; Madhu, Sumukh; Kawali, Ankush; Sinha Roy, Abhijit; Vala, Ruchi; Vinekar, Anand; Shetty, Rohit

    2017-10-16

    To study the structural visibility of the posterior vitreous cavity and vitreoretinal interface using Spectral Domain-Optical Coherence Tomography in patients with uveitis using conventional, Enhanced Depth Imaging (EDI), Combined Depth Imaging (CDI), and Enhanced Vitreous Imaging (EVI) techniques. It was an observational cross-sectional study of 59 eyes of 33 patients between age group 12-72 years (Median 43) diagnosed as uveitis with posterior segment manifestations underwent OCT using conventional, EDI, CDI, and EVI techniques. The visibility of posterior vitreous was graded in all the techniques. A statistically significant difference was seen in posterior vitreous visibility on comparing all four techniques. EVI showed better visibility of posterior vitreous cavity compared to all other techniques (P vitreous compared to conventional, EDI, and CDI techniques.

  18. Vitreous Diagnosis in Neoplastic Diseases

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    Mónica Asencio-Duran

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Vitreous body is an intraocular structure, origin of diverse pathologies, but is also the place where cells and inflammatory mediators are released coming from several pathologic processes. These inflammatory reactions can happen in any other ocular location like choroid, retina, optic nerve, or ciliary body and vitreous humor constitutes a stagnant reservoir for these resulting substances and debris. Through the recent techniques of vitreous collecting, handling, and analysis, increasingly more sophisticated and with fewer complications, cellularity and molecules in the vitreous of challenging pathologies for the ophthalmologist can now be studied. The most usefulness for vitreous diagnosis would be the masquerade syndromes, and the best exponent in this group is the primary vitreoretinal lymphoma (PVRL, in which cytology and an IL-10/IL-6 ratio more than 1 is fundamental for the diagnosis.

  19. [The vitreous and the macula].

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    Kishi, Shoji

    2015-03-01

    The macula is a site where various vitreoretinal disorders occur. In 1983 we started to observe the retinal surface of postmortem eyes with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). We investigated the anatomy of the vitreous in postmortem eyes by slit lamp biomicroscopy. The novel anatomy of the premacular vitreous led us to conduct a clinical study of vitreomacular interface diseases. In 1997, time domain optical coherence tomography(OCT) became available which facilitated visualization of the vitreoretinal interface. Swept source OCT which was introduced in 2012 can depict liquefied lacunae in the vitreous. It enabled us to elucidate the mechanism of vitreoretinal diseases. I. SEM revealed the remnants of vitreous cortex at fovea with high incidence (44%), which suggests strong vitreoretinal attachment at the fovea and vitreous cortex origin of the epiretinal membrane. II. We studied the anatomy of the vitreous in postmortem eyes. The vitreous of bisected eye balls was stained by fluorescein and immersed in water and observed by slit-lamp biomicroscopy. We discovered a "posterior precortical vitreous pocket (PPVP)" in adult eyes without posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). III. We performed clinical study in various vitreoretinal diseases based on the novel vitreous anatomy and explained their mechanism. 1. In diabetic retinopathy, ring shaped fibrovascular tissue surrounding the macula is formed along the outer margin of the PPVP. Although PVD progresses outside the PPVP, its posterior wall remains attached to the retina, which causes macular traction or cystoid macular edema. 2. In eyes with idiopathic epimacular membrane (IEM), detached vitreous cortex had an oval defect corresponding to the IEM. Posterior wall of the PPVP that is premacular vitreous cortex appeared to be the framework of IEM. 3. During vitrectomy for macular hole, premacular round defect appears when PVD is created. The residual cortex on the macula is fibrous membrane with elasticity. The

  20. Spatial Variations in Vitreous Oxygen Consumption.

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    Murali, Karthik; Kang, Dongyang; Nazari, Hossein; Scianmarello, Nicholas; Cadenas, Enrique; Tai, Yu-Chong; Kashani, Amir; Humayun, Mark

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the spatial variation of vitreous oxygen consumption in enucleated porcine eyes. A custom made oxygen source was fabricated that could be localized to either the mid or posterior vitreous cavity and steady state vitreous oxygen tension was measured as a function of distance from the source using a commercially available probe. The reaction rate constant of ascorbate oxidation was estimated ex vivo by measuring the change in oxygen tension over time using vitreous harvested from porcine eyes. Vitreous ascorbate from mid and posterior vitreous was measured spectrophotometrically. When the oxygen source was placed in either the mid-vitreous (N = 6) or the posterior vitreous (N = 6), we measured a statistically significant decrease in vitreous oxygen tension as a function of distance from the oxygen source when compared to control experiments without an oxygen source; (pvitreous and pvitreous at all distances). The mid-vitreous oxygen tension change was significantly different from the posterior vitreous oxygen tension change at 2 and 3mm distances from the respective oxygen source (pvitreous as compared to posterior vitreous (p = 0.02). We determined the reaction rate constant, k = 1.61 M(-1) s(-1) ± 0.708 M(-1) s(-1) (SE), of the oxidation of ascorbate which was modeled following a second order rate equation. Our data demonstrates that vitreous oxygen consumption is higher in the posterior vitreous compared to the mid-vitreous. We also show spatial variations in vitreous ascorbate concentration.

  1. Detection of Treponema pallidum in the vitreous by PCR

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    Müller, M; Ewert, I; Hansmann, F; Tiemann, C; Hagedorn, H J; Solbach, W; Roider, J; Nölle, B; Laqua, H; Hoerauf, H

    2007-01-01

    Background Ocular involvement of syphilis still poses a clinical challenge due to the chameleonic behaviour of the disease. As the serodiagnosis has significant limitations, the direct detection of Treponema pallidum (TP) in the vitreous represents a desirable diagnostic tool. Methods Real‐time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the detection of TP was applied in diagnostic vitrectomies of two patients with acute chorioretinitis. Qualitative verification of TP by real‐time PCR and melting point analysis according to a modified protocol was ruled out. Patients underwent complete ophthalmological examination with fundus photographs, fluorescein angiography, serological examination, antibiotic treatment and follow‐up. Results In two cases of acute chorioretinitis of unknown origin, real‐time PCR of vitreous specimens of both patients provided evidence of TP and was 100% specific. Initial diagnosis of presumed viral retinitis was ruled out by PCR of vitreous specimen. Patients were treated with systemic antibiotics and showed prompt improvement in visual function and resolution of fundus lesions. Conclusions With real‐time PCR, detection of TP in the vitreous was possible and delivered a sensitive, quick and inexpensive answer to a disease rather difficult to assess. In cases of acute chorioretinitis, the use of PCR‐based assays of vitreous specimens in the diagnostic evaluation of patients is advisable. Although syphilitic chorioretinitis is a rare disease, PCR should include search for TP, as diagnostic dilemmas prolong definitive treatment in a sight‐threatening disease. PMID:17108014

  2. [Artificial vitreous body: Strategies for vitreous body substitutes].

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    Mariacher, S; Szurman, P

    2015-07-01

    Although numerous advances have been made in technology and techniques of pars plana vitrectomy and tamponades, there are still unsolved issues, such as proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), multiple retinal breaks and persistent hypotonia. All available internal tamponades (e.g, gases, oils and fluorocarbons) are hydrophobic, so they approximate the neurosensory retina to the retinal pigment epithelium due to buoyant force and surface tension. Even though these tamponade materials exhibit various beneficial attributes in the clinical application, the hydrophobic nature has clear disadvantages and compartmentalization and significant incidence of PVR development still occur. An ideal vitreous body substitute should mimic the native human vitreous body, in both form and function. Vitreous body substitutes, such as hydrogels fulfill the biophysical needs in a similar manner to the natural vitreous body by providing an internal tamponade effect through swelling pressure and viscosity. New approaches range from cross-linked semisynthetic to synthetic polymers. These hydrogels have a good biocompatibility, optical clarity, a refractive index and rheological properties that are similar to the natural human vitreous body and are able to act as anti-adhesive and anti-migrative agents and can therefore reduce PVR. Furthermore, hydrogels could also serve as controlled-release drug-delivery systems for anti-proliferative, neuroprotective or nutritive drugs.

  3. Lens-sparing vitreous surgery for infantile amblyogenic vitreous hemorrhage.

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    Capone, Antonio

    2003-12-01

    To report on a series of infants with amblyogenic vitreous and/or subinternal limiting membrane hemorrhage managed by lens-sparing vitrectomy. Retrospective case series studying retinal attachment status and visual acuity. Eleven eyes sustained vitreous hemorrhage as a consequence of shaken baby syndrome, 1 due to hyaloidal canal hemorrhage extending into the vitreous, 1 due to Terson syndrome, 1 due to birth trauma, and 2 due to a presumed coagulation disorder. Age of the patients at the time of surgery ranged from 2 to 23 months (age adjusted for prematurity). Follow-up ranged from 7 to 81 months (mean, 28 months). Ten eyes had visual improvement. Two infants with shaken baby syndrome had bilateral nonrecordable flash visual evoked potential before surgery; one eye of one infant had a better than expected visual outcome after surgery. One eye sustained a retinal tear without detachment. One eye in an infant with severe shaken baby syndrome and traumatic retinopathy developed a total rhegmatogenous retinal detachment with proliferative vitreoretinopathy. Infantile amblyogenic vitreous hemorrhage may be effectively managed by lens-sparing vitreous surgery. Visual outcome of shaken baby syndrome may be limited as a consequence of structural damage to the retina, optic nerve, or posterior visual pathways.

  4. [Non-traumatic vitreous hemorrhage].

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    Conart, J-B; Berrod, J-P

    2016-02-01

    Spontaneous vitreous hemorrhage is a serious disease whose incidence is 7 per 100,000 people per year. Posterior vitreous detachment with or without retinal tear, diabetic retinopathy, vascular proliferation after retinal vein occlusion, age-related macular degeneration and Terson's syndrome are the most common causes. Repeated ultrasonography may ignore a retinal tear or detachment and delay vitrectomy that is the only treatment for serious forms. The occurrence of retinal tear or detachment is a surgical emergency as well as rubeosis or diabetic tractional retinal detachment involving the macula. Intravitreal injection of antiangiogenic agents are helpful in clearing the vitreous cavity, facilitating laser photocoagulation and reducing the risks of bleeding during preretinal neovascular membranes dissection. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  5. Systemic Treatment of Vitreous Inflammation

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    John B. Christoforidis

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Non infectious vitreous inflammation is often vision threatening and can be associated with potentially life-threatening systemic conditions. Treatment is often challenging as it involves systemic medications that can be associated with adverse effects. The classes of drugs are ever expanding and include corticosteroids, antimetabolites, alkylating agents, T-cell and calcineurin agents, biologic agents, and interferons. Each class of systemic therapy for non-infectious vitreous inflammation is reviewed. We discuss the mechanisms of action, usual clinical dosages, the specific conditions that are treated, the adverse effects, and usual course of treatment for each class of therapy.

  6. Measurement of interleukins in vitreous infusion fluid.

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    Kase, Satoru; Yokoi, Masahiko; Ishida, Susumu; Kase, Manabu

    2015-11-01

    Measurements of interleukin (IL)-6 and -10 concentrations in the vitreous can be used to differentiate intraocular lymphoma (IOL) from uveitis. This is the first study reporting the IL-6 and -10 concentrations in the undiluted vitreous fluid and vitreous infusion fluid, which were simultaneously examined in the patients. A total of 2 females presented with intraocular inflammation, and underwent pars plana vitrectomy. Undiluted anterior vitreous and vitreous infusion fluid were collected simultaneously. IL concentrations were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay systems. Vitreous infusion fluid of 20 ml was eventually collected following completion of core vitrectomy in the two patients. IL-6 concentrations of the first patient were 513 and 106 pg/ml in the undiluted vitreous and the infusion fluid, respectively, while those of the second patient were 263 and 29 pg/ml. By contrast, IL-10 was under the detectable levels in all the fluids. The IL-10/-6 ratio was vitreous fluid. The two patients were eventually diagnosed with uveitis. Measurements of IL concentrations in the vitreous infusion fluid provided significant evidence on the differential diagnosis between IOL and uveitis, when considering how vitreous infusion fluid was diluted. The present study highlighted a novel application of cytokine analyses using the vitreous infusion fluid, which may contribute to the development of future translational researches on uveitis/IOL patients.

  7. Vitreous Substitutes: The Present and the Future

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    Caprani, Simona Maria; Airaghi, Giulia; Bartalena, Luigi; Testa, Francesco; Mariotti, Cesare; Porta, Giovanni; Simonelli, Francesca

    2014-01-01

    Vitreoretinal surgery has advanced in numerous directions during recent years. The removal of the vitreous body is one of the main characteristics of this surgical procedure. Several molecules have been tested in the past to fill the vitreous cavity and to mimic its functions. We here review the currently available vitreous substitutes, focusing on their molecular properties and functions, together with their adverse effects. Afterwards we describe the characteristics of the ideal vitreous substitute. The challenges facing every ophthalmology researcher are to reach a long-term intraocular permanence of vitreous substitute with total inertness of the molecule injected and the control of inflammatory reactions. We report new polymers with gelification characteristics and smart hydrogels representing the future of vitreoretinal surgery. Finally, we describe the current studies on vitreous regeneration and cell cultures to create new intraocular gels with optimal biocompatibility and rheological properties. PMID:24877085

  8. Diagnostic Imaging Of The Vitreous By Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Itakura H

    2013-01-01

    Recently, a new treatment to the vitreoretinal interface diseases, vitreous injection of enzymatic vitreous melting drug is beginning to take place. This is a treatment to release the adhesion between the incompletely detached vitreous and the retina. Because the vitreous is transparent, to observe the relationship between the vitreous and the retina using only slit lamp microscope is difficult, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is necessary for adaptation decision of the vitreous injection....

  9. Fibrinolysis in normal vitreous liquid.

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    Bertelmann, Thomas; Stief, Thomas; Bölöni, Reka; Schulze, Stephan; Wenner, Yaroslava; Sekundo, Walter; Mennel, Stefan

    2014-04-01

    Plasmin is the key enzyme of fibrinolysis. Plasmin-alpha2-antiplasmin (PAP) complexes are biomarkers of fibrinolysis activation. The purpose of our investigation was to evaluate the activity of fibrinolysis in normal human eyes, that is in eyes without blood-retina barrier breakdown (BRB), which has not been investigated so far. Twenty-two vitreal samples were harvested at the beginning of a standard 23-gauge three-port pars plana vitrectomy for macular pucker removal, macular hole closure or vitreal floater removal from the central vitreous body. These samples were immediately stabilized with human albumin (2.5% final conc.) and arginine (1.25 mmol/l final conc.) and subsequently frozen. Plasminogen was functionally determined in an ultra-sensitive pNA reaction after activation with streptokinase (100% = functional plasminogen in pooled normal citrated plasma). PAP concentrations were measured by enzyme immune assay (EIA). Intravitreal functional plasminogen exhibited to be 1 ± 0.65% (range: 0.2-2.49%). PAP concentrations ranged at levels of 14 ± 9ng/ml (range: 2-33 ng/ml). Pearson's correlation quotient between functional plasminogen and PAP revealed to be r equal to -0.27 (P = 0.221). No adverse events or serious side effects occurred. Sampling vitreous fluid at the beginning of a standard 23-gauge three-port pars plana vitrectomy is a well tolerated procedure. A strict stabilization procedure for extracted vitreous specimen is necessary to obtain activities and concentrations that are close to the true intraocular value. There is a basal intraocular fibrinolysis, a possible target for intravitreal pharmacological therapy.

  10. Thanatochemistry: Study of vitreous humor potassium | Tumram ...

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    This study has been carried out to determine the death interval from the biochemical parameter of vitreous potassium. In 308 medicolegal cases vitreous humor was taken and analyzed for potassium with known time of death. There was a linear rise in potassium concentration with increasing death interval. Regression ...

  11. Vitreous cysts in patients with retinitis pigmentosa.

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    Yoshida, Noriko; Ikeda, Yasuhiro; Murakami, Yusuke; Nakatake, Shunji; Tachibana, Takashi; Notomi, Shoji; Hisatomi, Toshio; Ishibashi, Tatsuro

    2015-11-01

    To determine the prevalence of vitreous cysts in patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 435 consecutive patients diagnosed as having typical RP. Vitreous cysts were diagnosed in 37 eyes of 28 patients with RP (13 males and 15 females; mean age 47.0 ± 19.8 years; range 15-79 years), for an overall prevalence of 6.4%. The cysts were observed bilaterally in nine of the patients (32.1%). Among these 28 patients, 11 (39.3%) were younger than 40 years. In all, 81.8% of the vitreous cysts were detected around the optic nerve head. We demonstrated that the prevalence of vitreous cysts was 6.4% in patients with RP. These cysts were considered to be asymptomatic.

  12. Vitreous anatomy and the vitreomacular correlation.

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    Kishi, Shoji

    2016-07-01

    The presence of a posterior precortical vitreous pocket, referred to as a precortical pocket, implies that the vitreous cortex is formed into a collagen sheet separated from the gel in the macula. Along with strong vitreoretinal attachment at the fovea, the precortical pocket plays a role in perifoveal posterior vitreous detachments, which may lead to macular holes, premacular membranes, and ring-shaped proliferation in diabetic retinopathy. I and my colleagues published pioneer studies of the vitreous in postmortem eyes. Here, the role of the precortical pocket in various vitreoretinal interface diseases is discussed. Swept-source optical coherence tomography showed development of the precortical pocket, the connecting channel, and Cloquet's canal during early childhood. These findings raised the possibility that aqueous humor may drain into the precortical pocket. The physiologic role of the drainage route is also discussed. Crosstalk between the anterior chamber and macula is an attractive hypothesis and remains to be elucidated.

  13. VITREOUS HEMORRHAGE FROM CARBON MONOXIDE RETINOPATHY.

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    Levin, Moran; Hall, Jason P; Guerami, Amir

    2016-01-01

    To report the observation of a case of carbon monoxide poisoning in a 5-year-old child causing significant vision loss, retinal hemorrhages, and bilateral vitreous hemorrhage. A 5-year-old male patient underwent ophthalmologic examination including indirect ophthalmoscopy with a 20D lens, slit-lamp biomicroscopy, and bilateral 25 gauge pars plana vitrectomies. The patient did not fix and follow, but did blink in response to bright light. Pupils were reactive without afferent pupillary defect. Anterior examination was unremarkable and intraocular pressures were normal. Dilated funduscopic examination showed diffuse white, fluffy appearing vitreous haze bilaterally overlying the macula with scattered retinal hemorrhages and Roth spots throughout both retinas. The patient subsequently underwent 25 gauge pars plana vitrectomies in each eye, and findings during surgery were suggestive of vitreous hemorrhage in both eyes. Vitreous biopsy did not reveal any infectious or inflammatory cells. This is the second case of carbon monoxide poisoning causing vitreous changes. Given our findings, along with retinal hemorrhages, disk edema, retinal vein tortuosity, and internal limiting membrane hemorrhages, vitreous hemorrhage can be included as a manifestation of carbon monoxide retinopathy.

  14. Vitreous Amyloidosis: Ocular, Systemic, and Genetic Insights.

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    Venkatesh, Pradeep; Selvan, Harathy; Singh, Sundararajan Baskar; Gupta, Divya; Kashyap, Seema; Temkar, Shreyas; Gogia, Varun; Tripathy, Koushik; Chawla, Rohan; Vohra, Rajpal

    2017-07-01

    To report the unique clinical and surgical characteristics encountered in eyes with vitreous amyloidosis. Systemic evaluation and visual outcome after vitrectomy are discussed. A novel mutation in the transthyretin gene (TTR) in Indian patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) is described. Retrospective, observational study. Ten eyes of 5 patients from 2 pedigrees with a diagnosis of vitreous amyloidosis. Detailed history, pedigree charting, systemic and ocular examination of 10 eyes (5 patients from 2 pedigrees) were carried out. Tests were performed to rule out vitreitis, retinal vasculitis, vitreous hemorrhage, and systemic amyloidosis. Genetic analysis to identify the mutation was performed in 1 patient. Vitreous biopsy, followed by 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy, was performed in the same sitting in all cases. Samples were sent for Congo red staining and polarized microscopy. Patients were followed up on days 1, 7, and 28 and then every 2 months. Visual acuity assessment, intraocular pressure measurement, and fundus examination were performed each time. Mutations in TTR and postoperative visual acuity. Mean age at presentation was 32 years, with a 3:2 male-to-female distribution. Family history was positive in all patients. Nine eyes had pseudopodia lentis, whereas all 10 had glass wool-like vitreous. Glaucoma developed in 1 patient (2 eyes). Waxy paper-like vitreous with firm vitreous adhesions beyond major arcades and along retinal vessels was noted during surgery in all eyes. Congo red staining and apple green birefringence demonstrated vitreous amyloidosis. The mean preoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 1.39±0.64 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR), whereas the postoperative BCVA improved to 0.17±0.07 logMAR (P = 0.004). Gene sequencing revealed a phenylalanine→isoleucine mutation in the 33rd position of exon 2 of TTR in 1 patient of 1 pedigree, confirming the diagnosis of FAP. Two patients subsequently

  15. Vascular remnants in the rabbit vitreous body. I. Morphological characteristics and relationship to vitreous embryonic development

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    Los, LI; Van Luyn, MJA; Nieuwenhuis, P

    Using light and transmission electron microscopy, we observed novel structures in the rabbit vitreous body. They were found in 18 out of 27 eyes from rabbits 0.5-36 months of age. These structures are scattered throughout the entire vitreous matrix. By light and transmission electron microscopy,

  16. Pigmented Free-Floating Posterior Vitreous Cyst

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    Claudia Bruè

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Vitreous cysts are very rare ocular malformations. In this observational case study, we report on an unusual case of a pigmented free-floating vitreous cyst and discuss its differential diagnosis. A 14-year-old male was referred to ophthalmology for a pigmented lesion in his left eye. He complained of an intermittent floater in the left eye. Visual acuity was 20/20 in the right eye and 20/40 in the left eye. Fundus examination was unremarkable bilaterally, except for a piece of brownish oval material floating in the vitreous in the left eye. He had received a knock on the left side of his head a few days before the visual discomfort of the left eye. Real-time ultrasound of the left eye detected a piece of hyperechogenic spherical material with no internal reflectivity, floating in the middle of the vitreous. The first use of color Doppler ultrasound in this context indicated no arterial flow, ruling out the presence of a persistent hyaloid artery. Intraocular cysts are rare ocular disorders, which have been divided into clear and pigmented cysts, and into those that occupy the anterior chamber, the retrolental space, and the vitreous cavity. This last is extremely rare. We describe such a case.

  17. Flow inside an eye under vitreous surgery

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    Kono, Daiki; Sakamoto, Shun; Sakakibara, Jun

    2014-11-01

    Vitreous is a clear gel filling the space between crystalline lens and retina in human eye. Under circumstances where the vitreous becomes opaque due to bleeding or other disease, ophthalmologist removes the vitreous from eye by cutting and sucking through a pipe named vitreous cutter, and meanwhile replaces fluid in the eye with a balanced salt solution by injecting it through the infusion port. Jet flow from the infusion port may cause intense flow. Consequently, this may generate a pressure and a shear stress on the retinal wall and possibly lead to the damage of retinal cell. In this study, we visualized the flow inside eye and estimated the shear stress on the retinal wall under the vitreous surgery. Instead of using human eye, we used a spherical shell model simulating human eyeball, and measured the two dimensional distribution of two-component velocity by PIV. Under the condition of Re=66 to 99, which meet in the actual operation, the maximum shear stress reaches 0.4 Pa. This value is insufficient to cause retinal detachment, while any physiological effect on the retinal endothelial cells is still unclear. Flow field under higher Re will be presented in the talk. Supported by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science under Grant No. 25289026.

  18. Diffusion Regulation in the Vitreous Humor

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    Käsdorf, Benjamin Tillmann; Arends, Fabienna; Lieleg, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    The efficient treatment of many ocular diseases depends on the rapid diffusive distribution of solutes such as drugs or drug delivery vehicles through the vitreous humor. However, this multicomponent hydrogel possesses selective permeability properties, which allow for the diffusion of certain molecules and particles, whereas others are immobilized. In this study, we perform an interspecies comparison showing that the selective permeability properties of the vitreous are conserved across several mammalian species. We identify the polyanionic glycosaminoglycans hyaluronic acid and heparan sulfate as two key macromolecules that establish this selective permeability. We show that electrostatic interactions between the polyanionic macromolecules and diffusing solutes can be weakened by charge screening or enzymatic glycosaminoglycan digestion. Furthermore, molecule penetration into the vitreous is also charge-dependent and only efficient as long as the net charge of the molecule does not exceed a certain threshold. PMID:26588575

  19. Floating Vitreous Cyst: Two Clinical Cases

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    Alenka Lavric

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To report two cases of solitary unilateral vitreous cyst. Methods: A complete ocular examination, fundus photography, B-scan ultrasound and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography were performed in both patients. Results: The first patient (a 39-year-old man presented with transient blurred vision in the right eye. The second patient (a 78-year-old man reported transient blurred vision in the right eye when changing head position. He was referred to the Eye Hospital because of vitreomacular traction in the other eye. After examination, a diagnosis of vitreous cyst was made in both cases. Conclusions: Vitreous cysts are rare clinical findings. They can occur in normal eyes or in eyes with certain ocular pathologies. When a cyst floats into the visual axis area, it can disturb visual function; therefore, patients usually report transient blurring of vision. A prompt clinical examination is necessary for differentiating this rare condition.

  20. Factors associated with pentosidine accumulation in the human vitreous

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    Van Deemter, Marielle; Bank, Ruud A.; Vehof, Jelle; Hooymans, Johanna M. M.; Los, Leonoor I.

    Purpose: To explore factors associated with pentosidine accumulation in the human vitreous. Methods: Vitreous samples were obtained during trans pars plana vitrectomy for macular hole or rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. Patient characteristics included age, gender, and diabetes mellitus. Ocular

  1. Pentosidine accumulates in the aging vitreous body: a gender effect

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    van Deemter, M.; Ponsioen, T.L.; Bank, R.A.; Snabel, J.M.M.; van der Worp, R.J.; Hooymans, J.M.M.; Los, L.I.

    2009-01-01

    The human vitreous body undergoes structural changes with aging. This can be followed by a posterior vitreous detachment, which can result in ocular pathology. As in many collagenous tissues, age-related changes in the vitreous could be caused by the formation of advanced glycation end products

  2. Pentosidine accumulates in the aging vitreous body: A gender effect

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    Deemter, M. van; Ponsioen, T.L.; Bank, R.A.; Snabel, J.M.M.; Worp, R.J. van der; Hooymans, J.M.M.; Los, L.I.

    2009-01-01

    The human vitreous body undergoes structural changes with aging. This can be followed by a posterior vitreous detachment, which can result in ocular pathology. As in many collagenous tissues, age-related changes in the vitreous could be caused by the formation of advanced glycation end products

  3. Pentosidine accumulates in the aging vitreous body : A gender effect

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    van Deemter, M.; Ponsioen, T. L.; Bank, R. A.; Snabel, J. M. M.; van der Worp, R. J.; Hooymans, J. M. M.; Los, L. I.

    The human vitreous body undergoes structural changes with aging. This can be followed by a posterior vitreous detachment, which can result in ocular pathology. As in many collagenous tissues, age-related changes in the vitreous could be caused by the formation of advanced glycation end products

  4. Relationship between Central Corneal Thickness, Vitreous ...

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    The central corneal thickness (CCT), Vitreous chamber depth (VCD) and axial length (AL) are important ocular parameters used in the assessment of ocular health in relation to some ocular morbidities. Determining the differences in these parameters in relation to each other is fundamental to understanding the general eye ...

  5. A flute syringe for vitreous surgery.

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    Escoffery, R F; Grand, M G

    1980-11-01

    We have devised a method whereby an inexpensive, disposable tuberculin syringe may be used as a flute syringe with retrograde flushing capability. This syringe is particularly useful in vitreous surgery and alleviates problems that occur with commercially available instruments of this type.

  6. Biochemical analysis of the living human vitreous.

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    Kokavec, Jan; Min, San H; Tan, Mei H; Gilhotra, Jagjit S; Newland, Henry S; Durkin, Shane R; Grigg, John; Casson, Robert J

    2016-09-01

    To date, our understanding of the biochemical composition of the living human vitreous relies on extrapolations from animal or human post-mortem studies. This was a cross-sectional study of vitreous samples from 27 individuals scheduled for retinal surgery within a tertiary hospital. From each vitreous sample, the concentrations of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, glucose, lactate, β- hydroxybutyrate, copper, zinc, selenium, iron, ferritin and transferrin and osmolality were measured. Perioperative serum samples were also obtained for comparison. The following vitreous mean ± standard deviation (95% confidence interval of the mean) was observed for each analyte: sodium, 146.7 ± 3.3 (145.4-148.0) mmol/L; potassium, 5.73 ± 0.86 (5.39-6.08) mmol/L; chloride, 121.6 ± 2.6 (120.6-122.7) mmol/L; calcium, 1.128 ± 0.518 (0.923-1.333) mmol/L; magnesium, 0.900 ± 0.158 (0.838-0.962) mmol/L; glucose, 2.97 ± 0.98 (2.58-3.36) mmol/L; lactate, 3.97 ± 1.09 (3.54-4.40) mmol/L; osmolality, 289.5 ± 6.9 (286.6-292.5) mOsm/kg; BOHB, 0.0937 ± 0.0472 (0.0750-0.1124) mmol/L; copper, 0.519 ± 0.269 (0.412-0.625) µmol/L; zinc, 1.95 ± 1.09 (1.52-2.38) µmol/L; selenium, 0.1035 ± 0.0276 (0.0923-0.1146) µmol/L; iron, 3.11 ± 1.40 (2.56-3.66) µmol/L; ferritin, 19.5 ± 10.3 (15.5-23.6) µg/L; transferrin, 0.0878 ± 0.0526 (0.0670-0.1086) g/L. Vitreous biochemistry was not significantly different between male and female participants. Vitreous biochemistry was significantly different between non-diabetic and diabetic participants. Vitreous biochemistry was significantly different from the vitreous substitute BSS Plus (Alcon, USA). The vitreous extracted from living humans was markedly different from the commonly reported reference values obtained from animal studies. The current data provide hitherto unavailable information about the biochemical composition of the living human vitreous. © 2016 Royal

  7. Proteomic Interactions in the Mouse Vitreous-Retina Complex

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    Skeie, Jessica M.; Mahajan, Vinit B.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Human vitreoretinal diseases are due to presumed abnormal mechanical interactions between the vitreous and retina, and translational models are limited. This study determined whether nonstructural proteins and potential retinal biomarkers were expressed by the normal mouse vitreous and retina. Methods Vitreous and retina samples from mice were collected by evisceration and analyzed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Identified proteins were further analyzed for differential expression and functional interactions using bioinformatic software. Results We identified 1,680 unique proteins in the retina and 675 unique proteins in the vitreous. Unbiased clustering identified protein pathways that distinguish retina from vitreous including oxidative phosphorylation and neurofilament cytoskeletal remodeling, whereas the vitreous expressed oxidative stress and innate immunology pathways. Some intracellular protein pathways were found in both retina and vitreous, such as glycolysis and gluconeogenesis and neuronal signaling, suggesting proteins might be shuttled between the retina and vitreous. We also identified human disease biomarkers represented in the mouse vitreous and retina, including carbonic anhydrase-2 and 3, crystallins, macrophage inhibitory factor, glutathione peroxidase, peroxiredoxins, S100 precursors, and von Willebrand factor. Conclusions Our analysis suggests the vitreous expresses nonstructural proteins that functionally interact with the retina to manage oxidative stress, immune reactions, and intracellular proteins may be exchanged between the retina and vitreous. This novel proteomic dataset can be used for investigating human vitreoretinopathies in mouse models. Validation of vitreoretinal biomarkers for human ocular diseases will provide a critical tool for diagnostics and an avenue for therapeutics. PMID:24312404

  8. Proteomic interactions in the mouse vitreous-retina complex.

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    Jessica M Skeie

    Full Text Available Human vitreoretinal diseases are due to presumed abnormal mechanical interactions between the vitreous and retina, and translational models are limited. This study determined whether nonstructural proteins and potential retinal biomarkers were expressed by the normal mouse vitreous and retina.Vitreous and retina samples from mice were collected by evisceration and analyzed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Identified proteins were further analyzed for differential expression and functional interactions using bioinformatic software.We identified 1,680 unique proteins in the retina and 675 unique proteins in the vitreous. Unbiased clustering identified protein pathways that distinguish retina from vitreous including oxidative phosphorylation and neurofilament cytoskeletal remodeling, whereas the vitreous expressed oxidative stress and innate immunology pathways. Some intracellular protein pathways were found in both retina and vitreous, such as glycolysis and gluconeogenesis and neuronal signaling, suggesting proteins might be shuttled between the retina and vitreous. We also identified human disease biomarkers represented in the mouse vitreous and retina, including carbonic anhydrase-2 and 3, crystallins, macrophage inhibitory factor, glutathione peroxidase, peroxiredoxins, S100 precursors, and von Willebrand factor.Our analysis suggests the vitreous expresses nonstructural proteins that functionally interact with the retina to manage oxidative stress, immune reactions, and intracellular proteins may be exchanged between the retina and vitreous. This novel proteomic dataset can be used for investigating human vitreoretinopathies in mouse models. Validation of vitreoretinal biomarkers for human ocular diseases will provide a critical tool for diagnostics and an avenue for therapeutics.

  9. Proteomic Insight into the Molecular Function of the Vitreous

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    Skeie, Jessica M.; Roybal, C. Nathaniel; Mahajan, Vinit B.

    2015-01-01

    The human vitreous contains primarily water, but also contains proteins which have yet to be fully characterized. To gain insight into the four vitreous substructures and their potential functions, we isolated and analyzed the vitreous protein profiles of three non-diseased human eyes. The four analyzed substructures were the anterior hyaloid, the vitreous cortex, the vitreous core, and the vitreous base. Proteins were separated by multidimensional liquid chromatography and identified by tandem mass spectrometry. Bioinformatics tools then extracted the expression profiles, signaling pathways, and interactomes unique to each tissue. From each substructure, a mean of 2,062 unique proteins were identified, with many being differentially expressed in a specific substructure: 278 proteins were unique to the anterior hyaloid, 322 to the vitreous cortex, 128 to the vitreous base, and 136 to the vitreous core. When the identified proteins were organized according to relevant functional pathways and networks, key patterns appeared. The blood coagulation pathway and extracellular matrix turnover networks were highly represented. Oxidative stress regulation and energy metabolism proteins were distributed throughout the vitreous. Immune functions were represented by high levels of immunoglobulin, the complement pathway, damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), and evolutionarily conserved antimicrobial proteins. The majority of vitreous proteins detected were intracellular proteins, some of which originate from the retina, including rhodopsin (RHO), phosphodiesterase 6 (PDE6), and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). This comprehensive analysis uncovers a picture of the vitreous as a biologically active tissue, where proteins localize to distinct substructures to protect the intraocular tissues from infection, oxidative stress, and energy disequilibrium. It also reveals the retina as a potential source of inflammatory mediators. The vitreous proteome catalogues the

  10. Recent Advances and History of Vitreous Surgery

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    Tatsuya Mimura

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available There have been tremendous advances in the small-gauge pars plana vitrectomy (PPV systems. This review provides an overview of the recent advances and state of the art of vitreous surgery. The two most innovative advancements that have been developed in this area are the small-gauge cutter and the new illuminating systems. Compared to the traditional 20-gauge PPV, transconjunctival sutureless small-gauge PPV is a safe and effective strategy to treat a variety of vitreoretinal diseases. Chandelier illumination allows better visualisation of vitreous for bimanual surgery. The small-gauge PPV provides benefits in terms of less inflammation, less patient discomfort, and faster recovery of the visual acuity.

  11. Cryo-electron microscopy of vitreous sections.

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    Chlanda, Petr; Sachse, Martin

    2014-01-01

    More than 30 years ago two groups independently reported the vitrification of pure water, which was until then regarded as impossible without a cryoprotectant [1, 2]. This opened the opportunity to cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to observe biological samples at nanometer scale, close to their native state. However, poor electron penetration through biological samples sets the limit for sample thickness to less than the average size of the mammalian cell. In order to image bulky specimens at the cell or tissue level in transmission electron microscopy (TEM), a sample has to be either thinned by focused ion beam or mechanically sectioned. The latter technique, Cryo-Electron Microscopy of Vitreous Section (CEMOVIS), employs cryo-ultramicrotomy to produce sections with thicknesses of 40-100 μm of vitreous biological material suitable for cryo-EM. CEMOVIS consists of trimming and sectioning a sample with a diamond knife, placing and attaching the section onto an electron microscopy grid, transferring the grid to the cryo-electron microscope and imaging. All steps must be carried on below devitrification temperature to obtain successful results. In this chapter we provide a step-by-step guide to produce and image vitreous sections of a biological sample.

  12. Convective transport resistance in the vitreous humor

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    Penkova, Anita; Sadhal, Satwindar; Ratanakijsuntorn, Komsan; Moats, Rex; Tang, Yang; Hughes, Patrick; Robinson, Michael; Lee, Susan

    2012-11-01

    It has been established by MRI visualization experiments that the convection of nanoparticles and large molecules with high rate of water flow in the vitreous humor will experience resistance, depending on the respective permeabilities of the injected solute. A set of experiments conducted with Gd-DTPA (Magnevist, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany) and 30 nm gadolinium-based particles (Gado CELLTrackTM, Biopal, Worcester, MA) as MRI contrast agents showed that the degree of convective transport in this Darcy-type porous medium varies between the two solutes. These experiments consisted of injecting a mixture of the two (a 30 μl solution of 2% Magnevist and 1% nanoparticles) at the middle of the vitreous of an ex vivo whole bovine eye and subjecting the vitreous to water flow rate of 100 μl/min. The water (0.9% saline solution) was injected at the top of the eye, and was allowed to drain through small slits cut at the bottom of the eyeball. After 50 minutes of pumping, MRI images showed that the water flow carried the Gd-DTPA farther than the nanoparticles, even though the two solutes, being mixed, were subjected to the same convective flow conditions. We find that the convected solute lags the water flow, depending on the solute permeability. The usual convection term needs to be adjusted to allow for the filtration effect on the larger particles in the form (1- σ) u . ∇ c with important implications for the modeling of such systems.

  13. Bevacizumab in vitreous haemorrhage secondary to radiation retinopathy

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    Montero, Javier Antonio; Yanez-Castro, Giovanni; Sanchis-Merino, Maria Eugenia; Ruiz-Moreno, Jose Maria

    2014-01-01

    Radiation retinopathy is a delayed-onset side effect of radiation exposure caused by retinal ischaemia that may induce proliferative retinopathy with neovascularisation, vitreous haemorrhage and macular oedema. An otherwise healthy, 51-year-old male patient who had been diagnosed with olfactory neuroblastoma and undergone complete surgical removal of the lesion followed by cranial irradiation developed bilateral cataracts and radiation retinopathy. The patient was treated by panretinal photocoagulation (PRP), followed by three-port pars-plana vitrectomy. Recurrent episodes of vitreous haemorrhages occurred following surgery and the patient was successfully treated by one intravitreal injection of bevacizumab with resolution of vitreous blood. Vitreous haemorrhage recurred 6 months later and a scheduled treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab every 4 months was established, preventing further haemorrhagic episodes. Six months after the last injection, a new episode of vitreous haemorrhage occurred. Scheduled intravitreal bevacizumab injections may help prevent recurrent vitreous haemorrhages in vitrectomised patients with radiation retinopathy. PMID:24510700

  14. Positive vitreous pressure: Pathophysiology, complications, prevention, and management.

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    Chronopoulos, Argyrios; Thumann, Gabriele; Schutz, James

    Positive vitreous pressure occurs during anterior segment intraocular surgery associated with acute hypotony and is characterized by forward displacement of the lens-iris diaphragm with shallowing of the anterior chamber resistant to reformation, repeated iris prolapse, and, in severe cases, zonular rupture and vitreous or lens prolapse that can lead to a cascade of intraoperative complications. Positive vitreous pressure is particularly common during penetrating keratoplasty, conventional nuclear expression cataract extraction, and repair of anterior open-globe injury. Hypotony resulting from aqueous loss leads to elevated vitreous pressure from 3 possible causes: external scleral compression, acute intraocular intumescence, or rarely acutely increased vitreous volume. Understanding the pathophysiology of positive vitreous pressure helps in its prevention and management. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Computational Model for Oxygen Transport and Consumption in Human Vitreous

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    Filas, Benjamen A.; Shui, Ying-Bo; Beebe, David C.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. Previous studies that measured liquefaction and oxygen content in human vitreous suggested that exposure of the lens to excess oxygen causes nuclear cataracts. Here, we developed a computational model that reproduced available experimental oxygen distributions for intact and degraded human vitreous in physiologic and environmentally perturbed conditions. After validation, the model was used to estimate how age-related changes in vitreous physiology and structure alter oxygen levels at the lens. Methods. A finite-element model for oxygen transport and consumption in the human vitreous was created. Major inputs included ascorbate-mediated oxygen consumption in the vitreous, consumption at the posterior lens surface, and inflow from the retinal vasculature. Concentration-dependent relations were determined from experimental human data or estimated from animal studies, with the impact of all assumptions explored via parameter studies. Results. The model reproduced experimental data in humans, including oxygen partial pressure (Po2) gradients (≈15 mm Hg) across the anterior-posterior extent of the vitreous body, higher oxygen levels at the pars plana relative to the vitreous core, increases in Po2 near the lens after cataract surgery, and equilibration in the vitreous chamber following vitrectomy. Loss of the antioxidative capacity of ascorbate increases oxygen levels 3-fold at the lens surface. Homogeneous vitreous degeneration (liquefaction), but not partial posterior vitreous detachment, greatly increases oxygen exposure to the lens. Conclusions. Ascorbate content and the structure of the vitreous gel are critical determinants of lens oxygen exposure. Minimally invasive surgery and restoration of vitreous structure warrant further attention as strategies for preventing nuclear cataracts. PMID:24008409

  16. Diabetes-induced oxidative stress in the vitreous humor

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    Zsuzsanna Géhl

    2016-10-01

    Conclusion: The study demonstrates that diabetes-associated redox alterations also reach the vitreous with the most prominent changes being increased protein carbonylation and increased antioxidant levels.

  17. Age-related changes in dynamic moduli of ovine vitreous.

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    Colter, Jourdan; Williams, Alex; Moran, Patrick; Coats, Brittany

    2015-01-01

    Multiple rheological studies have characterized the dynamic material properties of adult vitreous, but no studies have investigated vitreous properties in the immature eye. In this study, premature, infant and adult ovine vitreous specimens were tested in shear to identify differences in dynamic moduli with age. Significant inertial artifact and rapid degradation of the vitreous ex vivo hindered the ability to accurately collect dynamic data through standard oscillation protocols. Therefore, dynamic moduli were calculated by converting relaxation spectrum data to the retardation spectrum, resulting in the calculation of the storage (G') and loss (G") moduli from the first few milliseconds of creep testing when tissue degradation and inertia is minimal. The technique was validated against two synthetic materials that span the viscoelastic spectrum. G' and G" of the primarily viscous synthetic material (polystyrene, tanδ=0.61) and G' of the primarily elastic material (agar, tanδ=0.06) were not significantly different than those calculated from dynamic oscillatory testing (p<0.05). G" of agar was overestimated (4-39%) with the interconversion technique due to creep ringing. Ovine vitreous was primarily viscous (tanδ=1.31), so this technique was used to evaluate changes in dynamic moduli with age. G' and G" for adult vitreous was 2-4 times and 1.5-2 times lower, respectively, than infant vitreous, corresponding to the structural breakdown of the vitreous with age. The dynamic moduli of premature vitreous was lower than infant and adult, likely due to premature development of the vitreal structure. These data suggest that significant differences exist between the viscoelastic response of infant and adult vitreous, and computational models of the pediatric eye will require appropriate age and rate material properties of vitreous. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. An experimental model of vitreous motion induced by eye rotations.

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    Bonfiglio, Andrea; Lagazzo, Alberto; Repetto, Rodolfo; Stocchino, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    During eye rotations the vitreous humour moves with respect to the eye globe. This relative motion has been suggested to possibly have an important role in inducing degradation of the gel structure, which might lead to vitreous liquefaction and/or posterior vitreous detachment. Aim of the present work is to study the characteristics of vitreous motion induced by eye rotations. We use an experimental setup, consisting of a Perspex model of the vitreous chamber that, for simplicity, is taken to have a spherical shape. The model is filled with an artificial vitreous humour, prepared as a solution of agar powder and hyaluronic acid sodium salt in deionised water, which has viscoelastic mechanical properties similar to those of the real vitreous. The model rotates about an axis passing through the centre of the sphere and velocity measurements are taken on the equatorial plane orthogonal to the axis of rotation, using an optical technique. The results show that fluid viscoelasticity has a strong influence on flow characteristics. In particular, at certain frequencies of oscillation of the eye model, fluid motion can be resonantly excited. This means that fluid velocity within the domain can be significantly larger than that of the wall. The frequencies for which resonant excitation occurs are within the range of possible eye rotations frequencies. Therefore, the present results suggest that resonant excitation of vitreous motion is likely to occur in practice. This, in turn, implies that eye rotations produce large stresses on the retina and within the vitreous that may contribute to the disruption of the vitreous gel structure. The present results also have implications for the choice of the ideal properties for vitreous substitute fluids.

  19. Fluid vitreous substitutes in vitreo retinal surgery

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    Full Text Available Advances in the surgical instrumentation and vitreoretinal techniques have allowed intraoperative reapproximation of retina to a more normal position. The use of intravitreally injected liquid materials (viscoelastic liquids, liquid perfluorocarbons and silicone oil, as adjunctive agents to vitreo-retinal surgery play an important role in facilitating retinal reattachment. These materials are used as intraoperative instruments to re-establish intraocular volume, assist in separating membranes adherent to the retina, manipulate retinal detachments and mechanically flatten detached retina. Over the longer term, silicone oil maintains intraocular tamponade. One should be cognizant of the potential uses, benefits and risks of each of these vitreous substitutes.

  20. Late onset retinoblastoma presenting with vitreous haemorrhage

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    Bagger, Mette; Prause, Jan Ulrik; Heegard, Steffen

    2012-01-01

    in the retina. A vascularized gelatinous mass was revealed after vitrectomy. Later the patient developed white cysts in the anterior chamber and histological findings were indicative of a retinoblastoma. The patient was enucleated and the diagnosis of retinoblastoma was confirmed. Intraocular surgery in young...... people with unknown retinoblastoma enhances the risk of metastasis development, orbital recurrence and death. Unexplained vitreous haemorrhage can obscure the view of a tumour but ultrasonic findings of a retinal mass calls for further imaging e.g. through MRI. The case illustrates the importance...

  1. Idiopathic pigmented vitreous cyst without autofluorescence: a case report.

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    Lu, Jing; Luo, Yan; Lu, Lin

    2017-10-03

    Vitreous cysts are rare clinical findings and seldom cause visual disturbance. They are generally classified as congenital or acquired and are considered idiopathic when the etiology can not be determined. A previous electron microscopic observation on an idiopathic pigmented vitreous cyst has confirmed its pigment epithelial origin. However, the specific kind of pigment epithelium involved remains unclear. A 39-year-old female presented with a round-shaped floater causing frequent visual disturbance in the left eye. A pigmented, non lobulated and freely mobile vitreous cyst was observed in the anterior vitreous by slit lamp examination and anterior segment optical coherence tomography. The pigment clumps on the cyst wall showed no autofluorescence. No persistent hyaloid artery or connection between the cyst and ocular structures was found by fundus fluorescein angiography and B-scan ultrasound. Serum tests for cysticercoids, sparganosis and toxoplasma were negative. A diagnosis of idiopathic vitreous cyst was made and no intervention was given. The cyst sank to the inferior part of the vitreous and the patient felt less visual disturbance during one-year follow-up. We described the features of a pigmented vitreous cyst revealed by autofluorescence and anterior segment optical coherence tomography for the first time. The intact retina, the absence of lipofuscin of the cyst and its location in the anterior vitreous led to the hypothesis that the cyst may originate from the ciliary pigment epithelium rather than the retinal pigment epithelium.

  2. The vitreous, the retinal interface in ocular health and disease

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    de Smet, Marc D.; Gad Elkareem, Ashraf M.; Zwinderman, Aeilko H.

    2013-01-01

    The vitreous is a complex structure whose composition and appearance change with age. Anomalous adhesions between the posterior vitreous face and the retinal surface are the cause of numerous vitreoretinal complications, while the presence of an intact posterior hyaloid provides a scaffold for

  3. Mechanical Models of the Dynamics of Vitreous Substitutes

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    Krystyna Isakova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We discuss some aspects of the fluid dynamics of vitreous substitutes in the vitreous chamber, focussing on the flow induced by rotations of the eye bulb. We use simple, yet not trivial, theoretical models to highlight mechanical concepts that are relevant to understand the dynamics of vitreous substitutes and also to identify ideal properties for vitreous replacement fluids. We first recall results by previous authors, showing that the maximum shear stress on the retina grows with increasing viscosity of the fluid up to a saturation value. We then investigate how the wall shear stress changes if a thin layer of aqueous humour is present in the vitreous chamber, separating the retina from the vitreous replacement fluid. The theoretical predictions show that the existence of a thin layer of aqueous is sufficient to substantially decrease the shear stress on the retina. We finally discuss a theoretical model that predicts the stability conditions of the interface between the aqueous and a vitreous substitute. We discuss the implications of this model to understand the mechanisms leading to the formation of emulsion in the vitreous chamber, showing that instability of the interface is possible in a range of parameters relevant for the human eye.

  4. 21 CFR 886.4150 - Vitreous aspiration and cutting instrument.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Vitreous aspiration and cutting instrument. 886.4150 Section 886.4150 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN... cutting instrument. (a) Identification. A vitreous aspiration and cutting instrument is an electrically...

  5. Vitreous Occlusion of a Glaucoma Drainage Implant-Surgical Management.

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    Vinod, Kateki; Panarelli, Joseph F; Gentile, Ronald C; Sidoti, Paul A

    2017-07-01

    Vitreous occlusion of a glaucoma drainage implant (GDI) can lead to failure of the device and severely elevated intraocular pressure. The pathophysiology of tube obstruction is related to central and anterior displacement of vitreous that is drawn into and condenses within the proximal lumen of the tube. This can occur from days to years following GDI surgery. Successful management of vitreous-tube obstruction generally requires manual removal of the condensed vitreous plug with end-grasping forceps. This technique achieves reversal of tube blockage and restoration of GDI function. Amputation of the incarcerated vitreous alone with vitrectomy or neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet vitreolysis does not consistently restore GDI function and risks persistent intraluminal tube obstruction.

  6. Enhanced vitreous imaging optical coherence tomography in primary macular holes.

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    Takahashi, Atsushi; Nagaoka, Taiji; Yoshida, Akitoshi

    2016-06-01

    The aim of the current pilot study is to investigate the efficacy of a novel enhanced vitreous imaging (EVI) in primary macular holes (MHs) using a spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Thirty-four eyes of 32 consecutive patients with a MH were examined in one time cross-sectional study. The vitreomacular interface was assessed using SD-OCT with conventional and EVI technique. Twenty-three of the 34 eyes did not show a Weiss ring, and in 22 of those, we observed a MH with an open roof or operculum and a detached posterior vitreous cortex with conventional vitreous imaging. Using EVI-OCT, we visualized the reflection of the posterior vitreous with a vitreopapillary attachment. One of the 23 eyes without a Weiss ring had a central round retinal defect without an operculum, and the conventional SD-OCT showed an empty vitreous, suggesting a complete posterior vitreous detachment. However, the EVI-OCT revealed the reflection of the posterior vitreous, and the cortex appeared to still be completely attached. In all the 23 eyes without a Weiss ring, EVI-OCT detected the reflection of the posterior vitreous and vitreopapillary attachment. In all 11 eyes with a Weiss ring (stage 4 hole), EVI-OCT showed an optically empty space in the posterior vitreous cavity without a vitreopapillary attachment. EVI-OCT may be a new reliable method for preoperative evaluations to determine the presence or absence of a complete posterior vitreous detachment in macular diseases with an indistinct Weiss ring.

  7. Regional distribution of phospholipids in porcine vitreous humor.

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    Schnepf, Abigail; Yappert, Marta Cecilia; Borchman, Douglas

    2017-07-01

    This project explores the regional phospholipid distribution in porcine vitreous humor, retina, and lens. Matrix-assisted laser desorption mass spectrometry has been used previously to image lipids, proteins, and other metabolites in retinas and lenses. However, the regional composition of phospholipids in vitreous humors is not known. To address this issue, we have applied this mass spectral method to explore the regional phospholipid distribution in porcine vitreous humor both ex-situ and in-vitro. To establish the possible source(s) of phospholipids in the vitreous humor, compositional studies of the lens and retina were also pursued. Due to the overall low levels of phospholipids in vitreous humor, it was necessary to optimize the experimental approaches for ex-situ and in-vitro studies. The sensitivity observed in the spectra of methanol extracts from the lens and retina was higher than that for methanol:chloroform extracts, but the compositional trends were the same. A fourfold improvement in sensitivity was observed in the analysis of vitreous humor extracts obtained with the Bligh and Dyer protocol relative to the other two extraction methods. For ex-situ studies, the 'stamp method' with para-nitroaniline as the matrix was chosen. Throughout the vitreous humor, phosphatidylcholines were the most abundant phospholipids. In-vitro results showed higher relative levels of phospholipids compared to the 'stamp' method. However, more details in the regional phospholipid distribution were provided by the ex-situ approach. Both in-vitro and ex-situ results indicated higher levels of phospholipids in the posterior vitreous region, followed by the anterior and central regions. The posterior region contained more unsaturated species whereas more saturated phospholipids were detected in the anterior region. The observed trends suggest that the phospholipids detected in the posterior vitreous humor migrate from the retina and associated vasculature while those present in

  8. Interpretation of postmortem vitreous concentrations of sodium and chloride.

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    Zilg, B; Alkass, K; Berg, S; Druid, H

    2016-06-01

    Vitreous fluid can be used to analyze sodium and chloride levels in deceased persons, but it remains unclear to what extent such results can be used to diagnose antemortem sodium or chloride imbalances. In this study we present vitreous sodium and chloride levels from more than 3000 cases. We show that vitreous sodium and chloride levels both decrease with approximately 2.2mmol/L per day after death. Since potassium is a well-established marker for postmortem interval (PMI) and easily can be analyzed along with sodium and chloride, we have correlated sodium and chloride levels with the potassium levels and present postmortem reference ranges relative the potassium levels. We found that virtually all cases outside the reference range show signs of antemortem hypo- or hypernatremia. Vitreous sodium or chloride levels can be the only means to diagnose cases of water or salt intoxication, beer potomania or dehydration. We further show that postmortem vitreous sodium and chloride strongly correlate and in practice can be used interchangeably if analysis of one of the ions fails. It has been suggested that vitreous sodium and chloride levels can be used to diagnose drowning or to distinguish saltwater from freshwater drowning. Our results show that in cases of freshwater drowning, vitreous sodium levels are decreased, but that this mainly is an effect of postmortem diffusion between the eye and surrounding water rather than due to the drowning process, since the decrease in sodium levels correlates with immersion time. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Shrinkage of vitreous body caused by hydroxyl radical

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    Park, Myoung Joo; Shimada, Takashi; Matuo, Yoichirou; Akiyama, Yoko; Izumi, Yoshinobu; Nishijima, Shigehiro [Osaka University, Osaka (Japan)

    2008-12-15

    In the study, we examined the effect of hydroxyl radical generated by {gamma}-ray and UV irradiation on shrinkage of vitreous body. Change in gel ratio of vitreous body and change in the properties of its components (collagen, sodium hyaluronate) were analyzed. By comparing these results, the amount of hydroxyl radical, which induces the considerable shrinkage of vitreous body, was evaluated from theoretical calculation based on experimental condition and some reported kinetic parameters. It was concluded that the integrated amount of hydroxyl radical required to liquefy half of the vitreous body (vitreous body gel ratio = 50%) was estimated as 140 {mu}molg{sup -1} from {gamma}-ray irradiation experiment. Also, from UV irradiation experiment result, it was confirmed that the effect of hydroxyl radical is larger than that of other reactive species. The causes of shrinkage of vitreous body are supposed as follows, 1) decrease in viscosity by cleavage of glycoside bond in sodium hyaluronate, 2) leaching of collagen from vitreous body and 3) leaching of crosslinked products and scission products of collagen.

  10. Systemic Treatments for Noninfectious Vitreous Inflammation

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    Angela Jiang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Vitreous inflammation, or vitritis, may result from many causes, including both infectious and noninfectious, including rheumatologic and autoimmune processes. Vitritis is commonly vision threatening and has serious sequelae. Treatment is frequently challenging, but, today, there are multiple methods of systemic treatment for vitritis. These categories include corticosteroids, antimetabolites, alkylating agents, T-cell inhibitors/calcineurin inhibitors, and biologic agents. These treatment categories were reviewed last year, but, even over the course of just a year, many therapies have made progress, as we have learned more about their indications and efficacy. We discuss here discoveries made over the past year on both existing and new drugs, as well as reviewing mechanisms of action, clinical dosages, specific conditions that are treated, adverse effects, and usual course of treatment for each class of therapy.

  11. "Vitreous loss: Incidence and complications in extracapsular Cataract extractions "

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    Nikeghbali A

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available One of the dangerous complications of cataract extractions is vitreous loss. The purpose of this stuy is to evaluate the incidence of vitreous loss and its sepuale while teaching residents at Rasoul Akram Hospital in Iran. This study has been conducted on existing records of 730 eyes which were subjectd to extracapsular cataract extractions by 3rd and 4th year, right handed resident of Rasoul Akram hospital. The information was taken from the records of patients who had vitreous loss during cataract surgery and the following data was extracted. The presence of any systemic diseases, phase of operation where vitreous loss occurred, vision on the next day, one month and 3 months later, the cause of low vision and any post operative sequale of the eye were evaluated. Extracted data collected and the prevalence of vitreous loss and its sequale were indentified and presented. Forty-nine eyes (6.7% had vitreous loss, thirty-one of them were in the left eye (63.3% and eighteen of them were in the right eye (36.7%. Regarding the stage of operation in which vitrous loss had occurred: twenty –eight eyes while nucleous delivery (57.7% eighteen eyes during aspiration of cortical material (36.7% and in three cases during IOL implantation. Five eyes had pseudoexfoliaton syndrome, four patients were diabetic and three had high myopia. Post operational sequale of these 49 eyes were: thirty-five with transient corneal edema (71.4%. Nine with misshaped pupils (18.9%, four with high astigmatism (8.1%, tow with cystoid macular edema (4%, two with retinal detachment (4% and seven with cloudy vitreous. (14.3%. The incidence of vitreous loss is more than expected. More extensive research to evaluated the prognositc factors according to the eye (OD/OS and the stage of the operation the leads to vitreous loss and to decrease its incidence is still needed.

  12. Posterior Vitreous Detachment and the Posterior Hyaloid Membrane.

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    Fincham, Gregory S; James, Sean; Spickett, Carl; Hollingshead, Michael; Thrasivoulou, Christopher; Poulson, Arabella V; McNinch, Annie; Richards, Allan; Snead, David; Limb, Gloria A; Snead, Martin P

    2017-08-31

    Despite posterior vitreous detachment being a common ocular event affecting most individuals in an aging population, there is little consensus regarding its precise anatomic definition. We investigated the morphologic appearance and molecular composition of the posterior hyaloid membrane to determine whether the structure clinically observed enveloping the posterior vitreous surface after posterior vitreous detachment is a true basement membrane and to postulate its origin. Understanding the relationship between the vitreous (in both its attached and detached state) and the internal limiting membrane of the retina is essential to understanding the cause of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment and vitreoretinal interface disorders, as well as potential future prophylactic and treatment strategies. Clinicohistologic correlation study. Thirty-six human donor globes. Vitreous bodies identified to have posterior vitreous detachment were examined with phase-contrast microscopy and confocal microscopy after immunohistochemically staining for collagen IV basement membrane markers, in addition to extracellular proteins that characterize the vitreoretinal junction (fibronectin, laminin) and vitreous gel (opticin) markers. The posterior retina similarly was stained to evaluate the internal limiting membrane. Findings were correlated to the clinical appearance of the posterior hyaloid membrane observed during slit-lamp biomicroscopy after posterior vitreous detachment and compared with previously published studies. Morphologic appearance and molecular composition of the posterior hyaloid membrane. Phase-contrast microscopy consistently identified a creased and distinct glassy membranous sheet enveloping the posterior vitreous surface, correlating closely with the posterior hyaloid membrane observed during slit-lamp biomicroscopy in patients with posterior vitreous detachment. Immunofluorescent confocal micrographs demonstrated the enveloping membranous structure identified on

  13. ASSOCIATION OF PREVASCULAR VITREOUS FISSURES AND CISTERNS WITH VITREOUS DEGENERATION AS ASSESSED BY SWEPT SOURCE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY.

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    Pang, Claudine E; Schaal, Karen B; Engelbert, Michael

    2015-09-01

    To demonstrate the presence of prevascular vitreous fissures (PVF) and posterior vitreous cisterns in vivo and correlate with the degree of vitreous degeneration (VD). This was a cross-sectional study using Topcon Deep Range Imaging OCT-1 Atlantis 3D swept source optical coherence tomography for acquiring scans of posterior vitreous covering an 18 × 18-mm area in 104 eyes of 52 healthy volunteers without posterior vitreous detachment. We observed that increasing age was associated with higher VD grades (P vitreous fissures, characterized by areas of lower optical density overlying the retinal blood vessels, were identified in 93 (89%) eyes, and the presence of PVF correlated with lower VD grades (P vitreous fissures were connected with cisterns in 44 of the 71 (62%) eyes with cisterns, while the base of the cistern was directly above retinal blood vessels in 38 (54%) eyes, which suggests that the cisterns could be derived from PVF. Swept source optical coherence tomography imaging can identify PVF and cisterns occurring in the context of age-related VD, and PVF appeared to be possible precursors of cisterns.

  14. Reticulated Vitreous Carbon Electrodes for Gas Phase Pulsed Corona Reactors

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    Locke, B

    1998-01-01

    A new design for gas phase pulsed corona reactors incorporating reticulated vitreous carbon electrodes is demonstrated to be effective for the removal of nitrogen oxides from synthetic air mixtures...

  15. Reticulated Vitreous Carbon Electrodes for Gas Phase Pulsed Corona Reactors

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    LOCKE, B

    1999-01-01

    A new design for gas phase pulsed corona reactors incorporating reticulated vitreous carbon electrodes is demonstrated to be effective for the removal of nitrogen oxides from synthetic air mixtures...

  16. [Vitreous hemorrhage after ruptured intracerebral aneurysms (Terson syndrome) (author's transl)].

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    Nogaki, H; Tamaki, N; Shirakuni, T; Kudo, H; Matsumoto, S

    1981-03-01

    Operative mortality and morbidity for intracerebral aneurysms has recently reduced with microsurgical technique, so more functional prognosis such as visual disturbance due to fundal hemorrhages has been studied. Here vitreous hemorrhage secondary to ruptured cerebral aneurysms (Terson syndrome) was attentioned. Three patients had more over 2 hours of unconsciousness and one patient experienced repeated episodes of subarachnoid hemorrhage within a week. This suggested rapid increased intracranial pressure resulted in vitreous hemorrhage through the venous congestion, which had been reported by Castrén (1963). All patients became blind because of severe vitreous hemorrhage. First case was followed over 7 years with only conservative therapy, but failed to improve. Another 3 cases regained visual acuity soon after operation. We emphasized vitreous hemorrhage as an important functional prognostic factor after ruptured intracerebral aneurysms and effective results of vitrectomy was showed.

  17. Hierarchical and Size Dependent Mechanical Properties of Silica and Silicon Nanostructures Inspired by Diatom Algae

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    Zhiping Xu, Zhao Qin, Andrea Nova , and Steve Cranford. Also, I am grateful for my family, a cornoerstone that supports me in all endeavors, challenges...termining fracture toughness of vitreous silica glass. Scripta Metallurgica et Materialia, 32(5):743-748, 1995. [62] N. Lundholm, j. Moestrup, G. R

  18. Objective Measurement of Vitreous Inflammation using Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Keane, Pearse A.; Karampelas, Michael; Sim, Dawn A.; Sadda, Srinivas R.; Tufail, Adnan; Sen, H. Nida; Nussenblatt, Robert B.; Dick, Andrew D.; Lee, Richard W.; Murray, Philip I.; Pavesio, Carlos E.; Denniston, Alastair K.

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    Purpose To obtain measurements of vitreous signal intensity from optical coherence tomography (OCT) image sets in patients with uveitis, with the aim of developing an objective, quantitative marker of inflammatory activity in patients with this disease. Design Retrospective, observational case-control series. Participants Thirty patients (30 eyes), with vitreous haze secondary to intermediate, posterior, or panuveitis; twelve patients (12 eyes) with uveitis but without evidence of vitreous haze; and 18 patients (18 eyes) without intraocular inflammation or vitreoretinal disease. Methods Clinical and demographic characteristics were recorded, including visual acuity (VA), diagnosis, and anatomic type of uveitis. In each eye, the anterior chamber (AC) was graded for cellular activity and flare according to standardized protocols. The presence and severity of vitreous haze was classified according to the National Eye Institute system. Spectral domain OCT images were analyzed using custom software. This software provided an “absolute” measurement of vitreous signal intensity, which was then compared to that of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), generating an optical density ratio with arbitrary units (“VIT/RPE-Relative Intensity”). Main Outcome Measures Correlation between clinical vitreous haze scores and OCT-derived measurements of vitreous signal intensity. Results VIT/RPE-Relative Intensity was significantly higher in uveitic eyes with known vitreous haze (0.150) than in uveitic eyes without haze or in healthy controls (0.0767, p=0.0001). VIT/RPE-Relative intensity showed a significant, positive correlation with clinical vitreous haze scores (r=0.566, p=0.0001). Other ocular characteristics significantly associated with VIT/RPE-Relative Intensity included VA (r=0.573, p=0.0001), AC cells (r=0.613, p=0.0001), AC flare (r=0.385, p=0.003). Measurement of VIT/RPE-Relative Intensity showed a good degree of inter-grader reproducibility (95% limits of agreement

  19. Proteomic Analysis of Embryonic and Young Human Vitreous

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    Yee, Kenneth M. P.; Feener, Edward P.; Madigan, Michele; Jackson, Nicholas J.; Gao, Ben-Bo; Ross-Cisneros, Fred N.; Provis, Jan; Aiello, Lloyd Paul; Sadun, Alfredo A.; Sebag, J.

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    Purpose The proteomic profile of vitreous from second-trimester human embryos and young adults was characterized using mass spectrometry and analyzed for changes in protein levels that may relate to structural changes occurring during this time. This vitreous proteome was compared to previous reports to confirm proteins already identified and reveal novel ones. Methods Vitreous from 17 human embryos aged 14 to 20 weeks gestation (WG) and from a 12-, a 14-, a 15-, and a 28-year-old was individually analyzed using tandem mass spectrometry–based proteomics. Peptide spectral count associations with embryonic age were assessed using a general linear model of fold changes and Spearman's rank correlation. Differences between embryonic and young adult vitreous proteomes were also compared. Immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate three proteins in five additional fetal (10–18 WG) human eyes. Results There were 1217 proteins identified in fetal and young adult human vitreous, 206 after quantile normalization and variance filtering. In embryos, the peptide counts of 37 proteins changed significantly from 14 to 20 WG: 75.7% increased, 24.3% decreased. Immunohistochemistry confirmed the absence of clusterin and cadherin in 10 and 14 WG eyes and their presence at 18 WG. Comparing embryonic to young adult vitreous, 47 proteins were significantly higher or lower. A total of 768 proteins not previously identified in the literature are presented. Conclusions Proteins previously unreported in the human vitreous were identified. The human vitreous proteome undergoes significant changes during embryogenesis and young adulthood. A number of protein levels change considerably during the second trimester, with the majority decreasing. PMID:26529037

  20. Proteomic Analysis of Embryonic and Young Human Vitreous.

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    Yee, Kenneth M P; Feener, Edward P; Madigan, Michele; Jackson, Nicholas J; Gao, Ben-Bo; Ross-Cisneros, Fred N; Provis, Jan; Aiello, Lloyd Paul; Sadun, Alfredo A; Sebag, J

    2015-11-01

    The proteomic profile of vitreous from second-trimester human embryos and young adults was characterized using mass spectrometry and analyzed for changes in protein levels that may relate to structural changes occurring during this time. This vitreous proteome was compared to previous reports to confirm proteins already identified and reveal novel ones. Vitreous from 17 human embryos aged 14 to 20 weeks gestation (WG) and from a 12-, a 14-, a 15-, and a 28-year-old was individually analyzed using tandem mass spectrometry-based proteomics. Peptide spectral count associations with embryonic age were assessed using a general linear model of fold changes and Spearman's rank correlation. Differences between embryonic and young adult vitreous proteomes were also compared. Immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate three proteins in five additional fetal (10-18 WG) human eyes. There were 1217 proteins identified in fetal and young adult human vitreous, 206 after quantile normalization and variance filtering. In embryos, the peptide counts of 37 proteins changed significantly from 14 to 20 WG: 75.7% increased, 24.3% decreased. Immunohistochemistry confirmed the absence of clusterin and cadherin in 10 and 14 WG eyes and their presence at 18 WG. Comparing embryonic to young adult vitreous, 47 proteins were significantly higher or lower. A total of 768 proteins not previously identified in the literature are presented. Proteins previously unreported in the human vitreous were identified. The human vitreous proteome undergoes significant changes during embryogenesis and young adulthood. A number of protein levels change considerably during the second trimester, with the majority decreasing.

  1. FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH PENTOSIDINE ACCUMULATION IN THE HUMAN VITREOUS.

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    van Deemter, Marielle; Bank, Ruud A; Vehof, Jelle; Hooymans, Johanna M M; Los, Leonoor I

    2017-04-01

    To explore factors associated with pentosidine accumulation in the human vitreous. Vitreous samples were obtained during trans pars plana vitrectomy for macular hole or rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. Patient characteristics included age, gender, and diabetes mellitus. Ocular characteristics included pseudophakia, posterior vitreous detachment, and presence of intraocular fibrosis (epiretinal membrane, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, or both). Pentosidine concentration as a measure of accumulation of advanced glycation end products was determined by high performance liquid chromatography. Pentosidine concentrations were measured in 222 vitrectomy samples (118 female and 104 male patients [median age 66 years], treated for macular hole [n = 105] or rhegmatogenous retinal detachment [n = 117]). Pentosidine was found to accumulate significantly with age (P vitreous detachment (P = 0.018). The authors found no association with diabetes mellitus or gender. This study confirmed an age-related pentosidine accumulation in the vitreous and found new factors relating to pentosidine levels. Findings support the hypothesis of enzyme-induced vitreous liquefaction and the hypothesis of pentosidine as a pro-fibrotic factor.

  2. Elevated vitreous body glial fibrillary acidic protein in retinal diseases.

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    Jünemann, Anselm Gerhard Maria; Rejdak, Robert; Huchzermeyer, Cord; Maciejewski, Ryszard; Grieb, Pawel; Kruse, Friedrich E; Zrenner, Eberhart; Rejdak, Konrad; Petzold, Axel

    2015-12-01

    Increased expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) is a characteristic of gliotic activation (Müller cells and astrocytes) in the retina. This study assessed vitreous body GFAP levels in various forms of retinal pathology. This prospective study included 82 patients who underwent vitrectomy (46 retinal detachments (RDs), 13 macular hole (MHs), 15 epiretinal glioses (EGs), 8 organ donors). An established enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA, SMI26) was used for quantification of GFAP. The highest concentration of vitreous body GFAP in organ donors was 20 pg/mL and it was used as the cutoff. A significant proportion of patients suffering from RD (65 %) to EG (53 %) had vitreous body GFAP levels above this cutoff when compared to organ donors (0 %, p vitreous body GFAP levels were correlated with axial length (R = 0.69, R = 0.52, p vitreous body GFAP is a protein biomarker for glial activation in response to retinal pathologies. Vitreous body GFAP levels may be of interest as a surrogate outcome for experimental treatment strategies in translational studies.

  3. Antireflective graded index silica coating, method for making

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    Yoldas, Bulent E. (Churchill, PA); Partlow, Deborah P. (Wilkinsburg, PA)

    1985-01-01

    Antireflective silica coating for vitreous material is substantially non-reflecting over a wide band of radiations. This is achieved by providing the coating with a graded degree of porosity which grades the index of refraction between that of air and the vitreous material of the substrate. To prepare the coating, there is first prepared a silicon-alkoxide-based coating solution of particular polymer structure produced by a controlled proportion of water to alkoxide and a controlled concentration of alkoxide to solution, along with a small amount of catalyst. The primary solvent is alcohol and the solution is polymerized and hydrolized under controlled conditions prior to use. The prepared solution is applied as a film to the vitreous substrate and rapidly dried. It is thereafter heated under controlled conditions to volatilize the hydroxyl radicals and organics therefrom and then to produce a suitable pore morphology in the residual porous silica layer. The silica layer is then etched in order to enlarge the pores in a graded fashion, with the largest of the pores remaining being sufficiently small that radiations to be passed through the substrate are not significantly scattered. For use with quartz substrates, extremely durable coatings which display only 0.1% reflectivity have been prepared.

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    Yoldas, B. E.; Partlow, D. P.

    1985-08-13

    Antireflective silica coating for vitreous material is substantially non-reflecting over a wide band of radiations. This is achieved by providing the coating with a graded degree of porosity which grades the index of refraction between that of air and the vitreous material of the substrate. To prepare the coating, there is first prepared a silicon-alkoxide-based coating solution of particular polymer structure produced by a controlled proportion of water to alkoxide and a controlled concentration of alkoxide to solution, along with a small amount of catalyst. The primary solvent is alcohol and the solution is polymerized and hydrolized under controlled conditions prior to use. The prepared solution is applied as a film to the vitreous substrate and rapidly dried. It is thereafter heated under controlled conditions to volatilize the hydroxyl radicals and organics therefrom and then to produce a suitable pore morphology in the residual porous silica layer. The silica layer is then etched in order to enlarge the pores in a graded fashion, with the largest of the pores remaining being sufficiently small that radiations to be passed through the substrate are not significantly scattered. For use with quartz substrates, extremely durable coatings which display only 0.1% reflectivity have been prepared.

  5. Silica Nephropathy

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Occupational exposure to heavy metals, organic solvents and silica is associated with a variety of renal manifestations. Improved understanding of occupational renal disease provides insight into environmental renal disease, improving knowledge of disease pathogenesis. Silica (SiO2 is an abundant mineral found in sand, rock, and soil. Workers exposed to silica include sandblasters, miners, quarry workers, masons, ceramic workers and glass manufacturers. New cases of silicosis per year have been estimated in the US to be 3600–7300. Exposure to silica has been associated with tubulointerstitial disease, immune-mediated multisystem disease, chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. A rare syndrome of painful, nodular skin lesions has been described in dialysis patients with excessive levels of silicon. Balkan endemic nephropathy is postulated to be due to chronic intoxication with drinking water polluted by silicates released during soil erosion. The mechanism of silica nephrotoxicity is thought to be through direct nephrotoxicity, as well as silica-induced autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus. The renal histopathology varies from focal to crescentic and necrotizing glomerulonephritis with aneurysm formation suggestive of polyarteritis nodosa. The treatment for silica nephrotoxicity is non-specific and depends on the mechanism and stage of the disease. It is quite clear that further research is needed, particularly to elucidate the pathogenesis of silica nephropathy. Considering the importance of diagnosing exposure-related renal disease at early stages, it is imperative to obtain a thorough occupational history in all patients with renal disease, with particular emphasis on exposure to silica, heavy metals, and solvents.

  6. Functional evaluation of a novel vitreous substitute using polyethylene glycol sols injected into a foldable capsular vitreous body.

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    Chen, Han; Feng, Songfu; Liu, Yaqin; Huang, Zhen; Sun, Xuyuan; Zhou, Lian; Lu, Xiaohe; Gao, Qianying

    2013-09-01

    Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a short-term (41 days) potential vitreous substitute and is too short for an ideal vitreous substitute. Previously, a foldable capsular vitreous body (FCVB) was designed to mimic vitreous function. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether PEG injected into FCVB can serve as a long-term vitreous substitute. In vitro study, a concentration of 5% (w/v) PEG sols showed natural-like mechanical and optical properties in terms of pH, density, light transmittance, refractive index, interfacial tension, viscosity, rheology, and cytotoxicity. Then in vivo tests, 30 rabbits received standard pars plana vitrectomy, of which 12 eyes were implanted with PEG injected into FCVB, nine eyes were injected with PEG sols alone, and nine others were injected with balance salt solution as control. A clinical evaluation of the anterior segment, fundus, and intraocular pressure was measured pre- and postoperatively up to 180 days, which showed that FCVBs had good retina supporting function, except for a higher incidence of cataracts. Gross pathology, hematoxylin and eosin, and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling staining analysis also showed that FCVBs had good biocompatibility, and that all quadrants of the capsular wall fitted well with the retina. This study demonstrated that PEG injected into FCVB can serve as a long-term vitreous substitute and has potential clinical use. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Enzymatic Degradation Identifies Components Responsible for the Structural Properties of the Vitreous Body

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    Filas, Benjamen A.; Zhang, Qianru; Okamoto, Ruth J.; Shui, Ying-Bo; Beebe, David C.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. Vitreous degeneration contributes to several age-related eye diseases, including retinal detachment, macular hole, macular traction syndrome, and nuclear cataracts. Remarkably little is understood about the molecular interactions responsible for maintaining vitreous structure. The purpose of this study was to measure the structural properties of the vitreous body after enzymatic degradation of selected macromolecules. Methods. Mechanical properties of plugs of bovine and porcine vitreous were analyzed using a rheometer. Oscillatory and extensional tests measured vitreous stiffness and adhesivity, respectively. Major structural components of the vitreous were degraded by incubation overnight in collagenase, trypsin, or hyaluronidase, singly or in combination. Vitreous bodies were also incubated in hyper- or hypotonic saline. Effects of these treatments on the mechanical properties of the vitreous were measured by rheometry. Results. Enzymatic digestion of each class of macromolecules decreased the stiffness of bovine vitreous by approximately half (P vitreous (P vitreous and increased adhesivity. Collagen degradation resulted in the opposite effect, whereas digestion of proteins and proteoglycans with trypsin did not alter behavior relative to controls. Osmotic perturbations and double-enzyme treatments further implicated hyaluronan and hyaluronan-associated water as a primary regulator of adhesivity and material behavior in extension. Conclusions. Collagen, hyaluronan, and proteoglycans act synergistically to maintain vitreous stiffness. Hyaluronan is a key mediator of vitreous adhesivity, and mechanical damping is an important factor influencing dynamic vitreous behavior. PMID:24222300

  8. Research advances in biomechanical properties and its clinical significance of vitreous liquefaction

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    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Vitreous liquefaction is an age-related degenerative change, which will further alter the physicochemical properties of the vitreous and its surrounding tissues, resulting in various related eye diseases. The principal pathologic changes of that are the gradual depletion of hyaluronic acid and the collapse of collagen fibrillar network, with a series of biomechanical changes in vitreous body. This article reviews biomechanical properties of normal vitreous, the current measurements of these properties, formation mechanism and changes of biomechanics properties of vitreous liquefaction and correlation between synchesis and related ocular diseases, which provide insight into the ideas for the effective reduction and treatment of vitreous liquefaction.

  9. Advanced Glycation End-Product Accumulation Reduces Vitreous Permeability

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    Lee, On-Tat; Good, Samuel D.; Lamy, Ricardo; Kudisch, Max; Stewart, Jay M.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate the effect of nonenzymatic cross-linking (glycation) upon the permeability of the vitreous to small- and large-solute diffusion. Methods. Vitreous from freshly excised porcine eyes was treated for 30 minutes with control or 0.01%, 0.1%, or 1% methylglyoxal (MG) solution. The efficacy of the glycation regimen was verified by measuring nonenzymatic cross-link density by fluorescence in the vitreous samples. Resistance to collagenase digestion as well as Nε-(carboxyethyl) lysine (CEL) content were also measured. The permeability coefficient for fluorescein and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-IgG diffusion through 3 mL of the vitreous samples was determined by using a custom permeability tester. Results. Vitreous cross-linking with MG treatment was confirmed by increased fluorescence, increased CEL concentration, and increased resistance to collagenase digestion. Vitreous glycation resulted in a statistically significant decrease in the permeability coefficient for fluorescein diffusion when either 0.1% or 1% MG solution was used (5.36 ± 5.24 × 10−5 cm s−1, P = 0.04; and 4.03 ± 2.1 × 10−5 cm s−1, P = 0.001; respectively, compared with control, 9.77 ± 5.45 × 10−5 cm s−1). The permeability coefficient for diffusion of FITC-IgG between control (9.9 ± 6.37 × 10−5 cm s−1) and treatment groups was statistically significant at all MG concentrations (0.01% MG: 3.95 ± 3.44 × 10−5 cm s−1, P = 0.003; 0.1% MG: 4.27 ± 1.32 × 10−5 cm s−1, P = 0.004; and 0.1% MG: 3.72 ± 2.49 × 10−5 cm s−1, P = 0.001). Conclusions. Advanced glycation end-product (AGE) accumulation reduces vitreous permeability when glycation is performed in ex vivo porcine vitreous. The permeability change was more pronounced for the larger solute, suggesting a lower threshold for AGE-induced permeability changes to impact the movement of proteins through the vitreous when compared with smaller molecules. PMID:26024075

  10. Osseous and Adipocytic Differentiations in the Intraocular Lens and Vitreous.

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    Jakobiec, Frederick A; Ma, Lina; Wolkow, Natalie; Cameron, J Douglas; Maltry, Amanda C

    2017-11-27

    To analyze three unusual mesenchymal transformations within the eye - adipose or osseous metaplasia of the lens and adipose tissue in the vitreous cavity. Observational case series. Re-evaluation of clinico-pathologic diagnoses and histopathologic findings in sections stained with hematoxylin and eosin, periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) reaction and Masson trichrome method. The three cases of mesenchymal transformation occurred in microphthalmic eyes with persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (more recently termed persistent fetal vasculature). In one case there was total lens replacement with lamellar bone; in another total replacement of the crystalline lens by adipose tissue; and in a third an anomalous pocket of adipose tissue in the central vitreous. Multifocal remnants of the lens capsule were seen in the osseous case but were absent from the adipocytic cases. The vitreous adipose tissue was surrounded by an elaborate capillary plexus with an empty, collapsed PAS-positive lens capsule in the pupillary region. Anterior pigmented neuroectodermal disorganization, dysgenesis of angle structures and a hypoplastic or disorganized iris were also observed in the 3 cases. After reviewing the literature, it appears that lenticular osseous replacement occurs more often than adipocytic. In addition to vascularization of the lens through a capsular dehiscence, other causes are explored, including direct epithelial-mesenchymal transformations of the lens epithelium or less likely of the disorganized adjacent neuroectoderm. The focus of vitreous adipose tissue may represent a transformed luxated lens extruded from its capsule, which was left behind in the pupillary zone. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  11. Diabetes-induced oxidative stress in the vitreous humor.

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    Géhl, Zsuzsanna; Bakondi, Edina; Resch, Miklós D; Hegedűs, Csaba; Kovács, Katalin; Lakatos, Petra; Szabó, Antal; Nagy, Zoltán; Virág, László

    2016-10-01

    Diabetes is accompanied by fundamental rearrangements in redox homeostasis. Hyperglycemia triggers the production of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species which contributes to tissue damage in various target organs. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) is a common manifestation of diabetic complications but information on the possible role of reactive intermediates in this condition with special regard to the involvement of the vitreous in PDR-associated redox alterations is scarce. The aim of the study was to determine key parameters of redox homeostasis [advanced glycation endproducts (AGE); protein carbonyl and glutathione (GSH)] content in the vitreous in PDR patients. The study population involved 10 diabetic patients undergoing surgery for complications of proliferative diabetic retinopathy and 8 control (non-diabetic) patients who were undergoing surgery for epiretinal membranes. Vitreal fluids were assayed for the above biochemical parameters. We found elevated levels of AGE in the vitreous of PDR patients (812.10 vs 491.69ng AGE/mg protein). Extent of protein carbonylation was also higher in the samples of diabetic patients (2.08 vs 0.67A/100μg protein). The GSH content also increased in the vitreous of PDR patients as compared to the control group (4.54 vs 2.35μmol/μg protein), respectively. The study demonstrates that diabetes-associated redox alterations also reach the vitreous with the most prominent changes being increased protein carbonylation and increased antioxidant levels. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Prevalence of posterior vitreous detachment in glaucoma patients and controls.

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    Schwab, Christoph; Glatz, Wilfried; Schmidt, Bernd; Lindner, Ewald; Oettl, Karl; Riedl, Regina; Wedrich, Andreas; Ivastinovic, Domagoj; Velikay-Parel, Michaela; Mossboeck, Georg

    2017-05-01

    To evaluate the impact of oxidative stress - present in glaucoma - on the vitreous. We therefore compare the presence of early and late stages of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) between patients with glaucoma and controls. The vitreous state was evaluated by the combination of optical coherence tomography and ultrasound. The main outcome was the vitreous state classified into 'no PVD', 'initial PVD' and 'advanced PVD'. We evaluated the vitreous state in 48 patients with glaucoma (age: mean 66.5 ± 11.9 years; visual field deviation: mean 10.4 ± 6.8 dB) and compared the results with 101 previously investigated controls (age: mean 73.6 ± 9.3 years). After one-to-one matching on age and sex, ordinal logistic regression revealed that patients with glaucoma were significantly more likely to exhibit advanced PVD stages compared to non-glaucoma patients (OR 2.60, 95% confidence interval: 1.06-6.36, p = 0.037). Our results suggest that the presence or absence of PVD might be a valuable hint for diagnosing glaucoma - however, further research is needed to determine whether PVD can be used to supplement current glaucoma screening guidelines. © 2016 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. Identification of vitreous proteins in retinopathy of prematurity.

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    Sugioka, Koji; Saito, Akio; Kusaka, Shunji; Kuniyoshi, Kazuki; Shimomura, Yoshikazu

    2017-07-01

    Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a disorder of blood vessels in the retina developed in premature infants and the leading cause of the blindness in children. Proteomic analysis was performed to identify vitreous proteins specific to patients with ROP. Vitreous humor samples were obtained from three patients with ROP and two patients with congenital cataract, the latter included as a control group. The vitreous samples were separated by 2D-PAGE and the proteins running as definitive spots were identified by MALDI-TOF MS spectrometry. We identified 13 and 6 proteins in the vitreous from ROP and cataract patients, respectively. Albumin, transferrin, pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) and transthyretin were found in both patient groups. In the samples from ROP patients, PEDF and transthyretin levels were lower than in those from cataract patients, and retinol binding protein 3 and prostaglandin D synthase were not detected. Of the 13 proteins, 9 proteins including α-2-macroglobulin, ceruloplasmin, α-fetoprotein, vitamin D-binding protein, α-1-antitrypsin, α-1-β-glycoprotein, hemopexin, apolipoprotein A-1 and A-lV were found in vitreous samples of only the ROP patients. PEDF has anti-angiogenic and neurotrophic functions. Whether PEDF is increased or decreased in diabetic retinopathy has been controversial but we observed lower PEDF in the ROP samples than in the controls. The proteins specific to or decreased in ROP, if confirmed in future studies, may provide clue to understanding its pathogenesis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Densitometric HPTLC method for qualitative, quantitative analysis and stability study of Coenzyme Q10 in pharmaceutical formulations utilizing normal and reversed-phase silica gel plates

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    Abdel-Kader, Maged Saad; Alam, Prawez; Alqasoumi, Saleh Ibrahim

    2016-01-01

    Two simple, precise and stability-indicating densitometric HPTLC method were developed and validated for qualitative and quantitative analysis of Coenzyme Q10 in pharmaceutical formulations using normal-phase (Method...

  15. Automated Analysis of Vitreous Inflammation Using Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography.

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    Keane, Pearse A; Balaskas, Konstantinos; Sim, Dawn A; Aman, Kiran; Denniston, Alastair K; Aslam, Tariq; And For The Equator Study Group

    2015-09-01

    To develop an automated method for quantifying vitreous signal intensity on optical coherence tomography (OCT), with particular application for use in the assessment of vitreous inflammation. This retrospective, observational case-control series comprised 30 patients (30 eyes), with vitreous haze secondary to intermediate, posterior, or panuveitis; 12 patients (12 eyes) with uveitis without evidence of vitreous haze; and 18 patients (18 eyes) without intraocular inflammation or vitreoretinal disease. The presence and severity of vitreous haze was classified according to the National Eye Institute system; other inflammatory indices and clinical parameters were also documented. Spectral-domain OCT images were analyzed using custom VITreous ANalysis software (termed 'VITAN'), which is fully automated and avoids the need for manual segmentation. VITAN performed accurate segmentation in all scans. Automated measurements of the vitreous:retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) signal ratio showed a moderate correlation with clinical vitreous haze scores (r = 0.585, P vitreous:RPE textural ratio showed a marginally stronger correlation (r = 0.604, P vitreous haze scores than the Vitreous:RPE signal ratio. The custom OCT image analysis software (VITAN) allows rapid and automated measurement of vitreous parameters, that is comparable to our previously reported vitreous:RPE index, and correlates with clinically measured disease activity. Such OCT-based indices may provide the much needed objective markers of vitreous activity, which may be used in both clinical assessment, and as outcome measures in clinical trials for intermediate, posterior, and panuveitis. We describe a rapid automated method for quantifying vitreous signal intensity on optical coherence tomography (OCT) and show that this correlates with clinical assessment of vitreous inflammation. Such OCT-based indices may provide the much needed objective markers of vitreous activity, which may be used both in routine

  16. CHANGES IN THE POSTERIOR VITREOUS AFTER CATARACT SURGERY ASSESSED BY SWEPT-SOURCE OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY.

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    Otsuka, Yuki; Ooto, Sotaro; Yoshimura, Nagahisa

    2017-03-08

    To assess changes in the posterior vitreous caused directly by phacoemulsification with implantation of an intraocular lens, using the enhanced vitreous swept-source optical coherence tomography system (Topcon, Tokyo, Japan). Consecutive patients with cataract without posterior vitreous detachment were enrolled. Swept-source optical coherence tomography examinations were performed 1 day before and several days after surgery, using enhanced vitreous visualization. We compared preoperative and postoperative posterior vitreous status and measured the distance between the internal limiting membrane and the posterior vitreous membrane at 26 locations at the posterior pole. Images of 33 eyes (21 patients) could be analyzed. The perifoveal posterior vitreous detachment was not extended in any eyes, and the internal limiting membrane to posterior vitreous membrane distance before and after surgery did not differ at any location measured (P = 0.071-1.000). The posterior precortical vitreous pocket was dilated in three eyes. Age, gender, axial length, preoperative visual activity, nuclear sclerosis, duration of surgery, and duration between surgery and swept-source optical coherence tomography did not differ between the dilated vitreous pocket group (n = 3) and the unchanged group (n = 30). The height of the posterior vitreous membrane remained unchanged after surgery, although the posterior precortical vitreous pocket was dilated in three patients. Cataract surgery procedures seem to have little influence on the posterior vitreous membrane.

  17. Efficacy observation of danshen injection iontophoresis treatment for vitreous hemorrhage

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To probe into the clinical value of danshen injection iontophoresis in treatment of vitreous hemorrhage. METHODS: Eighty-eight vitreous hemorrhage patients(88 eyeswere selected from June 2012 to June 2013 in our hospital. The patients were divided into observation group and control group randomly, with 44 cases(44 eyesin each group. The patients in control group were treated with xueshuantong clinical drug treatment. The patients in observation group were treated with danshen injection iontophoresis clinical drug treatment. The clinical treatment and visual recovery situations of the patients in two groups were compared and analyzed. RESULTS: The cure rate and total effective rate of observation group were 75% and 95%. The cure rate and total effective rate of control group were 59% and 77%. There were statistically significant differences(PPCONCLUSION: Danshen injection iontophoresis therapy has positive role in improving clinical outcomes and promoting visual function for patients with vitreous hemorrhage.

  18. Vitreous Substitutes: Old and New Materials in Vitreoretinal Surgery

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    Camilla Alovisi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent developments in vitreoretinal surgery have increased the need for suitable vitreous substitutes. A successful substitute should maintain all the physical and biochemical properties of the original vitreous, be easy to manipulate, and be long lasting. Substitutes can be gaseous or liquid, both of which have associated advantages and disadvantages related to their physical properties and use. Furthermore, new surgical techniques with smaller vitreoretinal instruments have driven the use of more viscous substitutes. In this review, we analyze and discuss the most frequently used vitreous substitutes and look ahead to future alternatives. We classify these compounds based on their composition and structure, discuss their clinical use with respect to their associated advantages and disadvantages, and analyze how new vitreoretinal surgical techniques have modified their use.

  19. Vitreous Substitutes: Old and New Materials in Vitreoretinal Surgery

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    Panico, Claudio; Eandi, Chiara M.

    2017-01-01

    Recent developments in vitreoretinal surgery have increased the need for suitable vitreous substitutes. A successful substitute should maintain all the physical and biochemical properties of the original vitreous, be easy to manipulate, and be long lasting. Substitutes can be gaseous or liquid, both of which have associated advantages and disadvantages related to their physical properties and use. Furthermore, new surgical techniques with smaller vitreoretinal instruments have driven the use of more viscous substitutes. In this review, we analyze and discuss the most frequently used vitreous substitutes and look ahead to future alternatives. We classify these compounds based on their composition and structure, discuss their clinical use with respect to their associated advantages and disadvantages, and analyze how new vitreoretinal surgical techniques have modified their use. PMID:28785482

  20. The vitreous state thermodynamics, structure, rheology, and crystallization

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    2013-01-01

    This book summarizes the experimental evidence and modern classical and theoretical approaches in understanding the vitreous state, from structural problems, over equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics, to statistical physics. Glasses, and especially silicate glasses, are only the best known representatives of this particular physical state of matter. Other typical representatives include organic polymer glasses, and many other easily vitrifying organic and inorganic substances, technically important materials, amidst them vitreous water and vitrified aqueous solutions, and also many metallic alloy systems. Some of these systems only form glasses under particular conditions, e.g. through ultra-rapid cooling. This book describes the properties and the formation of both every-day technical glasses and especially of such more exotic forms of vitreous matter. It is a unique source of knowledge and new ideas for materials scientists, engineers and researchers working on condensed matter. The new edition e...

  1. Intravitreal chemotherapy in the management of vitreous disease in retinoblastoma.

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    Kiratli, Hayyam; Koç, İrem; Varan, Ali; Akyüz, Canan

    2017-06-26

    To evaluate the therapeutic outcome of intravitreal melphalan injection in the management of vitreous disease in patients with retinoblastoma. We particularly aimed to assess whether higher melphalan dose with lower number of injections was more effective and associated with fewer side effects. This retrospective, interventional, noncomparative, and nonrandomized study included 39 eyes of 37 patients. Vitreous seeds were classified as dust, sphere, and cloud types. Intravitreal injections were performed through pars plana free of any visible tumor using 30-G needle. Response of the seeds (disappearance, conversion into inactive debris, or progression) and enucleation rate were determined as outcome measures. All patients previously received systemic or intra-arterial chemotherapy. Vitreous seeding was primary in 54% of eyes and secondary in 46% of eyes. Vitreous seeds were classified as dust in 9 (23.1%) eyes, sphere in 24 (61.5%) eyes, and cloud in 6 (15.4%) eyes. Melphalan dose varied between 20 and 40 µg and 20 (51.3%) eyes received >30 µg. The total number of injections was 70 (range 1-5, mean 1.8 per eye). Various types of regression were obtained in 27 (69.2%) eyes. Sphere-type seeds were the most responsive to melphalan. Nonresponse and disease progression were noted in 12 (30.8%) eyes. After a mean follow-up of 11.8 months, 17 (44%) eyes were enucleated. Vitreous hemorrhage (18%) and retinal pigment epithelial alterations (8%) were the most common side effects. Intravitreal melphalan at 30-40 µg in 1 or 2 injections proved effective in 69.2% of eyes with vitreous disease.

  2. Dramatic resolution of vitreous hemorrhage after an intravitreal injection of dobesilate.

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    Cuevas, Pedro; Outeiriño, Luis Antonio; Azanza, Carlos; Angulo, Javier; Giménez-Gallego, Guillermo

    2015-01-01

    Vitreous hemorrhages are important clinical manifestations of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Non-cleared vitreous hemorrhages could lead to hemosiderosis bulbi and glaucoma. Here, we describe the case of a type 2 diabetic patient presenting anterior segment and vitreous hemorrhages that resolved three days after treatment with a single intravitreal injection of dobesilate.

  3. Trypsin-mediated enzymatic degradation of type II collagen in the human vitreous

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    van Deemter, Marielle; Kuijer, Roel; Pas, Hendri Harm; van der Worp, Roelofje Jacoba; Hooymans, Johanna Martina Maria; Los, Leonoor Inge

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: Aging of the vitreous body can result in sight-threatening pathology. One aspect of vitreous aging is liquefaction, which results from the vanishing of collagen fibrils. We investigated the possibility that trypsins are involved in vitreous type II collagen degradation. Methods:

  4. Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous – The martini glass sign

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    Jun 20, 2014 ... Signs doi:10.4102/sajr.v18i1.597 http://sajr.org.za. Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous – The martini glass sign. Author: A. Fourie Bezuidenhout1. Affiliation: 1Department of. Radiodiagnosis, Stellenbosch. University, South Africa. Correspondence to: Fourie Bezuidenhout. Email: fouriebez@yahoo.com.

  5. EXPERIMENTAL VISUALIZATION AND QUANTIFICATION OF VITREOUS CONTAMINATION FOLLOWING INTRAVITREAL INJECTIONS.

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    Nakashizuka, Hiroyuki; Shoji, Jun; Shimada, Hiroyuki; Yuzawa, Mitsuko

    2016-10-01

    To detect and quantify vitreous contamination after intravitreal injection using an experimental vitreous contamination model. Enucleated porcine eyes served as a Type 1 experimental vitreous contamination model with fluoresbrite carboxylate microspheres applied to the conjunctival surface. Saline solution (0.05 mL) was injected using a 27-, 30-, or 32-gauge (G) needle. Injection procedures were monitored using an intraocular fiber catheter. Condensed microspheres were applied to an excised sheet of porcine sclera (Type 2 experimental vitreous contamination model). Saline solution (0.05 mL) was injected from the top of an applied condensed microsphere through the sclera using a needle of one of the aforementioned gauges, and samples were then collected. The fluorescence strength of samples was measured using fluorophotometry. We visually detected fluorescent microspheres in 10/10, 9/10, and 9/10 eyes injected with 27-G, 30-G, and 32-G needles, respectively. In the experimental quantification study, values at all needle gauges were significantly higher than those of controls (P contamination directly into the eyes even when a 32-G needle is used. Furthermore, the 27-G needle carries the highest contamination risk.

  6. Enzymatic Breakdown of Type II Collagen in the Human Vitreous

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    van Deemter, Marielle; Pas, Hendri H.; Kuijer, Roel; van der Worp, Roelofje J.; Hooymans, Johanna M. M.; Los, Leonoor I.

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE. To investigate whether enzymatic collagen breakdown is an active process in the human vitreous. METHODS. Human donor eyes were used for immunohistochemistry to detect the possible presence of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-induced type II collagen breakdown product col2-3/4C-short in

  7. Suspected vitreous seeding of uveal melanoma: relevance of diagnostic vitrectomy.

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    Metz, Claudia H D; Bornfeld, Norbert; Metz, Klaus A; Gök, Mete

    2016-05-01

    To review all cases of suspected vitreous seeding of treated or untreated uveal melanoma at our clinic and to compare clinical, cytological and histological findings with patients' survival. Retrospective non-randomised study of 23 patients with consecutive uveal melanoma who underwent diagnostic vitrectomy in our clinic between January 2000 and November 2013. Reason for vitrectomy was suspected dissemination of tumour cells inside the eye. Treated as well as treatment-naïve primary uveal melanomas were included in this study. Follow-up data of all patients were collected. The study included 23 patients with a mean age of 66 years. Four patients presented pigmented vitreous debris at initial presentation prior to treatment of the uveal melanoma. All but one of these four patients has been enucleated as a consequence of cytology-proven vitreous spreading of vital melanoma cells. The remaining 19 patients presented pigmented vitreous debris at a mean of 60 months following local tumour treatment. Thirteen of these patients had been treated with a ruthenium plaque (mean scleral dose 1295 Gy, mean apex dose 152 Gy), three with binuclid plaque (mean scleral dose 1005 Gy, mean apex dose 70 Gy) and three with proton beam radiation. Of the 19 patients, 10 showed only melanophages in the vitreous specimen, while the remaining 9 patients had vital tumour cells in vitreous cytology. Four out of these nine patients have been enucleated in the course of follow-up. During follow-up of our cohort of 23 patients, 4 patients died, but only 1 of them due to metastatic disease. The outcome of this small cohort study shows that obtaining a vitreous specimen helps to distinguish melanophages from vital tumour cells. We could not observe an increased risk of metastasis in patients who showed melanoma cell dissemination inside the eye, compared with those patients only showing melanophages. We therefore suggest to carefully re-evaluate the necessity of enucleation in every

  8. Terson syndrome: a case report suggesting the mechanism of vitreous hemorrhage.

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    Ogawa, T; Kitaoka, T; Dake, Y; Amemiya, T

    2001-09-01

    To present a patient with Terson syndrome and to propose a mechanism for vitreous hemorrhage. Observational case report. A 50-year-old woman with subarachnoid hemorrhage and unilateral vitreous hemorrhage. Detailed examination with fluorescein angiography and funduscopy. Site of dye leakage on fluorescein angiography in the eye with vitreous hemorrhage. Fluorescein angiography showed the leakage site at the margin of the disc in the eye with vitreous hemorrhage after the vitreous hemorrhage had been removed. The damage to peripapillary tissues demonstrated by fluorescein leakage suggests that intracranial hypertension affects peripapillary structures through the intervaginal space of the optic nerve sheath.

  9. Experiment of vitreous liquefaction induced by C3F8.

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    Wang, Jing; Li, Qiuming

    2017-01-01

    To investigate the effect and safety of vitreous liquefaction induced by C3F8 (an inert gas) injected into vitreous cavit of rabbit eyes. 24 rabbits (48 eyes) were randomly divided into four groups, named group A, group B, group C and group D, with 6 rabbits in each group. The right eye in each rabbit was taken as the experimental eye while the left as the control eye. The experimental eyes in group A were injected with 0.1mL disinfectant air; the experimental eyes in group B, group C and group D were all injected with C3F8 0.1mL, 0.2mL and 0.3mL respectively after receiving anterior chamber penetration; and the controlled eyes in all group were injected with 0.1mL balanced salt solution (BSS). During the first 7 d after injection, all the rabitts' eyes were examined by slit lamp, ophthalmoscope, intraocular pressure (IOP) and dark-adapted retina Electroretinography (ERG) each day. After that, the examination of IOG and ERP were reviewed weekly. Besides, B ultrasound should be examined to observe the situation of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) in the 4th and 8th weeks. The rabbits were killed in the end of the 8th week, with their specimens examined by the light microscope, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Except group A, all the experimental eyes were produced with vitreous liquefaction. In group C and group D, in addition to the produced vitreous liquefaction, posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), even complete PVD, were induced in different extent. But in group B, the vitreous body was returned to the gel state at 2 weeks after gas absorption. In group C and group D, the vitreous body was not found to recover its original state at 8 weeks. In group D, there was a little increase of intraocular pressure, a mild delay of wave a and wave b after ERG in the 4th day after the gas injection. While there was no such situation in other groups. After the examination of B ultrasound in the 8th week, the complete PVD

  10. Recurrent vitreous hemorrhage after sutured posterior chamber intraocular lenses.

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    Fu, Arthur D; McDonald, H Richard; Jumper, J Michael; Aaberg, Thomas M; Smiddy, William E; Robertson, Joseph E; Johnson, Robert N; Ai, Everett

    2004-04-01

    To describe the clinical course and management of patients with late vitreous hemorrhage after scleral suturing of posterior chamber intraocular lenses (PCIOL). The authors reviewed patient demographics, ocular findings, and clinical course of six patients with late (>3 weeks) vitreous hemorrhage after sclera-sutured PCIOL. Intraoperative endoscopy was performed on two patients to better assess the haptic sulcus interaction. Patient age ranged from 39 to 84 years (median 77 years). The interval between scleral suturing of the PCIOL and vitreous hemorrhage ranged from 3 weeks to 68 months (median 5 months). The number of hemorrhages ranged from one to four. The hemorrhage cleared spontaneously in three eyes. Three patients underwent surgery after the hemorrhages including sutured PCIOL removal with concurrent placement of an anterior chamber IOL (ACIOL) (two patients) and resuturing of a PCIOL in a different meridian (one patient). Follow-up ranged from 4 to 36 months, median 19.5 months, starting from the time of the initial postsuturing vitreous hemorrhage. Final vision ranged from 20/20 to hand motions, with four eyes having 20/40 or better vision. Endoscopy revealed a haptic embedded into the pars plicata in one eye but no evidence of neovascularization. Recurrent vitreous hemorrhage may occur as a complication of scleral suturing of PCIOL. The etiology of these hemorrhages does not appear to be related to neovascular proliferation at the haptic suture site, but may be secondary to erosion of the haptic into uveal structures. Not all eyes require reoperation after these hemorrhages; however, good visual results may be achieved by replacing the sutured PCIOL with an ACIOL or by suturing the PCIOL in a different meridian.

  11. Modeling of vision loss due to vitreous hemorrhage by Monte Carlo simulation.

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    Al-Saeed, Tarek A; El-Zaiat, Sayed Y

    2014-08-01

    Vitreous hemorrhage is the leaking of blood into the vitreous humor which results from different diseases. Vitreous hemorrhage leads to vision problems ranging from mild to severe cases in which blindness occurs. Since erythrocytes are the major scatterers in blood, we are modeling light propagation in vitreous humor with erythrocytes randomly distributed in it. We consider the total medium (vitreous humor plus erythrocytes) as a turbid medium and apply Monte Carlo simulation. Then, we calculate the parameters characterizing vision loss due to vitreous hemorrhage. This work shows that the increase of the volume fraction of erythrocytes results in a decrease of the total transmittance of the vitreous body and an increase in the radius of maximum transmittance, the width of the circular strip of bright area, and the radius of the shadow area.

  12. Biomimetic hydrogel with tunable mechanical properties for vitreous substitutes.

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    Santhanam, Sruthi; Liang, Jue; Struckhoff, Jessica; Hamilton, Paul D; Ravi, Nathan

    2016-10-01

    The vitreous humor of the eye is a biological hydrogel principally composed of collagen fibers interspersed with hyaluronic acid. Certain pathological conditions necessitate its removal and replacement. Current substitutes, like silicone oils and perfluorocarbons, are not biomimetic and have known complications. In this study, we have developed an in situ forming two-component biomimetic hydrogel with tunable mechanical and osmotic properties. The components are gellan, an analogue of collagen, and poly(methacrylamide-co-methacrylate), an analogue of hyaluronic acid; both endowed with thiol side groups. We used response surface methodology to consider seventeen possible hydrogels to determine how each component affects the optical, mechanical, sol-gel transition temperature and swelling properties. The optical and physical properties of the hydrogels were similar to vitreous. The shear storage moduli ranged from 3 to 358Pa at 1Hz and sol-gel transition temperatures from 35.5 to 43°C. The hydrogel had the ability to remain swollen without degradation for four weeks in vitro. Three hydrogels were tested for biocompatibility on primary porcine retinal pigment epithelial cells, human retinal pigment epithelial cells, and fibroblast (3T3/NIH) cells, by electric cell-substrate impedance sensing system. The two-component hydrogels allowed for the tuning and optimizing of mechanical, swelling, and transition temperature to obtain three biocompatible hydrogels with properties similar to the vitreous. Future studies include testing of the optimized hydrogels in animal models for use as a long-term substitute, whose preliminary results are mentioned. Although hydrogels are researched as long-term vitreous substitute, none have advanced sufficiently to reach clinical application. Our work focuses on the development of a novel two component in situ forming hydrogel that bio-mimic the natural vitreous. Our thiol-containing copolymers can be injected as an aqueous solution into

  13. Morphology and Accommodative Function of the Vitreous Zonule in Human and Monkey Eyes

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    Lütjen-Drecoll, Elke; Kaufman, Paul L.; Wasielewski, Rainer; Ting-Li, Lin

    2010-01-01

    Purpose. To explore the attachments of the posterior zonule and vitreous in relation to accommodation and presbyopia in monkeys and humans. Methods. Novel scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) techniques were used to visualize the anterior, intermediate, and posterior vitreous zonule and their connections to the ciliary body, vitreous membrane, lens capsule, and ora serrata, and to characterize their age-related changes and correlate them with loss of accommodative forward movement of the ciliary body. α-Chymotrypsin was used focally to lyse the vitreous zonule and determine the effect on movement of the accommodative apparatus in monkeys. Results. The vitreous attached to the peripheral lens capsule and the ora serrata directly. The pars plana zonule and the posterior tines of the anterior zonule were separated from the vitreous membrane except for strategically placed attachments, collectively termed the vitreous zonule, that may modulate and smooth the forward and backward movements of the entire system. Age-dependent changes in these relationships correlated significantly with loss of accommodative amplitude. Lysis of the intermediate vitreous zonule partially restored accommodative movement. Conclusions. The vitreous zonule system may help to smoothly translate to the lens the driving forces of accommodation and disaccommodation generated by the ciliary muscle, while maintaining visual focus and protecting the lens capsule and ora serrata from acute tractional forces. Stiffening of the vitreous zonular system may contribute to age-related loss of accommodation and offer a therapeutic target for presbyopia. PMID:19815737

  14. Trypsin-mediated enzymatic degradation of type II collagen in the human vitreous

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    van Deemter, Mariëlle; Kuijer, Roel; Harm Pas, Hendri; Jacoba van der Worp, Roelofje; Hooymans, Johanna Martina Maria

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Aging of the vitreous body can result in sight-threatening pathology. One aspect of vitreous aging is liquefaction, which results from the vanishing of collagen fibrils. We investigated the possibility that trypsins are involved in vitreous type II collagen degradation. Methods Immunohistochemistry and western blotting were used for detecting and locating trypsin isoforms in the vitreous and retina of human donor eyes. The capability of the retina to produce these trypsins was analyzed with polymerase chain reaction. Whether the different trypsins degraded type II collagen was tested in vitro. The sizes of the in vitro induced type II collagen degradation products were compared to those present in the vitreous of human eyes of different ages. Results Trypsin-1 and trypsin-2 were detected in the vitreous. In the retina, messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) coding for trypsin-2, -3, and -4 was present. Using immunohistochemistry, trypsin-2 was detected in microglial cells located in the vitreous and the retina. All trypsin isoforms degraded type II collagen and produced degradation products of similar sizes as those present in the vitreous. Conclusions Trypsin-1 and trypsin-2 appear to have a function in the degradation of vitreous type II collagen. They could therefore have a role in the development of vitreous liquefaction. PMID:23882137

  15. Effects of mechanical stress and vitreous samples in retinal pigment epithelial cells.

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    Takahashi, Eri; Fukushima, Ayako; Haga, Akira; Inomata, Yasuya; Ito, Yasuhiro; Fukushima, Mikiko; Tanihara, Hidenobu

    2016-02-12

    In rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD), scattered RPE cells from the basement membrane into the vitreous cavity undergo an epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) and form the intraocular fibrous membrane in response to vitreous fluid. We investigated whether exposure to vitreous samples was associated with EMT-associated signals and mesenchymal characters. Human vitreous samples were collected from patients with RRD, epiretinal membrane (ERM), or macular hole (MH). We evaluated the effects of vitreous on ARPE-19 cells in suspension cultures using poly 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-coated dishes and three-dimensional (3D) Matrigel cultures. We found that exposure to vitreous samples did not induce morphological changes or accelerate wound closure in monolayers. Several samples showed increased phosphorylation of Smad2 and nuclear translocation of nuclear factor-κB. Mechanical stress triggered an elevation of phosphorylation levels in Smad2. In addition, exposure to vitreous fluid increased the phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in cell suspension cultures after mechanical stress. Moreover, ARPE-19 cells showed a stellate invasive phenotype in 3D Matrigel cultures with vitreous samples. In this study, we demonstrated that mechanical stress and vitreous were associated with EMT-associated signals and invasive phenotypes in 3D cultures but not in monolayers. These results have important implications for the role of vitreous humor in the induction of EMT and intraocular fibrosis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Effects of mechanical stress and vitreous samples in retinal pigment epithelial cells

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    Takahashi, Eri, E-mail: eritakahashi@fc.kuh.kumamoto-u.ac.jp; Fukushima, Ayako; Haga, Akira; Inomata, Yasuya; Ito, Yasuhiro; Fukushima, Mikiko; Tanihara, Hidenobu

    2016-02-12

    In rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD), scattered RPE cells from the basement membrane into the vitreous cavity undergo an epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) and form the intraocular fibrous membrane in response to vitreous fluid. We investigated whether exposure to vitreous samples was associated with EMT-associated signals and mesenchymal characters. Human vitreous samples were collected from patients with RRD, epiretinal membrane (ERM), or macular hole (MH). We evaluated the effects of vitreous on ARPE-19 cells in suspension cultures using poly 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-coated dishes and three-dimensional (3D) Matrigel cultures. We found that exposure to vitreous samples did not induce morphological changes or accelerate wound closure in monolayers. Several samples showed increased phosphorylation of Smad2 and nuclear translocation of nuclear factor-κB. Mechanical stress triggered an elevation of phosphorylation levels in Smad2. In addition, exposure to vitreous fluid increased the phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in cell suspension cultures after mechanical stress. Moreover, ARPE-19 cells showed a stellate invasive phenotype in 3D Matrigel cultures with vitreous samples. In this study, we demonstrated that mechanical stress and vitreous were associated with EMT-associated signals and invasive phenotypes in 3D cultures but not in monolayers. These results have important implications for the role of vitreous humor in the induction of EMT and intraocular fibrosis.

  17. Preservation of the Structure of Enzymatically-Degraded Bovine Vitreous Using Synthetic Proteoglycan Mimics

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    Zhang, Qianru; Filas, Benjamen A.; Roth, Robyn; Heuser, John; Ma, Nan; Sharma, Shaili; Panitch, Alyssa; Beebe, David C.; Shui, Ying-Bo

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. Vitreous liquefaction and subsequent posterior vitreous detachment can lead to several sight-threatening diseases, including retinal detachment, macular hole and macular traction syndrome, nuclear cataracts, and possibly, open-angle glaucoma. In this study, we tested the ability of three novel synthetic chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan mimics to preserve the structure and physical properties of enzymatically-degraded bovine vitreous. Methods. Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan mimics, designed to bind to type II collagen, hyaluronic acid, or both, were applied to trypsin- or collagenase-treated bovine vitreous in situ and in vitro. Rheology and liquefaction tests were performed to determine the physical properties of the vitreous, while Western blots were used to detect the presence and degradation of soluble collagen II (α1). Deep-etch electron microscopy (DEEM) identified the ultrastructure of mimic-treated and untreated enzyme-degraded bovine vitreous. Results. Proteoglycan mimics preserved the physical properties of trypsin-degraded bovine vitreous and protected against vitreous liquefaction. Although the collagen-binding mimic maintained the physical properties of collagenase-treated vitreous, liquefaction still occurred. Western blots indicated that the mimic provided only marginal protective ability against soluble collagen degradation. Deep-etch electron microscopy, however, showed increased density and isotropy of microstructural components in mimic-treated vitreous, supporting the initial result that vitreous structure was preserved. Conclusions. Proteoglycan mimics preserved bovine vitreous physical properties after enzymatic degradation. These compounds may be useful in delaying or preventing the pathological effects of age-related, or enzymatically-induced, degradation of the vitreous body. PMID:25342623

  18. Vitreous carbon mask substrate for X-ray lithography

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    Aigeldinger, Georg [Livermore, CA; Skala, Dawn M [Fremont, CA; Griffiths, Stewart K [Livermore, CA; Talin, Albert Alec [Livermore, CA; Losey, Matthew W [Livermore, CA; Yang, Chu-Yeu Peter [Dublin, CA

    2009-10-27

    The present invention is directed to the use of vitreous carbon as a substrate material for providing masks for X-ray lithography. The new substrate also enables a small thickness of the mask absorber used to pattern the resist, and this enables improved mask accuracy. An alternative embodiment comprised the use of vitreous carbon as a LIGA substrate wherein the VC wafer blank is etched in a reactive ion plasma after which an X-ray resist is bonded. This surface treatment provides a surface enabling good adhesion of the X-ray photoresist and subsequent nucleation and adhesion of the electrodeposited metal for LIGA mold-making while the VC substrate practically eliminates secondary radiation effects that lead to delamination of the X-ray resist form the substrate, the loss of isolated resist features, and the formation of a resist layer adjacent to the substrate that is insoluble in the developer.

  19. Er:YAB nanoparticles and vitreous thin films by the polymeric precursor method

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    Maia, Lauro J. Q., E-mail: lauro@if.sc.usp.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Grupo Crescimento de Cristais e Materiais Ceramicos, Departamento de Fisica e Ciencia dos Materiais, Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos (Brazil); Ibanez, Alain; Ortega, Luc [Laboratoire de Cristallographie CNRS associe a l' Universite Joseph Fourier et a l' INPG (France); Mastelaro, Valmor R.; Hernandes, Antonio C. [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Grupo Crescimento de Cristais e Materiais Ceramicos, Departamento de Fisica e Ciencia dos Materiais, Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos (Brazil)

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    The synthesis of Y{sub 0.9}Er{sub 0.1}Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} crystalline powders and vitreous thin films were studied. Precursor solutions were obtained using a modified polymeric precursor method using d-sorbitol as complexant agent. The chemical reactions were described. Y{sub 0.9}Er{sub 0.1}Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} composition presents good thermal stability with regard to crystallization. The Y{sub 0.9}Er{sub 0.1}Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} crystallized phase can be obtained at 1,150 {sup o}C, in agreement with other authors. Crack- and porosity-free films were obtained with very small grain size and low RMS roughness. The films thickness revealed to be linearly dependent on precursor solution viscosity, being the value of 25 mPa s useful to prepare high-quality amorphous multi-layers (up to {approx} 800 nm) at 740 {sup o}C during 2 h onto silica substrates by spin coating with a gyrset technology.

  20. Patients' subjective visual experiences during vitreous surgery under local anesthesia.

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    Yu, Ji-Feng; Liang, Li; Wen, Yu-Qin; Liu, Li; Huang, Yi-Fei

    2011-01-01

    To investigate patient's visual experience during vitreous surgery under local anesthesia. A prospective and randomized study of 76 patients that underwent vitreous surgeries in our hospital between July 2010 and December 2010 was designed. All patients were interviewed half an hour before and within 1 hour after the surgery using a standardized questionnaire. Basic characteristics of patients and their intraoperative visual experiences like light, color, moving object, pain, fear, and the desire for general anesthesia before and after the surgery were recorded. Sixty patients (78.9%) perceived at least light perception, and 16 patients (21.1%) got no light perception throughout the entire duration of the operation. Forty one patients (53.9%) perceived only light, while 19 patients (25%) experienced moving objects. Thirty nine patients (51.3%) were frightened during their intraoperative visual experiences. Patients with better preoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) were more likely to be frightened (p=0.002). The frightened experience was affected notably by the different perceptions during operation, moving object (p=0.024), light (p=0.071), and color (p=0.071). Patients below 50 years old, especially from 20 to 30, were more likely to choose general anesthesia after the vitreous surgery. Most patients (78.9%) experienced at least light perception during the vitreous surgery under local anesthesia. There were no significant differences between the various visual experiences and their basic characteristics. Patients with better preoperative BCVA, perceived moving objects in their visual sensations seemed more likely to be frightened.

  1. Clinical observation of two treatments for vitreous hemorrhage

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    He-Yi Li

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the indications and therapeutic effect of the conservative treatment and surgical treatment for vitreous hemorrhage.METHODS: Hemorrhage reasons, degree of illness, and treatment and final results of vitreous hemorrhage were recorded from 2008 to 2013, and curative effect of different treatments was analyzed.RESULTS: Selected 22 cases(24 eyesof conservative treatment, vision degree of 6 eyes(25%had raised, 5 eyes(21%occurred secondary retinal detachment without treatment, 3 eyes(12.5%suffered neovascular glaucoma were underwent operation, but the vision had lost completely. In 26 cases(31 eyesof control(operationgroup, vision of 17 eyes(55%had improved, 2 eyes(6.5%suffered the second operation, 2 eyes(6.5%suffered the third surgery, 3 eyes(10%suffered eyeball atrophy. The number of ultimate vision improved with conservative treatment were significantly lower than the number of cases with surgical treatment(PCONCLUSION: The surgical treatment is still visible vitreous hemorrhage treatment means of positive, but there will be eyeball atrophy and other serious complications, so we should choose a different methods in according to the different treatment objects and treatment time.

  2. Self retaining contact lens system for vitreous surgery

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    Chalam Kakarla

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe the principle and design of a new self-retaining contact lens system for vitreous surgery. The system has three lenses: the plano-concave, prism and magnifying lens. This system is based on the principle of a direct imaging contact lens, designed for a 150-200mm focal length operating microscope. The contact lenses are designed to have an inferior concave surface [radius of curvature (ROC 7.7mm], modified by the addition of four footplates to provide stability and centration during vitreous surgery. The lenses are used with a drop of viscoelastic material placed between the concave surface of the contact lens and cornea. This induces negative suction and helps retain the lens in position during surgery. These specially designed lenses provide a stable, well-centered, high-resolution, magnified view of the fundus. This system eliminates the need for a skilled assistant or for suturing the lens to the sclera during vitreous surgery.

  3. Vitreous wick syndrome following a corneal relaxing incision.

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    Stainer, G A; Binder, P S

    1981-08-01

    A 55-year-old white female underwent a 7.5 mm penetrating keratoplasty for stromal scarring secondary to herpex simplex keratitis. Postoperatively, stromal vascularization and a prolonged graft rejection forced premature suture removal and a prolonged course of topical and systemic glucocorticoids. A mild anterior wound gape spontaneously closed with reduction of steroid therapy. Eighteen months after the original surgery, the patient underwent a relaxing corneal incision to correct 12 diopters of corneal astigmatism. During an inferior incision a small microperforation was noted and the procedure was terminated. Eleven days after the relaxing incision, the patient returned with a "vitreous wick" syndrome through the superior incision. The wound dehiscence and vitreous wick were repaired without incident and the astigmatism was reduced to 7 diopters. Incisions more than 3/4 depth in aphakic patients, or in patients who have required intense steroid therapy should be monitored closely for several days after surgery for microperforations or a wound dehiscence which may lead to a "vitreous wick" syndrome.

  4. Usefulness of Discarded Vitreous Samples from Routine Vitrectomy

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    Natàlia Vilà

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To describe the histopathological features of vitreous samples obtained after vitrectomy surgery from diabetic and nondiabetic patients. Methods. Vitreous specimens from 137 patients who underwent vitrectomy for different clinical conditions were analysed. All samples were centrifuged and each resulting pellet was fixed and processed as part of routine paraffin section histopathology. The histopathological features were categorized in a semiquantitative fashion. The samples from diabetic and nondiabetic patients were compared. Results. The 125 included patients (58 diabetic, 60% males were aged 64.2±13.9 years. The presence of hemorrhage, inflammatory cells, and histiocytes was significantly higher in the diabetic group (P<0.001, P=0.028, and P=0.016, resp., showing more vessels (P<0.001 and ghost vessels (P=0.049. The presence of inflammatory cells was the feature with the highest sensitivity for detecting diabetes mellitus (98% and also the highest negative predictive value (89%. In the multivariate analysis, three variables emerged as independent significant predictors of diabetes in vitrectomy samples: hemorrhage, endothelial-lined vessels, and age (P<0.001, P<0.001, and P=0.019, resp.. Conclusions. Different histopathological features can be found in vitreous samples from diabetic patients. Analysis of vitrectomy samples may serve as a tool for diabetes management.

  5. Intravitreal Devices for the Treatment of Vitreous Inflammation

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    John B. Christoforidis

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The eye is a well-suited organ for local delivery of therapeutics to treat vitreous inflammation as well as other pathologic conditions that induce visual loss. Several conditions are particularly challenging to treat and often require chronic courses of therapy. The use of implantable intravitreal devices for drug delivery is an emerging field in the treatment of vitreous inflammation as well as other ophthalmologic diseases. There are unique challenges in the design of these devices which include implants, polymers, and micro- and nanoparticles. This paper reviews current and investigational drug delivery systems for treating vitreous inflammation as well as other pathologic conditions that induce visual loss. The use of nonbiodegradable devices such as polyvinyl alcohol-ethylene vinyl acetate polymers and polysulfone capillary fibers, and biodegradable devices such as polylactic acid, polyglycolic acid, and polylactic-co-glycolic acid, polycaprolactones, and polyanhydrides are reviewed. Clinically used implantable devices for therapeutic agents including ganciclovir, fluocinolone acetonide, triamcinolone acetonide, and dexamethasone are described. Finally, recently developed investigational particulate drug delivery systems in the form of liposomes, microspheres, and nanoparticles are examined.

  6. Vitreous humor and albumin augment the proliferation of cultured retinal precursor cells

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    Yang, Jing; Klassen, Henry; Pries, Mette

    2008-01-01

    Intravitreal injection is an important delivery route for studies involving the transplantation of various types of precursor cells to the retina; however, the effect on these cells of exposure to the vitreous microenvironment has not been specifically investigated. Here vitreous humor...... was evaluated for the potential to influence the proliferation of rat retinal precursor cells in vitro. Cells were isolated at embryonic day 19 and plated in standard proliferation medium in the presence or absence of fluid expressed from porcine vitreous humor. Cellular proliferation at different...... concentrations of vitreous fluid supplementation was quantified by using a (3)H-thymidine incorporation assay. Active components of vitreous fluid were partially characterized by gel filtration chromatography (GFC) and UV spectral analysis. The effect of each vitreous fraction on proliferation was determined...

  7. Vitreous humour - routine or alternative material for analysis in forensic medicine.

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    Markowska, Joanna; Szopa, Monika; Zawadzki, Marcin; Piekoszewski, Wojciech

    2017-01-01

    Biological materials used in toxicological analyses in forensic medicine traditionally include blood, urine and vitreous humour. Forensic use of the vitreous body is mostly due to the need to assess the endogenous concentration of ethyl alcohol in the process of human body decomposition. The vitreous body is an underestimated biological material, even though its biochemical properties and anatomical location make it suitable for specific forensic toxicology tests as a reliable material for the preparation of forensic expert opinions. Based on the available literature the paper gathers information on the biochemical structure of the vitreous body, ways to secure the material after collection and its use in postmortem diagnostics. Specific applications of the vitreous humour for biochemical and toxicological tests are discussed, with a focus on its advantages and limitations in forensic medical assessment which are attributable to its biochemical properties, anatomical location and limited scientific studies on the distribution of xenobiotics in the vitreous body.

  8. Vitreous Hyper-Reflective Dots in Optical Coherence Tomography and Retinal Tear in Patients with Acute Posterior Vitreous Detachment.

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    Oh, Jong-Hyun; Oh, Jaeryung; Roh, Hyun Cheol

    2017-08-01

    To report the presence of hyper-reflective dots in the vitreous cavity using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in patients with acute symptomatic posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) and investigate their association with the presence of retinal tear. The medical records of 77 patients with acute symptomatic PVD, who were examined between March 2013 and February 2015, were reviewed. The severity of vitreous hyper-reflective dots (VHDs) was graded using SD-OCT images, and the presence of retinal tear was assessed. Forty-one (53.2%) eyes had mild VHDs, 13 (16.9%) eyes had moderate VHDs, and 14 (18.2%) eyes had severe VHDs. Retinal tear was found in 21 (27.3%) eyes. The presence of severe VHDs was associated with an increased likelihood of retinal tear (positive likelihood ratio, 9.78; 95% confidence interval, 3.02-31.63). In 14 (66.7%) eyes with retinal tear, the mean number of VHDs significantly decreased from 23.2 ± 20.27 to 2.3 ± 2.66 at a mean follow-up interval of 2.8 ± 1.48 weeks (P = 0.002). The presence of severe VHDs is suggestive of retinal tear in patients with acute symptomatic PVD. However, this SD-OCT finding should be limited to the acute phase of PVD.

  9. Safety and Feasibility of Quantitative Multiplexed Cytokine Analysis From Office-Based Vitreous Aspiration.

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    Ghodasra, Devon H; Fante, Ryan; Gardner, Thomas W; Langue, Michael; Niziol, Leslie M; Besirli, Cagri; Cohen, Steven R; Dedania, Vaidehi S; Demirci, Hakan; Jain, Nieraj; Jayasundera, K Thiran; Johnson, Mark W; Kalyani, Partho S; Rao, Rajesh C; Zacks, David N; Sundstrom, Jeffrey M

    2016-06-01

    The goals of this study were to evaluate the safety of office-based vitreous sampling, and determine the utility of these samples with multiplex cytokine analysis. Vitreous samples were collected from office-based needle aspiration and the rate of adverse events during follow-up was reviewed. The vitreous cytokine concentrations in a subset of patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) were analyzed using a 42 plex-cytokine bead array. These results were compared with vitreous cytokine concentrations in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) and controls (macular hole, epiretinal membrane, symptomatic vitreous floaters) from pars plana vitrectomy. An adequate volume of vitreous fluid (100-200 μL) was obtained in 52 (88%) of 59 office-based sampling attempts. The average length of follow-up was 300 days (range, 42-926 days). There were no complications, including cataract, retinal tear or detachment, and endophthalmitis. Two patients (3%) had posterior vitreous detachments within 3 months. Vitreous cytokine concentrations were measured in 44 patients: 14 controls, 13 with DME, and 17 with PDR. The concentration of ADAM11, CXCL-10, IL-8, and PDGF-A were higher in PDR compared with controls and DME. The concentration of IL-6 was higher in PDR compared with controls, but not compared with DME. Office-based vitreous aspiration is safe and yields high-quality samples for multiplex vitreous cytokine analysis. Significant elevations of vitreous cytokines were found in PDR compared with DME and controls, including the novel finding of elevated ADAM11. As such, office-based aspiration is a safe and effective means to identify vitreous factors associated with vitreoretinal disease.

  10. Materials in the vitreous during cataract surgery: nature and incidence, with two cases of histological confirmation.

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    Kam, Andrew W; Chen, Tony S; Wang, Sarah B; Jain, Neeranjali S; Goh, Aaron Yj; Douglas, Christopher P; McKelvie, Penny A; Agar, Ashish; Osher, Robert H; Francis, Ian C

    2016-12-01

    To identify and classify materials in the vitreous observed during phacoemulsification cataract surgery (phaco). Prospective, consecutive, observational case series at one ophthalmic day surgery in Sydney, Australia. A total of 767 consecutive phaco cases. Cases were excluded if there was posterior capsule rupture or vitreous loss intraoperatively. For each patient, age, gender, baseline corrected distance visual acuity, presence of pseudoexfoliation, nuclear sclerosis grade and phacoemulsification ultrasound time were recorded. The relationship between these variables and materials in the vitreous was evaluated with regression analysis. Two patients with materials in the vitreous developed an acute intraoperative rock-hard eye syndrome. In these two patients, pars plana needle aspiration of retrolenticular fluid was performed to re-establish normal intraocular pressure. Histology was undertaken to compare this fluid with known lens material retrieved from the Fluid Management System bags in two unrelated cases. Presence of materials in the vitreous during phaco. Materials in the vitreous were observed in either Berger's space or the anterior vitreous in 386 eyes (50.3% of cases); the majority was putatively lens material (46.5% of all cases). Pigment and ophthalmic viscoelastic device were seen in the anterior vitreous in 9.8% and 1.7% of cases, respectively. Logistic regression analysis demonstrated that higher nuclear sclerosis grade (P = 0.025), male gender (P = 0.003) and greater age (P = 0.016) were predictive of the presence of materials in the vitreous. Histological assessment with light microscopy and birefringence techniques identified the materials in the vitreous as lens material. Materials in the vitreous were seen in 50.3% of phaco cases. It has been histologically demonstrated that lens materials can be introduced into the anterior vitreous during phaco. © 2016 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

  11. Classification of Vitreous Seeds in Retinoblastoma: Correlations with Patient, Tumor, and Treatment Characteristics.

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    Francis, Jasmine H; Marr, Brian P; Abramson, David H

    2016-07-01

    To evaluate the patient, disease, and tumor characteristics of the 3 morphologically distinct groups of vitreous seeds in retinoblastoma presenting for treatment with ophthalmic artery chemosurgery (OAC): dust (class 1), spheres (class 2), and clouds (class 3) in primary and recurrent vitreous seeds. Retrospective cohort study of patients treated for vitreous seeds at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center between May 2006 and March 2015. A total of 135 eyes with active vitreous seeds, presenting for primary treatment with OAC or with recurrent vitreous disease. Vitreous seeds were classified into 3 groups: dust, spheres, and clouds. Indirect ophthalmoscopy, fundus photography, ultrasonography, and ultrasonic biomicroscopy were used to locate and evaluate the extent of retinal and vitreous disease. Patient and disease characteristics (age, laterality of disease, treatment status) were compared among classification groups. A 2-tailed Fisher exact test and paired Student t test were used for statistical analysis. Age of patient, laterality of disease, location of retinal disease, extent of vitreous disease, and treatment status. Primary treated disease: Patients with eyes containing class 3 (cloud) vitreous seeds were significantly older than patients with class 1 or 2 seeds (P vitreous seeds were significantly more common to class 2 (P vitreous seeds have distinct clinical characteristics associated with the age of patient, laterality of disease, and extent and location of tumor-producing seeds. Furthermore, recurrent vitreous seeds appear to have a unique clinical profile compared with seeds receiving primary treatment. Copyright © 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Pharmacokinetics of ofloxacin in serum and vitreous humor of albino and pigmented rabbits.

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of ofloxacin in serum and vitreous humor samples from albino and pigmented rabbits by using a recently described animal model which permits robust estimation of parameter values. The drug was administered to rabbits intravenously, multiple vitreous humor and serum samples were taken from each rabbit, and the vitreous humor and serum samples were assayed by high-pressure liquid chromatography. The pharmacokinetic parameters were de...

  13. Age-dependent vitreous separation from the macula in a clinic population.

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    Syed, Zahid; Stewart, Michael W

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    Vitreous degeneration begins soon after birth and accelerates throughout life. Vitreous liquefaction with a slowly progressive separation of the posterior hyaloid from the peripheral macula usually leads to complete posterior vitreous detachment. The purpose of this study is to measure the age-related prevalence of partial vitreous separation and the length of residual vitreous adhesion in an ophthalmology clinic population. Patients examined by the senior author (MWS) during a 6-month period were included in a retrospective chart review. Demographic data and spectral domain optical coherence tomography scan results were gathered. Data analysis with descriptive statistics focused on the prevalence and extent of partial vitreous separation. The mean age of the study patients was 69.9 years, and 62% were phakic. The highest prevalence of partial posterior hyaloid separation from the internal limiting membrane (71.2%) was seen in the 50- to 54-year age group. This prevalence rate steadily decreased to 5.6% in the 95- to 99-year age group. The prevalence of complete vitreous detachment as determined by slit-lamp biomicroscopy increased from 1.7% in the vitreous separation decreases with advancing age, probably because an increasing number of these patients progress to complete posterior vitreous detachment.

  14. [Detection of leptospira by culture of vitreous humor and detection of antibodies against leptospira in vitreous humor and serum of 225 horses with equine recurrent uveitis].

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    Dorrego-Keiter, Elisa; Tóth, József; Dikker, Lieke; Sielhorst, Jutta; Schusser, Gerald Fritz

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    In the ongoing discussion regarding the aetiopathogenesis of equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) it was the aim of the present study to elucidate the relationship of leptospira infection and ERU. In a population of 225 horses leptospira were examined in vitreous humor by culture and leptospira antibody were detected in vitreous humor and serum samples. Preoperative serum samples were collected from 221/225 ERU patients of different age, gender and breed. Undiluted vitreous humor was aseptically taken from 198/225 patients that underwent pars plana vitrectomy at the beginning of surgery and from 27/225 patients' eyeball after enucleation: Serum and vitreous humor were tested for specific leptospiral antibodies by microscopic agglutination test (MAT). Furthermore, vitreous humor was examined by culture. 20 patients which were euthanized due to a live-threatening disease other than ERU served as a control group. A total of 127/221 (57.5%) horses had serum antibodies (≥ 1:100). Most frequently antibodies against L. interrogans serovar Grippotyphosa were detected (79/127), followed by L. interrogans serovar lcterohaemorrhagiae (34/127) and L. interrogans serovar Bratislava (29/127). Only 79/225 horses (35.1%) had leptospiral antibodies in vitreous humor, in which L. interrogans serovar Grippotyphosa (67/79) was identified most frequently followed by L. interrogans serovar Pomona (18/79) and L. interrogans serovar lcterohaemorrhagiae (8/79) which was identified as single or multiple reaction. Isolation of leptospira from vitreous humor was positive in 34/212 horses (16%). 10/20 control horses had a positive antibody titer against leptospira in serum and 2/20 horses in vitreous humor, whereas there was no leptospira detected in culture. The result of 84% negative cultures from vitreous humor of 212 ERU patients is decisive for the diagnosis and therapy of ERU.

  15. Minimum Additive Waste Stabilization Using Vitreous Ceramics Interim Progress Report October 1994-September 1995

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    Feng, X; Hahn, W K; Gong, M [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Gong, W; Wang, L; Ewing, R C [Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences

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    Vitreous ceramic waste forms are being developed at Pacific Northwest Laboratory to complement glass waste forms in implementing the Minimum Additive Waste Stabilization (MAWS) Program to support the US Department of Energy`s environmental restoration efforts. These vitreous ceramics are composed of various metal-oxide crystalline phases embedded in a silicate-glass phase. This work extends the success of vitreous ceramic waste forms to treat wastes with both high metal and high alkali contents. Two successful approaches are discussed: developing high-durability alkali-binding crystals in a durable glassy matrix, and developing water-soluble crystals in a durable and continuous glassy matrix. Nepheline-vitreous ceramics were demonstrated for the immobilization of high-alkali wastes with alkali contents up to 21 wt%. The chemical durability of the nepheline-vitreous ceramics is better than the corresponding glasses, especially in over longer times. Vitreous ceramics with Cs{sub 2}O loading up to 35.4 wt% have been developed. Vitreous ceramic waste forms were developed from 90 and 100% Oak Ridge National Laboratory K-25 pond sludge. Heat treatment resulted in targeted crystal formation of spinels, potassium feldspar, and Ca-P phases. The K-25 pond sludge vitreous ceramics were up to 42 times more durable than high-level environmental assessments (EA) glass. The toxicity characteristics leach procedure (TCLP) concentration of LVC-6 is at least 2,000 times lower than US Environmental Protection Agency limits. Idaho Chemical Process Plant (ICPP) calcined wastes were immobilized into vitreous ceramics with calcine loading up to 88%. These ICPP-vitreous ceramics were more durable than the EA glass by factors of 5 to 30. Vitreous ceramic waste forms are being developed to complement, not to replace, glass waste forms.

  16. Effect of microplasmin on the clearance of vitreous haemorrhage from an experimental model in rabbits

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    Gad Elkareem, Ashraf M.; de Smet, Marc D.

    2014-01-01

    Microplasmin is known to alter the structure of the vitreous gel. The current experiments were designed to assess its ability to enhance clearance of an experimentally induced vitreous haemorrhage, and to compare it to ovine hyaluronidase. Twenty-five rabbits were used for this experiment, divided

  17. Differential Vitreous Dye Diffusion Following Microplasmin or Plasmin Pre-Treatment

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    Gad Elkareem, Ashraf M.; Willikens, Ben; Stassen, Jean Marie; de Smet, Marc D.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: Plasmin and microplasmin are related enzymes that differ mainly in size. The differential effect of plasmin and microplasmin on vitreous structure, protein degradation, and dye diffusion through porcine vitreous was evaluated. Methods: The enzymatic effect was examined using a number of

  18. Microarchitecture of the Vitreous Body: A High-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography Study.

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    Uji, Akihito; Yoshimura, Nagahisa

    2016-08-01

    To report novel vitreous body microarchitecture findings using high-resolution spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (HR-SD-OCT). Prospective, cross-sectional study. Horizontal and vertical retinal cross-sectional images that were 10 mm long were acquired from 17 eyes of 17 young healthy volunteers using HR-SD-OCT with enhanced vitreous imaging (EVI). Images were acquired through the fovea, upper vessel arcade, and lower vessel arcade. Three new findings on vitreous body microarchitecture were found. First, material located between the retina and posterior vitreous cortex was easily detected in 90% of upper and lower vessel arcade scans. Most scans contained hyperreflective dots and multilayered hyperreflective lines around the detached vitreous cortex. Second, a lamellar structure was observed in the vitreous body in 70%-80% of all scans, excluding vertical scans of the upper arcade vessel area. Third, tubular zones of hypodensity were detected in >80% of scans, excluding horizontal scans of the macula. Interestingly, the location of tubular zones of hypodensity seemed to correspond with the location of retinal vessels. Subject age, refractive error, and axial length were not significantly different in scans with and without material between the retina and vitreous, lamellar structures, and tubular zones of hypodensity. The microarchitecture of the vitreous body can be visualized using HR-SD-OCT and EVI. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Remodelling of the human vitreous and vitreoretinal interface - A dynamic process

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    Ponsioen, Theodorus L.; Hooymans, Johanna M. M.; Los, Leonoor I.

    2010-01-01

    The highly hydrated, almost acellular vitreous body of the human eye consists of only 0.1% macromolecules, of which collagens are the most important for its matrix structure. During embryological development, the human vitreous body is a highly dynamic matrix, in which the primary (vascular)

  20. Ultrasound-based quantification of vitreous floaters correlates with contrast sensitivity and quality of life.

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    Mamou, Jonathan; Wa, Christianne A; Yee, Kenneth M P; Silverman, Ronald H; Ketterling, Jeffrey A; Sadun, Alfredo A; Sebag, J

    2015-01-22

    Clinical evaluation of floaters lacks quantitative assessment of vitreous structure. This study used quantitative ultrasound (QUS) to measure vitreous opacities. Since floaters reduce contrast sensitivity (CS) and quality of life (Visual Function Questionnaire [VFQ]), it is hypothesized that QUS will correlate with CS and VFQ in patients with floaters. Twenty-two eyes (22 subjects; age = 57 ± 19 years) with floaters were evaluated with Freiburg acuity contrast testing (FrACT; %Weber) and VFQ. Ultrasonography used a customized probe (15-MHz center frequency, 20-mm focal length, 7-mm aperture) with longitudinal and transverse scans taken in primary gaze and a horizontal longitudinal scan through premacular vitreous in temporal gaze. Each scan set had 100 frames of log-compressed envelope data. Within each frame, two regions of interest (ROIs) were analyzed (whole-central and posterior vitreous) to yield three parameters (energy, E; mean amplitude, M; and percentage of vitreous filled by echodensities, P50) averaged over the entire 100-frame dataset. Statistical analyses evaluated E, M, and P50 correlations with CS and VFQ. Contrast sensitivity ranged from 1.19%W (normal) to 5.59%W. All QUS parameters in two scan positions within the whole-central ROI correlated with CS (R > 0.67, P vitreous echodensity that correlate with CS and VFQ, providing objective assessment of vitreous structure underlying the functional disturbances induced by floaters, useful to quantify vitreous disease severity and the response to therapy. Copyright 2015 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.

  1. Serum and vitreous fibulin-1 concentrations in patients with diabetic retinopathy.

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    Tian, Meiling; Wang, Jing; Wei, Yuqin; Lu, Qingle; Huang, Baohua

    2016-10-01

    Fibulin-1, an extracellular matrix glycoprotein, is closely correlated with angiogenesis. The purpose of this investigation is to determine serum and vitreous fibulin-1 concentrations in diabetic retinopathy (DR). This cross-sectional investigation was carried out in a population of 154 diabetic patients (54 without DR, 42 with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) and 58 with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR)) and 49 control subjects. The diabetic group showed higher serum and vitreous fibulin-1 concentrations than the controls. Serum and vitreous fibulin-1 concentrations in PDR patients were significantly elevated compared with those in the other 3 groups. NPDR patients showed elevated levels of serum and vitreous fibulin-1 concentrations compared with patients without DR. Logistic regression analysis revealed that serum and vitreous fibulin-1 were risk factors for developing DR. Pearson correlation analysis showed that serum fibulin-1 was correlated with systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), fasting plasma glucose and vitreous fibulin-1. Furthermore, Pearson correlation analysis showed that vitreous fibulin-1 was correlated with SBP, DBP, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and serum fibulin-1. Serum and vitreous fibulin-1 concentrations are elevated under DR condition. Copyright © 2016 American Federation for Medical Research.

  2. A survey of vitreous cell components performed using liquid-based cytology.

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    Narumi, Mari; Nishitsuka, Koichi; Yamakawa, Mitsunori; Yamashita, Hidetoshi

    2015-08-01

    To confirm the efficacy of liquid-based cytology (LBC) method in the observation of vitreous cells in various vitreoretinal diseases in human. Vitreous fluid samples from 30 eyes were obtained by 23-gauge 3-port pars plana vitrectomy. After making three ports, we collected vitreous specimen from the core vitreous cavity without infusion. We divided the samples into a quiescent group and an active group based on clinical signs of inflammation. To confirm availability of LBC preparation slides for immunostaining, we also performed immunocytochemistry (ICC) for CD68, RPE65 and DEC-205 (CD205) using LBC slides of 10 cell-rich cases including retinal detachment and endophthalmitis. Using LBC method, small amounts of vitreous cells were observed efficiently. Vitreous cells were observed in inflammatory quiescent cases including macular pucker and macular hole. The number of vitreous cells increased significantly in the cases with clinically active inflammation (2297 versus 207 cells/ml, respectively, p vitreous specimens easily and efficiently, facilitating the expedient diagnosis of vitreoretinal diseases, and the preparation slides are available for immunocytochemistry. This study also showed that vitreoretinal disease involves the migration of various types of cells including macrophages, neutrophils, lymphocytes, RPE65(+) pigmented cells and DEC-205(+) cells. © 2015 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  3. COMPARATIVE ANATOMY OF THE VITREOUS BODY IN RHESUS-MONKEYS AND MAN

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    WORST, JGF; LOS, LI

    1992-01-01

    In the isolated unfixed vitreous body a structural organization can be visualized by slitlamp microscopy or by an ink-injection technique. We discuss the observations on human and rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) vitreous bodies using the ink-injection technique. Advantages and disadvantages of this

  4. Remodeling of the adult human vitreous and vitreoretinal interface : a dynamic process

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    Ponsioen, Theodorus Leonardus

    2008-01-01

    The vitreous body (or vitreous) of the human eye is an almost acellular, transparent loose-meshed connective tissue consisting mainly of water (99%) and of just 0.1% macromolecules, such as glycosaminoglycans (e.g. hyaluronan), proteoglycans, glycoproteins (such as opticin), collagens, and

  5. Enhanced Vitreous Imaging in Healthy Eyes Using Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Liu, Jonathan J.; Witkin, Andre J.; Adhi, Mehreen; Grulkowski, Ireneusz; Kraus, Martin F.; Dhalla, Al-Hafeez; Lu, Chen D.; Hornegger, Joachim; Duker, Jay S.; Fujimoto, James G.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To describe enhanced vitreous imaging for visualization of anatomic features and microstructures within the posterior vitreous and vitreoretinal interface in healthy eyes using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT). The study hypothesis was that long-wavelength, high-speed, volumetric SS-OCT with software registration motion correction and vitreous window display or high-dynamic-range (HDR) display improves detection sensitivity of posterior vitreous and vitreoretinal features compared to standard OCT logarithmic scale display. Design Observational prospective cross-sectional study. Methods Multiple wide-field three-dimensional SS-OCT scans (500×500A-scans over 12×12 mm2) were obtained using a prototype instrument in 22 eyes of 22 healthy volunteers. A registration motion-correction algorithm was applied to compensate motion and generate a single volumetric dataset. Each volumetric dataset was displayed in three forms: (1) standard logarithmic scale display, enhanced vitreous imaging using (2) vitreous window display and (3) HDR display. Each dataset was reviewed independently by three readers to identify features of the posterior vitreous and vitreoretinal interface. Detection sensitivities for these features were measured for each display method. Results Features observed included the bursa premacularis (BPM), area of Martegiani, Cloquet's/BPM septum, Bergmeister papilla, posterior cortical vitreous (hyaloid) detachment, papillomacular hyaloid detachment, hyaloid attachment to retinal vessel(s), and granular opacities within vitreous cortex, Cloquet's canal, and BPM. The detection sensitivity for these features was 75.0% (95%CI: 67.8%–81.1%) using standard logarithmic scale display, 80.6% (95%CI: 73.8%–86.0%) using HDR display, and 91.9% (95%CI: 86.6%–95.2%) using vitreous window display. Conclusions SS-OCT provides non-invasive, volumetric and measurable in vivo visualization of the anatomic microstructural features of the posterior

  6. Enhanced vitreous imaging in healthy eyes using swept source optical coherence tomography.

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    Jonathan J Liu

    Full Text Available To describe enhanced vitreous imaging for visualization of anatomic features and microstructures within the posterior vitreous and vitreoretinal interface in healthy eyes using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT. The study hypothesis was that long-wavelength, high-speed, volumetric SS-OCT with software registration motion correction and vitreous window display or high-dynamic-range (HDR display improves detection sensitivity of posterior vitreous and vitreoretinal features compared to standard OCT logarithmic scale display.Observational prospective cross-sectional study.Multiple wide-field three-dimensional SS-OCT scans (500×500A-scans over 12×12 mm2 were obtained using a prototype instrument in 22 eyes of 22 healthy volunteers. A registration motion-correction algorithm was applied to compensate motion and generate a single volumetric dataset. Each volumetric dataset was displayed in three forms: (1 standard logarithmic scale display, enhanced vitreous imaging using (2 vitreous window display and (3 HDR display. Each dataset was reviewed independently by three readers to identify features of the posterior vitreous and vitreoretinal interface. Detection sensitivities for these features were measured for each display method.Features observed included the bursa premacularis (BPM, area of Martegiani, Cloquet's/BPM septum, Bergmeister papilla, posterior cortical vitreous (hyaloid detachment, papillomacular hyaloid detachment, hyaloid attachment to retinal vessel(s, and granular opacities within vitreous cortex, Cloquet's canal, and BPM. The detection sensitivity for these features was 75.0% (95%CI: 67.8%-81.1% using standard logarithmic scale display, 80.6% (95%CI: 73.8%-86.0% using HDR display, and 91.9% (95%CI: 86.6%-95.2% using vitreous window display.SS-OCT provides non-invasive, volumetric and measurable in vivo visualization of the anatomic microstructural features of the posterior vitreous and vitreoretinal interface. The

  7. Vitreous asteroid hyalosis prolapse into the anterior chamber simulating iris metastasis.

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    Shields, Carol L; Romanelli-Gobbi, Massi; Lally, Sara E; Shields, Jerry A

    2012-01-01

    Two asymptomatic elderly women who underwent cataract extraction 7 or more years previously and with intraocular lens placement presented with a linear bead-like white multinodular mass in the inferior angle simulating iris metastasis versus large inflammatory precipitates. There was no iris infiltration. In the first case, the posterior lens capsule was intact and there was no evidence of gelatinous vitreous in the anterior chamber, whereas in the second case, the capsule was open and there was gelatinous vitreous prolapse. In both cases, there was asteroid hyalosis in the vitreous. Both patients were diagnosed with prolapsed vitreous asteroid hyalosis into the anterior chamber and managed with observation. Vitreous asteroid hyalosis can prolapse into the anterior chamber of pseudophakic elderly patients with or without capsular opening and can simulate an intraocular tumor.

  8. Risk factors for multiple retinal tears in patients with acute posterior vitreous detachment.

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    Karahan, Eyyup; Karti, Omer; Er, Duygu; Cam, Duygu; Aydın, Rukiye; Zengin, Mehmet Ozgur; Kaynak, Suleyman

    2017-02-03

    To evaluate possible risk factors for multiple retinal tears in patients with acute posterior vitreous detachment. Three hundred and seventy-six consecutive patients presenting with symptoms of floaters and/or flashes were examined. The associations of retinal tears with the duration of symptoms, multiple floaters, flashing, a family history of retinal detachment, peripheral retinal degeneration, lens status, myopia, tobacco dust, and retinal or vitreous hemorrhage were analyzed. Fifty-four (14.4%) of the 376 patients had 71 initial retinal tears. Forty of the 54 eyes had one retinal tear, and 14 eyes had multiple retinal tears. The presence of retinal or vitreous hemorrhage increased the risk of multiple retinal tears 6.1 times using univariate analysis and 7.0 times using multivariate analysis. Unrecognized retinal tears in patients with acute posterior vitreous detachment can cause subsequent retinal detachment. It is therefore important to consider multiple retinal tears, especially in patients with retinal or vitreous hemorrhage.

  9. Interleukin-6 concentrations in the vitreous body of patients with retinal detachment.

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    Asensio-Sánchez, V M; Collazos, J M; Cantón, M

    2015-11-01

    To measure interleuquin-6 (IL-6) levels in the vitreous body of patients with retinal detachment (RD). Undiluted vitreous samples were obtained from 40 patients with no history of prior vitreous or intraocular surgery. Patients were divided into two groups: A (n=20) patients with RD and B (n=20) patients with pre-retinal macular membranes and macular holes. IL-6 was determined using radioimmunoassay. IL-6 vitreous concentration in group A was 122.4+-16pg/mL (range 91.5-620) and in group B was 46+/-23pg/mL (range 3-150) (p <.001). These results show that the concentration of IL-6 in the vitreous body was significantly higher in patients with RD than in the control group. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  10. Lipid partitioning in maize (Zea mays L.) endosperm highlights relationships among starch lipids, amylose, and vitreousness.

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    Gayral, Mathieu; Bakan, Bénédicte; Dalgalarrondo, Michele; Elmorjani, Khalil; Delluc, Caroline; Brunet, Sylvie; Linossier, Laurent; Morel, Marie-Hélène; Marion, Didier

    2015-04-08

    Content and composition of maize endosperm lipids and their partition in the floury and vitreous regions were determined for a set of inbred lines. Neutral lipids, i.e., triglycerides and free fatty acids, accounted for more than 80% of endosperm lipids and are almost 2 times higher in the floury than in the vitreous regions. The composition of endosperm lipids, including their fatty acid unsaturation levels, as well as their distribution may be related to metabolic specificities of the floury and vitreous regions in carbon and nitrogen storage and to the management of stress responses during endosperm cell development. Remarkably, the highest contents of starch lipids were observed systematically within the vitreous endosperm. These high amounts of starch lipids were mainly due to lysophosphatidylcholine and were tightly linked to the highest amylose content. Consequently, the formation of amylose-lysophosphatidylcholine complexes has to be considered as an outstanding mechanism affecting endosperm vitreousness.

  11. MR imaging of model drug distribution in simulated vitreous

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    Stein Sandra

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The in vitro and in vivo characterization of intravitreal injections plays an important role in developing innovative therapy approaches. Using the established vitreous model (VM and eye movement system (EyeMoS the distribution of contrast agents with different molecular weight was studied in vitro. The impact of the simulated age-related vitreal liquefaction (VL on drug distribution in VM was examined either with injection through the gel phase or through the liquid phase. For comparison the distribution was studied ex vivo in the porcine vitreous. The studies were performed in a magnetic resonance (MR scanner. As expected, with increasing molecular weight the diffusion velocity and the visual distribution of the injected substances decreased. Similar drug distribution was observed in VM and in porcine eye. VL causes enhanced convective flow and faster distribution in VM. Confirming the importance of the injection technique in progress of VL, injection through gelatinous phase caused faster distribution into peripheral regions of the VM than following injection through liquefied phase. VM and MR scanner in combination present a new approach for the in vitro characterization of drug release and distribution of intravitreal dosage forms.

  12. Vitreous humor in the pathologic scope: insights from proteomic approaches.

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    Monteiro, João P; Santos, Fátima M; Rocha, Ana S; Castro-de-Sousa, João P; Queiroz, João A; Passarinha, Luis A; Tomaz, Cândida T

    2015-02-01

    The vitreous humor (VH) is the largest component of the eye. It is a colorless, gelatinous, highly hydrated matrix that fills the posterior segment of the eye between the lens and retina in vertebrates. In VH, a diversity of proteins that can influence retinal physiology is present, including growth factors, hormones, proteins with transporter activity, and enzymes. More importantly, the protein composition of VH has been described as being altered in a number of disease states. Therefore, attempts aiming at establishing a map of VH proteins and detecting putative biomarkers for ocular illness or protein fluctuations with putative physiologic significance were conducted over the last two decades, using proteomic approaches. Proteomic strategies often involve gel-based or LC techniques as sample fractioning approaches, subsequently coupled with MS procedures. This set of studies resulted in the proteomic characterization of a range of ocular disease samples, with particular incidence on diabetic retinopathy. However, practical therapeutic applications arising from these studies are scarce at the moment. A pertinent example of therapeutic targets arising from VH proteomics has emerged concerning vasoproliferative factors present in the vitreous, which should be involved in neovascularization and subsequent fibrovascular proliferation of the retina, in ocular disease context. Therefore, this review attempts to sum up the information acquired from the proteomic approaches to ocular disease conducted in VH samples, highlighting its clinical potential for disclosing ocular disease mechanisms and engendering pharmacological therapeutic treatments. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. [Vitreous and fundus changes in Terson syndrome. 3 case reports].

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    Meier, P; Wiedemann, P

    1996-10-01

    Terson syndrome is defined as the presence of intraocular hemorrhages in association with a sudden increase in intracranial pressure. The hemorrhages can occur in the subretinal space, within the sensory retina, between the retina and the hyaloid membrane and in the vitreous cavity. We report about three eyes from two patients with Terson syndrome, in which vitreous hemorrhages were noted. In one eye we observed a preretinal macular hemorrhage. Pars plana vitrectomy was performed in two eyes. The hyaloid was surgically peeled away, which showed a membrane covering the macula. When this membrane was stripped away a retinal fold 360 degrees surrounding the macula was noted, in one eye a light fibrotic line was visible. The premacular hemorrhage and the intrahyaloidal hemorrhages in this eye were resorbed spontaneously after 5 months. In all eyes visual acuity increased to 1,0. In most eyes with Terson syndrome it is possible to wait for the spontaneous resorption of the blood. It is hypothesized that blood from a ruptured vein or capillary hydrodissects the internal limiting membrane from the underlying neurosensory retina. If a pars plana vitrectomy is performed the possibility of a hydraulical dissected internal limiting membrane has to be considered. Postoperatively perimacular retinal folds or fibrotic lines may occur, they didn't have any clinical evidence.

  14. Clear visualization of anterior vitreous incarceration into cannulae during 25-gauge vitrectomy in eyes with asteroid hyalosis.

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    Shimada, Hiroyuki; Nakashizuka, Hiroyuki; Hattori, Takayuki; Mori, Ryusaburo; Mizutani, Yoshihiro; Yuzawa, Mitsuko

    2012-01-01

    To demonstrate anterior vitreous incarceration in the cannulae at 3 ports during 25-gauge vitrectomy in eyes with asteroid hyalosis. In 6 eyes with asteroid hyalosis, 3-port 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy was conducted using conventional 25-gauge cannula (4 eyes) or 25-gauge EdgePlusTM trocar/cannula system (2 eyes). The relationship between the cannulae and anterior vitreous was observed during surgery. The 3 ports were observed at the beginning of vitrectomy. At the infusion port, incarceration of anterior vitreous containing asteroid bodies between the cannula and the infusion tip was clearly observed in all 6 eyes, irrespective of the cannula used. When the incarcerated vitreous fibers were excised using a vitreous cutter, the infusion fluid flowed toward the center of the vitreous. At both the left and right ports, anterior vitreous containing asteroid bodies was incarcerated into the cannulae in all 6 eyes irrespective of the cannula used. The incarcerated vitreous fibers were excised. At the end of surgery, no vitreous prolapse was found at the 3 ports in all eyes. When using the 25-gauge cannula system, incarceration of anterior vitreous fibers into the cannulae of 3 ports from the beginning of surgery was clearly depicted in eyes with asteroid hyalosis. Excising the incarcerated anterior vitreous fibers is useful to ensure good perfusion and prevent vitreous prolapse.

  15. Cell-mediated contraction of vitreous explants from chicken embryo: Possibility of screening for therapeutic agents against proliferative vitreoretinal diseases

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    Oki, Keitaro; Shimada, Arata; Nagase, Terumasa; Katsura, Yoshiya; Kosano, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    Purpose We aimed to establish a novel screening system for identifying potential therapeutic agents for treating proliferative vitreoretinal diseases (PVDs). In this study, we focused on vitreous explants from chicken embryos and evaluated the usefulness of quantitatively analyzing the effects of potential candidates on cell-mediated vitreous contraction, which leads to blindness in PVDs. Methods Vitreous explants were extracted from 19-day-old embryonic chickens and then incubated with retinal Müller cells or endothelial cells to permit cell adhesion. After cell adhesion occurred, we examined the effect of the attached cells on the wet weight of vitreous explants as an index of vitreous contraction. We also performed hematoxylin and eosin staining to characterize the cell morphology on the vitreous surface. Results Contraction of the vitreous explants was observed after cell adhesion of not only retinal Müller cells but also endothelial cells. We confirmed the adhesion of these cells on vitreous explants and estimated the number of adherent cells with 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) analysis. The cells on the vitreous surface presented an elongated fibroblast-like phenotype. Integrin was found to be a receptor involved in cell adhesion on the vitreous surface. Discussion Our results suggest that vitreous explants from chicken embryos may be novel useful tools for screening antiadhesion therapeutic agents in PVDs. This preliminary study must be validated with human vitreous and human retinal pigment epithelial cells. PMID:24319331

  16. Organization of the rabbit vitreous body : Lamellae, Cloquet's channel and a novel structure, the 'alae canalis Cloqueti'

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    Los, LI; van Luyn, MJA; Nieuwenhuis, P

    Even though the rabbit is a frequently used animal model for studies on Vitreous function and pathobiology, data on the structural organization of the rabbit Vitreous are scarce. The aim of the present study is to give a detailed description of rabbit vitreous structure in order to provide a basis

  17. Differential Expression of Vitreous Proteins in Young and Mature New Zealand White Rabbits.

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    Liu, Ying; Bouhenni, Rachida A; Dufresne, Craig P; Semba, Richard D; Edward, Deepak P

    2016-01-01

    Different anatomical regions have been defined in the vitreous humor including central vitreous, basal vitreous, vitreous cortex, vitreoretinal interface and zonule. In this study we sought to characterize changes in the proteome of vitreous humor (VH) related to compartments or age in New Zealand white rabbits (NZW). Vitreous humor was cryo-collected from young and mature New Zealand white rabbit eyes, and dissected into anterior and posterior compartments. All samples were divided into 4 groups: Young Anterior (YA), Young Posterior (YP), Mature Anterior (MA) and Mature Posterior (MP) vitreous. Tryptic digests of total proteins were analyzed by liquid chromatography followed by tandem mass spectrometry. Spectral count was used to determine the relative protein abundances and identify proteins with statistical differences between compartment and age groups. Western blotting was performed to validate some of the differentially expressed proteins. Our results showed that 231, 375, 273 and 353 proteins were identified in the YA, YP, MA and MP respectively. Fifteen proteins were significantly differentially expressed between YA and YP, and 11 between MA and MP. Carbonic anhydrase III, lambda crystallin, alpha crystallin A and B, beta crystallin B1 and B2 were more abundant in the anterior region, whereas vimentin was less abundant in the anterior region. For comparisons between age groups, 4 proteins were differentially expressed in both YA relative to MA and YP relative to MP. Western blotting confirmed the differential expression of carbonic anhydrase III, alpha crystallin B and beta crystallin B2. The protein profiles of the vitreous humor showed age- and compartment-related differences. This differential protein profile provides a baseline for understanding the vitreous compartmentalization in the rabbit and suggests that further studies profiling proteins in different compartments of the vitreous in other species may be warranted.

  18. Silica extraction from geothermal water

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    Bourcier, William L; Bruton, Carol J

    2014-09-23

    A method of producing silica from geothermal fluid containing low concentration of the silica of less than 275 ppm includes the steps of treating the geothermal fluid containing the silica by reverse osmosis treatment thereby producing a concentrated fluid containing the silica, seasoning the concentrated fluid thereby producing a slurry having precipitated colloids containing the silica, and separating the silica from the slurry.

  19. A Case of Syphilitic Uveitis in Which Vitreous Surgery Was Useful for the Diagnosis and Treatment.

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    Kobayashi, Takatoshi; Katsumura, Chihiro; Shoda, Hiromi; Takai, Nanae; Takeda, Sayako; Okamoto, Takako; Maruyama, Koichi; Tada, Rei; Tajiri, Kensuke; Kida, Teruyo; Ikeda, Tsunehiko

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    To report a case of atypical syphilitic uveitis complicated with retinal vasculitis, proliferative retinopathy, and vitreous hemorrhage in which vitreous surgery was useful for the diagnosis and treatment. A 38-year-old female was referred to our hospital after noticing visual disturbance in her right eye. Fundoscopy examination of that eye revealed retinal phlebitis accompanied by retinal hemorrhage and soft exudate, and remarkable exudative changes in the retinal vessels from the upper arcade to the macula region. After a blood examination, a serological test showed positive for syphilis; however, systemic findings were scarce. Syphilitic uveitis was suspected, so we administered treatment for syphilis, anticoagulant treatment for retinal vasculitis, steroids for intraocular inflammation, and photocoagulation for the retinal nonperfusion area. However, her visual acuity (VA) decreased to 30 cm/counting fingers due to vitreous hemorrhage resulting from fibrovascular membrane at the optic disc. Since the vitreous hemorrhage was insufficiently absorbed, vitreous surgery was performed to remove the hemorrhage and fibrovascular tissue. Following surgery, the uveitis and retinal vasculitis subsided, and her corrected VA improved to 0.3. Postoperative examination of a fixed quantity of collected vitreous fluid for syphilis showed a Treponema pallidum hemagglutination value of 5,120 times the normal amount, thus confirming the syphilitic uveitis diagnosis. Our findings show that when observing patients with obstructive retinal vasculitis of unknown causes, syphilitic uveitis should be considered as a differential diagnosis, and that vitreous surgery is useful for the diagnosis and treatment of atypical syphilitic uveitis which has progressed to proliferative retinopathy.

  20. Negative effects of transthyretin in high myopic vitreous on diabetic retinopathy

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    Jun Shao

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To analyze the relationship between vitreous transthyretin (TTR levels, high myopia and diabetic retinopathy (DR. METHODS: We selected 6722 individuals from the southern Jiangsu Province for diabetes and ophthalmic examinations. The TTR concentration in the vitreous of 50 patients with high myopia and diabetes, 50 patients with only DR, and 20 healthy controls were determined by ELISA. Key factors in Tie2 pathway in DR development including vascular endothecial growth factor (VEGF, Tie2, Angpt1, Angpt2, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR 1 and VEGFR2 were also detected by ELISA. RESULTS: The prevalence of DR in patients with diabetes and myopia [6.00 D, and diabetes without myopia were 11.1%, 2.5%, and 60.0%, respectively. The vitreous TTR concentration of patients with diabetes and high myopia was approximately 6.5- and 4.2-times higher than those of patients with DR and healthy controls, respectively (P<0.05. Following the vitreous TTR concentration, the levels of VEGF, Tie2, Angpt1, Angpt2, VEGFR1 and VEGFR2 in vitreous of diabetes and high myopia patients, DR patients and healthy controls were detected as dramatically fluctuated. CONCLUSION: The results suggest that TTR can affect the vitreous contents of key factors in Tie2 pathway for neovascularization, and there should be a protective association between abundant TTR levels in the vitreous of highly myopic patients and a decreased risk of DR.

  1. The visualisation of vitreous using surface modified poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microparticles

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    Chau, David Y S; Tint, Naing L; Collighan, Russell J; Griffin, Martin; Dua, Harminder S; Shakesheff, Kevin M

    2010-01-01

    Aims To demonstrate the potential use of in vitro poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles in comparison with triamcinolone suspension to aid visualisation of vitreous during anterior and posterior vitrectomy. Methods PLGA microparticles (diameter 10–60 μm) were fabricated using single and/or double emulsion technique(s) and used untreated or following the surface adsorption of a protein (transglutaminase). Particle size, shape, morphology and surface topography were assessed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and compared with a standard triamcinolone suspension. The efficacy of these microparticles to enhance visualisation of vitreous against the triamcinolone suspension was assessed using an in vitro set-up exploiting porcine vitreous. Results Unmodified PLGA microparticles failed to adequately adhere to porcine vitreous and were readily washed out by irrigation. In contrast, modified transglutaminase-coated PLGA microparticles demonstrated a significant improvement in adhesiveness and were comparable to a triamcinolone suspension in their ability to enhance the visualisation of vitreous. This adhesive behaviour also demonstrated selectivity by not binding to the corneal endothelium. Conclusion The use of transglutaminase-modified biodegradable PLGA microparticles represents a novel method of visualising vitreous and aiding vitrectomy. This method may provide a distinct alternative for the visualisation of vitreous whilst eliminating the pharmacological effects of triamcinolone acetonide suspension. PMID:20447968

  2. Synchrotron radiation analysis on ancient Egyptian vitreous materials

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    Yamahana, Kyoko [Tokai Univ., Hiratsuka, Kanagawa (Japan). Lecture of Egyptian Archaeology

    2000-07-01

    Ancient Egyptian vitreous materials, namely faience and glass, share the same elemental composition. But they appear to have originated separately. Faience objects appear as early as the Predynastic period, and glass was introduced from Mesopotamia during the New Kingdom. These faience and glass objects were not of daily use, rather they were regarded as religious symbols or luxury status goods. Most of the products were coloured blue, but we see an increased use of other colours during the New Kingdom (c.1550-1069BC). This tendency corresponds to the period of both territorial and political expansion of Egypt. A non-destructive SR-XRF experiment at SPring-8 was conducted last winter, aiming to determine the regional trait of elemental composition by examining the pattern and ratio of rare earth elements. As a result, we could observe some distinctive rare earth elements that may indicate regional variation. (author)

  3. Drug Delivery Implants in the Treatment of Vitreous Inflammation

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    Jillian Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The eye is a model organ for the local delivery of therapeutics. This proves beneficial when treating vitreous inflammation and other ophthalmic pathologies. The chronicity of certain diseases, however, limits the effectiveness of locally administered drugs. To maintain such treatments often requires frequent office visits and can result in increased risk of infection and toxicity to the patient. This paper focuses on the implantable devices and particulate drug delivery systems that are currently being implemented and investigated to overcome these challenges. Implants currently on the market or undergoing clinical trials include those made of nonbiodegradable polymers, containing ganciclovir, fluocinolone acetonide, triamcinolone acetonide, and ranibizumab, and biodegradable polymers, containing dexamethasone, triamcinolone acetonide, and ranibizumab. Investigational intravitreal implants and particulate drug delivery systems, such as nanoparticles, microparticles, and liposomes, are also explored in this review article.

  4. Isolation and Characterization of Vitreous Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Proteins

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    King, Jeffery L.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose. Previous studies from this laboratory revealed that vitreous insulin-like growth factor (IGF) biological activity increases in proliferative diabetic retinopathy and that this activity is normally attenuated by IGFBPs. The goal of this study was to identify and characterize the species involved. Methods. Human and porcine vitreous, plasma, recombinant IGFBP-2, and IGFBP-3 were separated by gel electrophoresis. Functional IGFBPs were detected in Western ligand blots with biotinylated IGF-II. IGFBPs were identified using IGFBP-specific antibodies. Results. Western ligand blots of normal vitreous and plasma detected two major proteins at ∼35 kDa and ∼29 kDa. Western blot analysis of human and porcine vitreous and plasma confirmed the identity of the ∼35-kDa band as IGFBP-2 and the ∼29-kDa band as a fragment of IGFBP-3. Western blot and Western ligand blot analyses of vitreous and plasma proteins separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis revealed that the IGFBP-3 fragments in vitreous and plasma have virtually identical profiles. Lyase digestion revealed that the ∼29-kDa IGFBP-3 fragment is a glycoprotein with a peptide core of ∼25 kDa. N-terminal sequence data obtained from vitreous IGFBP-3 revealed that the protein is proteolytically truncated at the C terminus. Conclusions. Normal human and porcine vitreous contain two major IGFBPs, IGFBP-2 and an ∼29-kDa fragment of IGFBP-3. Both IGFBPs retain biological activity, and IGFBP-3 has one or more glycosylation sites with a protein core of ∼25 kDa. Systematic comparisons indicate that the vitreous IGFBP-3 is similar to and perhaps identical with a previously described IGFBP-3 fragment in plasma with reduced growth factor affinities. PMID:20811046

  5. Angiogenic Potential of Vitreous from Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy and Eales' Disease Patients

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    Murugeswari, Ponnalagu; Shukla, Dhananjay; Kim, Ramasamy; Namperumalsamy, Perumalsamy; Stitt, Alan W.; Muthukkaruppan, Veerappan

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR) and Eales' Disease (ED) have different aetiologies although they share certain common clinical symptoms including pre-retinal neovascularization. Since there is a need to understand if the shared end-stage angiogenic pathology of PDR and ED is driven by common stimulating factors, we have studied the cytokines contained in vitreous from both patient groups and analyzed the angiogenic potential of these samples in vitro. Material and Methods Vitreous samples from patients with PDR (n = 13) and ED (n = 5) were quantified for various cytokines using a cytokine biochip array and sandwich ELISA. An additional group of patients (n = 5) with macular hole (MH) was also studied for comparison. To determine the angiogenic potential of these vitreous samples, they were analyzed for their ability to induce tubulogenesis in human microvascular endothelial cells. Further, the effect of anti-VEGF (Ranibizumab) and anti-IL-6 antibodies were studied on vitreous-mediated vascular tube formation. Results Elevated levels of IL-6, IL-8, MCP-1 and VEGF were observed in vitreous of both PDR and ED when compared to MH. PDR and ED vitreous induced greater levels of endothelial cell tube formation compared to controls without vitreous (Pvitreous was neutralized by clinically-relevant concentrations of Ranibizumab, tube length was reduced significantly in 5 of 6 PDR and 3 of 5 ED samples. Moreover, when treated with IL-6 neutralizing antibody, apparent reduction (71.4%) was observed in PDR vitreous samples. Conclusions We have demonstrated that vitreous specimens from PDR and ED patients share common elevations of pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic cytokines. This suggests that common cytokine profiles link these two conditions. PMID:25310689

  6. Increased Vitreous Shedding of Microparticles in Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy Stimulates Endothelial Proliferation

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    Chahed, Sadri; Leroyer, Aurélie S.; Benzerroug, Mounir; Gaucher, David; Georgescu, Adriana; Picaud, Serge; Silvestre, Jean-Sébastien; Gaudric, Alain; Tedgui, Alain; Massin, Pascale; Boulanger, Chantal M.

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    OBJECTIVE Diabetic retinopathy is associated with progressive retinal capillary activation and proliferation, leading to vision impairment and blindness. Microparticles are submicron membrane vesicles with biological activities, released following cell activation or apoptosis. We tested the hypothesis that proangiogenic microparticles accumulate in vitreous fluid in diabetic retinopathy. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Levels and cellular origin of vitreous and plasma microparticles from control (n = 26) and diabetic (n = 104) patients were analyzed by flow cytometry, and their proangiogenic activity was assessed by in vitro thymidine incorporation and neovessel formation in subcutaneous Matrigel plugs in mice. RESULTS Microparticles of endothelial, platelet, photoreceptor, and microglial origin were identified in vitreous samples. Levels of photoreceptor and microglial microparticles were undetectable in plasmas but were comparable in diabetic and control vitreous samples. Vitreous platelet and endothelial microparticles levels were increased in diabetic patients and decreased following panretinal laser photocoagulation or intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factor injection in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). The ratio of vitreous to plasma microparticle levels was calculated to estimate local formation versus potential plasma leakage. In PDR, the endothelial microparticles ratio—but not that for platelet—was greater than 1.0, indicating local formation of endothelial microparticles from retinal vessels and permeation of platelet microparticles from plasma. Isolated vitreous microparticles stimulated by 1.6-fold endothelial proliferation and increased new vessel formation in mice. CONCLUSIONS The present study demonstrates that vitreous fluid contains shed membrane microparticles of endothelial, platelet, and retinal origin. Vitreous microparticles levels are increased in patients with diabetic retinopathy, where they could contribute to disease

  7. Age-related changes in vitreous mobility as measured by video B scan ultrasound.

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    Walton, Kelly A; Meyer, Carsten H; Harkrider, Curtis J; Cox, Terry A; Toth, Cynthia A

    2002-02-01

    Many vitreoretinal disorders increase in incidence with age. The vitreous is known to liquefy and separate from the retina in aging patients. Liquefaction and partial vitreous separation alter the biomechanics of the vitreous and change the tractional forces exerted by the vitreous on the retina. These forces may play a role in the development of a variety of vitreoretinal pathologies including retinal tears, cystoid macular edema, and macular holes. The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that the biomechanical properties of the vitreous change with aging and can be quantified by analysis of kinetic B scan ultrasound recordings. Kinetic B scan ultrasound recordings were made of the vitreous gel of 38 subjects from ages 18 to 91 during standard eye motions. The recordings were graded for speckle density (hyperreflective areas on ultrasound) and were examined for the presence or absence of posterior vitreous detachment. Tracking of the speckles on a polar grid allowed for the calculation of the angle travelled by the speckle relative to the angle travelled by the eye. The recordings were also analysed for "overshoot time", or the amount of time that the speckles continued to travel after the cessation of eye movement. The vitreous of subjects of age less than 46 years demonstrated significantly less speckle density (P < 0.001), less overshoot time (P < 0.001), and less angle travelled by the speckle relative to the angle travelled by the eye when compared to older subjects (P = 0.006). The presence or absence of PVD as diagnosed by kinetic ultrasound was not a significant predictor for speckle density, overshoot time, or ratio of angular motions. The results indicate that aging affects the biomechanics of the vitreous in ways which can be quantified with kinetic ultrasound analysis using the grading system described above. Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd.

  8. Proteomic Analysis of Vitreous Humor in Retinal Vein Occlusion.

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    Full Text Available To analyze the protein profile of human vitreous of untreated patients with retinal vein occlusion (RVO.Sixty-eight vitreous humor (VH samples (44 from patients with treatment naïve RVO, 24 controls with idiopathic floaters were analyzed in this clinical-experimental study using capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometer and tandem mass spectrometry. To define potential candidate protein markers of RVO, proteomic analysis was performed on RVO patients (n = 30 and compared with controls (n = 16. To determine validity of potential biomarker candidates in RVO, receiver operating characteristic (ROC was performed by using proteome data of independent RVO (n = 14 and control samples (n = 8.Ninety-four different proteins (736 tryptic peptides could be identified. Sixteen proteins were found to be significant when comparing RVO and control samples (P = 1.43E-05 to 4.48E-02. Five proteins (Clusterin, Complement C3, Ig lambda-like polypeptide 5 (IGLL5, Opticin and Vitronectin, remained significant after using correction for multiple testing. These five proteins were also detected significant when comparing subgroups of RVO (central RVO, hemi-central RVO, branch RVO to controls. Using independent samples ROC-Area under the curve was determined proving the validity of the results: Clusterin 0.884, Complement C3 0.955, IGLL5 1.000, Opticin 0.741, Vitronectin 0.786. In addition, validation through ELISA measurements was performed.The results of the study reveal that the proteomic composition of VH differed significantly between the patients with RVO and the controls. The proteins identified may serve as potential biomarkers for pathogenesis induced by RVO.

  9. Ligands and modifiers in vitreous materials the spectroscopy of condensed systems

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    1999-01-01

    The study of the effect of ligand and modifier ions on the spectroscopic properties of dn or fn elements in vitreous materials is important for the development of controllable lasers and amplifiers. The spectroscopic characteristics of inorganic compounds of transition elements and their solutions are well understood theoretically in the spectrochemistry of complexes, but developments for vitreous materials in these conditions have not been well documented. This book fills the gap by applying the ligand field theory of solid materials to the vitreous state, and presenting the data obtained fro

  10. Kinetic and thermodynamic controls on silica reactivity: an analog for waste disposal media

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    Dove, P.M.; Icenhower, J. [Georgia Inst. of Tech., School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Atlanta, GA (United States)

    1997-07-01

    Silicate glasses are currently being proposed as the disposal media for radioactive and other toxic wastes. The dissolution behaviour of borosilicate glass is incompletely understood. One approach is to simplify the chemistry and first develop a better understanding of vitreous silica (v-SiO{sub 2}) as a simple analog of waste glass. This article reviews all the knowledge that is known about the dissolution of silica. Studies quantifying the effects of temperature, solution pH, and single salts on dissolution rates of quartz suggest that pH and cation-dependent dissolution trends hold for all of the silica polymorphs. The purpose of this review is to develop a consistent picture of glass reactivity by understanding how the molecular arrangement of constituents within glass, beginning with the Si-O bond, affects the dissolution processes. (A.C.)

  11. Vitreous humour as a potential DNA source for postmortem human identification.

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    Renata Zbiec

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE
    The aim of this study was the assessment of vitreous humor as a potential DNA for forensic human postmortem identification.

    MATERIAL AND METHODS
    Vitreous humor samples were collected using two alternative approaches from 25 corpses of either sex during autopsies. DNA was extracted by standard organic method. Recovered DNA was quantitiated fluorometrically. AmpFlSTR SGM Plus kit and ABI 310 Genetic Analyzer (Applera were used to obtain genetic profiles.

    RESULTS
    Different DNA yields were quantitated in vitreous body depending on cause of death and sampling approach.

    CONCLUSION
    Vitreous humor is a potential DNA for forensic human postmortem identification depending on a sampling method used.

  12. Nanoparticle diffusion in, and microrheology of, the bovine vitreous ex vivo

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    Xu, Qingguo; Boylan, Nicholas J.; Suk, Jung Soo; Wang, Ying-Ying; Nance, Elizabeth; Yang, Jeh-Chang; McDonnell, Peter; Cone, Richard; Duh, Elia J.; Hanes, Justin

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    Intravitreal injection of biodegradable nanoparticles (NP) holds promise for gene therapy and drug delivery to the back of the eye. In some cases, including gene therapy, NP need to diffuse rapidly from the site of injection in order to reach targeted cell types in the back of the eye, whereas in other cases it may be preferred for the particles to remain at the injection site and slowly release drugs that may then diffuse to the site of action. We studied the movements of polystyrene (PS) nanoparticles of various sizes and surface chemistries in fresh bovine vitreous. PS NP as large as 510 nm rapidly penetrated the vitreous gel when coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG), whereas the movements of NP 1190 nm in diameter or larger were highly restricted regardless of surface chemistry owing to steric obstruction. PS NP coated with primary amine groups (–NH2) possessed positively charged surfaces at the pH of bovine vitreous (pH = 7.2), and were immobilized within the vitreous gel. In comparison, PS NP coated with –COOH (possessing negatively charged surfaces) in the size range of 100–200 nm and at particle concentrations below 0.0025% (w/v) readily diffused through the vitreous meshwork; at higher concentrations (~0.1% w/v), these nanoparticles aggregated within vitreous. Based on the mobility of different sized PS-PEG NP, we estimated the average mesh size of fresh bovine vitreous to be ~550 ± 50 nm. The bovine vitreous behaved as an impermeable elastic barrier to objects sized 1190 nm and larger, but as a highly permeable viscoelastic liquid to non-adhesive objects smaller than 510 nm in diameter. Guided by these studies, we next sought to examine the transport of drug- and DNA-loaded nanoparticles in bovine vitreous. Biodegradable NP with diameter of 227 nm, composed of a poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)-based core coated with poly(vinyl alcohol) rapidly penetrated vitreous. Rod-shaped, highly-compacted CK30PEG10k/DNA with PEG coating (neutral surface

  13. Hydraulic Resistance of Vitreous Cutters: The Impact of Blade Design and Cut Rate.

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    Rossi, Tommaso; Querzoli, Giorgio; Angelini, Giampiero; Malvasi, Carlo; Rossi, Alessandro; Morini, Mario; Esposito, Graziana; Micera, Alessandra; di Luca, Natale Mario; Ripandelli, Guido

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    To measure the hydraulic resistance (HR) of vitreous cutters equipped with a Regular guillotine Blade (RB) or double edge blade (DEB) at cut rates comprised between 0 and 12,000 cuts per minute (CPM) and compare it with vitreous fragment size. This was an in vitro experimental study; in vivo HR measure and vitreous sampling. HR, defined as aspiration pressure/flow rate, was measured in balanced salt solution (BSS; Alcon, Fort Worth, TX) (in vitro) and during pars plana vitrectomy of 20 consecutive patients aged 18 to 65, undergoing macular surgery. HR was recorded at increasing cut rates (500-6000 CPM for the RB and 500-12,000 CPM for the DEB; 5 mL/min flow). Vitreous samples were withdrawn and analyzed with Western and collagen type II and IX immunostaining to evaluate protein size. The main outcome measures were hydraulic resistance (mm Hg/ml/min [±SD]) and optic density for Western blot and immunostaining. RB and DEB showed identical HR in BSS between 0 and 3000 CPM. Above 3000 CPM, RB HR steadily increased, and was significantly higher than DEB HR. Vitreous HR was also similar for the two blades between 0 and 1500 CPM. Above 1500 CPM, RB offered a significantly higher resistance. Western blot and immunostaining of vitreous samples did not yield a significant difference in size, regardless of blade type and cut rate. DEB is more efficient, offering a lower HR than RB over 1500 CPM in human vitreous. There is no viscosity reduction as a function of cut-rate between 1500 and 12,000 CPM, as HR does not vary. Future vitreous cutters will benefit of a DEB; optimal cut rate needs to be defined, and the simple increase of cut rate does not provide benefits after a certain limit to be assessed.

  14. Microporous silica membranes

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    Boffa, Vittorio; Yue, Yuanzheng

    2012-01-01

    Hydrothermal stability is a crucial factor for the application of microporous silica-based membranes in industrial processes. Indeed, it is well established that steam exposure may cause densification and defect formation in microporous silica membranes, which are detrimental to both membrane...... permeability and selectivity. Numerous previous studies show that microporous transition metal doped-silica membranes are hydrothermally more stable than pure silica membranes, but less permeable. Here we present a quantitative study on the impact of type and concentration of transition metal ions...... on the microporous structure, stability and permeability of amorphous silica-based membranes, providing information on how to design chemical compositions and synthetic paths for the fabrication of silica-based membranes with a well accessible and highly stabile microporous structure....

  15. Transthyretin (prealbumin in eye structures and variation of vitreous-transthyretin in diseases

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    Ramakrishnan S

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the presence of transthyretin (TTR, prealbumin a protein which binds retinol to retinol-binding protein in various ocular tissues and to study its quantitative changes in the vitreous humor in various diseases Method: Estimation of TTR was done by electrophoresis of 10 mg protein in each sample of tears, aqueous humor, vitreous, retina, and lens by an Imaging Densitometer using prealbumin as the standard. Results: TTR was present in all the eye structures except the lens and tear. The retina and the vitreous had relatively higher amounts of TTR compared with aqueous. The identity of TTR was confirmed by immuno-electrophoresis using anti-human TTR. Two bands in SDS electrophoresis revealed that this protein is a heterodimer. There was a significant decrease in vitreous TTR in diabetes with hypertension and increase in one case each of diabetes with hypertension associated with leukaemia or carcinoma with hepato-splenomegaly. Conclusion: Vitreous TTR is probably from retina and retinal pigment epithelium. The level of vitreous TTR is likely to have diagnostic significance in some retinal diseases.

  16. Intravitreal chemotherapy for vitreous seeding in retinoblastoma: Recent advances and perspectives.

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    Munier, Francis L; Gaillard, Marie-Claire; Balmer, Aubin; Beck-Popovic, Maja

    2013-07-01

    For decades intravitreal chemotherapy (IViC) remained virtually banished from the therapeutic armamentarium against retinoblastoma, except as a heroic attempt of salvage before enucleation in only eyes with refractory vitreous seeding. Very recently, we have initiated a reappraisal of this route of administration by (1) profiling eligibility criteria, (2) describing a safety-enhanced injection procedure, (3) adjusting the tumoricidal dose of melphalan, and (4) reporting an unprecedented efficacy in terms of tumor control of vitreous seeding. Since then, intravitreal chemotherapy is being progressively implemented worldwide with great success, but still awaits formal validation by the ongoing prospective phase II clinical trial. As far as preliminary results are concerned, IViC appears to achieve complete vitreous response in 100% of the 35 newly recruited patients irrespective of the previous treatment regimen, including external beam radiotherapy and/or intra-arterial melphalan. In other words, vitreous seeding, still considered as the major cause of primary and secondary enucleation, can now be controlled by IViC. However, sterilization of vitreous seeding does not necessarily translate into eye survival, unless the retinal source of the seeds receives concomitant therapy. In conclusion, IViC, an unsophisticated and cost-effective treatment, is about to revolutionize the eye survival prognosis of vitreous disease in advanced retinoblastoma.

  17. Bromatological characteristics and ruminal digestibility of grain corn hybrids with different vitreousness in silage maturity

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    Evandrei Santos Rossi

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    Full Text Available The aim of this research was to evaluate vitreousness in commercial corn hybrids with flint and dent grains and to study the effect of this characteristic on agronomic behavior, nutritional value, and ruminal degradability of grains harvested in silage maturity. Twelve commercial corn hybrids were evaluated. They were divided in two groups (six with flint grains and six with dent grains. The experiments were conducted in two municipalities represented by Guarapuava and Laranjeiras do Sul, both in Paraná State. The harvest for the grain quality analysis was performed at ¾ of the milk line stage in the grain. The following characteristics were evaluated: grain yield, grain yield in silage maturity, vitreousness, ruminal digestibility of grain, neutral detergent fiber, acid detergent fiber and crude protein. The grains in the group of dent hybrids exhibited better degradability associated with lower vitreousness than the group of flint hybrids. The group of dent hybrids exhibited better ruminal digestibility of the grains associated with lower vitreousness versus the group of flint hybrids. There is a negative correlation between vitreousness and the digestibility of the grain; thus, vitreousness can be a criterion for selecting genotypes for forage production.

  18. Negative effects of transthyretin in high myopic vitreous on diabetic retinopathy.

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    Shao, Jun; Yao, Yong

    2017-01-01

    To analyze the relationship between vitreous transthyretin (TTR) levels, high myopia and diabetic retinopathy (DR). We selected 6722 individuals from the southern Jiangsu Province for diabetes and ophthalmic examinations. The TTR concentration in the vitreous of 50 patients with high myopia and diabetes, 50 patients with only DR, and 20 healthy controls were determined by ELISA. Key factors in Tie2 pathway in DR development including vascular endothecial growth factor (VEGF), Tie2, Angpt1, Angpt2, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) 1 and VEGFR2 were also detected by ELISA. The prevalence of DR in patients with diabetes and myopia [6.00 D), and diabetes without myopia were 11.1%, 2.5%, and 60.0%, respectively. The vitreous TTR concentration of patients with diabetes and high myopia was approximately 6.5- and 4.2-times higher than those of patients with DR and healthy controls, respectively (Pvitreous TTR concentration, the levels of VEGF, Tie2, Angpt1, Angpt2, VEGFR1 and VEGFR2 in vitreous of diabetes and high myopia patients, DR patients and healthy controls were detected as dramatically fluctuated. The results suggest that TTR can affect the vitreous contents of key factors in Tie2 pathway for neovascularization, and there should be a protective association between abundant TTR levels in the vitreous of highly myopic patients and a decreased risk of DR.

  19. Vitreous occlusion of tube implant in a phakic patient with traumatic glaucoma

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    Suneeta Dubey

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    Full Text Available Tube implants or glaucoma drainage devices have become an important method of intraocular pressure reduction when treating complex cases of traumatic glaucoma. However, it is not uncommon to have complications associated with tube implants. The optimal treatment of patients who have undergone glaucoma implant surgery complicated by vitreous incarceration is uncertain. If vitreous is present or is able to prolapse into anterior chamber, as in aphakic or pseudophakic patient without an intact posterior capsule, a concurrent anterior vitrectomy is usually performed. In such cases, pars plana vitrectomy has been found to be more effective in several studies. However, there are no set guidelines for management of such a case in a phakic eye and the management can be more challenging especially when there is no obvious deficiency in posterior capsule, zonular dialysis, or loose vitreous gel in the anterior chamber prior to or during tube implantation. We describe a case of 14-year-old phakic patient with traumatic glaucoma without vitreous gel in anterior chamber whose tube implant became occluded by vitreous resulting in increased intra ocular pressure. This is the first documented report of vitreous incarceration in a phakic patient and its successful management.

  20. An Assessment of Vitreous Degeneration in Eyes with Vitreomacular Traction and Macular Holes

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    Zahid, Sarwar; Tan, Anna

    2017-01-01

    Purpose. To compare the stages of vitreous degeneration in patients with vitreomacular traction (VMT) and macular holes (MH). Methods. A retrospective study was performed analyzing stages of vitreous degeneration of eyes with VMT or MH using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). An analogous review was performed on a control group of eyes with contralateral posterior vitreous detachments. Thirty-four eyes with VMT/MH and 39 control eyes were reviewed. Results. Twenty-seven VMT/MH eyes and 31 control eyes were included. Eyes with VMT/MH demonstrated significantly earlier stages of vitreous degeneration when compared to the control group (p = 0.048) despite significantly greater age (p = 0.032). Conclusions. Vitreoretinal interface disease is more often associated with a formed vitreous and an intact premacular bursa. This is contrary to previous assumptions implicating degeneration of vitreous as a precipitating factor of interface disease when in conjunction with abnormal vitreomacular separation. PMID:28133544

  1. A Self-Assembling Peptide Gel as a Vitreous Substitute: A Rabbit Study.

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    Uesugi, Koji; Sakaguchi, Hirokazu; Hayashida, Yasutaka; Hayashi, Ryuhei; Baba, Koichi; Suganuma, Yuya; Yokoi, Hidenori; Tsujikawa, Motokazu; Nishida, Kohji

    2017-08-01

    To evaluate a self-assembling peptide gel as a potential vitreous substitute. PanaceaGel SPG-178, a self-assembling peptide gel, was diluted with distilled water and a balanced salt solution to achieve a final peptide concentration of 0.1%. The gel's refractive index, visible light transmission rate, and rheologic properties were investigated. The gel's biocompatibility was evaluated by examining the cellular viability (live and dead staining) and proliferation rate (alamarBlue assay). A 25-G pars plana vitrectomy was performed on the right eye of 21 New Zealand white rabbits. The gel was then injected into the vitreous cavity of 15 eyes. Six eyes were injected with a balanced salt solution (BSS) and served as controls. Toxicity was examined using electroretinography and histologic analysis after the injection of the gel. The gel's physical properties closely resembled those of human vitreous. The gel showed no apparent toxicity. When the gel was injected into the vitreous cavity, fragmentation was not observed. Additionally, the gel remained transparent in the vitreous cavity and no complications were observed for 3 months after the injection. Electroretinography and histology confirmed the gel's biocompatibility. This diluted self-assembling peptide gel could be provide a promising vitreous substitute.

  2. Pullulanase and Starch Synthase III Are Associated with Formation of Vitreous Endosperm in Quality Protein Maize.

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    Hao Wu

    Full Text Available The opaque-2 (o2 mutation of maize increases lysine content, but the low seed density and soft texture of this type of mutant are undesirable. Lines with modifiers of the soft kernel phenotype (mo2 called "Quality Protein Maize" (QPM have high lysine and kernel phenotypes similar to normal maize. Prior research indicated that the formation of vitreous endosperm in QPM might involve changes in starch granule structure. In this study, we focused on analysis of two starch biosynthetic enzymes that may influence kernel vitreousness. Analysis of recombinant inbred lines derived from a cross of W64Ao2 and K0326Y revealed that pullulanase activity had significant positive correlation with kernel vitreousness. We also found that decreased Starch Synthase III abundance may decrease the pullulanase activity and average glucan chain length given the same Zpu1 genotype. Therefore, Starch Synthase III could indirectly influence the kernel vitreousness by affecting pullulanase activity and coordinating with pullulanase to alter the glucan chain length distribution of amylopectin, resulting in different starch structural properties. The glucan chain length distribution had strong positive correlation with the polydispersity index of glucan chains, which was positively associated with the kernel vitreousness based on nonlinear regression analysis. Therefore, we propose that pullulanase and Starch Synthase III are two important factors responsible for the formation of the vitreous phenotype of QPM endosperms.

  3. Vitreous flow rates through dual pneumatic cutters: effects of duty cycle and cut rate.

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    Abulon, Dina Joy K

    2015-01-01

    We aimed to investigate effects of instrument settings on porcine vitreous flow rates through dual pneumatic high-speed vitrectomy probes. The CONSTELLATION(®) Vision System was tested with 250, 450, and 650 mmHg of vacuum using six ULTRAVIT(®) vitrectomy probes of each diameter (25+(®), 25, 23, and 20 gauge) operated from 500 cuts per minute (cpm) up to 5,000 cpm. Duty cycle modes tested included biased open, 50/50, and biased closed. Flow rates were calculated by assessing the change in weight of porcine eyes during vitreous aspiration. Volumetric flow rate was measured with a computer-connected electronic scale. At lower cut rates, the biased open mode produced higher flow than did the 50/50 mode, which produced higher flow than did the biased closed mode. In the biased closed and 50/50 modes, vitreous flow rates tended to increase with increasing cut rate. Vitreous flow rates in the biased open duty cycle mode remained relatively constant across cut rates. Vitreous flow rates through dual pneumatic vitrectomy probes could be manipulated by changing the duty cycle modes on the vitrectomy system. Differences in duty cycle behavior suggest that high-speed cut rates of 5,000 cpm may optimize vitreous aspiration.

  4. Vitreous flow rates through dual pneumatic cutters: effects of duty cycle and cut rate

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    Abulon DJK

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Dina Joy K Abulon Medical Affairs, Alcon Research, Ltd, Lake Forest, CA, USA Purpose: We aimed to investigate effects of instrument settings on porcine vitreous flow rates through dual pneumatic high-speed vitrectomy probes. Methods: The CONSTELLATION® Vision System was tested with 250, 450, and 650 mmHg of vacuum using six ULTRAVIT® vitrectomy probes of each diameter (25+®, 25, 23, and 20 gauge operated from 500 cuts per minute (cpm up to 5,000 cpm. Duty cycle modes tested included biased open, 50/50, and biased closed. Flow rates were calculated by assessing the change in weight of porcine eyes during vitreous aspiration. Volumetric flow rate was measured with a computer-connected electronic scale. Results: At lower cut rates, the biased open mode produced higher flow than did the 50/50 mode, which produced higher flow than did the biased closed mode. In the biased closed and 50/50 modes, vitreous flow rates tended to increase with increasing cut rate. Vitreous flow rates in the biased open duty cycle mode remained relatively constant across cut rates. Conclusion: Vitreous flow rates through dual pneumatic vitrectomy probes could be manipulated by changing the duty cycle modes on the vitrectomy system. Differences in duty cycle behavior suggest that high-speed cut rates of 5,000 cpm may optimize vitreous aspiration. Keywords: enhanced 25-gauge vitrectomy, 25-gauge vitrectomy, 20-gauge vitrectomy, 23-gauge vitrectomy, aspiration, Constellation Vision System

  5. Association of serum and vitreous concentrations of osteoprotegerin with diabetic retinopathy.

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    Yu, Gehua; Ji, Xiaoyan; Jin, Ji; Bu, Shuyang

    2015-03-01

    Angiogenesis is involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy. Osteoprotegerin, a recently identified glycoprotein belonging to the tumour necrosis factor receptor superfamily, has been implicated to be correlated with angiogenesis. This study aims to determine whether serum and vitreous concentrations of osteoprotegerin are associated with diabetic retinopathy. This study consisted of 254 diabetic patients (100 without diabetic retinopathy, 64 with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy and 90 with proliferative diabetic retinopathy) and 62 control subjects. Serum and vitreous concentrations of osteoprotegerin were evaluated using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay method. Serum and vitreous osteoprotegerin concentrations in proliferative diabetic retinopathy patients were significantly elevated compared with those of the other three groups. Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy patients showed elevated concentrations of serum and vitreous osteoprotegerin compared with patients without diabetic retinopathy. In addition, control subjects had significantly lower serum and vitreous osteoprotegerin concentrations compared with diabetic patients without retinopathy, non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy patients and proliferative diabetic retinopathy patients. Serum and vitreous osteoprotegerin concentrations are associated with the presence and severity of diabetic retinopathy. © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  6. Using MALDI-TOF-MS to test Staphylococcus aureus-infected vitreous.

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    Song, Zhenyu; Liu, Xiuping; Zhu, Minyu; Tan, Yiwei; Wu, Kaili

    2017-01-01

    This study aimed to establish a method for testing Staphylococcus aureus in the vitreous of endophthalmitis with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS), which is simple, fast, and sensitive. S. aureus at different numbers was either mixed with homogenized vitreous or inoculated in porcine eyes for culturing, followed by homogenization. The homogenized vitreous samples, with or without centrifugation, were stained with Gram and Coomassie Blue (CBB) dyes and cultured with blood agar. The pellet of the vitreous mixture was analyzed with MALDI-TOF-MS. The minimum detectable levels of S. aureus in H2O and in the pellet of homogenized vitreous were 9.0 × 103 (positive rate, 22.2%) and 1.0 × 104 CFU/μl (positive rate, 11.1%), respectively. In the vitreous samples inoculated with S. aureus and cultured for 12 h, the number of S. aureus increased in a dose-dependent manner to the number of bacteria in the inoculate. In the supernatant of the homogenized vitreous, there were traces of bacteria identified with Gram staining. On the blood agar plates, the supernatant grew a few colonies, while the pellet grew intensive colonies. The vitreous fragments that were stained with CBB were displayed in the supernatants, in small numbers, and in the pellets. When the inoculated number was 1.0 × 104 CFU/μl or higher, the bacteria in the vitreous pellets could be identified in all samples (100%, n = 9). However, bacteria could be detected in only two out of nine spots of pellets (22.2%) if the number of inoculated S. aureus was 1.0 × 103 CFU/μl. A method for testing S. aureus directly from vitreous samples of endophthalmitis by the combination of easy extraction methods and a MALDI-TOF- MS assay was provided. This rapid identification method is easily adaptable for use in clinical routine and can help reduce the delay in diagnosis, allowing for earlier therapeutic intervention in patients.

  7. Using MALDI-TOF-MS to test Staphylococcus aureus–infected vitreous

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    Song, Zhenyu; Liu, Xiuping; Zhu, Minyu; Tan, Yiwei

    2017-01-01

    Purpose This study aimed to establish a method for testing Staphylococcus aureus in the vitreous of endophthalmitis with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS), which is simple, fast, and sensitive. Methods S. aureus at different numbers was either mixed with homogenized vitreous or inoculated in porcine eyes for culturing, followed by homogenization. The homogenized vitreous samples, with or without centrifugation, were stained with Gram and Coomassie Blue (CBB) dyes and cultured with blood agar. The pellet of the vitreous mixture was analyzed with MALDI-TOF-MS. Results The minimum detectable levels of S. aureus in H2O and in the pellet of homogenized vitreous were 9.0 × 103 (positive rate, 22.2%) and 1.0 × 104 CFU/μl (positive rate, 11.1%), respectively. In the vitreous samples inoculated with S. aureus and cultured for 12 h, the number of S. aureus increased in a dose-dependent manner to the number of bacteria in the inoculate. In the supernatant of the homogenized vitreous, there were traces of bacteria identified with Gram staining. On the blood agar plates, the supernatant grew a few colonies, while the pellet grew intensive colonies. The vitreous fragments that were stained with CBB were displayed in the supernatants, in small numbers, and in the pellets. When the inoculated number was 1.0 × 104 CFU/μl or higher, the bacteria in the vitreous pellets could be identified in all samples (100%, n = 9). However, bacteria could be detected in only two out of nine spots of pellets (22.2%) if the number of inoculated S. aureus was 1.0 × 103 CFU/μl. Conclusions A method for testing S. aureus directly from vitreous samples of endophthalmitis by the combination of easy extraction methods and a MALDI-TOF- MS assay was provided. This rapid identification method is easily adaptable for use in clinical routine and can help reduce the delay in diagnosis, allowing for earlier therapeutic intervention in patients

  8. Crystalline Silica Primer

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    1992-01-01

    Crystalline silica is the scientific name for a group of minerals composed of silicon and oxygen. The term crystalline refers to the fact that the oxygen and silicon atoms are arranged in a threedimensional repeating pattern. This group of minerals has shaped human history since the beginning of civilization. From the sand used for making glass to the piezoelectric quartz crystals used in advanced communication systems, crystalline silica has been a part of our technological development. Crystalline silica's pervasiveness in our technology is matched only by its abundance in nature. It's found in samples from every geologic era and from every location around the globe. Scientists have known for decades that prolonged and excessive exposure to crystalline silica dust in mining environments can cause silicosis, a noncancerous lung disease. During the 1980's, studies were conducted that suggested that crystalline silica also was a carcinogen. As a result of these findings, crystalline silica has been regulated under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Under HCS, OSHAregulated businesses that use materials containing 0.1% or more crystalline silica must follow Federal guidelines concerning hazard communication and worker training. Although the HCS does not require that samples be analyzed for crystalline silica, mineral suppliers or OSHAregulated

  9. Clinical observation of Ultra Q-YAG vitreolysis for vitreous floaters

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    Jing Li

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To study the efficacy and safety of Ultra Q-YAG vitreolysis for vitreous floaters.METHODS: Retrospective case series study. From September 2014 to May 2015 in Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital, 263 cases(340 eyeswith vitreous floaters were involved. All patients underwent visual acuity, intraocular pressure, slit lamp, mydriatic fundus, B ultrasonic examination, and recorded the form of a vitreous opacity excluded pathological fundus lesions. All the patients were divided into two groups: Group A(45 years old, 185 cases(258 eyes, the morphology of vitreous opacity was Weiss ring, translucent flocculent clouds or dense fibrous membrane. Patients in 30-45 years old were eliminated because of the untypical opacity factor. The treatment was done by the same physician. Vision changes was analyzed before and after the treatment.RESULTS: Questionnaire survey was done. According to the scores of the questionnaires, patients were divided into 3 groups: no improvement(1-2 points, partial improvement(3-5 points, significant improvement(6-10 points. At 1mo after treatment, Group A: no improvement in 9 eyes(11.0%, partial improvement in 57 eyes(69.5%and significant improvement in 16 eyes(19.5%; Group B: no improvement in 0 eyes, partial improvement in 23 eyes(8.9%and significant improvement in 235 eyes(91.1%; all the patients had no complications.CONCLUSION: The treatment with YAG vitreolysis for vitreous floaters is safe and effective, especially for the patients more than 45 years old whose vitreous floaters caused by posterior vitreous detachment.

  10. The influence of needle gauge and infection source on vitreous aspirate cultures.

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    Smith, Jesse M; Mathias, Marc T; Oliver, Scott C; Mandava, Naresh; Olson, Jeffrey L; Quiroz-Mercado, Hugo; Palestine, Alan G

    2016-04-01

    While the Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study (EVS) included only post-cataract surgery patients, the methods and data from that study are widely applied in the management of endophthalmitis of all types. We sought to examine how our experience with in-office vitreous aspiration differed from the EVS in two ways: first, by reviewing microbiological culture yields from vitreous aspirates obtained using 30-gauge needles versus 25-27-gauge needles and second, by reviewing culture yields in cases of endogenous versus non-endogenous endophthalmitis. Cases of endophthalmitis over a 14-year period were reviewed when vitreous tap was the initial diagnostic procedure. The data included infection source, needle size used to obtain a vitreous aspirate, organism cultured and rates of unsuccessful attempts at vitreous aspiration or dry taps. 10 cases were endogenous endophthalmitis, while 36 cases were a mix of postoperative, post-traumatic, post-intravitreal injection and miscellaneous patients. A positive microbiological culture was obtained in 11/36 (31%) of vitreous taps using a 25-27-gauge needle and in 8/10 (80%) taps using a 30-gauge needle (pvitreous culture was obtained in 18/36 (50%) of all non-endogenous cases, while a positive result was obtained in 0/10 (0%) cases of endogenous endophthalmitis (pvitreous samples in endophthalmitis did not lower the microbiological yield. A positive microbiological yield was significantly less likely in cases of endogenous endophthalmitis compared with non-endogenous cases. Vitreous tap as a method for identifying the causative organism in endogenous endophthalmitis was of limited utility. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  11. Increased delivery of chemotherapy to the vitreous by inhibition of the blood-retinal barrier.

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    Pascual-Pasto, Guillem; Olaciregui, Nagore G; Opezzo, Javier A W; Castillo-Ecija, Helena; Cuadrado-Vilanova, Maria; Paco, Sonia; Rivero, Ezequiel M; Vila-Ubach, Monica; Restrepo-Perdomo, Camilo A; Torrebadell, Montserrat; Suñol, Mariona; Schaiquevich, Paula; Mora, Jaume; Bramuglia, Guillermo F; Chantada, Guillermo L; Carcaboso, Angel M

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    Treatment of retinoblastoma -a pediatric cancer of the developing retina- might benefit from strategies to inhibit the blood-retinal barrier (BRB). The potent anticancer agent topotecan is a substrate of efflux transporters BCRP and P-gp, which are expressed at the BRB to restrict vitreous and retinal distribution of xenobiotics. In this work we have studied vitreous and retinal distribution, tumor accumulation and antitumor activity of topotecan, using pantoprazole as inhibitor of BCRP and P-gp. We used rabbit and mouse eyes as BRB models and patient-derived xenografts as retinoblastoma models. To validate the rabbit BRB model we stained BCRP and P-gp in the retinal vessels. Using intravitreous microdialysis we showed that the penetration of the rabbit vitreous by lactone topotecan increased significantly upon concomitant administration of pantoprazole (P=0.0285). Pantoprazole also increased topotecan penetration of the mouse vitreous, measured as the vitreous-to-plasma topotecan concentration ratio at the steady state (P=0.0246). Pantoprazole increased topotecan antitumor efficacy and intracellular penetration in retinoblastoma in vitro, but did not enhance intratumor drug distribution and survival in mice bearing the intraocular human tumor HSJD-RBT-2. Anatomical differences with the clinical setting likely limited our in vivo study, since xenografts were poorly vascularized masses that loaded most of the vitreous compartment. We conclude that pharmacological modulation of the BRB is feasible, enhances anticancer drug distribution into the vitreous and might have clinical implications in retinoblastoma. Topotecan (PubChem CID: 60700) Pantoprazole sodium (PubChem CID: 15008962). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Silica, Silicosis and Autoimmunity.

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    Kenneth Michael Pollard

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Inhalation of dust containing crystalline silica is associated with a number of acute and chronic diseases including systemic autoimmune diseases. Evidence for the link with autoimmune disease comes from epidemiological studies linking occupational exposure to crystalline silica dust with the systemic autoimmune diseases SLE, SSc and RA. Although little is known regarding the mechanism by which silica exposure leads to systemic autoimmune disease, there is a voluminous literature on silica exposure and silicosis that may help identify immune processes that precede development of autoimmunity. The pathophysiology of silicosis consists of deposition of silica particles in the alveoli of the lung. Ingestion of these particles by macrophages initiates an inflammatory response which stimulates fibroblasts to proliferate and produce collagen. Silica particles are encased by collagen leading to fibrosis and the nodular lesions characteristic of the disease. The steps in the development of silicosis, including acute and chronic inflammation and fibrosis, have different molecular and cellular requirements suggesting that silica-induced inflammation and fibrosis may be mechanistically separate. Significantly, it is unclear whether silica-induced inflammation and fibrosis contribute similarly to the development of autoimmunity. Nonetheless, the findings from human and animal model studies are consistent with an autoimmune pathogenesis that begins with activation of the innate immune system leading to proinflammatory cytokine production, pulmonary inflammation leading to activation of adaptive immunity, breaking of tolerance, autoantibodies and tissue damage. The variable frequency of these immunological features following silica exposure suggests substantial genetic involvement and gene/environment interaction in silica-induced autoimmunity. However numerous questions remain unanswered.

  13. Comparison of cytotoxicity of man-made vitreous fibres.

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    Luoto, K; Holopainen, M; Sarataho, M; Savolainen, K

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    The purpose of the study was to compare the cytotoxicity of man-made vitreous fibres (MMVFs): four refractory ceramic fibres (RCFs 1-4), two glasswool fibres (MMVF 10 and 11), a rockwool fibre (MMVF 21) and a slagwool fibre (MMVF 22). The ability of the fibres to induce haemolysis in sheep erythrocytes, to release lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) from rat alveolar macrophages (AM) and to increase the production of reactive oxygen metabolites (ROMs) in human polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PML) was studied. To assess the relative cytotoxicity of MMVFs, their toxicity was compared with that induced by quartz, chrysotile or titanium dioxide. MMVFs induced a modest, but dose-dependent, increase of haemolysis at doses of 0.5, 2.5 and 5.0 mg ml-1. The amount of haemolysis and LDH release induced by MMVFs was generally similar to that induced by titanium dioxide. Glasswool fibre MMVF 10 induced less LDH release from rat AM than rockwool MMVF 21 or slagwool MMVF 22 fibres, whereas glasswool fibre MMVF 11 induced less LDH release than slagwool fibre MMVF 22 (P < 0.05). All fibres also dose-dependently increased the production of ROMs at doses between 25 and 500 micrograms ml-1. The shapes of the time-courses of MMVF-induced production of ROMs suggest that the mechanisms whereby the different fibres induce ROM production may exhibit similar features. There are clear-cut differences in the potency of various MMVFs to induce cytotoxicity and oxidative burst. The present results also emphasize the importance of using several measures of toxicity when assessing the biological activity of various fibres in vitro.

  14. Vitreous Humor Changes Expression of Iron-Handling Proteins in Lens Epithelial Cells

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    Goralska, Malgorzata; Fleisher, Lloyd N.; McGahan, M. Christine

    2017-01-01

    Purpose In humans, vitrectomy is associated with development of nuclear cataracts. Iron catalyzes free radical formation causing oxidative damage, which is implicated in cataract formation. This study was designed to determine if vitreous humor, which can initiate differentiation of lens epithelial cells, would have an effect on iron-handling proteins. Methods Cultured canine lens epithelial cells were treated with collected canine vitreous humor. Lysates of treated and control cells were separated by SDS-PAGE. Ferritin H- and L-chains, transferrin receptor 1, and aquaporin 0 were immunodetected and quantitated with specific antibodies. Morphologic changes in treated cells were assessed. Results Treatment of lens epithelial cells with a 33% (vol/vol) solution of vitreous humor changed the morphology of lens cells and induced expression of aquaporin 0, a marker of fiber cell differentiation that was undetectable in control cells. Treatment did not modify the size of iron-handling proteins but significantly increased content of ferritin from 2.9- to 8.8-fold over control and decreased levels of transferrin receptor by 37% to 59%. Conclusions Vitreous humor may significantly limit iron uptake by transferrin/transferrin receptor pathway, and by increasing ferritin levels could profoundly increase the iron-storage capacity of ferritin in lens cells. Vitreous humor may play a significant protective role against iron-catalyzed oxidative damage of lens epithelial cells and therefore in the formation of cataracts. PMID:28245299

  15. Evaluation of posterior vitreous detachment after uneventful phacoemulsification surgery by optical coherence tomography and ultrasonography.

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    Degirmenci, Cumali; Afrashi, Filiz; Mentes, Jale; Oztas, Zafer; Nalcaci, Serhad; Akkin, Cezmi

    2017-01-01

    The aim was to investigate the effect of uneventful phacoemulsification on vitreoretinal interface evaluated by optical coherence tomography (OCT) and ultrasound. One hundred and fifty eyes were evaluated for the presence or absence of posterior vitreous detachment by ultrasound and OCT prior to cataract surgery. Only those eyes with intact vitreoretinal adhesion were included in the study. All patients underwent cataract surgery. At one month, three months and six months, all patients were assessed with OCT and ultrasound. The data were analysed for statistical significance. The study was carried out on 30 of 31 patients with no posterior vitreous detachment. The mean age of patients was 62.63 ± 7.15 years (range 49 to 75 years) and 15 were female. Posterior vitreous detachment developed in 17 patients (56.66 per cent) at one month, 21 patients (70 per cent) at three months and 22 patients (73.33 per cent) at six months following the surgery. No complications or acute symptoms were detected associated with posterior vitreous detachment. Vitreoretinal interface changes and vitreoretinal separations and progression of separation can be easily evaluated by OCT. The current study confirms that posterior vitreous detachment occurs commonly soon after cataract surgery. © 2016 Optometry Australia.

  16. Role of Tamponade in Vitrectomy for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy with Vitreous Hemorrhage.

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    Balakrishnan, Divya; Jain, Bhavna; Nayaka, Ashraya; Rani, Padmaja Kumari; Mukundaprasad, Vinod; Jalali, Subhadra

    2017-01-01

    To analyze the role of tamponade in vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy with vitreous hemorrhage. A retrospective chart analysis of patients who underwent vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) between 2006 and 2013, with a minimum follow-up of six months, was done. The data collected included age, gender, control of diabetes, pre- and postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), retinal detachment, type of tamponade, and recurrence of vitreous hemorrhage (VH). Statistical analysis was done using SPSS software version 2.0 and p values vitreous hemorrhage was noted in 11.1%, 11.1%, 6.7%, and 9.5% of patients of four groups; it was not statistically significant. The retina remained attached in 100%, 100%, 93%, and 90% of patients in the four groups, respectively, at six months. The use of an intraocular tamponade in eyes with vitreous hemorrhage due to PDR was not found to be superior to no tamponade in reducing recurrent vitreous hemorrhage. Therefore, the use of a tamponade in eyes without retinal break is not beneficial.

  17. [Apply of RetCam Ⅱ and color Doppler imaging in persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous].

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    Han, Mei; Zhao, Kanxing; Zhang, Tongmei; Li, Yan; Gao, Jianmin; Dong, Liu

    2016-05-01

    To observe the manifestations of RetCam Ⅱ and color Doppler imaging (CDI) in a retrospective case series of persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHPV). Retrospective study. The medical records of 9 eyes/9 patients with PHPV went through RetCamⅡ and CDI from 2009 to 2014. There were 6 young boys and 3 young girl in this study, age from 2 months to 5 years. All the patients were born at full term. 9 eyes had complication (cataract). The manifestations of RetCam Ⅱ: There were pale in optic disc. There were white fibre rod connected with optic disc, then prolonged to vitreous cavity, connected with posterior lens capsule. CDI showed arterial blood stream signal in band-shaped echogenic structure within vitreous cavity, prolonged to lens from the optic disc, or showed funnel-shaped echogenic mass at the posterior surface of lens and anterior of vitreous body, adhered to ciliary body, lens and the optic disc. PHPV is congenital ocular anomalies because of a failure of primary vitreous and the hyaloids vascular system to regress. It manifests as unilateral and boys. We diagnosis PHPV by RetCamⅡ and CDI.

  18. Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy of Porous Silicas

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    Guiton, Theresa Anne

    Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) specular reflectance spectroscopy was used to examine the fundamental phonon behavior of a series of porous silicas including porous Vycor, xerogels, aerogels, and colloidal solids. The spectra were deconvoluted using Kramers-Kronig analysis techniques, and the corresponding optical constants were determined via the Fresnel equations. The resulting spectra represent the first compilation of such data for low density silicas. The porous silicas revealed unique resonance modes for the imaginary dielectric function and energy loss function. A key distinction amongst the spectra was the change in the band shape of the antisymmetric Si-O-Si stretching modes. For instance, as the porosity level of the particulate systems increased, the peak maxima of the imaginary dielectric functions shifted to higher frequencies while the peak maxima of the associated energy loss function shifted to lower frequencies. In essence, with increasing porosity, the peak maxima of the imaginary dielectric functions and the energy loss functions were converging towards frequencies intermediate to the transverse optical and longitudinal optical modes of fused silica. A similar trend was not observed for the semi-continuous silica matrices. Maxwell Garnett effective medium modeling verified that these modes were a function of the porous microstructure and can be attributed to surface phonon modes. The effect of surface phonon modes was also evident in the absorption coefficient data. However, contrary to the traditional view that changes in the absorption spectra of porous silicas are strictly due to molecular structure, this study has demonstrated that variations can be attributed--both qualitatively and quantitatively--to electrostatic screening effects of finite particles.

  19. Ageing of the vitreous: From acute onset floaters and flashes to retinal detachment.

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    Lumi, Xhevat; Hawlina, Marko; Glavač, Damjan; Facskó, Andrea; Moe, Morten C; Kaarniranta, Kai; Petrovski, Goran

    2015-05-01

    Floaters and flashes are most commonly symptoms of age-related degenerative changes in the vitreous body and posterior vitreous detachment. The etiology and pathogenesis of floaters' formation is still not well understood. Patients with acute-onset floaters, flashes and defects in their visual field, represent a medical emergency with the need for same day referral to an ophthalmologist. Indirect ophthalmoscopy with scleral indentation is needed in order to find possible retinal break(s), on-time treatment and prevention of retinal detachment. The molecular and genetic pathogenesis, as well as the epidemiology of the ageing changes of the vitreous is summarized here, with view on the several treatment modalities in relation to their success rate and side-effects. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Ultrastructural and histopathologic findings after pars plana vitrectomy with a new hypersonic vitrector system. Qualitative preliminary assessment.

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    Salvador Pastor-Idoate

    Full Text Available Preliminary assessment of a new prototype ultrasound-based hypersonic vitrector (HV by qualitatively examining the histopathological changes in the retina and vitreous body after pars plana vitrectomy (PPV and its ability to fragment vitreous collagen.Fourteen porcine cadaveric eyes, 20 eyes in live swine and six human cadaveric eyes underwent PPV using the HV or a pneumatic guillotine vitrector (GV. An additional 4 porcine crystalline lenses were touched with either the HV or GV for 1 minute. Following PPV, human vitreous was removed and processed for electron microscopy (EM. Eyes and lenses were fixed and sectioned for light microscopy (LM.There were no macroscopic retinal or optic nerve defects associated with either HV or GV PPVs. Cadaveric retinal specimens showed separation of the inner limiting membrane (ILM and vacuolization and fragmentation at the nerve fiber layer (NFL and the ganglion cell layer (GCL. ILM fragmentation and separation were found after PPV in live swine with both vitrectors. Small disruptions of the posterior capsule or structural lens defects were found after HV touch. The EM analysis revealed more fragmentation of human vitreous collagen fibrils after HV compared to GV PPV.LM and EM analysis of retina, vitreous, and crystalline lens after PPV showed similar morphological changes using the HV or the GV. Vitreous fragmentation appeared more effective with the HV. Overall this study suggests that the HV may be a promising new technology. More work is needed to quantitatively assess its safety and efficacy.

  1. Silica from Ash

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    Chemical. Tech.) ... waste disposal but also recovers a valuable silica product, together with certain useful associate recoveries. ... (consisting of residue digested ash, sodium-silicate, water and free sodium hydroxide). In the second step of the ...

  2. What Is Crystalline Silica?

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    ... carcinogen. Additionally, breathing crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis , which in severe cases can be disabling, or ... take in oxygen. There is no cure for silicosis. Since silicosis affects lung function, it makes one ...

  3. The classification of vitreous seeds in retinoblastoma and response to intravitreal melphalan.

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    Francis, Jasmine H; Abramson, David H; Gaillard, Marie-Claire; Marr, Brian P; Beck-Popovic, Maja; Munier, Francis L

    2015-06-01

    To evaluate the clinical characteristics of the 3 classifications of vitreous seeds in retinoblastoma-dust (class 1), spheres (class 2), and clouds (class 3)-and their responses to intravitreal melphalan. Retrospective, bi-institutional cohort study. A total of 87 patient eyes received 475 intravitreal injections of melphalan (median dose, 30 μg) given weekly, a median of 5 times (range, 1-12 times). At presentation, the vitreous seeds were classified into 3 groups: dust, spheres, and clouds. Indirect ophthalmoscopy, fundus photography, ultrasonography, and ultrasonic biomicroscopy were used to evaluate clinical response to weekly intravitreal melphalan injections and time to regression of vitreous seeds. Kaplan-Meier estimates of time to regression and ocular survival, patient survival, and event-free survival (EFS) were calculated and then compared using the Mantel-Cox test of curve. Time to regression of vitreous seeds, patient survival, ocular survival, and EFS. The difference in time to regression was significantly different for the 3 seed classes (P < 0.0001): the median time to regression was 0.6, 1.7, and 7.7 months for dust, spheres, and clouds, respectively. Eyes with dust received significantly fewer injections and a lower median and cumulative dose of melphalan, whereas eyes with clouds received significantly more injections and a higher median and cumulative dose of melphalan. Overall, the 2-year Kaplan-Meier estimates for ocular survival, patient survival, and EFS (related to target seeds) were 90.4% (95% confidence interval [CI], 79.7-95.6), 100%, and 98.5% (95% CI, 90-99.7), respectively. The regression and response of vitreous seeds to intravitreal melphalan are different for each seed classification. The vitreous seed classification can be predictive of time to regression, number, median dose, and cumulative dose of intravitreal melphalan injections required. Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All

  4. Posterior vitreous detachment - prevalence of and risk factors for retinal tears.

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    Bond-Taylor, Martin; Jakobsson, Gunnar; Zetterberg, Madeleine

    2017-01-01

    The present study aimed to describe clinical characteristics of patients with posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), to determine the prevalence of retinal tears in PVD patients, and to find predictors for retinal tears in this patient group. Retrospective analysis of medical records on patients diagnosed with PVD, retinal tears, or vitreous hemorrhage at the Department of Ophthalmology at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, a tertiary eye center. Between February and July 2009, 365 patients consulted the Department of Ophthalmology for PVD-related symptoms. The incidence of retinal tears was 14.5% (n=53) and that of vitreous and/or retinal hemorrhage was 22.7% (n=83). For analysis of possible predictors for complications to PVD, patients diagnosed with retinal tears or vitreous hemorrhage between May and July 2009 were also included in the study, resulting in a total of 426 patients. Predictors of a retinal tear were symptoms of visual impairment (P=0.024), the presence of vitreous or retinal hemorrhage at examination (Pvitreous detachment/hemorrhage or retinal tears/detachment, occurred more often in patients presenting with a retinal tear. For patients with a retinal tear, the relative risk of having a retinal detachment in the same eye during the follow-up time was 17.7 when compared to patients without a retinal tear (risk ratio 17.7, 95% confidence interval 2.2-145). Patients seeking care on the first day have a higher risk of retinal tears. Also, symptoms of visual loss or a history of previous PVD-related pathology and vitreous/retinal hemorrhage at examination indicate a substantially higher risk of retinal complications. These findings may lead to better management and order of priority among these patients.

  5. MicroRNA-200b Expression in the Vitreous Humor of Patients with Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy.

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    Gomaa, Amir Ramadan; Elsayed, Eman Tayae; Moftah, Reham Fadl

    2017-01-01

    The role of microRNA (miRNA)-200b in the pathogenesis of proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) has been studied in diabetic animal models. The aim of this study was to assess miRNA-200b expression in the vitreous of patients with PDR and to determine its correlation with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), one of the pathogenic mechanisms in PDR. Quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction was used to measure miRNA-200b expression in the vitreous from 29 eyes with PDR and 30 eyes with idiopathic macular holes (IMH; control group). Vitreous VEGF was measured using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. miRNA-200b expression was about 5-fold increased in the vitreous samples from eyes with PDR compared with the controls (p ≤ 0.001). Vitreous VEGF expression was also significantly higher in the PDR group than in the IMH group (p ≤ 0.001), but no significant correlation was found between miRNA-200b and VEGF. Both miRNA-200b and VEGF are increased in the vitreous of patients with PDR but in a noncorrelated pattern. miRNA-200b may be involved in the pathogenesis of PDR but through VEGF-independent mechanisms. Further studies are needed to identify the miRNA-200b-targeted genes involved in the pathogenesis of PDR and to examine the potential role of miRNA-200b as a target for PDR treatment. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  6. Cellular fibronectin and tenascin in experimental perforating scleral wounds with incarceration of the vitreous.

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    Tervo, K; Latvala, T; Suomalainen, V P; Tervo, T; Immonen, I

    1995-03-01

    Posterior perforating eye injury carries a high risk of visual loss due to the formation of intravireal and epiretinal scar tissue. Intraocular scar formation in patients with retinal detachment has been shown to be associated with elevated intravitreal FN levels. The extracellular matrix glycoproteins fibronectin (FN) and tenascin (TN) have been located in epiretinal scar membranes. As both FN and TN are also involved in healing of cutaneous and corneal wounds, we undertook to study their expression in rabbit perforating scleral wounds with vitreous incarceration. A perforating scleral wound was produced and sutured without removal of vitreous from the wound in 18 pigmented rabbits. The rabbits were killed at various times (1 h to 21 days) after the operation, and the indirect immunohistochemical method was used for demonstration of FN and TN. Monoclonal mouse hybridoma antibodies 52 DH1 and 100 EB2, recognizing the cellular form of FN (cFN) and TN, respectively, were used. During the first post-operative week immunoreaction for glycoproteins, both the locally produced cFN and TN, were observed at the scar tissue containing the prolabed vitreous and the adjacent sclera. Subsequently, the reaction gradually shifted to the vitreal side of the wound, and 3 weeks after the operation it was almost completely restricted to a separated mass of vitreous beneath the scar. The expression of cFN and TN in the scleral scar and vitreous is indicative of their local synthesis. The shift of the expression of those proteins to the vitreal side of the wound with time suggests that the scarring process in the vitreous is delayed compared to the sclera.

  7. VITREOUS INCARCERATION IN SCLEROTOMIES AFTER VALVED 23-, 25-, OR 27-GAUGE AND NONVALVED 23- OR 25-GAUGE MACULAR SURGERY.

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    Tosi, Gian Marco; Malandrini, Alex; Cevenini, Gabriele; Neri, Giovanni; Marigliani, Davide; Cerruto, Arianna; Virgili, Gianni

    2017-10-01

    To study the patterns of vitreous incarceration at sclerotomy sites by ultrasound biomicroscopy in patients subjected to valved or nonvalved small-gauge pars plana vitrectomy. A prospective comparative study of 88 eyes affected by epiretinal membrane and macular hole. Patients were divided into four groups: valved or nonvalved 23-gauge (16 eyes each) and valved or nonvalved 25-gauge (20 eyes each); their vitreal disposition was compared by ultrasound biomicroscopy. Vitreal disposition was also assessed in 16 eyes of 16 patients subjected to valved 27-gauge pars plana vitrectomy. Three vitreal patterns were identified: P0 (vitreous not visible or vitreous strand distant from the sclerotomy site), P1 (vitreous strand parallel to and in contact with the sclerotomy site), and P2 (vitreous strand entrapped in the sclerotomy site). The effect of valved trocar use on vitreous incarceration seemed to be somewhat beneficial, but no statistically significant effect could be shown (odds ratio: 0.85, 95% confidence interval: 0.42-1.74, P = 0.657). Similarly, no differences in vitreous incarceration were shown among vitrectomy gauges (23, 25, or 27) both in a model including valved trocars only (P = 0.858) and in a model with all available data (P = 0.935). In 23- and 25-gauge macular surgeries, postoperative vitreous incarceration does not seem to be reduced using valved cannulas and was similar to that observed in 27-gauge surgery.

  8. Application and development of non contact angle-wide viewing system in vitreous retinal surgery

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    Rong-Hua He

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Wide-angle viewing system as an important auxiliary device can clearly observe the whole fundus field of vision in vitreous surgery, which enable vitreoretinal surgery more efficient, safer and more effective. So it has very high application value in ophthalmologic operation. In this paper, we studied the development and application of wide-angle viewing system in vitreoretinal surgery in recent years, from which we summed up the advantage of non-contact wide-angle viewing system in clinical field, and pointed out the shortcomings. The ultimate goal is to make the non-contact wide-angle viewing system better applied in vitreous surgery.

  9. Integrating Micro- or Nanoscale Encapsulation Technology with Vitreous Cryopreservation: A New Strategy to Improve Biopreservation.

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    Zheng, Y Y; Zhao, G

      BACKGROUND: None-uniform distributions of temperatures, limited freezing and thawing rates, and thermal stresses are three main hindering factors for successful vitreous cryopreservation of mass volume of biosamples. Micro- and nanoscale encapsulation, owning the intrinsic features to avoid those limitations introduced by the traditional approaches, has been opened up a new way for effective and high-efficiency biopreservation. This short review article summarizes recent advances in cell encapsulation technology for biopreservation by manipulating cells and biological agents in micro- or nanoscale volume droplets and microgels, and discusses its promising applications for future vitreous cryopreservation.

  10. Vitreous-induced cytoskeletal rearrangements via the Rac1 GTPase-dependent signaling pathway in human retinal pigment epithelial cells

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    Huang, Xionggao [State Key Ophthalmic Laboratory, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou (China); Department of Ophthalmology, Hainan Medical College, Haikou (China); Wei, Yantao; Ma, Haizhi [State Key Ophthalmic Laboratory, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou (China); Zhang, Shaochong, E-mail: zhshaochong@163.com [State Key Ophthalmic Laboratory, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou (China)

    2012-03-09

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Vitreous induces morphological changes and cytoskeletal rearrangements in RPE cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rac1 is activated in vitreous-transformed RPE cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rac inhibition prevents morphological changes in vitreous-transformed RPE cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rac inhibition suppresses cytoskeletal rearrangements in vitreous-transformed RPE cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The vitreous-induced effects are mediated by a Rac1 GTPase/LIMK1/cofilin pathway. -- Abstract: Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) is mainly caused by retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell migration, invasion, proliferation and transformation into fibroblast-like cells that produce the extracellular matrix (ECM). The vitreous humor is known to play an important role in PVR. An epithelial-to-mesenchymal transdifferentiation (EMT) of human RPE cells induced by 25% vitreous treatment has been linked to stimulation of the mesenchymal phenotype, migration and invasion. Here, we characterized the effects of the vitreous on the cell morphology and cytoskeleton in human RPE cells. The signaling pathway that mediates these effects was investigated. Serum-starved RPE cells were incubated with 25% vitreous, and the morphological changes were examined by phase-contrast microscopy. Filamentous actin (F-actin) was examined by immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy. Protein phosphorylation of AKT, ERK1/2, Smad2/3, LIM kinase (LIMK) 1 and cofilin was analyzed by Western blot analysis. Vitreous treatment induced cytoskeletal rearrangements, activated Rac1 and enhanced the phosphorylation of AKT, ERK1/2 and Smad2/3. When the cells were treated with a Rac activation-specific inhibitor, the cytoskeletal rearrangements were prevented, and the phosphorylation of Smad2/3 was blocked. Vitreous treatment also enhanced the phosphorylation of LIMK1 and cofilin and the Rac inhibitor blocked this effect. We propose that vitreous

  11. High-performance silica/silica fiber for endoscopic applications

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    McCann, Brian P.

    1993-05-01

    Silica-core/silica-clad fibers have become very popular tools for a variety of therapeutic and diagnostic applications. Two types of conventional silica/silica fibers having acrylate and polyimide coatings are reviewed. The properties of dual-waveguide silica/silica fiber are discussed; and the superior bend performance with this design is presented. Silicone/nylon and hard-fluoropolymer/TefzelTM dual-coated fibers are included as the dual-waveguide samples. Sample fibers of each of the four coating types were manufactured into 400/440 micrometers size, 0.22 NA fiber.

  12. Inflammation and N-formyl peptide receptors mediate the angiogenic activity of human vitreous humour in proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

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    Rezzola, Sara; Corsini, Michela; Chiodelli, Paola; Cancarini, Anna; Nawaz, Imtiaz M; Coltrini, Daniela; Mitola, Stefania; Ronca, Roberto; Belleri, Mirella; Lista, Liliana; Rusciano, Dario; De Rosa, Mario; Pavone, Vincenzo; Semeraro, Francesco; Presta, Marco

    2017-04-01

    Angiogenesis and inflammation characterise proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), a major complication of diabetes mellitus. However, the impact of inflammation on the pathogenesis of PDR neovascularisation has not been elucidated. Here, we assessed the capacity of PDR vitreous fluid to induce pro-angiogenic/proinflammatory responses in endothelium and the contribution of the inflammation-related pattern recognition N-formyl peptide receptors (FPRs) in mediating these responses. Pooled and individual pars plana vitrectomy-derived PDR vitreous fluid ('PDR vitreous') samples were assessed in endothelial cell proliferation, motility, sprouting and morphogenesis assays, and for the capacity to induce proinflammatory transcription factor activation, reactive oxygen species production, intercellular junction disruption and leucocyte-adhesion molecule upregulation in these cells. In vivo, the pro-angiogenic/proinflammatory activity of PDR vitreous was tested in murine Matrigel plug and chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assays. Finally, the FPR inhibitors Boc-Phe-Leu-Phe-Leu-Phe (Boc-FLFLF) and Ac-L-Arg-Aib-L-Arg-L-Cα(Me)Phe-NH2 tetrapeptide (UPARANT) were evaluated for their capacity to affect the biological responses elicited by PDR vitreous. PDR vitreous activates a pro-angiogenic/proinflammatory phenotype in endothelial cells. Accordingly, PDR vitreous triggers a potent angiogenic/inflammatory response in vivo. Notably, the different capacity of individual PDR vitreous samples to induce neovessel formation in the CAM correlates with their ability to recruit infiltrating CD45+ cells. Finally, the FPR inhibitor Boc-FLFLF and the novel FPR antagonist UPARANT inhibit neovessel formation and inflammatory responses triggered by PDR vitreous in the CAM assay. This study provides evidence that inflammation mediates the angiogenic activity of PDR vitreous and paves the way for the development of FPR-targeting anti-inflammatory/anti-angiogenic approaches for PDR

  13. Effects of soda-lime-silica waste glass on mullite formation kinetics and micro-structures development in vitreous ceramics.

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    Marinoni, Nicoletta; D'Alessio, Daniela; Diella, Valeria; Pavese, Alessandro; Francescon, Ferdinando

    2013-07-30

    The effects of soda-lime waste glass, from the recovery of bottle glass cullet, in partial replacement of Na-feldspar for sanitary-ware ceramic production are discussed. Attention is paid to the mullite growth kinetics and to the macroscopic properties of the final output, the latter ones depending on the developed micro-structures and vitrification grade. Measurements have been performed by in situ high temperature X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermal dilatometry, water absorption and mechanical testing. Glass substituting feldspar from 30 to 50 wt% allows one (i) to accelerate the mullite growth reaction kinetics, and (ii) to achieve macroscopic features of the ceramic output that comply with the latest technical requirements. The introduction of waste glass leads to (i) a general saving of fuel and reduction of the CO2-emissions during the firing stage, (ii) a preservation of mineral resources in terms of feldspars, and (iii) an efficient management of the bottle glass refuse by readdressing a part of it in the sanitary-ware manufacturing. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Vascular remnants in the rabbit vitreous body. II. Enzyme digestion and immunohistochemical studies

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    Los, LI; Van Luyn, MJA; Eggli, PS; Dijk, F; Nieuwenhuis, P

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the composition of ghost vessels and the newly identified intravitreal structures type 1and 2 (IVS-1 and 2) observed in the rabbit vitreous body. Rabbit eyes in = 10, 0.5- similar to 36 months of age were fixed and embedded in plastic. Post-embedding immune

  15. Formation of Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous in Ephrin-A5−/− Mice

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    Son, Alexander I.; Sheleg, Michal; Cooper, Margaret A.; Sun, Yuhai; Kleiman, Norman J.; Zhou, Renping

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. Primary vitreous regression is a critical event in mammalian eye development required for proper ocular maturity and unhindered vision. Failure of this event results in the eye disease persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHPV), also identified as persistent fetal vasculature (PFV), a condition characterized by the presence of a fibrovascular mass adjacent to the lens and retina, and associated with visual disability and blindness. Here, we identify ephrin-A5 to be a critical regulator for primary vitreous regression. Methods. Wild-type and ephrin-A5−/− eyes were examined at various developmental stages to determine the progression of PHPV. Eye tissue was sectioned and examined by H&E staining. Protein expression and localization was determined through immunohistochemistry. Relative levels of Eph receptors were determined by RT-PCR. Results. Ephrin-A5−/− animals develop ocular phenotypes representative of PHPV, most notably the presence of a large hyperplastic mass posterior to the lens that remains throughout the lifetime of the animal. The aberrant tissue in these mutant mice consists of residual hyaloid vessels surrounded by pigmented cells of neural crest origin. Labeling with bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) and detection of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) expression shows that the mass in ephrin-A5−/− animals is mitotically active in embryonic and postnatal stages. Conclusions. Ephrin-A5 is a critical factor that regulates primary vitreous regression. PMID:24550361

  16. Comprehensive analysis of vitreous specimens for uveitis classification: a prospective multicentre observational study.

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    Maruyama, Kazuichi; Inaba, Tohru; Sugita, Sunao; Ichinohasama, Ryo; Nagata, Kenji; Kinoshita, Shigeru; Mochizuki, Manabu; Nakazawa, Toru

    2017-11-16

    To determine the clinical relevance of vitreous biomarkers in patients with uveitis. Multicentre, prospective, observational study. Uveitis outpatient clinics of two academic medical centres in Japan. This study included 234 eyes of 191 patients with various uveitis aetiologies: definitive sarcoidosis (61 eyes of 46 patients), suspected sarcoidosis (60 eyes of 45 patients), intraocular tumour (34 eyes of 27 patients), viral infection (20 eyes of 18 patients), non-sarcoidosis (16 eyes of 16 patients) and unknown aetiology (43 eyes of 39 patients). Vitreous samples (taken by pars planta vitrectomy) were analysed with flow cytometry, cytology and multiplex PCR analysis. The primary outcome measures were the diagnostic values of various biomarkers (T cells, B cells and pathogen DNA) in vitreous samples. The secondary outcome was visual acuity after vitrectomy. Sarcoidosis showed higher CD4/CD8 or CD4+ measurements than other aetiologies (pvitreous biomarker profiles, especially of infiltrating lymphocytes. Analyses of CD4/CD8 ratio, T-lymphocyte and B-lymphocyte subset, and pathogen DNA in vitreous samples have good safety profiles and high diagnostic value for uveitis classification. UMIN000004980; Pre-results. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  17. INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL QUALITY OF COMMERCIAL LAYING HENS EGGS WITH NORMAL AND VITREOUS EGGSHELL

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the internal and external quality of eggs classified as eggs with normal eggshell and eggs with vitreous eggshell, produced by hens at three different ages. Forty-five eggs of each eggshell type, normal and vitreous, were sampled at the ages of 30, 50, and 70 weeks. The weight of the egg, in both types of eggshell, increased with the advancing age of the hen. Higher concentration of calcium was found in eggs with normal eggshells comparing to eggs with vitreous eggshells. The eggshell type did not affect phosphorus percentage. The mineral deposition of the eggshell was constant. The skin thickness increased irrespective of the shell along the reproductive life of the chicken and decreased when the bird became older. The percentage of albumen increased, while the percentage of albumen protein and pH decreased throughout the ages. Percentage of egg yolk, humidity, and pH decreased with increase of age of the laying hen, whereas crude protein and lipid increased. Eggs with vitreous eggshell showed eggshell with lower quality compared to those with normal eggshell, without, however, compromising the internal quality of albumen and yolk. Keywords: egg quality; eggshell types; physical analysis.

  18. Blood culture bottles are superior to conventional media for vitreous culture.

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    Thariya, Patsuda; Yospaiboon, Yosanan; Sinawat, Suthasinee; Sanguansak, Thuss; Bhoomibunchoo, Chavakij; Laovirojjanakul, Wipada

    2016-08-01

    To compare blood culture bottles and conventional media for the vitreous culture in patients with clinically suspected infectious endophthalmitis. Retrospective comparative study at KKU Eye Center, Khon Kaen University. There were 342 patients with clinically suspected infectious endophthalmitis participated in the study. The vitreous specimens were inoculated in both blood culture bottles and on conventional culture media (blood agar, MacConkey agar, chocolate agar, Sabouraud dextrose agar and thioglycolate broth). The number of positive culture yields in both blood culture bottles and conventional media. Positive culture yields in both methods were found in 151 eyes (49.5%). There were 136 of 151 eyes (90.1%) with positive culture in blood culture bottles, whereas 99 of 151 eyes (65.6%) yielded positive cultures in conventional media. These findings were different with a statistical significance (P culture bottles and conventional media improved the yield. Blood culture bottles are superior to conventional media for vitreous culture in clinically suspected infectious endophthalmitis. Vitreous culture using blood culture bottles should be recommended as the primary method for microbiological diagnosis. A combination of both methods further improves the positive culture yield. © 2016 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

  19. Ahmed valves vs trabeculectomy combined with pans plana vitrectomy for neovascular glaucoma with vitreous hemorrhage.

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    Wang, Menghua H; Li, Qiuming M; Dong, Hongtao T; Dong, Shuqian Q; Li, Yang; Zheng, Chunyan Y

    2017-04-13

    Vitreous hemorrhage is common in advanced neovascular glaucoma (NVG), which has poor visual prognosis. This study aimed to compare the efficacy of 23-G pars planar vitrectomy (PPV) combined with either Ahmed glaucoma valve (AGV) implantation or trabeculectomy after intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR) treatment for NVG with vitreous hemorrhage. This retrospective, nonrandomized study included 33 eyes of 33 patients with NVG with vitreous hemorrhage. After IVR treatment for 3-7 days, 18 eyes underwent PPV + AGV (AGV group) and 15 underwent PPV + trabeculectomy (trabeculectomy group). The success criterion was a postoperative intraocular pressure (IOP) of 6-21 mm Hg, with or without antiglaucoma medication. Postoperative IOP decreased significantly in both groups, but the mean IOP after 12 months was significantly lower in the AGV group (16.92 ± 2.75 mm Hg) than the trabeculectomy group (21.50 ± 5.79 mm Hg; p = 0.018). The AGV group required fewer glaucoma medications than the trabeculectomy group. The cumulative probabilities of surgical success rates for the AGV and trabeculectomy groups at 12 months were 71.3% and 46.7%, respectively. No significant differences in postoperative complications were observed between the groups. For NVG with vitreous hemorrhage, PPV with AGV implantation may reduce IOP more effectively than PPV with trabeculectomy.

  20. Vitrectomy for optic disc pit-associated maculopathy with or without preoperative posterior vitreous detachment

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    Haruta, Masatoshi; Kamada, Rika; Umeno, Yumi; Yamakawa, Ryoji

    2012-01-01

    Background The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of pars plana vitrectomy for the treatment of optic disc pit-associated maculopathy with or without preoperative posterior vitreous detachment. Methods We reviewed the clinical records of four consecutive patients who underwent pars plana vitrectomy in one eye for the treatment of optic disc pit-associated maculopathy, with an emphasis on the preoperative condition of the posterior hyaloid membrane. Results Two of four eyes were confirmed to have an attached posterior hyaloid membrane, which was subsequently removed during surgery. Following vitrectomy, these two eyes experienced an improvement in visual acuity with complete retinal attachment of the macula. However, the other two eyes, which already had a posterior vitreous detachment at the time of surgery, showed a decrease in visual acuity with persistent maculopathy postoperatively. Conclusion Pars plana vitrectomy for optic disc pit-associated maculopathy was beneficial for improving visual acuity in two eyes without preoperative posterior vitreous detachment but not in two eyes with preoperative posterior vitreous detachment. Our study suggests that preoperative assessment of a posterior hyaloid membrane is clinically important in predicting the surgical outcome of optic disc pit-associated maculopathy. PMID:22973089

  1. Glycosaminoglycans from bovine eye vitreous humour and interaction with collagen type II.

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    Peng, Yanfei; Yu, Yanlei; Lin, Lei; Liu, Xinyue; Zhang, Xing; Wang, Peipei; Hoffman, Pauline; Kim, So Young; Zhang, Fuming; Linhardt, Robert J

    2018-01-05

    Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) play an important role in stabilizing the gel state of eye vitreous humour. In this study, the composition of GAGs present in bovine eye vitreous was characterized through disaccharide analysis by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The interaction of GAGs with collagen type II was assessed using surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The percentage of hyaluronic acid (HA), chondroitin sulfate (CS) and heparan sulfate (HS), of total GAG, were 96.2%, 3.5% and 0.3%, respectively. The disaccharide composition of CS consisted of 4S (49%), 0S (38%) 6S (12%), 2S6S (1.5%) and 2S4S (0.3%). The disaccharide composition of HS consisted of 0S (80%), NS2S (7%), NS (7%), 6S (4%), NS6S (2%), and TriS, 2S and 4S6S (each at 0.1%). The average molecular weights of CS and HS were 148 kDa and 204 kDa, respectively. SPR reveals that collagen type II binds to heparin (primarily composed of TriS) with a binding affinity (K D) of 755 nM and interacts with other GAGs, including CSB and CSE. Both bovine vitreous CS and HS interact with collagen type II, with vitreous HS showing a higher binding affinity.

  2. Catecholamines and their O-methylated metabolites in vitreous humor in hypothermia cases.

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    Hervet, Tania; Teresiński, Grzegorz; Hejna, Petr; Descloux, Emilienne; Grouzmann, Eric; Palmiere, Cristian

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of catecholamines and their O-methylated metabolites in vitreous humor samples in identifying antemortem cold exposure and fatal hypothermia in the forensic casework. A total of 80 autopsy cases (40 hypothermia fatalities and 40 cases in which hypothermia as the main or contributory cause of death was excluded) were selected for this study. Catecholamines and their O-methylated metabolites were measured in urine and vitreous humor samples collected at autopsy. Urine catecholamine and their O-methylated metabolite concentrations were significantly higher in hypothermia-related deaths. On the other hand, measurements in vitreous humor samples did not reveal statistically significant differences between hypothermia-related deaths and controls. Globally considered, our findings seem to suggest that, contrary to urine catecholamines and their O-methylated metabolites, vitreous levels of these compounds appear to be of limited value in characterizing human antemortem stress reactions due to cold exposure and can hardly be used in the forensic setting to support the diagnosis of hypothermia.

  3. Design of an Injectable in Situ Gelation Biomaterials for Vitreous Substitute

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    Annaka, Masahiko; Mortensen, Kell; Vigild, Martin E.

    2011-01-01

    To adapt the physical properties of living materials to their biological function, nature developed various types of polymers with outstanding physical behavior. One example is the vitreous body, which is important intraocular elements not only because of its optical and mechanical performances, ...

  4. Causes of Vitreous Haemorrhage In Port Harcourt; A 3 Year Review.

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    Alasia Datonye

    Visual loss in cases of vitreous haemorrhage depends on the density of the haemorrhage and even 10 micolitres of blood can reduce vision to hand. 1 movement. Our study revealed that our patients had visual loss ranging from hand movement(HM) to 'no light perception'(NLP) (see Table 2). This pattern of the presenting.

  5. Biochemical Analysis of Synovial Fluid, Cerebrospinal Fluid and Vitreous Humor at Early Postmortem Intervals in Donkeys

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    Doha Yahia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Biochemical analysis of body fluids after death is a helpful tool in veterinary forensic medicine. Synovial fluid, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF and vitreous humor are easily accessible and well preserved from contamination. Five donkeys (Equus africanus asinus aged 1 - 2 years old were subjected to the study. Samples (Synovial fluid, CSF and vitreous humor were collected before death (antimortem and then at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 hours postmortem. Samples were analyzed for glucose, chloride, sodium, magnesium, potassium, enzymes and total protein. Synovial fluid analysis showed that glucose concentration started to decrease at 6 hours postmortem, while magnesium level increased with time. Other parameters were more stable. CSF analysis showed several changes related to time after death as the decrease in glucose and sodium levels, and the increased levels of potassium, magnesium, calcium and total protein. Vitreous analysis revealed a reduction in glucose level and increased potassium and magnesium concentrations. The present study concluded that biochemical analysis of synovial fluid, vitreous humor and CSF can help in determination of time since death in donkeys. This study recommend using CSF for determination of early post-mortem intervals.

  6. The rabbit as an animal model for post-natal vitreous matrix differentiation and degeneration

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    Los, L. I.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose This study evaluates whether rabbits are a suitable animal model to study post-natal vitreous differentiation and degeneration. Methods Human and rabbit eyes of various ages were studied by complementary anatomical techniques, light microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Results

  7. Kinetics of silica polymerization

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    Weres, O.; Yee, A.; Tsao, L.

    1980-05-01

    The polymerization of silicic acid in geothermal brine-like aqueous solutions to produce amorphous silica in colloidal form has been studied experimentally and theoretically. A large amount of high quality experimental data has been generated over the temperature rang 23 to 100{sup 0}C. Wide ranges of dissolved silica concentration, pH, and sodium chloride concentration were covered. The catalytic effects of fluoride and the reaction inhibiting effects of aluminum and boron were studied also. Two basic processes have been separately studied: the formation of new colloidal particles by the homogeneous nucleation process and the deposition of dissolved silica on pre-existing colloidal particles. A rigorous theory of the formation of colloidal particles of amorphous silica by homogeneous nucleation was developed. This theory employs the Lothe-Pound formalism, and is embodied in the computer code SILNUC which quantitatively models the homogeneous nucleation and growth of colloidal silica particles in more than enough detail for practical application. The theory and code were extensively used in planning the experimental work and analyzing the data produced. The code is now complete and running in its final form. It is capable of reproducing most of the experimental results to within experimental error. It is also capable of extrapolation to experimentally inaccessible conditions, i.e., high temperatures, rapidly varying temperature and pH, etc.

  8. Proliferative and inflammatory factors in the vitreous of patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy

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    V V Chernykh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose was to measure the concentrations of various cytokines and growth factors (including vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF] and pigment epithelium-derived factor [PEDF] in the vitreous of patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR and to investigate interaction between inflammatory and proliferative factors in the genesis of PDR. Materials and Methods : Vitreous samples from 32 eyes with PDR and 25 eyes without diabetes mellitus and signs of DR (control were collected. Vitreous concentrations of VEGF, PEDF, monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1, interleukin-4 (IL-4, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-17A, and secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA were simultaneously measured using enzyme-linked immunoassay. Results : Vitreous levels of VEGF, PEDF, IL-17A, IL-6, IL-8, IL-4, and sIgA were significantly (Π < 0.05 higher in eyes with PDR compared to control. The concentration of VEGF was more than 17-times higher than in control, and the concentration of PEDF was not changed oppositely and was also higher (1.45-times compared to control, that may indicate disturbances of compensatory mechanisms in angiogenesis regulation in PDR. Significant (Π < 0.05 positive correlations were observed between vitreous concentrations of VEGF and IL-17ΐ (r = 0.45, VEGF and IL-8 (r = 0.48, VEGF and IL-4 (r = 0.51, PEDF and IL-17ΐ (r = 0.48, PEDF and IL-8 (r = 0.59, MCP-1 and PEDF (r = 0.72, MCP-1 and IL-8 (r0 = 0.45, IL-4 and IL-17ΐ (r = 0.65, IL-4 and IL-8 (r = 0.71, IL-8 and IL-17ΐ (r = 0.59. Conclusions: Significantly raised levels of inflammatory and proliferative factors and numerous positive correlations between them may demonstrate a significant role of activation of vascular proliferation and local inflammation in the pathogenesis of PDR.

  9. Intravitreal chemotherapy for vitreous disease in retinoblastoma revisited: from prohibition to conditional indications.

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    Munier, Francis L; Gaillard, Marie-Claire; Balmer, Aubin; Soliman, Sameh; Podilsky, Gregory; Moulin, Alexandre P; Beck-Popovic, Maja

    2012-08-01

    Tumour control of vitreous seeds remains challenging owing to their resistance to radiation and systemic chemotherapy. To describe the short-term efficacy of intravitreal melphalan for vitreous disease in retinoblastoma using a new injection technique and dose. This study is a retrospective non-comparative review of 23 consecutive heavily pretreated patients (23 eyes) with active vitreous seeding and eligible for intravitreous chemotherapy (IViC). They received a total of 122 intravitreal injections of melphalan (20-30 μg) given every 7-10 days. The ocular status was objectively monitored under anaesthesia with fundus photography. All patients are alive without evidence of extraocular spread (95% CI 82.19% to 100%). Concomitant treatments, including other chemotherapeutic modalities, were used until complete sterilisation of the retinal seeding source and subretinal seeds. Globe retention was achieved in 87% (20/23) of cases. All retained eyes were in complete remission after a median follow-up period of 22 months (range 9-31 months). The Kaplan-Meier estimate of ocular survival rates at 2 years was 84.14% (95% CI 62.48% to 95.28%). A localised peripheral salt-and-pepper retinopathy was noted in 10 eyes (43%) at the site of injection. This study reports the first clinically documented case series of patients with retinoblastoma treated with IViC. Despite a possible confounding effect of concomitant chemotherapy prescription using other routes of administration in four of the successfully treated eyes (20%), IViC achieved an unprecedented success rate of tumour control in the presence of vitreous seeding. Of note, none of the treated eyes required external beam irradiation to control the vitreous seeding. Further studies are required to assess IViC retinal toxicity and to better delineate its role in the management of retinoblastoma.

  10. Vitreous and subretinal fluid concentrations of orally administered dabigatran in patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment.

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    Mulder, Verena C; Kluft, Cornelis; van Meurs, Jan C

    2016-11-01

    One of the factors that was shown to contribute to the development of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) is the coagulation factor thrombin. Therefore, a specific oral thrombin inhibitor such as dabigatran might be a possible therapeutic option. An oral drug has the advantage of patient-friendly prolonged administration in contrast to drugs that can only be applied during vitrectomy, on condition that the drug reaches the target site. We tested whether dabigatran reaches the vitreous and subretinal fluid (SRF) after a single oral dose of dabigatran. Twenty-eight patients with a retinal detachment received a single dose of 220 mg dabigatran etexilate 2-8 hr prior to surgery. During surgery, we took a blood sample and a vitreous or subretinal fluid sample. The concentration of dabigatran was measured using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The dabigatran concentration between 2 and 9 hr after administration was higher in SRF than in vitreous (max 8.5 and 3.8 ng/ml). Corresponding plasma concentrations ranged from 15 to 225 ng/ml. There was a significant relationship between SRF levels and plasma levels (rs  = 0.68, p = 0.014); the levels in vitreous fluid showed no such relationship (rs  = 0.20, p = 0.48). In addition, we measured the vitreous concentration of a non-study patient using 150 mg dabigatran twice daily. The concentration was approximately 10 times higher than after a single dosage (25.8 ng/ml). We demonstrate that oral intake of dabigatran, a candidate drug to modulate PVR, results in potentially relevant intraocular concentrations. We suggest that repeated dosing may lead to higher concentrations, but this should be further explored. © 2016 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  11. Vitreous pharmacokinetics and electroretinographic findings after intravitreal injection of acyclovir in rabbits

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    Francisco Max Damico

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Acute retinal necrosis is a rapidly progressive and devastating viral retinitis caused by the herpesvirus family. Systemic acyclovir is the treatment of choice; however, the progression of retinal lesions ceases approximately 2 days after treatment initiation. An intravitreal injection of acyclovir may be used an adjuvant therapy during the first 2 days of treatment when systemically administered acyclovir has not reached therapeutic levels in the retina. The aims of this study were to determine the pharmacokinetic profile of acyclovir in the rabbit vitreous after intravitreal injection and the functional effects of acyclovir in the rabbit retina. METHODS: Acyclovir (Acyclovir; Bedford Laboratories, Bedford, OH, USA 1 mg in 0.1 mL was injected into the right eye vitreous of 32 New Zealand white rabbits, and 0.1 mL sterile saline solution was injected into the left eye as a control. The animals were sacrificed after 2, 9, 14, or 28 days. The eyes were enucleated, and the vitreous was removed. The half-life of acyclovir was determined using high-performance liquid chromatography. Electroretinograms were recorded on days 2, 9, 14, and 28 in the eight animals that were sacrificed 28 days after injection according to a modified protocol of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision. RESULTS: Acyclovir rapidly decayed in the vitreous within the first two days after treatment and remained at low levels from day 9 onward. The eyes that were injected with acyclovir did not present any electroretinographic changes compared with the control eyes. CONCLUSIONS: The vitreous half-life of acyclovir is short, and the electrophysiological findings suggest that the intravitreal delivery of 1 mg acyclovir is safe and well tolerated by the rabbit retina.

  12. Relationships between vitreous levels of soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) and renal function in patients with diabetic retinopathy.

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    Katagiri, Makiko; Shoji, Jun; Kato, Satoshi; Kitano, Shigehiko; Uchigata, Yasuko

    2017-12-01

    We investigated the relationship between vitreous levels of soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and renal function, and correlations between vitreous sRAGE levels and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) activity. We examined 33 eyes from 33 patients with diabetes mellitus who underwent a vitrectomy (eight patients in the non-PDR [NPDR] group and 25 in the PDR group). Serum creatinine levels and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were measured and classified according to the chronic kidney disease (CKD)-staging method. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was performed to quantify vitreous sRAGE and VEGF levels. Vitreous sRAGE levels were significantly higher in PDR group compared to NPDR group (p = 0.00003). Vitreous sRAGE levels were significantly higher in patients with CKD stage 5 (end-stage renal failure or hemodialysis) than in patients with CKD stage 1 or 2 (p vitreous surgeries for early postoperative vitreous hemorrhage significantly more frequently than those with high (≥27 pg/mL) sRAGE levels (p = 0.0067). Vitreous sRAGE levels were significantly correlated with renal function, and low vitreous sRAGE levels in patients with PDR were associated with postoperative vitreous hemorrhage. Vitreous sRAGE may be a useful biomarker for renal dysfunction associated with diabetic retinopathy.

  13. Elevated Levels of Cytokines Associated with Th2 and Th17 Cells in Vitreous Fluid of Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy Patients.

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    Masaru Takeuchi

    Full Text Available Macrophages are involved in low-grade inflammation in diabetes, and play pathogenic roles in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR by producing proinflammatory cytokines. T cells as well as other cells are also activated by proinflammatory cytokines, and infiltration into the vitreous of patients with PDR has been shown. In this study, we measured helper T (Th cell-related cytokines in the vitreous of PDR patients to define the characteristics of Th-mediated immune responses associated with PDR. The study group consisted of 25 type 2 diabetic patients (25 eyes with PDR. The control group consisted of 27 patients with epiretinal membrane (ERM, 26 patients with idiopathic macular hole (MH, and 26 patients with uveitis associated with sarcoidosis. Vitreous fluid was obtained at the beginning of vitrectomy, and centrifuging for cellular removals was not performed. Serum was also collected from PDR patients. IL-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, IL-17F, IL-21, IL-22, IL-23, IL-25, IL-31, IL-33, IFN-γ, soluble sCD40L, and TNFα in the vitreous and serum samples were measured. Both percent detectable and levels of IL-4, IL-6, IL-17A, IL-21, IL-22, and TNFα in the vitreous were significantly higher than those in the serum in PDR patients. Vitreous levels of these cytokines and IL-31 were significantly higher in PDR than in ERM or MH patients. Vitreous levels of IL-4, IL-17A, IL-22, IL-31, and TNFα in PDR patients were also significantly higher than those of sarcoidosis patients. In PDR patients, vitreous IL-17A level correlated significantly with vitreous levels of IL-22 and IL-31, and especially with IL-4 and TNFα. Although it is unclear whether these cytokines play facilitative roles or inhibitory roles for the progression of PDR, the present study indicated that Th2- and Th17-related immune responses are involved in the pathogenesis of PDR.

  14. Elevated Levels of Cytokines Associated with Th2 and Th17 Cells in Vitreous Fluid of Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy Patients

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    Takeuchi, Masaru; Sato, Tomohito; Tanaka, Atsushi; Muraoka, Tadashi; Taguchi, Manzo; Sakurai, Yutaka; Karasawa, Yoko; Ito, Masataka

    2015-01-01

    Macrophages are involved in low-grade inflammation in diabetes, and play pathogenic roles in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) by producing proinflammatory cytokines. T cells as well as other cells are also activated by proinflammatory cytokines, and infiltration into the vitreous of patients with PDR has been shown. In this study, we measured helper T (Th) cell-related cytokines in the vitreous of PDR patients to define the characteristics of Th-mediated immune responses associated with PDR. The study group consisted of 25 type 2 diabetic patients (25 eyes) with PDR. The control group consisted of 27 patients with epiretinal membrane (ERM), 26 patients with idiopathic macular hole (MH), and 26 patients with uveitis associated with sarcoidosis. Vitreous fluid was obtained at the beginning of vitrectomy, and centrifuging for cellular removals was not performed. Serum was also collected from PDR patients. IL-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, IL-17F, IL-21, IL-22, IL-23, IL-25, IL-31, IL-33, IFN-γ, soluble sCD40L, and TNFα in the vitreous and serum samples were measured. Both percent detectable and levels of IL-4, IL-6, IL-17A, IL-21, IL-22, and TNFα in the vitreous were significantly higher than those in the serum in PDR patients. Vitreous levels of these cytokines and IL-31 were significantly higher in PDR than in ERM or MH patients. Vitreous levels of IL-4, IL-17A, IL-22, IL-31, and TNFα in PDR patients were also significantly higher than those of sarcoidosis patients. In PDR patients, vitreous IL-17A level correlated significantly with vitreous levels of IL-22 and IL-31, and especially with IL-4 and TNFα. Although it is unclear whether these cytokines play facilitative roles or inhibitory roles for the progression of PDR, the present study indicated that Th2- and Th17-related immune responses are involved in the pathogenesis of PDR. PMID:26352837

  15. Pharmacokinetics of Sparfloxacin in the Serum and Vitreous Humor of Rabbits: Physicochemical Properties That Regulate Penetration of Quinolone Antimicrobials

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    Liu, Weiguo; Liu, Qing Feng; Perkins, Ruth; Drusano, George; Louie, Arnold; Madu, Assumpta; Mian, Umar; Mayers, Martin; Miller, Michael H.

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    We have used a recently described animal model to characterize the ocular pharmacokinetics of sparfloxacin in vitreous humor of uninfected albino rabbits following systemic administration and direct intraocular injection. The relationships of lipophilicity, protein binding, and molecular weight to the penetration and elimination of sparfloxacin were compared to those of ciprofloxacin, fleroxacin, and ofloxacin. To determine whether elimination was active, elimination rates following direct injection with and without probenecid or heat-killed bacteria were compared. Sparfloxacin concentrations were measured in the serum and vitreous humor by a biological assay. Protein binding and lipophilicity were determined, respectively, by ultrafiltration and oil-water partitioning. Pharmacokinetic parameters were characterized with RSTRIP, an iterative, nonlinear, weighted, least-squares-regression program. The relationship between each independent variable and mean quinolone concentration or elimination rate in the vitreous humor was determined by multiple linear regression. The mean concentration of sparfloxacin in the vitreous humor was 59.4% ± 12.2% of that in serum. Penetration of sparfloxacin, ciprofloxacin, fleroxacin, and ofloxacin into, and elimination from, the vitreous humor correlated with lipophilicity (r2 > 0.999). The linear-regression equation describing this relationship was not improved by including the inverse of the square root of the molecular weight and/or the degree of protein binding. Elimination rates for each quinolone were decreased by the intraocular administration of probenecid. Heat-killed Staphylococcus epidermidis decreased the rate of elimination of fleroxacin. Penetration of sparfloxacin into the noninflamed vitreous humor was greater than that of any quinolone previously examined. There was an excellent correlation between lipophilicity and vitreous entry or elimination for sparfloxacin as well as ciprofloxacin, fleroxacin, and ofloxacin

  16. Qualitative studies

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    Qualitative Studies (QS) aims to become a central forum for discussions of qualitative research in psychology, education, communication, cultural studies, health sciences and social sciences in general...

  17. Epoxy Grout With Silica Thickener

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    Mcclung, C. E.

    1984-01-01

    Grout cures quickly, even in presence of hydraulic oil. Grout is mixture of aggregate particles, finely-divided silica, epoxy resin, and triethylenetetramine curing agent, with mixture containing about 85 percent silica and aggregate particle sand 15 percent resin and curing agent. Silica is thickening agent and keeps grout from sagging.

  18. Aniline incorporated silica nanobubbles

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    Stearic acid functionalization allows the materials to be handled just as free molecules, for dissolution, precipitation, storage etc. The methodology adopted involves adsorption of aniline on the surface of gold nanoparticles with subsequent growth of a silica shell through monolayers, followed by the selective removal of the ...

  19. Hydrothermal stability of silica, hybrid silica and Zr-doped hybrid silica membranes

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    ten Hove, Marcel; Luiten-Olieman, Mieke W.J.; Huiskes, Cindy; Nijmeijer, Arian; Winnubst, Louis

    2017-01-01

    Hybrid silica membranes have demonstrated to possess a remarkable hydrothermal stability in pervaporation and gas separation processes allowing them to be used in industrial applications. In several publications the hydrothermal stability of pure silica or that of hybrid silica membranes are

  20. Ultrasound monitoring of vitreous in pre and postLasik patients

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    Amanda Alvarado, MD

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Title: Echografic Vitreoretinal Findings afterLaser In Situ Keratomileusis.Objective: To report the echographic changesobserved in the vitreous of patients followingLasik. Design: Prospective, observational,descriptive study. Method: We performed anultrasound of the vitreous of patients elegiblefor refractive surgery. Vitreous Changes weremeasured by video B scan ultrasonographybefore and at the first and third month after Lasikat Fundación Oftalmológica Nacional betweenJune 2002 and March 2003. Results: A total of16 patients, 67% women, 33% men, mean ageof 31.6 years (range between 22 and 40 years.A total of 29 eyes were studied, 16 right and 13left for a total of 87 echographies. The refractiveerrors in a range of -10.50 and +3.50 of sphericalequivalent. There were 24 myopic and 5hypermetropic eyes. The vitreous changes correspondedto a posterior vitreous detachment(PVD and the presence of opacities in thevitreous. At the beginning of the study 18 eyes(62% had evidenced PVD and all of the 29 eyes(100% had opacities; At the end of the controls changes were evidenced in 22 eyes (81%, thevitreous opacities increased in 14 eyes (48.27%,while they remained without changes in 15 eyes(51.7%. The presence of newly developed PVDwas documented in 10 eyes (30 %, there was anincrease of PVD in 8 eyes (27.5%, and in onecase we observed the presence of a traction areaat the vitreoretinal interfase that correspondedto 3.4% of the eyes studied; it was an hypermetropicpatient in whom ophthalmoscopically,after the echographic findings, we evidenced twooperculated like retinal holes that requiredtreatment with laser. Conclusions: We demostratedthat true changes are evidenced at thevitreous post Lasik. Posterior vitreous detachmentis the most significant discovery and itcould be implied in the genesis of tears anddetachment of the retina, but its incidence is evensmaller than in the general population and thisallows refractive surgery to remain as a

  1. Proteome analysis of vitreous humor in retinal detachment using two different flow-charts for protein fractionation.

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    Gaspar, Leonor M; Santos, Fátima M; Albuquerque, Tânia; Castro-de-Sousa, João P; Passarinha, Luís A; Tomaz, Cândida T

    2017-09-01

    The deeper understanding of retinal detachment (RD) pathogenesis may improve the visual outcome after surgery. Given the main role of the vitreous in retinal eye diseases, two strategies were explored to identify its proteome in RD. Fractionation techniques such as anion exchange chromatography (IEX) and SDS-PAGE combined with MALDI-TOF/TOF analysis allowed to identify 127 proteins in vitreous of RD patients. From these proteins, 19 were identified using only the IEX fractionation strategy, and 117 using a bidimensional (IEX and SDS-PAGE) fractionation. Of these proteins, 68 had not yet been found in other vitreous proteomic studies. The fractionation with IEX and SDS-PAGE largely improved the number of identified proteins proving that it is crucial to combine several methodologies to cover vitreous proteome. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. NMR Spectroscopy of the Hydrated Layer of Composite Particles Based on Nanosized Al2O3 and Vitreous Humor

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    Turov, V. V.; Gerashchenko, I. I.; Markina, A. I.

    2013-11-01

    The hydrated layer of composite particles prepared using Al2O3 and cattle vitreous humor was investigated using NMR spectroscopy. It was found that water bound to Al2O3 nanoparticles was present in the form of clusters with different degrees of association and energies of interaction with the surface. Water bound to the surface of the Al2O3/vitreous humor composite became more uniform upon immobilization of vitreous humor components on the surface of the Al2O3. With this, the clusters of adsorbed water had characteristics that were close to those found in air and weakly polar CHCl3 media. Addition of polar CH3CN led to the formation of very small water clusters. PMR spectra of the surface of the Al2O3/vitreous humor composite in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid differentiated four types of hydrated structures that differed in the degree of water association.

  3. Vitreous and aqueous concentrations of brimonidine following topical application of brimonidine tartrate 0.1% ophthalmic solution in humans.

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    Takamura, Yoshihiro; Tomomatsu, Takeshi; Matsumura, Takehiro; Takihara, Yuji; Kozai, Seiko; Arimura, Shogo; Yokota, Satoshi; Inatani, Masaru

    2015-06-01

    To determine the vitreous and aqueous concentrations of brimonidine after topical application of the ophthalmic solution 0.1%. The prospective observational case series included patients with an idiopathic epiretinal membrane or macular hole who were scheduled for a pars plana vitrectomy. Brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic solution 0.1% was topically administered twice daily for 1 week preoperatively. Vitreous and aqueous humor was collected before vitrectomy, and then, the brimonidine concentration was measured with liquid chromatography tandem spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). Twenty-four patients (19 phakic eyes and 5 pseudophakic eyes) were enrolled. The mean concentrations in the aqueous humor and vitreous were 336.0 ± 276.2 and 4.8 ± 3.2 nM, respectively. A significant relationship was observed between the vitreous and aqueous samples (P = 0.034, R(2) = 0.22). Nineteen (79%) of the 24 eyes showed more than 2 nM of brimonidine tartrate concentration in the vitreous. In the phakic eyes, the mean concentration of brimonidine in the vitreous was 4.9 ± 3.3 nM, while the mean concentration in the pseudophakic eyes was 4.1 ± 2.4 nM, demonstrating no significant difference between pseudophakic and phakic eyes (P = 0.59). After 1 week of dosing, in most of the patients who topically received brimonidine tartrate 0.1%, the concentration in the vitreous of the molecule was above 2 nM, which is known to activate neuroprotective α-2 receptors in animal retina. The drug penetration into the vitreous seems to be independent of lens status.

  4. Evaluation of vitreous levels of advanced glycation end products and angiogenic factors as biomarkers for severity of diabetic retinopathy.

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    Katagiri, Makiko; Shoji, Jun; Inada, Noriko; Kato, Satoshi; Kitano, Shigehiko; Uchigata, Yasuko

    2017-03-15

    Glyceraldehyde-derived advanced glycation end products (glycer-AGE; also called Toxic-AGE [TAGE]) play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of diabetic angiopathy. However, the relationships between vitreous glycer-AGE levels and diabetic retinopathy (DR) severity, and between glycer-AGE levels and the levels of other angiogenic factors remain unknown. We investigated the correlation between levels of vitreous biomarkers, including glycer-AGE and angiogenic factors (vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF], interleukin [IL]-8, leptin, placental growth factor [PlGF], endoglin, and fibroblast growth factor [FGF]-2) in patients with DR, using three DR staging groups. In this cross-sectional study, we examined 33 eyes from 33 patients with diabetes mellitus who underwent a vitrectomy (non-proliferative DR [NPDR, n = 8]; PDR with simple vitreous haemorrhage [VH, n = 17]; or PDR with a fibrovascular proliferative membrane [FVM, n = 8]). Vitreous levels of glycer-AGE and VEGF were evaluated using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. Vitreous levels of IL-8, leptin, PlGF, endoglin, and FGF-2 were evaluated using beaded assay methods. Vitreous levels of glycer-AGE in the FVM group were significantly higher than those in the NPDR and VH groups (all p Vitreous levels of VEGF (r = 0.85, p = 1.7 × 10-6) and leptin (r = 0.60, p = 5.0 × 10-3) were significantly correlated with levels of PlGF. The two systems (VEGF-PlGF-leptin and glycer-AGE) were represented in these measured biomarkers. High vitreous levels of both VEGF and glycer-AGE may be linked to more severe DR, suggesting that anti-VEGF and anti-TAGE therapy may be an important part of the therapeutic strategy for DR.

  5. Expression of transforming growth factor-β2in vitreous body and adjacent tissues during prenatal development of human eye.

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    Sukhikh, G T; Panova, I G; Smirnova, Yu A; Milyushina, L A; Firsova, N V; Markitantova, Yu V; Poltavtseva, R A; Zinov'eva, R D

    2010-12-01

    Expression of transforming growth factor-β2 was detected by PCR in the vitreous body, lens, retina, and ciliary-iris complex of human eye at early stages of fetal development. Immunochemical assay of the corresponding protein in eye tissues revealed a correlation between the localization of transforming growth factor-β2 and the development of intraocular hyaloid vascular network, its regression, formation of the vitreous body, and development of definite retinal vessels.

  6. Effect of air on water capillary flow in silica nanochannels

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    Zambrano, Harvey; Walther, Jens Honore; Oyarzua, Elton

    2013-01-01

    in sub 10 nm silica channels. The capillary filling speed is computed in channels subjected to different air pressures. In order to describe the interactions between the species, an effective force field is developed, which is calibrated by reproducing the water contact angle. The results show...... that the capillary filling speed qualitatively follows the classical Washburn model, however, quantitatively it is lower than expected. Furthermore, it is observed that the deviations increase as air pressure is higher. We attribute the deviations to amounts of air trapped at the silica-water interface which leads...

  7. Detection of Elevated Signaling Amino Acids in Human Diabetic Vitreous by Rapid Capillary Electrophoresis

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    Miao-Jen Lu

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Elevated glutamate is implicated in the pathology of PDR. The ability to rapidly assess the glutamate and amino acid content of vitreous provides a more complete picture of the chemical changes occurring at the diabetic retina and may lead to a better understanding of the pathology of PDR. Vitreous humor was collected following vitrectomies of patients with PDR and control conditions of macular hole or epiretinal membrane. A capillary electrophoresis method was developed to quantify glutamate and arginine. The analysis is relatively fast (<6 minutes and utilizes a poly(ethyleneoxide and sodium dodecylsulfate run buffer. Both amino acid levels show significant increases in PDR patients versus controls and are comparable to other reports. The levels of vitreal glutamate vary inversely with the degree of observed hemorrhage. The results demonstrate a rapid method for assessment of a number of amino acids to characterize the chemical changes at the diabetic retina to better understand tissue changes and potentially identify new treatments.

  8. Asteroid Hyalosis Masquerading as Vitreous Hemorrhage on Point-of-Care Sonography.

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    Lema, Penelope C; Mantuani, Daniel; Nagdev, Arun; Adhikari, Srikar

    2017-07-17

    Point-of-care ocular sonography is frequently used in the emergency department to evaluate patients with vision disorders. We describe a case series of 3 patients who ultimately had a diagnosis of asteroid hyalosis, a lesser-known condition that on point-of-care sonography may be mistaken for vitreous hemorrhage. Asteroid hyalosis is considered a benign degenerative condition. In contrast, vitreous hemorrhage may be an ocular emergency that warrants an urgent ophthalmologic consultation if there is an underlying retinal tear or detachment. Although similar in appearance on sonography, recognition of the subtle pathognomonic sonographic features along with their clinical presentations can differentiate these diseases, with vastly different management strategies and dispositions. © 2017 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  9. Unilateral persistent hyperplastic tunica vasculosa lentis and persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous in a rabbit.

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    Boillot, Thomas; Graille, Mélanie; Williams, David; Rosolen, Serge G

    2015-11-01

    A 3-month wild rabbit was presented for examination of ocular opacities in the left eye. A complete bilateral ocular examination including slit-lamp examination, indirect ophthalmoscopy, tonometry, and ultrasound biomicroscopy was performed. Biomicroscopy of the lens of the left eye showed a retrolental fibrovascular membrane causing leukocoria. The opacity prevented biomicroscopy of the vitreous and funduscopy OS. No other disorder was present in either eye. Ultrasound examination did not show any difference between the right and left eye. Histopathological examination showed a 50-μm thick, preretinal, retrolental, nonpigmented, fibrovascular tissue. Posterior synechiae were present, but no other lesion of the posterior segment was found in this eye. These ocular abnormalities are consistent with a persistent hyperplastic tunica vasculosa lentis and persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHTVL/PHPV), similar to those described in other species. © 2015 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  10. Vitreous haemorrhage: a population-based study of the incidence and risk factors in Taiwan

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    Ching-Yu Wang

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To report the epidemiology and incidence of vitreous hemorrhage and to evaluate risk factors for patients with vitreous hemorrhage (VH in Taiwan. METHODS: A retrospective population-based study. Analyzing a sample of one million subjects from all enrollees of the Taiwan Health Insurance programme. All data were obtained from the Taiwan Health Insurance Research Database, which contained patient sex, date of birth, all records of clinical visits and hospitalizations, and diagnosis codes as included in the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM. The main outcome measures were the incidence and risk factors of VH. CONCLUSION: The incidence of VH is estimated being 4.8 cases per 10 000 person-years in Taiwan. Age, male gender and having been prescribed anti-coagulation drugs are associated with the incidence of VH.

  11. Use of a cyanine dye probe to estimate the composition of the vitreous body after enzymatic treatment

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    Panova, Ina G.; Tatikolov, Alexander S.; Sharova, Natalia P.

    2010-02-01

    The aim of this work was to study the effect of enzymes such as proteinase K, trypsin, collagenase with hyaluronidase, as well as a mixture of all these enzymes, on albumin and collagens incorporated in the vitreous body, using a cyanine dye as a spectral-fluorescent probe. We studied the vitreous body of the eyes of 19/20-week human fetuses, in which, as we showed earlier, the concentration of albumin in the vitreous body is sufficiently high. Proteinase K steeply decreased the albumin content in the vitreous body, whereas trypsin and hyaluronidase with collagenase had no effect on the albumin content. Collagen was not subjected to proteinase K. Enzymatic digestion of collagen occurred under the action of collagenase with hyaluronidase. The content of albumin and collagen sharply decreased in the system after treatment of the vitreous body with mixture of all enzymes. Hence, the results obtained showed that, even being in the mixture, these enzymes have a selective effect on albumin and collagens. The possibility to study the dose-dependent character of enzymatic vitreolysis using a cyanine dye probe has been shown. The spectral-fluorescent probe for albumin and collagens proved to be useful for experimental approaches at screening the enzymatic mixtures possessing the selective action. The study performed is considered as a preclinical trial, and the method presented as promising for the further research in this field. The effect of the enzymes used for therapeutic purposes on the functional conditions of the vitreous body should be studied.

  12. Assessment and Comparison of Vitreous Humor as an Alternative Matrix for Forensic Toxicology Screening by GC-MS.

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    Metushi, Imir G; Fitzgerald, Robert L; McIntyre, Iain M

    2016-05-01

    Alternative specimens have been occasionally considered as substitutes for whole blood for postmortem toxicology testing. We studied the applicability of vitreous humor, and evaluated whether it would be suitable to replace (or augment) whole blood for routine drug screening. Results showed that from 51 autopsy cases, we were able to identify an aggregate of 209 findings in whole blood compared with 169 in vitreous. The total number of compounds identified was 71 for whole blood and 60 for vitreous humor. Quantitative analysis showed that whole-blood concentrations of trazodone were several fold higher than vitreous humor concentrations (1.42 ± 0.57 vs. 0.15 ± 0.05 mg/L, respectively) and similar results were also obtained for diazepam (0.37 ± 0.06 vs. 0.13 ± 0.01, respectively). For other drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and doxylamine, a trend suggesting higher concentrations in vitreous humor vs. whole blood was observed; however, this was not significant. Our results are consistent with the limited work of other investigators, and suggest that vitreous humor could be an appropriate matrix for drug screening in postmortem toxicology. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  13. Cytopathologic findings of cell block materials from the vitreous: Diagnostic distinction between intraocular lymphoma and non-lymphomatous diseases.

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    Kanno-Okada, Hiromi; Takakuwa, Emi; Tagawa, Yoshiaki; Kase, Satoru; Hatanaka, Kanako C; Hatanaka, Yutaka; Namba, Kenichi; Mitsuhashi, Tomoko; Matsuno, Yoshihiro

    2017-07-01

    Intraocular lymphoma is a rare neoplasm that occurs only in the eyes and/or central nervous system. Diagnosis of intraocular lymphoma is difficult because its clinical manifestations mimic chronic uveitis. Pathological examination of the vitreous is one of the main diagnostic tools for intraocular lymphoma, but this is challenging due to the sparse cellularity and specimen degeneration. Here, we reviewed 33 cell block preparations from vitreous perfusion fluid in order to examine the significance of cytopathological findings for differential diagnosis using vitreous samples. The cases comprised 12 intraocular lymphomas and 21 non-lymphomatous diseases. Cytologically, vitreous samples from non-lymphoma cases showed lower cellularity than the lymphoma cases. Whereas vitreous material from cases with infectious endophthalmitis showed prominent neutrophilic infiltration, material from sarcoidosis cases showed infiltration of small lymphoid cells, especially CD4-positive T cells. On the other hand, lymphoma cases showed higher cellularity, with large, irregular and atypical lymphoid cells, frequent necrotic cells in the background, and less pronounced neutrophil infiltration. Immunocytochemically, 11 of the 12 lymphoma cases were of the B-cell phenotype and the remaining case was of the T/NK-cell phenotype. In conclusion, careful cytopathological examination or immunocytochemistry of vitreous material facilitates appropriate diagnosis of intraocular lymphoma. © 2017 Japanese Society of Pathology and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  14. Postmortem Vitreous Humor Magnesium Does Not Elevate in Salt Water Drowning When the Immersion Time Is Less Than an Hour.

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    Tse, Rexson; Kuo, Ta-Chen; Kesha, Kilak; Garland, Jack; Garland, Sarah; Anne, Sravan; Elstub, Hannah; Cala, Allan

    2017-12-01

    Elevation in postmortem vitreous humor sodium and chloride (PMVSC) in salt water drowning (SWD) when the immersion time is less than 1 hour (SWD1) is hypothesized to result from electrolyte changes in blood from salt water inhalation/ingestion during drowning. After approximately 1 hour after death, electrolytes may diffuse into the vitreous humor via the eye coverings. Another abundant element in salt water is magnesium, which is approximately 50 times higher in concentration than the blood and vitreous humor magnesium levels. Magnesium is able to diffuse across the eye coverings but not as easily through the blood-ocular barrier. With these properties, we hypothesize that postmortem vitreous magnesium (PMVM) would not be elevated in SWD1 but become elevated in SWD with immersion times greater than 1 hour (SWD>1). The aim of this article was to investigate the differences in PMVM and PMVSC between nonimmersion deaths, SWD1, and SWD>1. This is a 1-year retrospective study comparing PMVM and PMVSC in nonimmersion deaths, SWD1, and SWD>1. Postmortem vitreous magnesium is significantly higher in SWD>1 than SWD1 and nonimmersion deaths, with no significant difference between SWD1 and nonimmersion deaths. Postmortem vitreous humor sodium chloride is statistically higher in SWD1 and SWD>1 than nonimmersion deaths. As a conclusion, PMVSC elevates and PMVM does not elevate in SWD1.

  15. Alkali activation of vitreous calcium aluminosilicate derived from glass fiber waste

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    Mitsuuchi Tashima, Mauro; Soriano Martinez, Lourdes; Borrachero Rosado, María Victoria; Monzó Balbuena, José Mª; Cheeseman, C.R.; Paya Bernabeu, Jorge Juan

    2012-01-01

    The properties and microstructure of alkali-activated (AA) vitreous calcium aluminosilicate (VCAS) are presented in this paper. VCAS is manufactured from a by-product of the glass fiber industry and has been activated using NaOH and KOH solutions. The microstructure and mechanical properties of AA VCAS pastes and mortars are reported. The results show that depending on the type and concentration of hydroxide solution used, mortar samples with compressive strengths up to 77 MPa can be formed a...

  16. Dispersive Raman spectroscopy for the in vitro identification and quantification of injected vancomycin intra-vitreous

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    Lora, Roney Carlos; Silveira, LandulfoJr.; Zamuner, Stella Regina; Pacheco, Marcos Tadeu Tavares

    2011-01-01

    This work presents a study which aimed to quantify the intravitreally-injected vancomycin antibiotic using dispersive Raman spectroscopy and Partial Least Squares multivariate calibration. Eyes of New Zealand rabbits were injected with 5.0 mg vancomycin at different time intervals (8, 24 and 48 h groups). Distilled water was injected into the eyes of rabbits in the control group. The vitreous was then removed from each eyeball, placed into a quartz cuvette and submitted for dispersive Raman s...

  17. Monitoring the Modifications of the Vitreous Humor Metabolite Profile after Death: An Animal Model

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    Rosa, Maria Francesca; Scano, Paola; Noto, Antonio; Nioi, Matteo; Sanna, Roberta; Paribello, Francesco; De-Giorgio, Fabio; Locci, Emanuela; d’Aloja, Ernesto

    2015-01-01

    We applied a metabolomic approach to monitor the modifications occurring in goat vitreous humor (VH) metabolite composition at different times (0, 6, 12, 18, and 24 hours) after death. The 1H-NMR analysis of the VH samples was performed for the simultaneous determination of several metabolites (i.e., the metabolite profile) representative of the VH status at different times. Spectral data were analyzed by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and by Orthogonal Projection to Latent Structures (OP...

  18. Tolerance of extended-term vitreous replacement with perfluoro-n-octane and perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene mixture (phenoctane).

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    Liang, C; Peyman, G A

    1999-01-01

    To improve the surface visibility of perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, we added various percentages of perfluoro-n-octane. Twenty New Zealand white rabbit eyes underwent gas vitrectomy. One milliliter of balanced salt solution was injected into each Group 1 eye as control. Perfluoro-n-octane was added to perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene in ratios of 15:85, 25:75, and 50:50; 1 mL of each mixture was injected into the vitreous cavities of Groups 2, 3, and 4, respectively. Eyes were examined clinically and electroretinograms were performed before and 4 and 8 weeks after injection, when the rabbits were killed. Eyes were processed for light and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The indices of refraction of the 15:85, 25:75, and 50:50 mixtures were 1.3275, 1.3191, and 1.3026, respectively, and the mixtures were visible in the vitreous cavity. Emulsification and mild-to-moderate dust-like opacities were observed in eyes from Groups 2 through 4; vitreous strands formed in four of the Group 4 eyes. The retinae were attached. Electroretinographic responses were normal, except in one eye with cataract. Light microscopy showed normal retinal architecture, with some macrophages with intracytoplasmic vacuoles on the surface of the inferior retina or in the vitreous cavity. Fingerprint disfigurement of photoreceptor outer segments was seen in some Group 3 and 4 eyes under TEM. Minimal changes were induced by the 15:85 mixture in the rabbit eye. The mixtures of 25:75 and 50:50 produced some ultrastructural changes of the retina. The mixtures were visible under water.

  19. Terson syndrome. Results of vitrectomy and the significance of vitreous hemorrhage in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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    Kuhn, F; Morris, R; Witherspoon, C D; Mester, V

    1998-03-01

    The purpose of study A was to assess the effectiveness of vitrectomy for Terson syndrome. The purpose of study B was to determine the incidence and significance of vitreous hemorrhage in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. Study A is a retrospective review of case series. Study B is a prospective study. Study A examined a consecutive series of 4 children (7 eyes) and 23 adults (26 eyes). Study B examined a consecutive series of 100 patients. Subjects in study A underwent pars plana vitrectomy for dense vitreous hemorrhage following intracranial hemorrhage. In study B, ophthalmoscopic examination of patients undergoing neurosurgery for ruptured cerebral aneurysms was used. In study A, the extent and rapidity of visual recovery and intraoperative and postoperative complications were examined. In study B, the incidences of intraocular hemorrhage and Terson syndrome in the cohort and the significance of the presence of vitreous hemorrhage in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage were examined. Study A: There was substantial and rapid visual improvement in 25 of the 26 eyes (96%) of the adult patients, with 21 eyes (81%) achieving > or = 20/30 final visual acuity. Only limited improvement was achieved in children's eyes (Terson syndrome was 8%. All patients with Terson syndrome and 89% of the patients with other types of intraocular hemorrhage had a history of coma compared with 46% of those without intraocular hemorrhage (P = 0.0003). Vitreous hemorrhage in patients surviving subarachnoid hemorrhage appears to be more common than previously thought, underscoring the need for routine funduscopic screening. Surgical intervention is highly effective in hastening visual rehabilitation of adults with Terson syndrome. The less encouraging results in infants may be due to amblyopia or direct brain damage caused by the cerebrovascular incident.

  20. Imaging Drosophila brain by combining cryo-soft X-ray microscopy of thick vitreous sections and cryo-electron microscopy of ultrathin vitreous sections.

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    Leforestier, Amélie; Levitz, Pierre; Preat, Thomas; Guttmann, Peter; Michot, Laurent J; Tchénio, Paul

    2014-11-01

    Cryo-soft X-ray microscopy is an emerging imaging tool complementary to cryo-electron microscopy, allowing to image frozen hydrated specimens ten to hundred times thicker, but at lower resolution. We describe how the method, so far restricted to isolated small cells or cell monolayers, can be extended to large cells and tissue. We image the synapses of the Kenyon cells in frozen hydrated Drosophila brains combining cryo-soft X-ray microscopy of thick vitreous sections, and cryo-electron microscopy of ultrathin vitreous sections. We show how to obtain frozen hydrated sections of thicknesses ranging from 40 nm up to 2.5 μm, by tuning the sectioning speed of the cryo-microtome. A fluorescent stereo-microscope mounted on the cryo-microtome allowed us to target the regions of interest after GFP-labeling of synapses. Thick cryo-sections were imaged by cryo-soft X-ray microscopy at a resolution better than 25 nm, while ultrathin cryo-sections of the same regions were explored in parallel at the nanometre level of resolution by cryo-electron microscopy. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Diagnosis of intraocular lesions using vitreous humor and intraocular perfusion fluid cytology: Experience with 83 Cases.

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    Kinoshita, Yuichi; Takasu, Kosho; Kobayashi, Tadao K; Yuri, Takashi; Tsubura, Airo; Shikata, Nobuaki

    2015-05-01

    The objective of the study was to evaluate the use of vitreous humor and/or intraocular perfusion fluid (IPF) from pars plana vitrectomy as a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure for intraocular diseases. The cytologic findings with respect to the clinical data, the anatomical findings, and the final diagnosis in 83 cases that underwent intraocular cytologic examinations at the Kansai Medical University Takii Hospital were evaluated. For cytologic examination, the Papanicolaou stain, Giemsa stain, and in some cases, molecular biology and immunocytochemical techniques were used. Most of the clinical diagnoses were uveitis or endophthalmitis. Sixty-eight cases (81.9%) were negative on cytodiagnosis, while 15 cases (18.9%) were positive or suspicious for malignancy. Negative cases included infections and intraocular sarcoidosis (IOS), and all of the positive or suspicious cases were intraocular lymphomas. Some of these latter cases were also diagnosed using immunocytochemical staining or molecular biological procedures as ancillary techniques, performed using vitreous body cytology from IPF. An early diagnosis and treatment of intraocular diseases is necessary to maintain an acceptable degree of quality of life. For an accurate diagnosis, it is necessary to understand the anatomy of the eye. Giemsa staining is recommended in addition to Papanicolaou staining for cytologic diagnostic evaluation of intraocular diseases. Furthermore, for the diagnosis of clonality in intraocular lymphomas, it is often necessary to use ancillary molecular biological procedures, using vitreous fluid. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Vitrectomy for primary symptomatic vitreous opacities: an evidence-based review

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    Ivanova, T; Jalil, A; Antoniou, Y; Bishop, P N; Vallejo-Garcia, J L; Patton, N

    2016-01-01

    Floaters are a common ocular condition which form as a consequence of aging changes in the vitreous. Although in most patients the symptoms are minimal, they can cause significant impairment in vision-related quality of life in a small population of patients. Recently there has been an increase in awareness of the visual disability caused by floaters, and the evidence-base for treatment of this condition using small-gauge vitrectomy has increased. In this review, we define the term ‘floaters' as symptomatic vitreous opacities (SVO). We suggest a classification dependent on the presence or absence of posterior vitreous detachment and discuss their pathogenesis and natural history. We review their impact on patients' quality of life related to visual function. We review the psychological factors that may have a role in some patients who appear to be affected by SVO to the extent that they pursue all options including surgery with all its attendant risks. We summarise the available evidence-base of treatment options available for SVO with special emphasis on the safety and efficacy of vitrectomy for this condition. PMID:26939559

  3. Scleral depressed vitreous shaving, 360 laser, and perfluoropropane (C 3 F 8 for retinal detachment

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    Vivek Chaturvedi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose : To review the characteristics and outcomes of patients who underwent pars plana vitrectomy (PPV with scleral depressed vitreous shaving, 360 degree peripheral endolaser, and 14% C3F8 gas for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD. Materials and Methods : A retrospective review of a consecutive series of patients who underwent primary repair of RRD by PPV with scleral depressed vitreous shaving, 360 degree peripheral endolaser, and 14% perfluoropropane (C 3 F 8 was conducted. Patients with less than 3 months follow-up, previous retinal surgery, and higher than grade B proliferative vitreoretinopathy were excluded. Results : Ninety-one eyes were included in the study. The mean age was 60.1 years. The mean follow-up was 13.7 months. The macula was detached in 63% (58/91 of the eyes. The reattachment rate after one surgical procedure was 95% (86/91 while overall reattachment rate was 100%. There was no statistically significant difference between reattachment rates of superior, nasal/temporal, or inferior RRDs. The mean final best corrected visual acuity (BCVA was 20/40. Of all the patients, 66% of patients with macula-off RRDs had a final BCVA of 20/40 or better. Conclusions: PPV with scleral depressed vitreous shaving, 360 degree peripheral endolaser, and 14% C 3 F 8 leads to successful anatomical reattachment with visual improvement in patients with primary RRD.

  4. Quantitative analysis of benzodiazepines in vitreous humor by high-performance liquid chromatography

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    Elham Bazmi

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Benzodiazepines are frequently screened drugs in emergency toxicology, drugs of abuse testing, and in forensic cases. As the variations of benzodiazepines concentrations in biological samples during bleeding, postmortem changes, and redistribution could be biasing forensic medicine examinations, hence selecting a suitable sample and a validated accurate method is essential for the quantitative analysis of these main drug categories. The aim of this study was to develop a valid method for the determination of four benzodiazepines (flurazepam, lorazepam, alprazolam, and diazepam in vitreous humor using liquid–liquid extraction and high-performance liquid chromatography. Methods: Sample preparation was carried out using liquid–liquid extraction with n-hexane: ethyl acetate and subsequent detection by high-performance liquid chromatography method coupled to diode array detector. This method was applied to quantify benzodiazepines in 21 authentic vitreous humor samples. Linear curve for each drug was obtained within the range of 30–3000 ng/mL with coefficient of correlation higher than 0.99. Results: The limit of detection and quantitation were 30 and 100 ng/mL respectively for four drugs. The method showed an appropriate intra- and inter-day precision (coefficient of variation < 10%. Benzodiazepines recoveries were estimated to be over 80%. The method showed high selectivity; no additional peak due to interfering substances in samples was observed. Conclusion: The present method was selective, sensitive, accurate, and precise for the quantitative analysis of benzodiazepines in vitreous humor samples in forensic toxicology laboratory.

  5. Electroplated reticulated vitreous carbon current collectors for lead-acid batteries: opportunities and challenges

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    Gyenge, Elod; Jung, Joey; Mahato, Basanta

    Reticulated, open-cell structures based on vitreous carbon substrates electroplated with a Pb-Sn (1 wt.%) alloy were investigated as current collectors for lead-acid batteries. Scanning and backscattered electron microscopy, cyclic voltammetry, anodic polarization and flooded 2 V single-cell battery testing was employed to characterize the performance of the proposed collectors. A battery equipped with pasted electroplated reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) electrodes of 137 cm 2 geometric area, at the time of manuscript submission, completed 500 cycles and over 1500 h of continuous operation. The cycling involved discharges at 63 A kg PAM-1 corresponding to a nominal 0.75 h rate and a positive active mass (PAM) utilization efficiency of 21%. The charging protocol was composed of two voltage limited (i.e. 2.6 V/cell), constant current steps of 35 and 9.5 A kg PAM-1, respectively, with a total duration of about 2 h. The charge factor was 1.05-1.15. The observed cycling behavior in conjunction with the versatility of electrodeposition to produce application-dependent optimized lead alloy coating thickness and composition shows promise for the development of lead-acid batteries using electroplated reticulated vitreous carbon collectors.

  6. Inner limiting membrane barriers to AAV-mediated retinal transduction from the vitreous.

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    Dalkara, Deniz; Kolstad, Kathleen D; Caporale, Natalia; Visel, Meike; Klimczak, Ryan R; Schaffer, David V; Flannery, John G

    2009-12-01

    Adeno-associated viral gene therapy has shown great promise in treating retinal disorders, with three promising clinical trials in progress. Numerous adeno-associated virus (AAV) serotypes can infect various cells of the retina when administered subretinally, but the retinal detachment accompanying this injection induces changes that negatively impact the microenvironment and survival of retinal neurons. Intravitreal administration could circumvent this problem, but only AAV2 can infect retinal cells from the vitreous, and transduction is limited to the inner retina. We therefore sought to investigate and reduce barriers to transduction from the vitreous. We fluorescently labeled several AAV serotype capsids and followed their retinal distribution after intravitreal injection. AAV2, 8, and 9 accumulate at the vitreoretinal junction. AAV1 and 5 show no accumulation, indicating a lack of appropriate receptors at the inner limiting membrane (ILM). Importantly, mild digestion of the ILM with a nonspecific protease enabled substantially enhanced transduction of multiple retinal cell types from the vitreous, with AAV5 mediating particularly remarkable expression in all retinal layers. This protease treatment has no effect on retinal function as shown by electroretinogram (ERG) and visual cortex cell population responses. These findings may help avoid limitations, risks, and damage associated with subretinal injections currently necessary for clinical gene therapy.

  7. Plasmin Is the Major Protease Responsible for Processing PDGF-C in the Vitreous of Patients with Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy

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    Lei, Hetian; Velez, Gisela; Hovland, Peter; Hirose, Tatsuo; Kazlauskas, Andrius

    2011-01-01

    Purpose Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) is the primary cause of failure of retinal reattachment surgery. Growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) are strongly associated with PVR. Of the five PDGF family members, PDGF-C predominates in the vitreous of experimental and clinical PVR. PDGF-C is secreted as a latent protein that requires proteolytic processing for activation. Although tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is primarily responsible for processing PDGF-C in cultured cells, it constitutes a minority of the processing activity in the vitreous of experimental animals and in patients with PVR. Identifying the major PDGF-C processing protease was the purpose of this study. Methods The presence of serum proteins in the vitreous was detected by Coomassie blue staining and Western blotting. PDGF-C processing activity was detected in an in vitro processing assay using either native or recombinant PDGF-C as the substrate. Plasmin activity was blocked using α2-plasmin inhibitor. Phosphorylation of the PDGF receptor (PDGFR) was monitored by antiphosphotyrosine Western blotting. Vitreous specimens were collected from experimental rabbits or from patients undergoing vitrectomy to repair retinal detachment or for other reasons. Results A number of prominent serum proteins (albumin and IgG) were detected in the vitreous of all patients undergoing retinal surgery. The level of these proteins markedly increased in the vitreous of rabbits as they developed PVR. These observations suggested that serum-borne proteases are also likely to be present in the vitreous. Indeed, plasmin (a protease capable of processing PDGF-C) was present in the vitreous from PVR rabbits and retinal surgery patients. Plasmin was dramatically more effective than tPA in processing PDGF-C in an in vitro assay. Blocking plasmin activity eliminated most of the processing activity in the vitreous of patients and rabbits with PVR. Conclusions Plasmin was the major PDGF-C processing

  8. Phase Control of BR/SBR Blends by Silica Particles

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    Inai, Motoyuki; Aizawa, Seiji; Ito, Masayoshi

    A phase control of butadiene rubber (BR)/styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) blends was examined by using silica particles. The phase structure of the blends was qualitatively evaluated from transmission electron microscope (TEM) observation and temperature dependence of mechanical tanδ. It was found that the temperature dependence of tanδ was dependent on the size of agglomerate formed by silica particles in the blend. The vulcanized blends with small agglomerates showed a single tanδ peak suggesting a pseudo-miscible state. The vulcanized blends with large agglomerates showed two tanδ peaks corresponding to the Tgs of BR and SBR. The mutual dissolution of BR and SBR phases above the UCST line where the vulcanization was carried out might be disturbed by large agglomerates formed by silica particles in the blends.

  9. Retrospective Study of Vitreous Tap Technique Using Needle Aspiration for Management of Shallow Anterior Chamber during Phacoemulsification

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    Ashraf Ahmed Nossair

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate the technique of vitreous tap using needle aspiration for management of anterior chamber shallowness during phacoemulsification. Methods. A retrospective study included 26 eyes of 17 patients who underwent phacoemulsification in which vitreous tap was performed using a 27-gauge needle attached to a 5 ml syringe, inserted 3.5 mm from the limbus to aspirate 0.2 ml of liquefied vitreous if a cohesive (OVD failed to sufficiently deepen the anterior chamber. Results. Preoperative anterior chamber depth was 2.31 ± 0.26 mm, axial length was 21.7 ± 0.67 mm, lens thickness was 4.5 ± .19 mm, and cataract grade was 3.77 ± 1.4. Preoperative CDVA in LogMAR units was 0.98 ± 0.75. Coexisting angle closure glaucoma was present in 7 patients (26.92% preoperatively. Vitreous needle tap was successful in vitreous removal on the first attempt in 26 eyes (100%. Postoperative follow-up period was 22.88 ± 10.24 (4–39 months. The final postoperative CDVA in LogMAR units was 0.07 ± 0.1, while the final postoperative IOP was 16.54 ± 1.45 mmHg. No complications related to vitreous tap were noted. Conclusion. Vitreous needle tap is a simple, cost-effective, and safe technique for management of shallow anterior chamber in phacoemulsification.

  10. Complication rate of posterior capsule rupture with vitreous loss during phacoemulsification at a Hawaiian cataract surgical center: a clinical audit

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Ming Chen,1 Kara C LaMattina,2 Thomas Patrianakos,2 Surendar Dwarakanathan2 1Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA; 2Division of Ophthalmology, John H Stroger, Jr Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL, USA Purpose: To compare the complication rate of posterior capsule rupture (PCR with vitreous loss during phacoemulsification at an ambulatory surgical center with published results as a clinical audit for quality control. Methods: A retrospective chart review of 3,339 consecutive patients who underwent routine phacoemulsification by four experienced private practice surgeons from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 at The Surgical Suites, Honolulu, HI, USA. All cases with PCR and vitreous loss were identified and selected for the study. Risk factors of this complication were further examined. Data were sent to John H Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County, Division of Ophthalmology, for literature review, analysis, and write-up. Results: Twenty-three of the 3,339 cases incurred PCR and vitreous loss during phacoemulsification, for an incidence rate of 0.68%. Miosis, shallow chamber, restlessness, pseudoexfoliation syndrome, floppy iris syndrome, and zonulopathy were the main causes. In addition, surgeon volume (number of cases was inversely correlated with PCR. Conclusion: The rate of PCR with vitreous loss during phacoemulsification in this study may be lower than other published results done at academic centers. However, there was no compatible study available for comparison, as existing studies performed at academic centers included resident cases. This study identified risk factors for PCR/vitreous loss both preoperatively and postoperatively that may assist in application of preventive measures to decrease rates of PCR/vitreous loss. Keywords: phacoemulsification complications, posterior capsule rupture, vitreous loss, vitrectomy, miosis, pseudoexfoliation, floppy iris syndrome, zonulopathy

  11. Association between aqueous humor and vitreous fluid levels of Th17 cell-related cytokines in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

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    Takeuchi, Masaru; Sato, Tomohito; Sakurai, Yutaka; Taguchi, Manzo; Harimoto, Kozo; Karasawa, Yoko; Ito, Masataka

    2017-01-01

    Inflammation is known to be involved in the progression of diabetic retinopathy. We have recently reported that vitreous levels of IL-4, IL-17A, IL-22, IL-31, and TNFα are higher than the respective serum levels in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) patients, and that vitreous levels of these cytokines are higher in PDR than in other non-inflammatory vitreoretinal diseases or uveitis associated with sarcoidosis. In the present study, we investigated inflammatory cytokines including Th17 cell-related cytokines in aqueous humor samples obtained from eyes with PDR, and analyzed the association between the aqueous humor and vitreous fluid levels of individual cytokines. The study group consisted of 31 consecutive type 2 diabetic patients with PDR who underwent cataract surgery and vitrectomy for vitreous hemorrhage and/or tractional retinal detachment. Undiluted aqueous humor was collected during cataract surgery, and then vitreous fluid was obtained using a 25G vitreous cutter inserted into the mid-vitreous cavity at the beginning of vitrectomy. IL-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, IL-17F, IL-21, IL-22, IL-23, IL-25, IL-31, IL-33, IFN-γ, soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L), and TNFα levels in the aqueous humor and vitreous fluid were measured using a beads-array system. Although IL-17A was detected in the aqueous humor of eyes with PDR and the level correlated with IL-17A level in the vitreous fluid, both percent detectable and level of IL-17A in the aqueous humor were significantly lower than those in the vitreous fluid. Vitreous IL-17A level was related significantly to IL-10, IL-22, and TNFα levels in aqueous humor as well as in vitreous fluid, On the other hand, aqueous IL-17A level was not related significantly to aqueous or vitreous levels of IL-10, IL-22 or TNFα level. The present study demonstrated that IL-17A level and detectable rate in the aqueous humor of patients with PDR are markedly lower than those in the vitreous fluid and aqueous IL-17A does not

  12. 25-GAUGE TROCAR CANNULA FOR ACUTE ENDOPHTHALMITIS-RELATED IN-OFFICE VITREOUS TAP AND INJECTION: Patient Comfort and Physician Ease of Use.

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    Vahedi, Sina; Adam, Murtaza K; Dollin, Michael; Maguire, Joseph I

    2017-04-01

    To assess comfort and procedural facility using a 25-gauge trocar cannula as a port to diagnose and treat acute endophthalmitis compared with a standard vitreous tap and injection technique. Eighteen consecutive patients with acute endophthalmitis were randomized into two treatment arms: 1) Standard vitreous tap and injection technique, and 2) A technique where a valved 25-gauge trocar cannula is inserted through the pars plana as done in sutureless vitrectomy surgery and subsequent vitreous sampling and injections are performed through the port. A standardized anesthetic protocol was used and subjects were masked to the technique performed. Primary outcomes measured were patient comfort using a Wong-Baker pain scale and standardized physician ease-of-use scoring scale. Secondary outcomes included vitreous sampling success rate and volume of vitreous sample. No significant differences were found when comparing patient comfort (P = 0.340), physician ease-of-use scores (P = 0.796), vitreous sample volume (P = 0.149), successful vitreous taps (P = 0.620), and microbiologic yield (P = 1.000) between treatment arms. There were no adverse events. The 25-gauge trocar technique provides a safe, well-tolerated, and equally effective alternative to the standard vitreous tap and injection technique for delivery of intravitreal antibiotics, and procuring of vitreous sample, requiring a single sharp penetration.

  13. Hydrothermal stability of microporous silica and niobia-silica membranes

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    Boffa, V.; Blank, David H.A.; ten Elshof, Johan E.

    2008-01-01

    The hydrothermal stability of microporous niobia–silica membranes was investigated and compared with silica membranes. The membranes were exposed to hydrothermal conditions at 150 and 200 °C for 70 h. The change of pore structure before and after exposure to steam was probed by single-gas permeation

  14. Liquid-Phase Microextraction and Gas Chromatographic-Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Antidepressants in Vitreous Humor: Study of Matrix Effect of Human and Bovine Vitreous and Saline Solution.

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    dos Santos, Marcelo Filonzi; Yamada, Adrian; Seulin, Saskia Carolina; Leyton, Vilma; Pasqualucci, Carlos Augusto Gonçalves; Muñoz, Daniel Romero; Yonamine, Mauricio

    2016-04-01

    In forensic bioanalytical methods, there is a general agreement that calibrators should be prepared by fortifying analytes in matrix-based blank samples (matrix-based). However, in the case of vitreous humor (VH), the collection of blank samples for the validation and for routine analysis would require the availability of many cadavers. Besides the difficulty of obtaining enough blank VH, this procedure could also represent an ethical issue. Here, a study of matrix effect was performed taking into consideration human and bovine vitreous and saline solution (SS) (NaCl 0.9%). Tricyclic antidepressants [amitriptyline (AMI), nortriptyline (NTR), imipramine (IMI) and desipramine (DES)] were used as model analytes and were extracted from samples by means of liquid-phase microextraction and detected by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Samples of human and bovine VH and SS were prepared in six different concentrations of antidepressants (5, 40, 80, 120, 160 and 200 ng/mL) and were analyzed. Relative matrix effect was evaluated by applying a two-tailed homoscedastic Student's t-test, comparing the results obtained with the set of data obtained with human VH and bovine VH and SS. No significant matrix effect was found for AMI and NTR in the three evaluated matrices. However, a great variability was observed for IMI and DES for all matrices. Once compatibilities among the matrices were demonstrated, the method was fully validated for AMI and NTR in SS. The method was applied to six VH samples deriving from real cases whose femoral whole blood (FWB) was analyzed by a previously published method. An average ratio (VH/FWB) of ∼ 0.1 was found for both compounds. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  15. Silica Fillers for elastomer Reinforement

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    Kohls, D.J.; Schaefer, D.W. (UCIN)

    2012-09-10

    This article summarizes recent work on the structure of precipitated silica used in the reinforcement of elastomers. Silica has a unique morphology, consisting of multiple structural levels that can be controlled through processing. The ability to control and characterize the multiple structures of precipitated silica is an example of morphological engineering for reinforcement applications. In this summary of some recent research efforts using precipitated silica, small-angle scattering techniques are described and their usefulness for determining the morphology of silica in terms of primary particles, aggregates, and agglomerates are discussed. The structure of several different precipitated silica powders is shown as well as the mechanical properties of elastomers reinforced with these silica particles. The study of the mechanical properties of filled elastomer systems is a challenging and exciting topic for both fundamental science and industrial application. It is known that the addition of hard particulates to a soft elastomer matrix results in properties that do not follow a straightforward rule of mixtures. Research efforts in this area have shown that the properties of filled elastomers are influenced by the nature of both the filler and the matrix, as well as the interactions between them. Several articles have reviewed the influence of fillers like silica and carbon black on the reinforcement of elastomers. In general, the structure-property relationships developed for filled elastomers have evolved into the following major areas: Filler structure, hydrodynamic reinforcement, and interactions between fillers and elastomers.

  16. Silica Fillers for elastomer Reinforement

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    Kohls, D.J.; Schaefer, D.W. (UCIN)

    2009-08-26

    This article summarizes recent work on the structure of precipitated silica used in the reinforcement of elastomers. Silica has a unique morphology, consisting of multiple structural levels that can be controlled through processing. The ability to control and characterize the multiple structures of precipitated silica is an example of morphological engineering for reinforcement applications. In this summary of some recent research efforts using precipitated silica, small-angle scattering techniques are described and their usefulness for determining the morphology of silica in terms of primary particles, aggregates, and agglomerates are discussed. The structure of several different precipitated silica powders is shown as well as the mechanical properties of elastomers reinforced with these silica particles. The study of the mechanical properties of filled elastomer systems is a challenging and exciting topic for both fundamental science and industrial application. It is known that the addition of hard particulates to a soft elastomer matrix results in properties that do not follow a straightforward rule of mixtures. Research efforts in this area have shown that the properties of filled elastomers are influenced by the nature of both the filler and the matrix, as well as the interactions between them. Several articles have reviewed the influence of fillers like silica and carbon black on the reinforcement of elastomers. In general, the structure-property relationships developed for filled elastomers have evolved into the following major areas: Filler structure, hydrodynamic reinforcement, and interactions between fillers and elastomers.

  17. Effect of prophylactic medication and influence of vitreous reflux in pressure rise after intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF drugs.

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    Carnota-Méndez, Pablo; Méndez-Vázquez, Carlos; Otero-Villar, Jaime; Saavedra-Pazos, José Antonio

    2014-01-01

    To assess the efficacy of a hypotensive prophylactic medication in preventing intraocular pressure (IOP) changes after intravitreal injections, and the effect of occurrence of vitreous reflux on the variation of IOP. A total of 141 intravitreal injections of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor drugs (0.05 mL) were randomly distributed into 2 groups: in group 1 (n = 77), no prophylactic IOP-lowering medication was used; in group 2 (n = 64), a fixed combination of brimonidine and timolol was instilled 5 minutes before the injection. The IOP was measured before and 1, 15, and 30 minutes after the injection. The presence of vitreous reflux was recorded. Despite significantly reducing the IOP by ~3 mm Hg, prophylactic medication did not prevent a transient IOP rise. A total of 22.7% of injections showed vitreous reflux, and those patients experienced much lower initial spikes. Indeed, only 6.5% out of 77 injections above 30 mm Hg within 1 minute after injection showed vitreous reflux. Only one case showed an IOP >30 mm Hg at 15 minutes, and none at 30 minutes postinjection. The IOP normalization rates over time were similar in all groups within 15 minutes. Prophylactic medication instilled 5 minutes before the injection was not effective in preventing a pressure rise after intravitreal injections. Vitreous reflux decreased significantly the spike figures compared to injections with no reflux.

  18. Intravitreal Ranibizumab Injection as an Adjuvant in the Treatment of Neovascular Glaucoma Accompanied by Vitreous Hemorrhage after Diabetic Vitrectomy

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    Xi Shen

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine the efficacy of intravitreal ranibizumab injection as adjuvant therapy in the treatment of neovascular glaucoma (NVG accompanied by postvitrectomy diabetic vitreous hemorrhage (PDVH. Methods. Eighteen NVG patients (18 eyes accompanied by PDVH were enrolled in this prospective, monocenter, 12-month, interventional case series. The consecutive 18 patients with an IOP ≥ 25 mmHg despite being treated with the maximum medical therapy were treated with intravitreal ranibizumab injections. Vitreous surgery or/with Ahmed valve implantation were indicated if no clinical improvement in vitreous haemorrhage and uncontrolled IOP was shown. Results. Ten patients got clear vitreous and controlled IOP only with 2.7±1.8 injections of ranibizumab without additional surgery. Vitrectomy or/with Ahmed valve implantation was administered in the other 8 eyes due to uncontrolled VH and IOP. At follow-up month 12, all the 18 eyes gained clear vitreous. At month 12 BCVA improved significantly compared to baseline. The baseline and follow-up at month 12 IOP/medication usage were 36.7±8.1 mmHg on 3.4±0.7 medications and 16.2±4.9 mmHg on 0.67±0.77 medications, respectively. Conclusions. The findings suggest that intravitreal ranibizumab injection as adjuvant therapy for treatment of NVG accompanied by PDVH may be safe and potentially effective. This clinical trial is registered with NCT02647515.

  19. Nd:YAG laser vitreolysis versus pars plana vitrectomy for vitreous floaters.

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    Kokavec, Jan; Wu, Zhichao; Sherwin, Justin C; Ang, Alan Js; Ang, Ghee Soon

    2017-06-01

    The vitreous is the clear jelly of the eye and contains fine strands of proteins. Throughout life the composition of this vitreous changes, which causes the protein strands in it to bundle together and scatter light before it reaches the retina. Individuals perceive the shadows cast by these protein bundles as 'floaters'. Some people are so bothered by floaters that treatment is required to control their symptoms. Two major interventions for floaters include Nd:YAG laser vitreolysis and vitrectomy. Nd:YAG laser vitreolysis involves using laser energy to fragment the vitreous opacities via a non-invasive approach. Vitrectomy involves the surgical replacement of the patient's vitreous (including the symptomatic vitreous floaters) with an inert and translucent balanced salt solution, through small openings in the pars plana. To compare the effectiveness and safety of Nd:YAG laser vitreolysis to pars plana vitrectomy for symptomatic vitreous floaters. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Trials Register) (2016, Issue 12), MEDLINE Ovid (1946 to 17 January 2017), Embase Ovid (1947 to 17 January 2017), LILACS (Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature Database) (1982 to 17 January 2017), the ISRCTN registry (www.isrctn.com/editAdvancedSearch); searched 17 January 2017, ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov); searched 17 January 2017 and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en); searched 17 January 2017. We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We also searched conference proceedings to identify additional studies. We included only randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared Nd:YAG laser vitreolysis to pars plana vitrectomy for treatment of symptomatic floaters. We planned to use methods recommended by Cochrane. The primary outcome we planned

  20. Silica reinforced triblock copolymer gels

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    Theunissen, E.; Overbergh, N.; Reynaers, H.

    2004-01-01

    The effect of silica and polymer coated silica particles as reinforcing agents on the structural and mechanical properties of polystyrene-poly(ethylene/butylene)-polystyrene (PS-PEB-PS) triblock gel has been investigated. Different types of chemically modified silica have been compared in order...... to evaluate the influence of the compatibility between gel and filler. Time-resolved SANS and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) shows that the presence of silica particles affects the ordering of the polystyrene domains during gelsetting. The scattering pattern of silica-reinforced gels reveals strong...... scattering at very low q, but no structure and formfactor information. However, on heating above the viscoelastic to plastic transition, the 'typical' scattering pattern of the copolymer gel builds-up. All reinforced gels are strengthened by the addition of the reinforcing agent. The transitions from...

  1. Atomic Structure Control of Silica Thin Films on Pt(111)

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    Crampton, Andrew S

    2015-05-27

    Metal oxide thin films grown on metal single crystals are commonly used to model heterogeneous catalyst supports. The structure and properties of thin silicon dioxide films grown on metal single crystals have only recently been thoroughly characterized and their spectral properties well established. We report the successful growth of a three- dimensional, vitreous silicon dioxide thin film on the Pt(111) surface and reproduce the closed bilayer structure previously reported. The confirmation of the three dimensional nature of the film is unequivocally shown by the infrared absorption band at 1252 cm−1. Temperature programmed desorption was used to show that this three-dimensional thin film covers the Pt(111) surface to such an extent that its application as a catalyst support for clusters/nanoparticles is possible. The growth of a three-dimensional film was seen to be directly correlated with the amount of oxygen present on the surface after the silicon evaporation process. This excess of oxygen is tentatively attributed to atomic oxygen being generated in the evaporator. The identification of atomic oxygen as a necessary building block for the formation of a three-dimensional thin film opens up new possibilities for thin film growth on metal supports, whereby simply changing the type of oxygen enables thin films with different atomic structures to be synthesized. This is a novel approach to tune the synthesis parameters of thin films to grow a specific structure and expands the options for modeling common amorphous silica supports under ultra high vacuum conditions.

  2. Mass diffusion coefficient measurement for vitreous humor using FEM and MRI

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    Rattanakijsuntorn, Komsan; Penkova, Anita; Sadha, Satwindar S.

    2018-01-01

    In early studies, the ‘contour method’ for determining the diffusion coefficient of the vitreous humor was developed. This technique relied on careful injection of an MRI contrast agent (surrogate drug) into the vitreous humor of fresh bovine eyes, and tracking the contours of the contrast agent in time. In addition, an analytical solution was developed for the theoretical contours built on point source model for the injected surrogate drug. The match between theoretical and experimental contours as a least square fit, while floating the diffusion coefficient, led to the value of the diffusion coefficient. This method had its limitation that the initial injection of the surrogate had to be spherical or ellipsoidal because of the analytical result based on the point-source model. With a new finite element model for the analysis in this study, the technique is much less restrictive and handles irregular shapes of the initial bolus. The fresh bovine eyes were used for drug diffusion study in the vitreous and three contrast agents of different molecular masses: gadolinium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA, 938 Da), non-ionic gadoteridol (Prohance, 559 Da), and bovine albumin conjugated with gadolinium (Galbumin, 74 kDa) were used as drug surrogates to visualize the diffusion process by MRI. The 3D finite element model was developed to determine the diffusion coefficients of these surrogates with the images from MRI. This method can be used for other types of bioporous media provided the concentration profile can be visualized (by methods such as MRI or fluorescence).

  3. Biocompatibility and durability of Teflon-coated platinum-iridium wires implanted in the vitreous cavity.

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    Nishida, Kentaro; Sakaguchi, Hirokazu; Xie, Ping; Terasawa, Yasuo; Ozawa, Motoki; Kamei, Motohiro; Nishida, Kohji

    2011-12-01

    Teflon-coated platinum-iridium wires are placed in the vitreous as electrodes in artificial vision systems. The purpose of this study was to determine whether these wires have toxicity in the vitreous cavity, and to examine the durability of their coating when grasped by forceps. Rabbits were implanted with platinum-iridium wires that were 50 μm in diameter and coated with Teflon to a total diameter of 68 or 100 μm. To examine the biocompatibility, electroretinograms (ERGs) and fluorescein angiography (FA) were performed before and 1 week, 1, 3, and 6 months after the implantation of the electrode. After 6 months, the eyes were histologically examined with light microscopy. To check the durability, the surface of a coated wire was examined with scanning electron microscopy after grasping with different types of forceps. At all times after the implantation the amplitudes and implicit times of the ERGs recorded were not significantly different from those recorded before the implantation (P > 0.05). FA showed no notable change during the follow-up periods. Histological studies showed that the retinas were intact after 6 months of implantation. There was no damage to the Teflon-coated wire after grasping the wire with forceps with silicon-coated tips, while surface damage of the Teflon that did not extend to the platinum-iridium wire was found when grasped by vitreoretinal forceps. We conclude that Teflon-coated platinum-iridium wire is highly biocompatible in the vitreous for at least 6 months. Wires should be handled with vitreoretinal forceps with silicone-coated tips in order to avoid causing damage during wire manipulation.

  4. A metabolomic approach to animal vitreous humor topographical composition: a pilot study.

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    Locci, Emanuela; Scano, Paola; Rosa, Maria Francesca; Nioi, Matteo; Noto, Antonio; Atzori, Luigi; Demontis, Roberto; De-Giorgio, Fabio; d'Aloja, Ernesto

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a (1)H-NMR-based metabolomic approach to explore the metabolomic signature of different topographical areas of vitreous humor (VH) in an animal model. Five ocular globes were enucleated from five goats and immediately frozen at -80 °C. Once frozen, three of them were sectioned, and four samples corresponding to four different VH areas were collected: the cortical, core, and basal, which was further divided into a superior and an inferior fraction. An additional two samples were collected that were representative of the whole vitreous body. (1)H-NMR spectra were acquired for twenty-three goat vitreous samples with the aim of characterizing the metabolomic signature of this biofluid and identifying whether any site-specific patterns were present. Multivariate statistical analysis (MVA) of the spectral data were carried out, including Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Hierarchical Cluster Analysis (HCA), and Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis (PLS-DA). A unique metabolomic signature belonging to each area was observed. The cortical area was characterized by lactate, glutamine, choline, and its derivatives, N-acetyl groups, creatine, and glycerol; the core area was characterized by glucose, acetate, and scyllo-inositol; and the basal area was characterized by branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), betaine, alanine, ascorbate, lysine, and myo-inositol. We propose a speculative approach on the topographic role of these molecules that are mainly responsible for metabolic differences among the as-identified areas. (1)H-NMR-based metabolomic analysis has shown to be an important tool for investigating the VH. In particular, this approach was able to assess in the samples here analyzed the presence of different functional areas on the basis of a different metabolite distribution.

  5. A metabolomic approach to animal vitreous humor topographical composition: a pilot study.

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    Emanuela Locci

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a (1H-NMR-based metabolomic approach to explore the metabolomic signature of different topographical areas of vitreous humor (VH in an animal model. Five ocular globes were enucleated from five goats and immediately frozen at -80 °C. Once frozen, three of them were sectioned, and four samples corresponding to four different VH areas were collected: the cortical, core, and basal, which was further divided into a superior and an inferior fraction. An additional two samples were collected that were representative of the whole vitreous body. (1H-NMR spectra were acquired for twenty-three goat vitreous samples with the aim of characterizing the metabolomic signature of this biofluid and identifying whether any site-specific patterns were present. Multivariate statistical analysis (MVA of the spectral data were carried out, including Principal Component Analysis (PCA, Hierarchical Cluster Analysis (HCA, and Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis (PLS-DA. A unique metabolomic signature belonging to each area was observed. The cortical area was characterized by lactate, glutamine, choline, and its derivatives, N-acetyl groups, creatine, and glycerol; the core area was characterized by glucose, acetate, and scyllo-inositol; and the basal area was characterized by branched-chain amino acids (BCAA, betaine, alanine, ascorbate, lysine, and myo-inositol. We propose a speculative approach on the topographic role of these molecules that are mainly responsible for metabolic differences among the as-identified areas. (1H-NMR-based metabolomic analysis has shown to be an important tool for investigating the VH. In particular, this approach was able to assess in the samples here analyzed the presence of different functional areas on the basis of a different metabolite distribution.

  6. A 7-year-old female child of incontinentia pigmenti presenting with vitreous hemorrhage

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    Sung-Ying Huang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Incontinentia pigmenti (IP is a rare disease with multisystemic anomalies, which commonly presents just after birth. Here, we report a rare case of IP patient with vitreous hemorrhage in school-age children. Therefore, physicians have to be alert and evaluate IP patients at all ages. Regular ophthalmic follow-up is necessary, and fluorescein angiography should be performed if peripheral ischemia or neovascularization is suspected. The effect of peripheral laser ablation on peripheral retinal nonperfusion is not clear and merits further study.

  7. Stability of endogenous GHB in vitreous humor vs peripheral blood in dead bodies.

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    Busardò, Francesco Paolo; Mannocchi, Giulio; Giorgetti, Raffaele; Pellegrini, Manuela; Baglio, Giovanni; Zaami, Simona; Marinelli, Enrico; Pichini, Simona

    2017-05-01

    For the first time, the stability of GHB was tested in post-mortem peripheral blood and vitreous humor samples, collected from 22 dead bodies at two different times: at the external body examination at the place of death and then during autopsy. An ad hoc method for the detection and quantification of GHB in vitreous humor by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was developed and validated, with a good linearity between 0.1 and 50μg/mL (r2=0.991) and a precision and accuracy always better than 10% and an analytical recovery higher than 90%. The geometric mean of GHB concentration in the 22 peripheral blood samples at t0 was: 3.6μg/mL (95% CI: 2.3-5.9μg/mL) and at t1 it was 7.4μg/mL (95% CI: 5.0-10.9μg/mL); that of GHB in the 22 vitreous humor at t0 was: 2.5μg/mL (95% CI: 1.5-4.1μg/mL) and at t1 it was 3.0μg/mL (95% CI: 1.9-4.8μg/mL). There was no significant difference between the GHB concentrations in vitreous humor and peripheral blood at t0 in all the samples (p>0.10). Conversely at t1, the increase of GHB in the peripheral blood was significantly increased by a 102% (range: 86-120%) (pvitreous humor only a slight increase by 19% was observed (range: 16-21%) (p>0.05 vs t0). Finally at t1, GHB values in the two matrices were statistically different, being that of peripheral blood higher (pvitreous humor as a more stable alternative matrix in comparison to peripheral blood for the post-mortem determination of endogenous GHB. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. 78 FR 14540 - Cyromazine, Silica Silicates (Silica Dioxide and Silica Gel), Glufosinate Ammonium, Dioctyl...

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    ... herbicide that acts by inhibiting glutamine synthetase, which leads to poisoning in plants via the...). Silica silicates, silicon dioxide and silica gel, are insecticides and acaracides used in controlling insects at indoor and outdoor sites including a variety of crops. Silicon dioxide is diatomaceous earth, a...

  9. Pre-papillary vitreous opacities associated with Behçet's disease: a case series and review of the literature.

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    Grotting, Lindsay A; Davoudi, Samaneh; Uchiyama, Eduardo; Lobo, Ann-Marie; Papaliodis, George N; Sobrin, Lucia

    2017-10-01

    To present pre-papillary vitreous opacity as an uncommon manifestation of inflammation in Behçet's disease that may be specific to this uveitic entity. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 67 patients with Behçet's disease examined at our clinic between 2005 and 2016. Behçet's disease was diagnosed based on established clinical criteria of inflammation involving the eyes, mucocutaneous junctions, and skin. Patients with Behçet's disease who presented with papillitis and a pre-papillary vitreous opacity were identified. Response to anti-inflammatory treatment on examination and optical coherence tomography imaging were evaluated. PubMed searches were performed for (1) other cases with pre-papillary vitreous opacities in uveitic entities and (2) reports of optic nerve involvement specifically in Behçet's disease. We identified three patients with Behçet's disease who presented with unilateral papillitis and a pre-papillary vitreous opacity. The pre-papillary vitreous opacity had a funnel-shaped appearance on optical coherence tomography. All patients were initially treated with steroids, which led to resolution of the opacity clinically and on imaging. We identified one previous report of such a pre-papillary opacity in a patient with Behçet's disease, and no reports of this finding in other uveitic entities. This study expands the number of Behçet's disease cases presenting with a pre-papillary vitreous opacity and demonstrates novel optical coherence imaging of this finding. This finding may be specific to Behçet's disease as it was not identified in other uveitic entities in a review of the existing literature.

  10. pH of anti-VEGF agents in the human vitreous: low impact of very different formulations.

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    Sobolewska, Bianka; Heiduschka, Peter; Bartz-Schmidt, Karl-Ulrich; Ziemssen, Focke

    2017-01-01

    The aim of the study was to measure pH changes of the human vitreous caused by the intravitreal drugs bevacizumab, ranibizumab, aflibercept, and ziv-aflibercept. Fresh human vitreous samples were obtained during core vitrectomy (23-gauge) from patients with epiretinal gliosis. Aliquots of bevacizumab, ranibizumab, aflibercept or ziv-aflibercept (2 µl) were added consecutively to 200 µl of vitreous samples or 0.9% NaCl saline. The pH was measured using a pH-sensitive microelectrode. Rituximab, in off-label use against intraocular lymphoma, was tested as an IgG1 antibody. The pH of the administered drugs was 5.91 for bevacizumab (95% CI 5.63-6.19), 5.32 for ranibizumab (95% CI 5.0-5.63), 6.05 for aflibercept (95% CI 5.78-6.31), ziv-aflibercept 6.1 (95% CI 6.05-6.15), and 6.29 for rituximab (95% CI 5.97-6.61). While the fresh and undiluted vitreous fluid showed pH values of 7.0-7.4, pH values increased if saline or rituximab were added. In contrast, the pH decreased slightly if aflibercept, bevacizumab, ranibizumab or ziv-aflibercept were supplemented. The observed pH decreases were not significant after ranibizumab was added. Significant changes were only notable with higher-than-normal amounts of bevacizumab (26-40 µl). The vitreous showed the most robust buffering capacity towards ranibizumab and rituximab. The pH changes in vitreous samples elicited by the usual intravitreal anti-VEGF drugs differed clearly, but only by much higher concentrations than used in the clinical routine. Although the ingredient solution of ranibizumab showed the lowest pH, it caused only moderate changes of vitreal pH compared to bevacizumab, aflibercept or ziv-aflibercept.

  11. The diffusion dynamics of PEGylated liposomes in the intact vitreous of the ex vivo porcine eye: A fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and biodistribution study.

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    Eriksen, Anne Z; Brewer, Jonathan; Andresen, Thomas L; Urquhart, Andrew J

    2017-04-30

    The diffusion dynamics of nanocarriers in the vitreous and the influence of nanocarrier physicochemical properties on these dynamics is an important aspect of the efficacy of intravitreal administered nanomedicines for the treatment of posterior segment eye diseases. Here we use fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) to determine liposome diffusion coefficients in the intact vitreous (DVit) of ex vivo porcine eyes using a modified Miyake-Apple technique to minimize the disruption of the vitreous fine structure. We chose to investigate whether the zeta potential of polyethylene glycol functionalized (i.e. PEGylated) liposomes altered liposome in situ diffusion dynamics in the vitreous. Non-PEGylated cationic nanocarriers have previously shown little to no diffusion in the vitreous, whilst neutral and anionic have shown diffusion. The liposomes investigated had diameters below 150nm and zeta potentials ranging from -20 to +12mV. We observed that PEGylated cationic liposomes had significantly lower DVit values (1.14μm2s-1) than PEGylated neutral and anionic liposomes (2.78 and 2.87μm2s-1). However, PEGylated cationic liposomes had a similar biodistribution profile across the vitreous to the other systems. These results show that PEGylated cationic liposomes with limited cationic charge can diffuse across the vitreous and indicate that the vitreous as a barrier to nanocarriers (Ø<500nm) is more complicated than simply an electrostatic barrier as previously suggested. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. [Vitreous hemorrhage as the initial manifestation of familial exudative vitreoretinopathy in an eight-year-old child].

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    Benoist D'azy, C; Bonnin, N; Maurin, C; Farguette, F; Chiambaretta, F

    2016-06-01

    To report vitreous hemorrhage as the initial manifestation of familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR). Case report. An 8-year-old child presented with vitreous hemorrhage leading to the discovery of large neovascularization. Fundus examination and fluorescein angiography showed the typical appearance of FEVR. A genetic study confirmed the diagnosis. Treatment by laser photocoagulation was performed with good recovery of visual acuity. Ophthalmologists should be aware of familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) so as not to misdiagnose this sight-threatening disease. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  13. INTRAVITREOUS CHEMOTHERAPY FOR ACTIVE VITREOUS SEEDING FROM RETINOBLASTOMA: Outcomes After 192 Consecutive Injections. The 2015 Howard Naquin Lecture.

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    Shields, Carol L; Douglass, Alexzandra M; Beggache, Meriem; Say, Emil Anthony T; Shields, Jerry A

    2016-06-01

    To investigate on the safety and efficacy of intravitreous chemotherapy for retinoblastoma seeding in a relatively large cohort and provide information on the necessary number of injections and long-term control. Retrospective interventional case series of 40 consecutive eyes with viable vitreous seeding after standard treatment of retinoblastoma. All eyes received intravitreal melphalan injection (20-30 μg) and additional topotecan (20 μg) as needed using the trans pars plana route with triple freeze-thaw cryotherapy at needle withdrawal for prevention of extraocular seeding for planned six cycles. The mean patient age at presentation was 36 months, and interval to need for vitreous injection was 14 months. Viable vitreous (n = 40 eyes) and additional subretinal (n = 2 eyes) seeds were documented. There was a total of 192 injections using melphalan (n = 148) and/or topotecan (n = 44) with mean number of injections per eye of melphalan at 4 (median, 4; range, 1-6) and topotecan at 3 (median, 3; range, 1-5). Fewer than six planned melphalan injections (n = 31 cases, 78%) were necessary because of rapid and complete vitreous seed control (n = 30 eyes) or melphalan allergy (n = 1 eye). Fewer than six planned topotecan injections (n = 14 cases, 100%) were necessary because of rapid and complete vitreous seed control in all cases. At median 3-year follow-up, therapeutic success with continued seed regression was observed in all 40 eyes (100%). Globe salvage was attained in 35 cases (88%), and enucleation (n = 5) was necessary for extensive recurrent subretinal seeds (n = 2), neovascular glaucoma with vitreous hemorrhage (n = 2), and hemorrhagic retinal necrosis (n = 1). Side effects included focal retinal pigment epithelial mottling at the site of injection (n = 12), minor focal paraxial lens opacity (not requiring cataract surgery) (n = 11), transient focal vitreous hemorrhage (n = 5), transient hypotony (n = 3), transient retinal hemorrhage (n = 2), optic disc edema

  14. 21 CFR 182.1711 - Silica aerogel.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Silica aerogel. 182.1711 Section 182.1711 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN....1711 Silica aerogel. (a) Product. Silica aerogel as a finely powdered microcellular silica foam having...

  15. 21 CFR 582.1711 - Silica aerogel.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Silica aerogel. 582.1711 Section 582.1711 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL DRUGS....1711 Silica aerogel. (a) Product. Silica aerogel as a finely powdered microcellular silica foam having...

  16. Management of nucleus loss into the vitreous: long term follow up in 63 patients

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    Romero-Aroca, Pedro; Fernández-Ballart, Juan; Méndez-Marín, Isabel; Salvat-Serra, Merce; Baget-Bernaldiz, Marc; Buil-Calvo, Jose A

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    Background: The aim of present study is to determine the long-term results of patients who undergo pars plana vitrectomy after retained nucleus into the vitreous. Setting: Service of Ophthalmology, Hospital Universitari St Joan, Reus (Barcelona), Spain. Methods: Retrospective, noncomparative, consecutive case series. Medical records were reviewed of all patients who underwent pars plana vitrectomy for retained nucleus into the vitreous after complicated cataract surgery, over a 9-year period between August 1, 1997 and July 31, 2005. Result: The incidence of retained lens fragments was 0.57% (63 patients), the postoperative visual acuity was higher than 20/40 in 59.60% and fell to 48.93% by the end of the study, and was related to the presence of CME and retinal detachment. The CME appeared in 31.91% of the patients and was related to preoperative uveitis an corneal edema. In the group of patients on whom the vitrectomy was performed at the time of cataract complication, visual acuity was higher than 20/40 in 77.77%, and no one developed secondary glaucoma or uveitis. Conclusion: Being retrospective, our study was not result conclusive. Despite the initial good results of these patients after PPV surgery, follow-up should be accurate and over a long period of time in order to minimize postoperative complications such as retinal detachment, retinal breaks, secondary glaucoma and CME. PMID:19668529

  17. Asteroid Hyalosis: A Mimic of Vitreous Hemorrhage on Point of Care Ultrasound.

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    Stringer, Charles E A; Ahn, Justin S; Kim, Daniel J

    2017-07-01

    Point of care ultrasound in the emergency department (ED) is increasingly being used to diagnose time-sensitive, vision-threatening conditions. We present a case of a 64-year-old female who presented to the ED with a three-day history of worsening left eye floaters. Point of care ocular ultrasound demonstrated a posterior chamber containing many echogenic opacities of varying size without acoustic shadowing. Movement of the eye resulted in significant after-movement of these opacities, giving the classic "washing machine" appearance seen with vitreous hemorrhage (VH). Based on these ultrasound findings, the patient was diagnosed with a VH and was referred to ophthalmology. The consulting ophthalmologist ultimately diagnosed the patient with asteroid hyalosis without VH. Asteroid hyalosis is a benign condition of the vitreous resulting in calcium phosphate and lipid deposits that can mimic more serious VH on point of care ultrasound. Knowledge of this mimic is helpful for communication with specialists and for awareness of the potential for misdiagnosis with ocular ultrasound.

  18. USE OF VITREOUS FERTILIZERS WITH SLOW RELEASE OF NUTRIENTS IN VITICULTURE

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available An experiment was conducted to study the possibility of using vitreous fertilizers made from waste from the glass industry in vineyards fertilization. Six recipes were tested having as composition the basic elements: P2O5 (43.5%, K2O (32.6%, MgO (18.5% and CaO (5.4%, plus the presence of some micronutrients (B, Fe, Zn, Mo, Mn as oxide form. The efficiency of these fertilizers was made in comparison both with an unfertilized plot and an fertilized plot with NPK applied on the base of optimal rates. The experimental results have shown that this type of fertilizers can replace the use of common chemical fertilizers, their effect on the fertility and productivity of grapevine being relative similar, the benefit consisting of slow release over a long period of time of the nutrients from their composition with positive effects in preventing environmental pollution. The presence of micronutrients in their composition determined even higher yields (by 10-19% as compare to chemical fertilization and a higher content (by 8-45 % of anthocyanins in grapes when vitreous fertilizers had B, Fe, Zn and Mo in their composition.

  19. Posterior Capsule Rupture With/Without Vitreous Loss During Phacoemulsification in a Hospital in Malaysia.

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    Thanigasalam, Thevi; Sahoo, Soumendra; Ali, Mariana Mohamad

    2015-01-01

    This study was undertaken to determine the risk factors and the point at which posterior capsule rupture (PCR) with/without vitreous loss occurred after cataract surgery and the precautions to be taken to avoid it in the future. A retrospective study. Patients who underwent cataract surgery from January 2011 to December 2012 in a hospital in Malaysia were studied. The data were obtained from the National Eye Database of Malaysia. Of 80.4% eyes (2519) that had undergone phacoemulsification, it was found that 3.06% (77) of the cases had PCR as one of the complications. The largest number of PCRs happened during cortical removal (35.2%), followed by segment removal (25.4%), cracking (8.5%), and aspiration of the oculoviscodevice (8.5%). It has been found that the rupture most often occurred during cortex removal by consultants, whereas most PCRs occurred during segment removal by specialists. This study reveals that around 3% of patients had PCR during phacoemulsification. It is important to recognize PCR and presence of vitreous loss intraoperatively to prevent further complications of cystoid macular edema and endophthalmitis.

  20. Electronic sputtering of vitreous SiO{sub 2}: Experimental and modeling results

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    Toulemonde, M., E-mail: toulemonde@ganil.fr [CIMAP (ENSICAEN, CEA, CNRS, Univ. Caen), Bd H. Becquerel, 14070 Caen (France); Assmann, W. [Fakultät für Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Am Coulombwall 1, 85748 Garching (Germany); Trautmann, C. [GSI Helmholzzentrum, Planckstr. 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Straße 2, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2016-07-15

    The irradiation of solids with swift heavy ions leads to pronounced surface and bulk effects controlled by the electronic energy loss of the projectiles. In contrast to the formation of ion tracks in bulk materials, the concomitant emission of atoms from the surface is much less investigated. Sputtering experiments with different ions ({sup 58}Ni, {sup 127}I and {sup 197}Au) at energies around 1.2 MeV/u were performed on vitreous SiO{sub 2} (a-SiO{sub 2}) in order to quantify the emission rates and compare them with data for crystalline SiO{sub 2} quartz. Stoichiometry of the sputtering process was verified by monitoring the thickness decreases of a thin SiO{sub 2} film deposited on a Si substrate. Angular distributions of the emitted atoms were measured by collecting sputtered atoms on arc-shaped Cu catcher foils. Subsequent analysis of the number of Si atoms deposited on the catcher foils was quantified by elastic recoil detection analysis providing differential as well as total sputtering yields. Compared to existing data for crystalline SiO{sub 2}, the total sputtering yields for vitreous SiO{sub 2} are by a factor of about five larger. Differences in the sputtering rate and track formation characteristics between amorphous and crystalline SiO{sub 2} are discussed within the frame of the inelastic thermal spike model.

  1. Evaluation of the levofloxacin release characters from a rabbit foldable capsular vitreous body

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    Jiang, Zhaoxin; Wang, Ting; Pan, Biyan; Xie, Zhiyong; Wang, Peijuan; Liu, Yaqin; Gao, Qianying

    2012-01-01

    The authors have manufactured a novel rabbit foldable capsular vitreous body (FCVB). The aim of this study was to determine whether this rabbit FCVB can release levofloxacin in vitro and in vivo, and to evaluate the release characteristics. In vitro, the rabbit FCVB with levofloxacin 500 μg/mL was immersed in cups of modified Franz diffusion cells. Following this, 200 μL of liquid was aspirated at intervals from 10 minutes to 24 hours. In vivo, the FCVB with levofloxacin was implanted into the right eyes of five rabbits. After implantation, the aqueous humor was aspirated on days 1, 7, 14, 28, and 56. The levofloxacin concentrations in the cups and aqueous humor samples were detected by high-performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry. The FCVB was observed under a scanning electron microscope. The results showed that the released levofloxacin was stabilized at 20 ng/mL at time points from 10 minutes to 24 hours in vitro. In vivo, levofloxacin concentrations in the aqueous humor were 132, 50, 39, 11, and 15 ng/mL on days 1, 7, 14, 28, and 56, respectively. In the FCVB capsules, 300 nm apertures were observed. These results suggest the rabbit FCVB released levofloxacin stably in vitro and sustainably in vivo. This study provides a novel combined approach, with the FCVB as a vitreous substitute and drug delivery system for the treatment of bacterial endophthalmitis. PMID:22275817

  2. Microstructural characterization and influence of manufacturing parameters on technological properties of vitreous ceramic materials

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    Njoya, D. [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux Mineraux, Departement de Chimie Inorganique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Yaounde I, B.P. 812, Yaounde (Cameroon); Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et Environnement, Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B.P. 2390, Marrakech (Morocco); Hajjaji, M., E-mail: Hajjaji@ucam.ac.ma [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et Environnement, Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B.P. 2390, Marrakech (Morocco); Bacaoui, A. [Laboratoire de Chimie Organique Appliquee, Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B.P. 2390, Marrakech (Morocco); Njopwouo, D. [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux Mineraux, Departement de Chimie Inorganique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Yaounde I, B.P. 812, Yaounde (Cameroon)

    2010-03-15

    Microstructure of vitreous ceramic samples manufactured from kaolinitic-clay and feldspars raw materials from Cameroon was investigated in the range 1150-1250 deg. C by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy and by measuring some technological properties. Moreover, the simultaneous influence of feldspars content, heating temperature and soaking time on water absorption and firing shrinkage was evaluated by adopting the response surface methodology (Doehlert matrix), using the New Efficient Methodology for Research using Optimal Design (NEMROD) software. The results show that a spinel phase, mullite, glassy phase and some amount of hematite were formed. However, the spinel phase and potassic feldspar, as compared to the sodic one, disappeared at moderate firing temperature and soaking time. Apparently, mullite developed from spinel phase, which is formed from the demixion of metakaolin. On the other hand, it is found that the effects of fluxing content and firing temperature on the measured properties were almost similar and more influent than soaking time. Antagonistic and synergetic interactions existed between the considered parameters, and their importance differed for the considered properties. By using this mathematical tool, suitable operating conditions for manufacturing vitreous bodies were determined.

  3. Posterior vitreous detachment induced by nattokinase (subtilisin NAT): a novel enzyme for pharmacologic vitreolysis.

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    Takano, Akiomi; Hirata, Akira; Ogasawara, Kazuya; Sagara, Nina; Inomata, Yasuya; Kawaji, Takahiro; Tanihara, Hidenobu

    2006-05-01

    To investigate the effects of intravitreal injection of nattokinase (subtilisin NAT), a serine protease that is produced by Bacillus subtilis (natto), for induction of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). Different doses of nattokinase (1, 0.1, or 0.01 fibrin-degradation units [FU]) or physiologic saline as a control were injected into the vitreous cavity of rabbit eyes. Scanning electron microscopy was used to observe the retinal surfaces of four rabbit eyes per concentration. Histologic alterations were assessed by light microscopy, using four eyes from each group. Electroretinography (ERG) was performed to observe retinal function, ranging from 1 hour to 1 week after the nattokinase (1 or 0.1 FU) or saline solution administration, using four eyes from each group at each time point. Also, findings in all rabbits were monitored by slit lamp examination and by indirect ophthalmoscopy with a 20-D lens. Scanning electron microscopy showed smooth retinal surfaces, indicating the occurrence of PVD at 30 minutes after intervention in all the experimental eyes injected with 0.1 or 1.0 FU nattokinase, but none of the control eyes. Light microscopy and ERG analysis showed no critical change even after the use of 0.1 FU nattokinase, an amount sufficient to induce PVD. However, toxicity in the forms of preretinal hemorrhage and ERG changes was noted with the higher dose (1 FU) of nattokinase. The results suggested that nattokinase is a useful enzyme for pharmacologic vitreolysis because of its efficacy in inducing PVD.

  4. Conditions for obtaining polyvinyl alcohol/trisodium trimetaphosphate hydrogels as vitreous humor substitute.

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    Morandim-Giannetti, Andreia de Araujo; Silva, Rosianne Cristina; Magalhães, Octaviano; Schor, Paulo; Bersanetti, Patrícia Alessandra

    2016-10-01

    Hydrogels are polymeric materials with numerous medical and biological applications because of their physicochemical properties. In this context, the conditions were defined for obtaining a hydrogel with characteristics similar to the vitreous humor using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and trisodium trimetaphosphate (STMP). The concentration of PVA (X1 ), PVA/STMP ratio (X2 ), and initial pH (X3 ) were modified, and their effect was analyzed in terms of the refractive index (Y1 ), density (Y2 ), dynamic viscosity (Y3 ), and final pH (Y4 ). The results demonstrated that X1 interferes with Y1 , Y2 , and Y3 , and X2 interferes with Y2 and Y3 . The best condition for obtaining a hydrogel with characteristics similar to the vitreous humor was 4.2586% PVA (wt/wt), STMP/PVA ratio of 1:6.8213 (wt/wt), and initial pH of 9.424. DSC, ATR-FTIR, swelling degree, and AFM analysis confirmed the PVA reticulation with STMP. Furthermore, STMP increased the glass transition temperature and decreased the water uptake of ∼50% of the hydrogels, which can be explained by the crosslinking of PVA chains. Infrared spectroscopy revealed a decrease of hydroxyl bonds and confirmed the reticulation between PVA and STMP. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 1386-1395, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Silica/Polymer and Silica/Polymer/Fiber Composite Aerogels

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    Ou, Danny; Stepanian, Christopher J.; Hu, Xiangjun

    2010-01-01

    Aerogels that consist, variously, of neat silica/polymer alloys and silica/polymer alloy matrices reinforced with fibers have been developed as materials for flexible thermal-insulation blankets. In comparison with prior aerogel blankets, these aerogel blankets are more durable and less dusty. These blankets are also better able to resist and recover from compression . an important advantage in that maintenance of thickness is essential to maintenance of high thermal-insulation performance. These blankets are especially suitable as core materials for vacuum- insulated panels and vacuum-insulated boxes of advanced, nearly seamless design. (Inasmuch as heat leakage at seams is much greater than heat leakage elsewhere through such structures, advanced designs for high insulation performance should provide for minimization of the sizes and numbers of seams.) A silica/polymer aerogel of the present type could be characterized, somewhat more precisely, as consisting of multiply bonded, linear polymer reinforcements within a silica aerogel matrix. Thus far, several different polymethacrylates (PMAs) have been incorporated into aerogel networks to increase resistance to crushing and to improve other mechanical properties while minimally affecting thermal conductivity and density. The polymethacrylate phases are strongly linked into the silica aerogel networks in these materials. Unlike in other organic/inorganic blended aerogels, the inorganic and organic phases are chemically bonded to each other, by both covalent and hydrogen bonds. In the process for making a silica/polymer alloy aerogel, the covalent bonds are introduced by prepolymerization of the methacrylate monomer with trimethoxysilylpropylmethacrylate, which serves as a phase cross-linker in that it contains both organic and inorganic monomer functional groups and hence acts as a connector between the organic and inorganic phases. Hydrogen bonds are formed between the silanol groups of the inorganic phase and the

  6. Gradient Boosted Decision Tree Classification of Endophthalmitis Versus Uveitis and Lymphoma from Aqueous and Vitreous IL-6 and IL-10 Levels.

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    Kuo, David E; Wei, Maggie M; Armbrust, Karen R; Knickelbein, Jared E; Yeung, Ian Y L; Nussenblatt, Robert B; Chan, Chi-Chao; Sen, Hatice Nida

    2017-05-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of gradient boosting to classify endophthalmitis versus uveitis and lymphoma by intraocular cytokine levels. Patient diagnoses and aqueous and vitreous levels of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-10 were retrospectively extracted from a National Eye Institute Histopathology Core database and compared by Kruskal-Wallis and post hoc Dunn tests. A gradient-boosted decision tree classifier was trained to differentiate endophthalmitis versus uveitis and lymphoma from vitreous IL-6 and IL-10, vitreous IL-6 only, and aqueous IL-6 only data sets; and was tested with 80-20 train-test split and 3-fold cross-validation of the training set. Seven endophthalmitis, 29 lymphoma, and 49 uveitis patients were included. IL-6 was higher in endophthalmitis than uveitis (P = 0.0713 aqueous, 0.0014 vitreous) and lymphoma (P = 0.0032 aqueous, 0.0001 vitreous). IL-10 was significantly higher in lymphoma than uveitis (P = 0.0017 aqueous, 0.0014 vitreous). Three-fold cross validation demonstrated 95% ± 5%, 95% ± 4%, and 97% ± 5% predictive accuracy for vitreous IL-6 and IL-10, vitreous IL-6 only, and aqueous IL-6 only data sets. Upon validation with the testing set, vitreous IL-6 and IL-10 and aqueous IL-6 only data sets achieved 100% predictive accuracy and vitreous IL-6 only data achieved 93% predictive accuracy with 100% sensitivity, 92% specificity, and an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC/AUC) of 96%. With limited sample size, gradient boosting can differentiate endophthalmitis from uveitis and lymphoma by IL-6 and IL-10 with high sensitivity and specificity; however, a larger cohort is needed for further validation.

  7. Vitreous Detachment

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    ... floaters may be accompanied by flashes of light (lightning streaks) in your peripheral, or side, vision. In ... maintained by the NEI Office of Science Communications, Public Liaison, and Education. Technical questions about this website ...

  8. Silica-Immobilized Enzyme Reactors

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    metal affinity binding between the ‘his- tag’ and a metal coating (cobalt) upon the agarose packing material. The peptide forms silica in situ and...the metabolism of p-nitrophenol and testosterone .[78] Similarly, β-glucuronidase was immobilized to a monolithic silica based column and used to...environmental conditions. The combination of a metal and a biocatalyst, for example, would ordinarily not be feasible due to the disparate reaction conditions

  9. Crystalline silica-induced inflammation

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    M. Tech. The persistent presence of neutrophils is associated with a wide range of inflammatory diseases. Resolution of inflammation in these diseases is also associated with the ingestion of apoptotic neutrophils by macrophages. Inflammation and apoptosis of inflammatory cells are common known features observed in the lung following exposure to crystalline silica. What is not known is how well these apoptotic cells are cleared by macrophages in the presence of crystalline silica? To inves...

  10. Sorption of curium by silica colloids: Effect of humic acid

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    Kar, Aishwarya Soumitra; Kumar, Sumit [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Tomar, B.S., E-mail: bstomar@barc.gov.in [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Manchanda, V.K. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2011-02-28

    Sorption of curium by silica colloids has been studied as a function of pH and ionic strength using {sup 244}Cm as a tracer. The sorption was found to increase with increasing pH and reach a saturation value of {approx}95% at pH beyond 5.3. The effect of humic acid on the sorption of {sup 244}Cm onto silica was studied by changing the order of addition of the metal ion and humic acid. In general, in the presence of humic acid (2 mg/L), the sorption increased at lower pH (<5) while it decreased in the pH range 6.5-8 and above pH 8, the sorption was found to increase again. As curium forms strong complex with humic acid, its presence results in the enhancement of curium sorption at lower pH. At higher pH the humic acid present in the solution competes with the surface sites for curium thus decreasing the sorption. The decrease in the Cm sorption in presence of humic acid was found to be less when humic acid was added after the addition of curium. Linear additive model qualitatively reproduced the profile of the Cm(III) sorption by silica in presence of humic acid at least in the lower pH region, however it failed to yield quantitative agreement with the experimental results. The results of the present study evidenced the incorporation of Cm into the silica matrix.

  11. Observation of curative effect on removal surgery of magnetic foreign body in the anterior part of the vitreous cavity

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    Lin-Yi Luo

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the curative effects on a modified simple removal surgery of magnetic foreign body in the anterior part of vitreous cavity combined with traumatic cataract.METHODS: Data were collected on 13 patients with ocular penetrating and perforating injuries combined with traumatic cataracts and magnetic foreign bodies in the anterior part of the vitreous cavity who underwent a simple modified removal surgery. Under direct vision of binocular indirect ophthalmoscope, the intraocular earth magnet was applied to remove the magnetic foreign bodies after clearance of the turbid lens and prolapsed vitreous. Postsurgical intraocular reaction and recovery of the visual function were observed and evaluated.RESULTS: Under the direct vision, by using this surgery method, all the magnetic foreign bodies were successfully removed smooth and fast. No complication such as secondary bleeding or infection occurred. Corrected visual acuity has been improved obviously in all these patients who underwent operation. The postoperative follow up of 6mo showed that the BCVA of 10 cases was >0.3. BCVA of the other 3 cases was 0.1-0.3.CONCLUSION: Under direct vision of binocular indirect ophthalmoscope, the magnetic foreign bodies in the anterior part of vitreous cavity can be removed accurately by using intraocular earth magnet. This modified method is simple and safe. And it is a reliable surgical option for these patients.

  12. Accommodative Movements of the Vitreous Membrane, Choroid, and Sclera in Young and Presbyopic Human and Nonhuman Primate Eyes

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    Croft, Mary Ann; Nork, T. Michael; McDonald, Jared P.; Katz, Alexander; Lütjen-Drecoll, Elke; Kaufman, Paul L.

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    Purpose. We report, for the first time to our knowledge, dynamic movements of the vitreous membrane and peripheral choroid during accommodation, and age-related changes in the anterior sclera. Methods. We studied 11 rhesus monkeys (ages 6–27 years) and 12 human subjects (ages 19–65 years). Accommodation was induced pharmacologically in human subjects and by central electrical stimulation in the monkeys. Ultrasound biomicroscopy, endoscopy, and contrast agents were used to image various intraocular structures. Results. In the monkey, the anterior hyaloid membrane bows backward during accommodation in proportion to accommodative amplitude and lens thickening. A cleft exists between the pars plicata region and the anterior hyaloid membrane, and the cleft width increases during accommodation from 0.79 ± 0.01 mm to 1.01 ± 0.02 mm in young eyes (n = 2, P vitreous zonule, and the neighboring vitreous interconnected with the vitreous zonule. Among the humans, in the older eyes the scleral contour bowed inward in the region of the limbus, compared to the young eyes. Conclusions. The monkey anterior hyaloid bends posteriorly during accommodation in proportion to accommodative amplitude and the sclera bows inward with increasing age in both species. Future descriptions of the accommodative mechanism, and approaches to presbyopia therapy, may need to incorporate these findings. PMID:23745005

  13. A Case of Childhood Vitrectomy Performed for Dense Vitreous Hemorrhage Secondary to Leukemia Therapy and Tumor Lysis Syndrome

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    Takashi Kudo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To report a case of vitrectomy performed in a child with dense massive vitreous hemorrhage due to secondary acute myelogenous leukemia (AML and tumor lysis syndrome. Case: A 4-year-old boy with clear-cell renal cell carcinoma was successfully treated with chemotherapy in 2011. However, in May 2012, he developed secondary AML. Although he was treated with combined chemotherapy and radiation, tumor lysis syndrome occurred with renal and heart failure complications. After an ultrasound examination by pediatricians found bilateral subretinal protrusions, he was referred to our clinic. Fundus examinations confirmed that the protrusions were bilateral subretinal or choroidal hemorrhages. A few weeks later, dense vitreous hemorrhages occurred bilaterally, and he completely lost vision in both eyes. Electroretinograms were extinguished in both eyes. After improvement of his general condition, we performed a 25-gauge vitrectomy combined with lens extraction in his left eye in December 2012. After removal of the vitreous hemorrhage, we found the subretinal hemorrhage had already been absorbed, leaving a mottled fundus color. However, the optic disc was not pale. Nine months after the surgery, his best-corrected visual acuity finally improved to 0.1. Conclusion: We successfully treated a case of severe vitreous hemorrhage secondary to leukemia therapy and tumor lysis syndrome using 25-gauge vitrectomy. This procedure may be safe and effective to perform, even in children with complications.

  14. Visual outcomes and incidence of recurrent vitreous hemorrhage after vitrectomy in diabetic eyes pretreated with bevacizumab (avastin).

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    Lo, Wayne R; Kim, Stephen J; Aaberg, Thomas M; Bergstrom, Christopher; Srivastava, Sunil K; Yan, Jiong; Martin, Daniel F; Hubbard, G Baker

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate the safety and effect of bevacizumab pretreatment on the incidence of recurrent vitreous hemorrhage and visual acuity after vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy. This was a consecutive, retrospective, and comparative cohort study. Patients undergoing vitrectomy from September 2006 through November 2007 at the Emory Eye Center for complications of proliferative diabetic retinopathy were identified and reviewed. A total of 33 eyes pretreated with bevacizumab and 104 untreated eyes were observed for postoperative vitreous hemorrhage and final visual acuity. Patients in the bevacizumab group were significantly younger than those in the untreated group (average age, 46.4 vs. 58.4 years) and were more likely to have 20-gauge instrumentation (58% vs. 36%). An average of 9.6 days passed between injection and surgery. Early (4-6 weeks) rebleed rates were 15% versus 13% in the bevacizumab and untreated groups, respectively, and not statistically different. Preoperative (7/200 vs. count finger at 4'), 1-month postoperative (20/200(-3) vs. 20/150), and 3-month postoperative visual acuity (20/100(-3) vs. 20/100(+2)) were not statistically different between groups. No statistical difference was found in rebleed rates regarding the gauge of vitrectomy. Bevacizumab pretreatment for diabetic vitrectomy was not associated with any observed complications but did not influence rates of postoperative vitreous hemorrhage or final visual acuity in this retrospective series. The overall incidence of postoperative early vitreous hemorrhage in this series was 13% and seems lower than historically reported rates.

  15. An experimental and modelling evaluation of the deformation and fracture of quasi-brittle reticulated vitreous carbon foam

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    Heard, P; Savija, B.; Liu, D; Smith, GE; Hallam, KR; Schlangen, H.E.J.G.; Flewitt, P.E.J.; Gdoutos, Emmanuel E.

    2016-01-01

    In quasibrittle materials the addition of specific microstructural features such as porosity can lead to departure from linear elastic behaviour prior to maximum force, followed by graceful failure. A simple but extreme example is reticulated vitreous carbon foam, with its opencell structure of

  16. Relationship between vitreous and serum vascular endothelial growth factor levels, control of diabetes and microalbuminuria in proliferative diabetic retinopathy

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nader Baharivand1, Nosratollah Zarghami2, Farid Panahi3, Yazdan Dokht Ghafari M3, Ali Mahdavi Fard1, Abbas Mohajeri21Department of Ophthalmology, Nikookari Eye Hospital, 2Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Radiopharmacy, Drug Applied Research Center, 3Faculty of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, IranBackground: Diabetic retinopathy is a serious microvascular disorder of the retina. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF expression, induced by high glucose levels and hypoxia, is a main feature in retinopathy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between vitreous and serum VEGF levels and control of diabetes and microalbuminuria in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy.Methods: Sixty-five patients were enrolled in this case-control study, comprising 30 patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (cases and 35 patients with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (controls. The vitreous VEGF level was compared with the serum VEGF level in both groups. Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c, microalbuminuria, serum creatinine, and stage of nephropathy and retinopathy were also measured in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, and the relationship between these parameters and serum and vitreous VEGF levels was investigated.Results: Mean vitreous and serum VEGF levels were significantly higher in cases compared with controls (P = 0.001, P = 0.011, respectively. There was also a significant correlation between vitreous and serum VEGF levels (P = 0.012, r = 0.453. VEGF levels in patients with well controlled blood glucose (P = 0.039, on drug treatment (P = 0.045 and at an early stage of nephropathy (P = 0.042 were significantly lower. There was a significant correlation between VEGF and albumin to creatinine ratio (P = 0.017, r = 0.432.Conclusion: Serum and vitreous VEGF levels was significantly lower in patients on oral therapy, in those with well controlled glycemia, and in those with

  17. Solid silica nanoparticles: applications in molecular imaging.

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    Shirshahi, Vahid; Soltani, Madjid

    2015-01-01

    Silica and silica-based nanoparticles have been widely used for therapeutic and diagnostic applications in cancer mainly through delivery of drugs, genes and contrast agents. Development of synthesis methods has provided the possibility of fabricating silica nanoparticles with different sizes in nanometer ranges as well as silica-based multimodal nanoparticles with many innovative properties and intriguing applications in biomedicine. The surface of silica particles facilitates different methods of surface modifications and allows conjugation of various biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. In this review, different methods of fabrication of silica and silica-based nanoparticles, their surface modification and the application of these nanoparticles in molecular imaging are discussed. Overall, the aim of this review is to address the development of silica and silica-based multifunctional nanoparticles that are introduced mainly for molecular imaging applications using optical, magnetic (MRI), X-ray (computed tomography) and multimodal imaging techniques. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  18. Gas Separation through Bilayer Silica, the Thinnest Possible Silica Membrane.

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    Yao, Bowen; Mandrà, Salvatore; Curry, John O; Shaikhutdinov, Shamil; Freund, Hans-Joachim; Schrier, Joshua

    2017-12-05

    Membrane-based gas separation processes can address key challenges in energy and environment, but for many applications the permeance and selectivity of bulk membranes is insufficient for economical use. Theory and experiment indicate that permeance and selectivity can be increased by using two-dimensional materials with subnanometer pores as membranes. Motivated by experiments showing selective permeation of H2/CO mixtures through amorphous silica bilayers, here we perform a theoretical study of gas separation through silica bilayers. Using density functional theory calculations, we obtain geometries of crystalline free-standing silica bilayers (comprised of six-membered rings), as well as the seven-, eight-, and nine-membered rings that are observed in glassy silica bilayers, which arise due to Stone-Wales defects and vacancies. We then compute the potential energy barriers for gas passage through these various pore types for He, Ne, Ar, Kr, H2, N2, CO, and CO2 gases, and use the data to assess their capability for selective gas separation. Our calculations indicate that crystalline bilayer silica, which is less than a nanometer thick, can be a high-selectivity and high-permeance membrane material for 3He/4He, He/natural gas, and H2/CO separations.

  19. Determination of Three Corticosteroids in the Biologic Matrix of Vitreous Humor by HPLC-tandem Mass Spectrometry: Method Development and Validation.

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    Prieto, Esther; Vispe, Eugenio; Otín-Mallada, Sofía; Garcia-Martin, Elena; Polo-Llorens, Vicente; Fraile, José M; Pablo, Luis E; Mayoral, José A

    2017-02-01

    To develop a simple, specific, and rapid method to determine corticosteroid concentrations in vitreous humor. An analytical method based on high-pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) with a simple extraction procedure was developed. New Zealand albino rabbits (n = 54) received a single (0.1 mL) intravitreal injection of dexamethasone (DXM, 0.1 mg), methylprednisolone (MP, 2 mg), or triamcinolone acetonide (TA, 10 mg). Eyes were enucleated and mean vitreous steroid levels were quantified at 12 h and 1, 2, 3, 7, and 14 days. Corticosteroids were extracted from the vitreous with acetonitrile, and TA was extracted with ethyl acetate, yielding high protein precipitation and clean solution samples. Vitreous samples were analyzed by isocratic HPLC-MS with mobile phase comprising acetonitrile and 2 mM ammonium formate buffer in water, pH 3.5. The linear range was 50-100,000 ng/g with a lower quantification limit of 45 ng/g for DXM and MP, and 50 ng/g for TA. Vitreous levels of DXM and MP were not detectable 14 days post-administration. Vitreous levels of TA were positive and stable throughout the study in both injected and control eyes. The HPLC-MS analytical method is an alternative to HPLC-MS/MS methods, sensitive enough for identifying and quantifying steroids in vitreous humor at a therapeutic dosage scale.

  20. Homocysteine levels in the vitreous of proliferative diabetic retinopathy and rhegmatogenous retinal detachment: its modulating role on lysyl oxidase.

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    Coral, Karunakaran; Angayarkanni, Narayanasamy; Gomathy, Narayanan; Bharathselvi, Muthuvel; Pukhraj, Rishi; Rupak, Roy

    2009-08-01

    Homocysteine (Hcys), a well-known inducer of vascular endothelial cell damage has been associated with extracellular matrix changes. Lysyl oxidase (LOX) is a copper-dependent amine oxidase that initiates the covalent cross-linking of collagen and elastin in the extracellular matrix (ECM). LOX contributes to the structural integrity of the ECM, and low LOX activity could promote ECM disorganization. Hydroxyproline levels are used to predict collagen turnover status, and most of the endogenous hydroxyproline present in biological fluids is derived from the degradation of various forms of collagen. As Hcys is known to regulate ECM turnover and also inhibit LOX activity, the purpose of this study was to estimate the vitreous levels of Hcys in eyes with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) and rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) and to correlate the effect of Hcys, if any on LOX activity. Undiluted human vitreous specimens obtained during vitreoretinal surgeries for PDR (n = 18) and RRD (n = 17) were used. Vitreous specimens from donor eyeballs were used as control (n = 19). Hcys was estimated by HPLC using a fluorescent detector. Hydroxyproline was estimated spectrophotometrically. The total vitreous Hcys level was found to be increased significantly in PDR (P = 0.011) and in RRD (P = 0.001) compared with that in control samples. Hydroxyproline was significantly increased in PDR (P = 0.049) and RRD (P = 0.007) compared with the level in control samples. There was a significant negative correlation between the Hcys level and the specific activity of LOX in PDR (P = 0.040) and in RRD (P = 0.029) This report shows that increased vitreous Hcys in PDR and RRD is associated with a significant decrease in LOX-specific activity along with an increase in collagen turnover.

  1. Effect of Various Silica Nanofluids: Reduction of Fines Migrations and Surface Modification of Berea Sandstone

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    Rockey Abhishek

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available This work is aimed at addressing surface modification of berea sandstone by silica nanofluids (NFs. Three types of nanofluids were used: silica/deionized water (DIW, silica in DIW with a stabilizer fluid (3-Mercaptopropyl Trimethoxysilane and sulfonate-functionalized silica in DIW. Core flood studies showed that application of silica nanoparticles (NPs improved water injectivity in sandstone. The change in the measured zeta potential indicated surface modification of sandstone by application of NPs. Computation of the surface forces showed that the modified berea sandstone has net attractive potential with fines (obtained from water/rock interaction leading to reduction of fines migration, hence improvement of water injectivity. It was also observed that the silica NPs have greater affinity to adhere/adsorb on quartz surfaces than kaolinite in berea core. This was confirmed by scanning electron microscope imaging and isothermal static adsorption tests. Although the stabilizing of NFs almost did not reduce the fine migration, as was qualitatively indicated by the pressure drop, it enhanced the NPs adsorption on the minerals as obtained by isothermal static adsorption tests. The reduction of fines migration due surface modification by silica NP suggests that NPs can be utilized to overcome the problem of formation damage induced during low salinity flooding in sandstones.

  2. Vitreous membranes used in the biogas purification; Membranas vitreas empleadas en la purificacion de biogas

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    Ortega Viera, L.; Rodriguez Munoz, S.; Fernandez Santana, E.; Martines Ramirez, Y.; Crespo Artigas, A.; Viera Gallardo, Y.

    2016-05-01

    In the present work 10 vitreous membranes with different masses of zinc oxide (ZnO(s)) and particle diameters charcoal (DPC) are used in the purification of biogas. The porosity and tortuosity of the membranes is obtained, showing the variation with respect to the composition thereof. From these structural features specific flow of H{sub 2}S(g) is obtained which is transferred using the Fick's diffusion equation in the membranes and its value increases with increasing mass of ZnO(s). By X-ray diffraction membrane made with 3.16 g of ZnO(s) forming zinc sulfide it is shown, so we can say that the removal of H{sub 2}S(g) occurs by a process of absorption with chemical reaction in the membranes. (Author)

  3. Clinical study of 25G micro-incision vitrectomy on vitreous hemorrhage

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    Zhi-Jian Huang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the safety and effectiveness of 25G micro-incision vitrectomy on vitreous hemorrhage.METHODS:A retrospective review of 200 patients(208 eyeswho were diagnosed as vitreous hemorrhage through the best-corrected visual acuity(BCVA,intraocular pressure(IOP,examination of slit lamp, examination of the ocular fundus and B-mode ultrasongography from January 2012 to June 2014 was taken. All patients were treated by 25G micro-incision vitrectomy. At 1wk,1,3 and 6 mo after the surgeries, the BCVA was retrospectively observed. The changes of IOP, inflammatory reaction and the ocular fundus were observed.RESULTS: The BCVA was light perception in 16 eyes, hand moving in 82 eyes,finger counting in 49 eyes, 0.01~0.09 in 38 eyes,0.1~0.2 in 23 eyes pre-operatively. At 6mo after operations,the BCVA were hand moving in 1 eyes, finger counting in 2 eyes,0.01~0.09 in 31 eyes, 0.1~0.2 in 29 eyes,>0.2 in 145 eyes. The BCVA of all patients kept stable or increased after operations and the difference before and after the operation was statistically significant(Z=-4.128, P=0.000. The pre-operative mean IOP was 15.29±3.62mmHg. The mean IOP was 13.67±4.93mmHg at 6mo after operations. There were 96 eyes(46.2%due to diabetic retinopathy,37 eyes(17.8%due to branch retinal vein obstruction,9 eyes(4.3%due to central retinal vein obstruction,13 eyes(6.25%due to retinal periphlebitis,13 eyes(6.25%due to polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy(PCV,5 eyes(2.4%due to large retinal aneurys,19 eyes(9.1%due to retinal hole,16 eyes(7.7%due to Terson syndrome. Phacoemulcification was performed for 23 eyes(11.1%during operations. There were 145 eyes(69.7%with perfusion fluid,21 eyes(10.1%with C3F8 gas tamponade,17 eyes(8.2%with air tamponade,25 eyes(12.0%with silicone oil tamponade. There were 12 eyes(5.8%with transient hypotony, 8 eyes(3.8%with increased IOP, 19 eyes(9.1%with inflammation in anterior chamber, and 10 eyes(4.8%with vitreous hemorrhage after the

  4. Growth factors/chemokines in diabetic vitreous and aqueous alter the function of bone marrow-derived progenitor (CD34+) cells in humans

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    Balaiya, Sankarathi; Grant, Maria B.; Priluck, Joshua

    2014-01-01

    Ocular ischemic microenvironment plays a critical role in the progression of diabetic retinopathy (DR). In this study, we investigated the effect of vitreous and aqueous obtained from proliferative DR patients on the function of CD34+ cells derived from healthy humans. Human CD34+ cells were incubated with vitreous or aqueous of subjects with PDR. After incubation, cell migration of CD34+ was evaluated with CXCL12. Intracellular levels of nitric oxide (NO) were measured with DAF-FM. Tube formation assay was used to evaluate the effect of treated CD34+ cells on in vitro angiogenesis. Angiogenic protein array and mass spectrometry (MS) were performed to ascertain the factors secreted by healthy nondiabetic CD34+ cells exposed to diabetic vitreous or aqueous. PDR vitreous/aqueous reduced migration of CD34+ cells (672.45 ± 42.1/736.75 ± 101.7 AFU; P vitreous suppressed tube formation of human retinal endothelial cells (64 ± 1.6 vs. 80 ± 2.5). CD34+ exposed to PDR vitreous resulted in the increased expression of CXCL4 and serpin F1, whereas CD34+ exposed to PDR aqueous showed increased expression of CXCL4, serpin F1, and endothelin-1 (ET-1). MS analysis of CD34+ (exposed to PDR vitreous) expressed J56 gene segment, isoform 2 of SPARC-related modular calcium-binding protein 2, isoform 1 of uncharacterized protein c1 orf167, integrin α-M, and 40s ribosomal protein s21. Exposure of healthy nondiabetic CD34+ cells to PDR vitreous and aqueous resulted in decreased migration, reduced generation of NO, and altered paracrine secretory function. Our results suggest that the contribution of CD34+ cells to the aberrant neovascularization observed in PDR is driven more by the proangiogenic effects of the retinal cells rather than the influence of the vitreous. PMID:25159325

  5. Association of High-Mobility Group Box-1 With Th Cell-Related Cytokines in the Vitreous of Ocular Sarcoidosis Patients.

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    Takeuchi, Masaru; Taguchi, Manzo; Sato, Tomohito; Karasawa, Kyoko; Sakurai, Yutaka; Harimoto, Kohzou; Ito, Masataka

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    High-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) is a nonhistone DNA-binding nuclear protein released from necrotic cells, which is also secreted by activated leukocytes and acts as a primary proinflammatory cytokine. In this study, we compared vitreous HMGB1 levels in ocular sarcoidosis with those in noninflammatory vitreoretinal diseases and evaluated its association with Th cell-related and proinflammatory cytokines. The study group consisted of 24 patients with ocular sarcoidosis. The control group consisted of 27 patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) and 24 with idiopathic epiretinal membrane (ERM). Vitreous fluid samples were obtained at the beginning of vitrectomy. Vitreous levels of HMGB1 and IL-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, IL-17F, IL-21, IL-22, IL-23, IL-25, IL-31, IL-33, IFN-γ, soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L), and TNFα were measured. High-mobility group box-1 was detected in the vitreous of 23 of 24 patients (95.8%) with ocular sarcoidosis. Mean vitreous level of HMGB1 was the highest in the sarcoidosis group, followed by the PDR and ERM groups, with significant differences between the three groups. In the sarcoidosis group, vitreous levels of IL-6, IL-10, IL-31, IFN-γ, sCD40L, and TNFα were significantly higher than those in the idiopathic ERM group, and IFN-γ and sCD40L were significantly higher than those in the PDR group. Vitreous HMGB-1 level correlated significantly with IL-10, IFN-γ, and sCD40L levels but not with IL-6, IL-17, IL-31, or TNFα levels. The vitreous level of HMGB1 is elevated in ocular sarcoidosis and is associated with vitreous levels of Th1- and regulatory T-related cytokines, but not with proinflammatory or Th17-related cytokines.

  6. The diffusion dynamics of PEGylated liposomes in the intact vitreous of the ex vivo porcine eye: A fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and biodistribution study

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    Eriksen, Anne Zebitz; Brewer, Jonathan; Andresen, Thomas Lars

    2017-01-01

    The diffusion dynamics of nanocarriers in the vitreous and the influence of nanocarrier physicochemical properties on these dynamics is an important aspect of the efficacy of intravitreal administered nanomedicines for the treatment of posterior segment eye diseases. Here we use fluorescence...... correlation spectroscopy (FCS) to determine liposome diffusion coefficients in the intact vitreous (DVit) of ex vivo porcine eyes using a modified Miyake-Apple technique to minimize the disruption of the vitreous fine structure. We chose to investigate whether the zeta potential of polyethylene glycol...

  7. Pumping Iron and Silica Bodybuilding

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    Mcnair, H.; Brzezinski, M. A.; Krause, J. W.; Parker, C.; Brown, M.; Coale, T.; Bruland, K. W.

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    The availability of dissolved iron influences the stoichiometry of nutrient uptake by diatoms. Under nutrient replete conditions diatoms consume silicic acid and nitrate in a 1:1 ratio, this ratio increases under iron stress. Using the tracers 32Si and PDMPO, the total community and group-specific silica production rates were measured along a gradient of dissolved iron in an upwelling plume off the California coast. At each station, a control (ambient silicic acid) and +20 µM silicic acid treatment were conducted with each tracer to determine whether silicic acid limitation controlled the rate of silica production. Dissolved iron was 1.3 nmol kg-1 nearshore and decreased to 0.15 nmol kg-1 offshore. Silicic acid decreased more rapidly than nitrate, it was nearly 9 µM higher in the nearshore and 7 µM lower than nitrate in the middle of the transect where the iron concentration had decreased. The rate of diatom silica production decreased in tandem with silicic acid concentration, and silica production limitation by low silicic acid was most pronounced when iron concentrations were >0.4 nmol kg-1. The composition of the diatom assemblage shifted from Chaetoceros spp. dominated nearshore to a more sparse pennate-dominated assemblage offshore. Changes in taxa-specific silica production rates will be reported based on examination of PDMPO labeled cells using confocal microscopy.

  8. Preparation of silica films on Ru(0001): A LEEM/PEEM study

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    Klemm, H. W.; Peschel, G.; Madej, E.; Fuhrich, A.; Timm, M.; Menzel, D.; Schmidt, Th.; Freund, H.-J.

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    We use an aberration corrected spectro-microscope, the low energy electron microscope/photoelectron emission microscope (LEEM/PEEM) SMART, to follow the preparation and structure of a bilayer silica film on Ru(0001) as a function of temperature and oxidation conditions. This allows us to analyze the growth process at different length scales in order to judge on the overall quality and the morphology of the film. It is found that the film growth occurs in a crystalline and a vitreous phase as previously discovered using scanning tunneling microscopy. However, the present experiment allows an analysis on the sub-micron level to gain insight into the growth process at a mesoscopic scale. We find that the fully oxidized film can be prepared but that this film contains holes. These are unavoidable and are important to consider, if one wants to use the films for ensemble averaging experiments to investigate migration and reaction of molecules between the silica film and the Ru(0001) substrate.

  9. Exposure to crystalline silica in abrasive blasting operations where silica and non-silica abrasives are used.

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    Radnoff, Diane L; Kutz, Michelle K

    2014-01-01

    Exposure to respirable crystalline silica is a hazard common to many industries in Alberta but particularly so in abrasive blasting. Alberta occupational health and safety legislation requires the consideration of silica substitutes when conducting abrasive blasting, where reasonably practicable. In this study, exposure to crystalline silica during abrasive blasting was evaluated when both silica and non-silica products were used. The crystalline silica content of non-silica abrasives was also measured. The facilities evaluated were preparing metal products for the application of coatings, so the substrate should not have had a significant contribution to worker exposure to crystalline silica. The occupational sampling results indicate that two-thirds of the workers assessed were potentially over-exposed to respirable crystalline silica. About one-third of the measurements over the exposure limit were at the work sites using silica substitutes at the time of the assessment. The use of the silica substitute, by itself, did not appear to have a large effect on the mean airborne exposure levels. There are a number of factors that may contribute to over-exposures, including the isolation of the blasting area, housekeeping, and inappropriate use of respiratory protective equipment. However, the non-silica abrasives themselves also contain silica. Bulk analysis results for non-silica abrasives commercially available in Alberta indicate that many contain crystalline silica above the legislated disclosure limit of 0.1% weight of silica per weight of product (w/w) and this information may not be accurately disclosed on the material safety data sheet for the product. The employer may still have to evaluate the potential for exposure to crystalline silica at their work site, even when silica substitutes are used. Limited tests on recycled non-silica abrasive indicated that the silica content had increased. Further study is required to evaluate the impact of product recycling

  10. 2 development of a simple amino-modified silica-based colorimetric

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    of science. This paper reports the development of a simple amino-modified colorimetric sensor using silica gel modified with (3-aminopropyl)-triethoxysilane (APS) for the qualitative detection of Cu2+ ions in aqueous solutions in an effort to demonstrate the concept of ligand field strength and imbue interest in research in the ...

  11. Silica Aerogel: Synthesis and Applications

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    Jyoti L. Gurav

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Silica aerogels have drawn a lot of interest both in science and technology because of their low bulk density (up to 95% of their volume is air, hydrophobicity, low thermal conductivity, high surface area, and optical transparency. Aerogels are synthesized from molecular precursors by sol-gel processing. Special drying techniques must be applied to replace the pore liquid with air while maintaining the solid network. Supercritical drying is most common; however, recently developed methods allow removal of the liquid at atmospheric pressure after chemical modification of the inner surface of the gels, leaving only a porous silica network filled with air. Therefore, by considering the surprising properties of aerogels, the present review addresses synthesis of silica aerogels by the sol-gel method, as well as drying techniques and applications in current industrial development and scientific research.

  12. Living bacteria in silica gels

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    Nassif, Nadine; Bouvet, Odile; Noelle Rager, Marie; Roux, Cécile; Coradin, Thibaud; Livage, Jacques

    2002-09-01

    The encapsulation of enzymes within silica gels has been extensively studied during the past decade for the design of biosensors and bioreactors. Yeast spores and bacteria have also been recently immobilized within silica gels where they retain their enzymatic activity, but the problem of the long-term viability of whole cells in an inorganic matrix has never been fully addressed. It is a real challenge for the development of sol-gel processes. Generic tests have been performed to check the viability of Escherichia coli bacteria in silica gels. Surprisingly, more bacteria remain culturable in the gel than in an aqueous suspension. The metabolic activity of the bacteria towards glycolysis decreases slowly, but half of the bacteria are still viable after one month. When confined within a mineral environment, bacteria do not form colonies. The exchange of chemical signals between isolated bacteria rather than aggregates can then be studied, a point that could be very important for 'quorum sensing'.

  13. Physisorbed Water on Silica at Mars Temperatures

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    Sutter, B.; Sriwatanapongse, W.; Quinn, R.; Klug, C.; Zent, A.

    2002-01-01

    The usefulness of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in probing water interactions on silica at Mars temperatures is discussed. Results indicate that two types of water occur with silica at Mars temperatures. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  14. Silica Precursors Derived From TEOS

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    Philipp, Warren H.

    1993-01-01

    Two high-char-yield polysiloxane polymers developed. Designated as TEOS-A and TEOS-B with silica char yields of 55% and 22%, respectively. These free-flowing polymers are Newtonium liquids instead of thick gels. Easily synthesized by controlled hydrolysis of inexpensive tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). Adhesive properties of TEOS-A suggest its use as binder for fabrication of ceramic articles from oxide powders. Less-viscous and more-fluid lower-molecular-weight TEOS-B used to infiltrate already-formed porous ceramic compacts to increase densities without effecting shrinkage. Also used as paint to coat substrate with silica, and to make highly pure silicate powders.

  15. Optothermal nonlinearity of silica aerogel

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    Braidotti, Maria Chiara; Fleming, Adam; Samuels, Michiel C; Di Falco, Andrea; Conti, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    We report on the characterization of silica aerogel thermal optical nonlinearity, obtained by z-scan technique. The results show that typical silica aerogels have nonlinear optical coefficient similar to that of glass $(\\simeq 10^{-12} $m$^2/$W), with negligible optical nonlinear absorption. The non\\-li\\-near coefficient can be increased to values in the range of $10^{-10} $m$^2/$W by embedding an absorbing dye in the aerogel. This value is one order of magnitude higher than that observed in the pure dye and in typical highly nonlinear materials like liquid crystals.

  16. Upregulation of Mir-21 Levels in the Vitreous Humor Is Associated with Development of Proliferative Vitreoretinal Disease.

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    Usui-Ouchi, Ayumi; Ouchi, Yasuo; Kiyokawa, Masatoshi; Sakuma, Toshiro; Ito, Rei; Ebihara, Nobuyuki

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression by post-transcriptional inhibition of mRNA translation. Dysregulation of miRNAs, including circulating miRNAs, has been reported to play an important role in the development of various diseases, including fibrotic diseases. Aberrant expression of miRNAs in the vitreous humor of vitreoretinal diseased eyes has been reported. However, the expression pattern of miRNAs present in the vitreous humor of proliferative vitreoretinal disease (PVD) patients, including proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), and proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), remains unknown. To investigate the factors important for the development of PVD, we characterized the miRNAs present in the vitreous humor of PVD patients and analyzed the expression profiles of 377 miRNAs using quantitative polymerase chain reaction-based miRNA arrays. The expression of a specific subset of miRNAs, previously reported to be associated with the development of angiogenesis and fibrosis, was significantly altered in the vitreous of PVD patients. Among these miRNAs, we identified miR-21 as a candidate fibrotic miRNA with an important role in the pathogenesis of PVD. Increased miR-21 levels in the vitreous were associated with retinal fibrosis, including PVR and PDR. Because epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPECs) plays a critical role in retinal fibrosis, the expression of miR-21 in human RPECs was determined. Its expression in RPECs was induced by transforming growth factor-β, a key growth factor involved in fibrogenesis, and was enhanced by high glucose culture conditions, suggesting that miR-21 expression positively correlates with disease progression. Gain- and loss-of-function studies revealed that miR-21 promoted cell proliferation and migration of ARPE-19 cells without affecting EMT-related gene expression. Together, our studies have identified miR-21 as a potential disease-modifying mi

  17. A new model for the estimation of time of death from vitreous potassium levels corrected for age and temperature.

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    Zilg, B; Bernard, S; Alkass, K; Berg, S; Druid, H

    2015-09-01

    Analysis of potassium concentration in the vitreous fluid of the eye is frequently used by forensic pathologists to estimate the postmortem interval (PMI), particularly when other methods commonly used in the early phase of an investigation can no longer be applied. The postmortem rise in vitreous potassium has been recognized for several decades and is readily explained by a diffusion of potassium from surrounding cells into the vitreous fluid. However, there is no consensus regarding the mathematical equation that best describes this increase. The existing models assume a linear increase, but different slopes and starting points have been proposed. In this study, vitreous potassium levels, and a number of factors that may influence these levels, were examined in 462 cases with known postmortem intervals that ranged from 2h to 17 days. We found that the postmortem rise in potassium followed a non-linear curve and that decedent age and ambient temperature influenced the variability by 16% and 5%, respectively. A long duration of agony and a high alcohol level at the time of death contributed less than 1% variability, and evaluation of additional possible factors revealed no detectable impact on the rise of vitreous potassium. Two equations were subsequently generated, one that represents the best fit of the potassium concentrations alone, and a second that represents potassium concentrations with correction for decedent age and/or ambient temperature. The former was associated with narrow confidence intervals in the early postmortem phase, but the intervals gradually increased with longer PMIs. For the latter equation, the confidence intervals were reduced at all PMIs. Therefore, the model that best describes the observed postmortem rise in vitreous potassium levels includes potassium concentration, decedent age, and ambient temperature. Furthermore, the precision of these equations, particularly for long PMIs, is expected to gradually improve by adjusting the

  18. Evaluation of the vitreous microbial contamination rate in office-based three-port microincision vitrectomy surgery using Retrector technology.

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    Rezende, Flavio A; Qian, Cynthia X; Sapieha, Przemyslaw

    2014-05-01

    To perform a microbiological contamination analysis of the vitreous during office-based micro-incision vitrectomy surgery (MIVS) assessing whether the bacteria detected correlated with patient's ocular conjunctival flora. This is a prospective, interventional, nonrandomized case series of patients undergoing office-based MIVS, anti-VEGF, and dexamethasone intravitreal injections (triple therapy) for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME).All patients were operated at a small procedure room in an ambulatory clinic of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Conjunctival samples were done before placing the sclerotomies. The MIVS was done with a 23-gauge retractable vitrector, a 27-gauge infusion line, and a 29-gauge chandelier. Undiluted and diluted vitreous were collected for aerobic, anaerobic and fungal cultures. Outcomes measured were bacterial species identification within samples collected from the conjunctiva and the vitreous. Thirty-seven patients (37 eyes) were recruited and completed over 17 months of follow-up. Twenty-eight had wet AMD and nine had DME. There were 13 men and 24 women, with a mean age of 78 years. Eighteen patients (46%) had culture positive conjunctival flora. Twenty-six bacterial colonies were tabulated in total from the conjunctival swabs. All bacteria detected were gram-positive bacteria (100%), most commonly: Staphylococcus epidermitis in 11 (42%) and Corynebacterium sp. in 6 (23%). Only 1/18 patients had more than 3 species isolated, 6/18 patients had 2 species and 11/18 patients had 1 species identified on the conjunctival swab. Only 1 of the 37 undiluted midvitreous samples was culture positive, equating to a contamination rate of 2.7%. None of the diluted vitreous samples were culture positive. All cultures were negative for fungus. No serious postoperative complications occurred, including bacterial endophthalmitis, choroidal detachment, and

  19. Niobia-silica and silica membranes for gas separation

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    Boffa, V.

    2008-01-01

    This thesis describes the development of ceramic membranes suitable for hydrogen separation and CO2 recovery from gaseous streams. The research work was focused on the three different parts of which gas selective ceramic membranes are composed, i.e., the microporous gas selective silica layer, the

  20. Silica coated ionic liquid templated mesoporous silica nanoparticles ...

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    Analysis indicates that the particles obtained were in spherical shape with decreasing size as the alkyl chain length of ionic liquid increases. The materials also show increase of BET surface value as the alkyl chain length increases from the range 19 m2/g to 23 m2/g. Keywords: mesoporous silica; ionic liquid, pyridinium; ...

  1. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography and B-scan ultrasonography in the evaluation of retinal tears in acute, incomplete posterior vitreous detachment.

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    Abdolrahimzadeh, Solmaz; Piraino, Domenica Carmen; Scavella, Vittorio; Abdolrahimzadeh, Barmak; Cruciani, Filippo; Gharbiya, Magda; Recupero, Santi Maria

    2016-05-23

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the extension and traction effects of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) complicated with retinal tears using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) and B-scan ultrasonography. Complete ophthalmological examination, B-scan ultrasonography and spectral domain OCT were performed in patients with acute PVD and retinal tears. Vitreous detachment was classified as complete or incomplete, based on extent of posterior pole or peripheral vitreous detachment. Retinal tear location and persistent traction on the retinal flap was evaluated with B-scan ultrasonography and OCT. Categorical data were evaluated with Fisher's exact test. Statistical significance was considered as P vitreous detachment. The impact of complete or incomplete PVD can be of clinical value when evaluating patients with retinal tears.

  2. ESTUDIO ARQUEOHISTÓRICO DEL REGISTRO VÍTREO EN SITIOS MINEROS (MENDOZA, ARGENTINA) (Archaeohistorical Study of the Vitreous Record in Mining Sites (Mendoza, Argentina))

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    Osvaldo Sironi

    2017-01-01

    ... medicinales entre la clase trabajadora minera de la Precordillera de Mendoza (Argentina). ENGLISH: Results of the analysis of the vitreous record from Minas Paramillos Sur and Mina La Atala are presented...

  3. RE-INTERVENTION IN DE NOVO VITREOUS OPACITIES AFTER PARS PLANA VITRECTOMY IN FAMILIAL AMYLOIDOTIC POLYNEUROPATHY TTR VAL30METPORTUGUESE PATIENTS.

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    Ferreira, Natália Novais; Cunha Dias, David Afonso; Afonso Carvalho, Rui Pedro; Pardal Monteiro Coelho, Maria Teresa

    2017-03-22

    To report management of de novo vitreous amyloid opacities after previous pars plana vitrectomy in familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy transthyretin Val30Met. This work is a retrospective observational consecutive case series of five eyes of four patients. Demographic data, transthyretin mutation involved, age at the beginning of disease, duration of disease, treatment (liver transplant or tafamidis), time between vitrectomy and re-intervention, and ophthalmologic changes were evaluated. Surgical re-intervention included phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation in phakic eyes, re-vitrectomy as complete as possible with posterior capsulectomy, and internal limiting membrane peeling if wrinkling of internal retinal surface was present. All patients had transthyretin Val30Met mutation, and three were women. Mean age of onset of the disease was 52 ± 11.0 years, and average evolution time of the disease was 8 years. Three patients had been submitted to liver transplant 4, 9, and 15 years before. Time between first vitrectomy and surgical re-intervention was longer than 2 years in all cases. Two eyes had amyloid deposits on anterior lens surface and pupillary border with scalloped pupil. Two eyes were phakic. Glaucoma was present in two eyes; one of them had previous trabeculectomy. All cases had vitreous opacities behind posterior lens capsule and at vitreous base area. After re-intervention, no further recurrence was observed (average follow-up of 10 months). De novo vitreous amyloid opacities may occur several years after pars plana vitrectomy. Amyloid deposition in vitreous cavity was observed only in strong vitreous adherence locations (behind posterior lens capsule and at vitreous base area). The authors expect that this procedure, an extensive re-vitrectomy associated with posterior capsulectomy, will prevent de novo vitreous amyloid opacities.

  4. Pathological vitreous causes cell line-derived (but not donor-derived) retinal pigment epithelial cells to display proliferative vitreoretinopathy-like features in culture.

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    Sharma, Maryada; Tiwari, Anil; Sharma, Shweta; Bansal, Reema; Gupta, Vishali; Gupta, Amod; Luthra-Guptasarma, Manni

    2014-11-01

    It is well understood that epithelial mesenchymal transformation occurs when retinal pigment epithelial cells, sourced from either a cell line or cadaver eye, are cultured in the presence of cadaver-derived vitreous. We sought to study the changes in retinal pigment epithelial cells when cell line-derived retinal pigment epithelial cells are cultured in the presence of pathological vitreous. Prospective study. 42 patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachments. D407 retinal pigment epithelial cells were cultured in the presence of cadaver-derived vitreous or vitreous/subretinal fluid derived from patients undergoing retinal reattachment surgeries. Besides the changes in phenotypic characteristics, the viability, proliferation, migration, mesenchymal marker expression and changes in the extracellular matrix components were also evaluated. Fibrotic phenotype in cell culture. Our study clearly demonstrates that cell line-derived retinal pigment epithelial cells (unlike donor-derived retinal pigment epithelial cells) cultured in the presence of patient-derived vitreous/subretinal fluid, exhibit characteristic features of proliferative vitreoretinopathy. We propose that it is the synergistic effect of the combined use of (i) pathological vitreous, rather than cadaver-derived vitreous (since rhegmatogenous retinal detachment-derived pathological vitreous and subretinal fluid contain exaggerated amounts of growth factors, which could predispose to proliferative vitreoretinopathy development) and (ii) cells from an immortal cell culture (cell line), rather than from primary cell cultures (since cells subjected to continuous serial passaging acquire some mesenchymal characteristics), which together result in not only a unique phenotype, but also prime these cells towards display of features associated with proliferative vitreoretinopathy. © 2014 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

  5. Qualitative research.

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    Maher, Lisa; Dertadian, George

    2017-08-07

    This narrative review aims to highlight key insights from qualitative research on drug use and drug users by profiling a selection of classic works. Consensus methods were used to identify and select four papers published in 1938, 1969, 1973 and 1984 considered to be classics. These landmark qualitative studies included the first account of addiction as a social process, demonstrating that people have meaningful responses to drug use that cannot be reduced to their pharmacological effects; the portrayal of inner-city heroin users as exacting, energetic and engaged social agents; identification of the interactive social learning processes involved in becoming a drug user; the application of the 'career' concept to understanding transitions and trajectories of drug use over time; and the articulation of a framework for understanding drug use that incorporates the interaction between pharmacology, psychology and social environments. These classic sociological and anthropological studies deployed qualitative research methods to show how drug use is shaped by complex sets of factors situated within social contexts, viewing drug users as agents engaged actively in social processes and worlds. Their findings have been used to challenge stereotypes about drug use and drug users, develop a deeper understanding of drug use among hidden, hard-to-research and under-studied populations, and provide the foundations for significant developments in scientific knowledge about the nature of drug use. They continue to retain their relevance, providing important correctives to biomedical and behaviourist paradigms, reminding us that drug use is a social process, and demonstrating how the inductive approach of qualitative research can strengthen the way we understand and respond to drug use and related harms. © 2017 Society for the Study of Addiction.

  6. Functionalized silica materials for electrocatalysis

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    Electrocatalysis is an important phenomenon which is utilized in metal–air batteries, fuel cells, electrochemical sensors, etc. ... Owing to the uniform dispersion of electrocatalysts (metal complex and/or metal nanoparticles (NPs)) on the functionalized and non-functionalized silica, an enormous increase in the redox current ...

  7. Ultimate Porous Material - silica aerogel -

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    片桐, 成人; 安達, 信泰; 太田, 敏孝

    2014-01-01

    Aerogel is an ultra-porous material derived from a gel, in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with air. Usually, it is prepared by a supercritical drying using carbon dioxide. In this review, we introduce how to make silica aerogel as the most typical aerogel.

  8. Bioinspired synthesis of mesoporous silicas

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    Sun, QY; Vrieling, E G; van Santen, RA; Sommerdijk, NAJM

    Recent years have witnessed rapid growth in the number of new investigations at the interface of materials chemistry and biology. This review highlights the recent developments in the studies of protein-mediated silica biomineralization in diatoms and the "downscaling" and "upscaling" models derived

  9. THEORETICAL GAS CONCENTRATIONS ACHIEVING 100% FILL OF THE VITREOUS CAVITY IN THE POSTOPERATIVE PERIOD: A Gas Eye Model Study.

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    Williamson, Tom H; Guillemaut, Jean-Yves; Hall, Sheldon K; Hutter, Joseph C; Goddard, Tony

    2017-12-11

    To determine the concentrations of different gas tamponades in air to achieve 100% fill of the vitreous cavity postoperatively and to examine the influence of eye volume on these concentrations. A mathematical model of the mass transfer dynamics of tamponade and blood gases (O2, N2, and CO2) when injected into the eye was used. Mass transfer surface areas were calculated from published anatomical data. The model has been calibrated from published volumetric decay and composition results for three gases sulphahexafluoride (SF6), hexafluoroethane (C2F6), or perfluoropropane (C3F8). The concentrations of these gases (in air) required to achieve 100% fill of the vitreous cavity postoperatively without an intraocular pressure rise were determined. The concentrations were calculated for three volumes of the vitreous cavity to test whether ocular size influenced the results. A table of gas concentrations was produced. In a simulation of pars plana vitrectomy operations in which an 80% to 85% fill of the vitreous cavity with gas was achieved at surgery, the concentrations of the 3 gases in air to achieve 100% fill postoperatively were 10% to 13% for C3F8, 12% to 15% for C2F6, and 19% to 25% for SF6. These were similar to the so-called "nonexpansive" concentrations used in the clinical setting. The calculations were repeated for three different sizes of eye. Aiming for an 80% fill at surgery and 100% postoperatively, an eye with a 4-mL vitreous cavity required 24% SF6, 15% C2F6, or 13% C3F8; 7.2 mL required 25% SF6, 15% C2F6, or 13% C3F8; and 10 mL required 25% SF6, 16% C2F6, or 13% C3F8. When using 100% gas (e.g., used in pneumatic retinopexy), to achieve 100% fill postoperatively, the minimum vitreous cavity fill at surgery was 43% for SF6, 29% for C2F6, and 25% for C3F8 and was only minimally changed by variation in the size of the eye. A table has been produced, which could be used for surgical innovation in gas usage in the vitreous cavity. It provides concentrations

  10. [Biotoxicology and biodynamics of silica nanoparticle].

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    Xue, Zhi-gang; Zhu, Shai-hong; Pan, Qian; Liang, De-sheng; Li, Yu-mei; Liu, Xiong-hao; Xia, Kun; Xia, Jia-hui

    2006-02-01

    To investigate the toxicology and biodynamics of silica nanoparticle. The silica nanoparticles were injected into mice through tail vein, and the mice were amphimixised, the urine was collected in different time, variations of pathology in organs and tissues of the mice were detected. At the same time, the silica nanoparticles' distribution in the tissues was observed through electron microscope. The silica nanoparticles were detected in all tissues and urine of the mice. The injected mice can reproduce as normal. The silica nanoparticles do not have toxicity and can be used in vivo.

  11. Silica-Coated Liposomes for Insulin Delivery

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    Neelam Dwivedi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Liposomes coated with silica were explored as protein delivery vehicles for their enhanced stability and improved encapsulation efficiency. Insulin was encapsulated within the fluidic phosphatidylcholine lipid vesicles by thin film hydration at pH 2.5, and layer of silica was formed above lipid bilayer by acid catalysis. The presence of silica coating and encapsulated insulin was identified using confocal and electron microscopy. The native state of insulin present in the formulation was evident from Confocal Micro-Raman spectroscopy. Silica coat enhances the stability of insulin-loaded delivery vehicles. In vivo study shows that these silica coated formulations were biologically active in reducing glucose levels.

  12. Application of PIXE to the characterization of vitreous dacites from archaeolgical sites in the Atacama region in northern Chile

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    Morales, J.R.; Cancino, S. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Las Palmeras 3425, Nunoa, Santiago 1 (Chile); Miranda, P. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Las Palmeras 3425, Nunoa, Santiago 1 (Chile)], E-mail: pjmirand@gmail.com; Dinator, M.I. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Las Palmeras 3425, Nunoa, Santiago 1 (Chile); Seelenfreund, A. [Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Condell 343, Providencia, Santiago (Chile)

    2007-11-15

    Geochemical characterization studies using PIXE were carried out on 21 vitreous dacite artifacts from early formative archaeological sites in the Atacama region, in northern Chile, and on 13 samples taken from two potential volcanic sources located within the region. Performing statistical analyses it was possible to obtain elemental concentration patterns for the archaeological samples of this material and match some of these artifacts with the geological source samples.

  13. Pharmacokinetics of Sparfloxacin in the Serum and Vitreous Humor of Rabbits: Physicochemical Properties That Regulate Penetration of Quinolone Antimicrobials

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    Liu, Weiguo; Liu, Qing Feng; Perkins, Ruth; Drusano, George; Louie, Arnold; Madu, Assumpta; Mian, Umar; Mayers, Martin; Miller, Michael H.

    1998-01-01

    We have used a recently described animal model to characterize the ocular pharmacokinetics of sparfloxacin in vitreous humor of uninfected albino rabbits following systemic administration and direct intraocular injection. The relationships of lipophilicity, protein binding, and molecular weight to the penetration and elimination of sparfloxacin were compared to those of ciprofloxacin, fleroxacin, and ofloxacin. To determine whether elimination was active, elimination rates following direct in...

  14. Clinical research on the development of posterior vitreous detachments after coaxial microincision phacoemulsification

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    Rong Xu

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To explore the development process of when posterior vitreous detachments(PVDsafter coaxial micro-incision phacoemulsification and aspiration combined with foldable intraocular lens implantation.METHODS: Clinical data of 917 patients with cataract were collected after coaxial microincision phacoemulsification and aspiration combined with foldable intraocular lens implantation. The 917 operating eyes forms observation group and the 917 corresponding normal eyes serve as control group. All patients underwent a comprehensive ocular examination before surgery. The vitreous and retinal condition was tested by B-scan ultrasonography and biomicroscope with a 90-diopter(Dpreset lens after 1 week and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. RESULTS: The incident rate of eyes in the observation group that developed PVD after operation were 8(0.9%, 31(3.4%, 53(5.8%, 78(8.5%, 129(14.1%within 1 week and 1, 3, 6, 12 months, respectively. Ten(7.8%of the 129 eyes in which PVD developed during the one year follow-up period had new retinal breaks with or without a retinal detachment; One(0.1%of the 788 eyes in which a PVD did not developed during the follow-up period had new retinal tear with or without a retinal detachment; these percentages were statistically significant(P=0.009. Eight(14.8%of 54 eyes with lattice degeneration and 2(2.7%of 75 eyes without lattice degeneration had retinal tears associated with a PVD; the difference was statistically significant(P=0.004.CONCLUSION: Development of PVDs seems to accelerate after coaxial microincision phacoemulsification and linearly accumulated for 1 year postoperatively. Approximately 7.8% of eyes with a PVD had retinal tears. Compared with patients having no lattice degeneration, Patients' eyes with lattice degeneration had a 5.5-fold higher risk of developing retinal breaks associated with a PVD. This indicates long-term follow-up is necessary after phacoemulsification is performed.

  15. Silica binding and toxicity in alveolar macrophages.

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    Hamilton, Raymond F; Thakur, Sheetal A; Holian, Andrij

    2008-04-01

    Inhalation of the crystalline form of silica is associated with a variety of pathologies, from acute lung inflammation to silicosis, in addition to autoimmune disorders and cancer. Basic science investigators looking at the mechanisms involved with the earliest initiators of disease are focused on how the alveolar macrophage interacts with the inhaled silica particle and the consequences of silica-induced toxicity on the cellular level. Based on experimental results, several rationales have been developed for exactly how crystalline silica particles are toxic to the macrophage cell that is functionally responsible for clearance of the foreign particle. For example, silica is capable of producing reactive oxygen species (ROS) either directly (on the particle surface) or indirectly (produced by the cell as a response to silica), triggering cell-signaling pathways initiating cytokine release and apoptosis. With murine macrophages, reactive nitrogen species are produced in the initial respiratory burst in addition to ROS. An alternative explanation for silica toxicity includes lysosomal permeability, by which silica disrupts the normal internalization process leading to cytokine release and cell death. Still other research has focused on the cell surface receptors (collectively known as scavenger receptors) involved in silica binding and internalization. The silica-induced cytokine release and apoptosis are described as the function of receptor-mediated signaling rather than free radical damage. Current research ideas on silica toxicity and binding in the alveolar macrophage are reviewed and discussed.

  16. Analysis of six benzodiazepines in vitreous humor by high-performance liquid chromatography-photodiode-array detection.

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    Cabarcos, P; Tabernero, M J; Álvarez, I; López, P; Fernández, P; Bermejo, A M

    2010-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to validate a high-performance liquid chromatography-photodiode-array detetion method for the determination of six benzodiazepines in vitreous humor. The sample preparation was carried out using solid-phase extraction with Oasis HLB cartridges and 10% acetic acid/MeOH as elution solvent. The vitreous humor is less affected by postmortem changes and is a very useful sample when blood or urine specimens are not available. Linear curves for bromazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, lormetazepam, diazepam, and tetrazepam were obtained within the range 0.03-3 μg/mL, with coefficients of correlation lower than 0.999. The limit of detection was 3 ng/mL, and the lower limit of quantification was 30 ng/mL for each benzodiazepine. Intra- and interassay for precision and accuracy provided results less than 16.81% and 16.78%, respectively. Recoveries were higher than 68.51% in all cases. Finally, the method was applied to determine benzodiazepines in vitreous humor from intoxicated patients.

  17. Quantitative selenium speciation by HPLC-ICP-MS(IDA) and simultaneous activity measurements in human vitreous humor.

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    González de Vega, Raquel; Fernández-Sánchez, María Luisa; González Iglesias, Héctor; Coca Prados, Miguel; Sanz-Medel, Alfredo

    2015-03-01

    A post-column isotope dilution analysis (IDA) methodology was applied to carry out quantitative speciation of selenium in human vitreous humor samples by size exclusion chromatography (SEC) coupled on-line to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Two main selenium species detected by SEC-ICP-MS were found to be associated to protein complexes. The expected molecular weights for both selenium-bound complexes were confirmed by MALDI-TOF(MS) and the results matched well with the theoretical mass of a GPx monomer (M, 22 kDa) and tetramer (T, 88 kDa). The quantification of the two detected selenium-bound complexes by post-column IDA showed that the total content of selenospecies in vitreous humor was approximately 3.2 ± 1.8 ppb Se. Moreover, in most of the analyzed vitreous humor samples, the majority of the selenium was associated to higher molecular weight GPx biomolecules. In an attempt to assess if the enzymatic activity was associated with a given selenium-bound GPx protein, the antioxidant enzyme activity was assayed for the two separated GPx species. Only for GPx (T) was a linear relationship between activity and total Se concentration found by ICP-MS.

  18. Applications of silica supports in affinity chromatography.

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    Schiel, John E; Mallik, Rangan; Soman, Sony; Joseph, Krina S; Hage, David S

    2006-04-01

    The combined use of silica-based chromatographic supports with immobilized affinity ligands can be used in many preparative and analytical applications. One example is the use of silica-based affinity columns in HPLC, giving rise to a method known as high-performance affinity chromatography (HPAC). This review discusses the role that silica has played in the development of affinity chromatography and HPAC and the applications of silica in these methods. This includes a discussion of the types of ligands that have been employed with silica and the methods by which these ligands have been immobilized. Various formats have also been presented for the use of silica in affinity chromatographic methods, including assays involving direct or indirect analyte detection, on-line or off-line affinity extraction, and chiral separations. The use of silica-based affinity columns in studies of biological systems based on zonal elution and frontal analysis methods will also be considered.

  19. The Pozzolanic reaction of silica fume

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    Jensen, Ole Mejlhede

    2012-01-01

    Silica fume is a very important supplementary cementitious binder in High-Performance and Ultra High-Performance Concretes. Through its pozzolanic reaction the silica fume densifies the concrete micro-structure, in particular it strengthens the paste-aggregate interfacial transition zone. In the ......Silica fume is a very important supplementary cementitious binder in High-Performance and Ultra High-Performance Concretes. Through its pozzolanic reaction the silica fume densifies the concrete micro-structure, in particular it strengthens the paste-aggregate interfacial transition zone....... In the present paper different aspects of the pozzolanic reaction of silica fume are investigated. These include chemical shrinkage, isothermal heat development and strength development. Key data for these are given and compared with theoretical calculations, and based on presented measurements the energy...... of activation of the pozzolanic reaction of silica fume is estimated. The results show that the pozzolanic reaction of silica fume has notable differences from Portland cement hydration....

  20. Potential of silica bodies (phytoliths) for nanotechnology.

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    Neethirajan, Suresh; Gordon, Richard; Wang, Lijun

    2009-08-01

    Many plant systems accumulate silica in solid form, creating intracellular or extracellular silica bodies (phytoliths) that are essential for growth, mechanical strength, rigidity, predator and fungal defence, stiffness and cooling. Silica is an inorganic amorphous oxide formed by polymerization processes within plants. There has been much research to gain new insights into its biochemistry and to mimic biosilicification. We review the background on plant silica bodies, silica uptake mechanisms and applications, and suggest possible ways of producing plant silica bodies with new functions. Silica bodies offer complementary properties to diatoms for nanotechnology, including large-scale availability from crop wastes, lack of organic impurities (in some), microencapsulation and microcrystalline quartz with possibly unique optical properties.

  1. Effect of silica sources in nanoporous silica synthesis on releasing behavior of indigo carmine

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    Chanatip Samart

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Nanoporous silica was applied in controlled releasing experiments. Different physical properties of the nanoporous silica, related to variations of the silica sources, affected the releasing behaviour. Two different silica precursors in nanoporous silica synthesis were investigated, tetraethoxysilane and sodium silicate. The nanoporous silica, which was obtained by tetraethoxysilane, gave the highest surface area (800 m2/g and pore volume (1.2 cc/g. On the other hand, the nanoporous silica obtaining from sodium silicate showed the largest pore size (9 nm. The nanoporous silica with larger pore volume can load a higher amount of indigo carmine, which resulted in a fast release due to the large driving force between the silicaparticle and media solution. However, the releasing rate was not only affected by the pore volume, but also by the interactionbetween the silanol groups on the silica surface and molecules of indigo carmine.

  2. Effect of hydrophobic nano-silica on the thermal insulation of fibrous silica compacts

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    Tseng-Wen Lian

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The particle’s surface property plays an important role on controlling the thermal insulation performance of fibrous silica compacts. In the present study, the effect of addition of hydrophobic silica on the thermal conductivity of the fibrous silica compacts is investigated. The measurement was conducted using laser flash method and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC method. The thermal conductivity of fibrous silica compacts is only 0.042 W/m K. The addition of 5% hydrophobic silica further reduces the thermal conductivity of fibrous silica compacts to 0.033 W/m K. The thermal conductivity reaches a constant value with higher hydrophobic silica content. The flexural strength decreases with the increase of hydrophobic silica content. A compromise between the thermal insulation and strength is needed. The performance of fibrous silica compacts shows strong dependence on the surface structure of glass fibers.

  3. Monitoring the Modifications of the Vitreous Humor Metabolite Profile after Death: An Animal Model

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    Maria Francesca Rosa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We applied a metabolomic approach to monitor the modifications occurring in goat vitreous humor (VH metabolite composition at different times (0, 6, 12, 18, and 24 hours after death. The 1H-NMR analysis of the VH samples was performed for the simultaneous determination of several metabolites (i.e., the metabolite profile representative of the VH status at different times. Spectral data were analyzed by Principal Component Analysis (PCA and by Orthogonal Projection to Latent Structures (OPLS regression technique. PCA and OPLS suggested that different spectral regions were involved in time-related changes. The major time-related compositional changes, here detected, were the increase of lactate, hypoxanthine, alanine, total glutathione, choline/phosphocholine, creatine, and myo-inositol and the decrease of glucose and 3-hydroxybutyrate. We attempted a speculative interpretation of the biological mechanisms underlying these changes. These results show that multivariate statistical approach, based on 1H NMR metabolite profiling, is a powerful tool for detecting ongoing differences in VH composition and may be applied to investigate several physiological and pathological conditions.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of polyarylacetylene for use in the monolithic vitreous carbon processing

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    Silvia Sizuka Oishi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work, polyarylacetylene (PAA prepolymer obtained from 1,4-diethynylbenzene was evaluated as polymeric precursor of monolithic vitreous carbon (MVC. The monomer 1,4-diethynylbenzene was synthesized and the PAA prepolymer was prepared with 13, 16 and 19 wt % of nickel catalyst. The best percentage of nickel catalyst considered was 13 wt %, due to the lower molecular weight and polydispersity index and higher carbon yield. The traditional production of MVC is obtained from phenolic and poly(furfuryl alcohol resins, which require many hours to pyrolyze due to the large quantity of gases generated. Furthermore, the porosity is hard to control using these conventional resins. Polyarylacetylene releases little volatiles due to the polyaddition reaction and the aromatic rings in PAA chain also provide a high thermal stability, therefore the heat treatment could be faster without cracking the carbon material. This would also lower the cost of fabrication of MVC, in addition to the low porosity observed, making this polymer a good matrix for MVC.

  5. Removal of Cd+2 from aqueous solutions onto polypyrrole coated reticulated vitreous carbon eletrodes

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    Tramontina Jucelânia

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of simple methods for removal of heavy metals from aqueous samples is a relevant field of research. In this connection, the electrodeposition of the Cd+2 ion, one of the most toxic species for animals and human beings, was investigated in aerated pH 4.8 sulfuric-sulfate solutions. In potentiostatic conditions, the maximum rate of cadmium deposition at a neutral polypyrrole (PPy0 coated reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC working electrode occurs at -3.0 V vs. the saturated calomel reference electrode (SCE. Moreover, the conversion rate depends both on the applied potential and on the mass transport regime, and, for solutions containing 10 mg L-1 of Cd2+, the highest removal efficiency achieved is 84% after 90 min of electrolysis. The concentration decay of the Cd+2 ion in the solution was monitored by anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV at a hanging mercury drop electrode. Besides, metallic cadmium deposited onto the polypyrrole modified RVC electrode was evidenced by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM analysis using the backscattered electron image (BEI technique and by Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (EDS.

  6. Lamellar body ultrastructure revisited: high-pressure freezing and cryo-electron microscopy of vitreous sections.

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    Vanhecke, Dimitri; Herrmann, Gudrun; Graber, Werner; Hillmann-Marti, Therese; Mühlfeld, Christian; Studer, Daniel; Ochs, Matthias

    2010-10-01

    Lamellar bodies are the storage sites for lung surfactant within type II alveolar epithelial cells. The structure-function models of lamellar bodies are based on microscopic analyses of chemically fixed tissue. Despite available alternative fixation methods that are less prone to artifacts, such as cryofixation by high-pressure freezing, the nature of the lung, being mostly air filled, makes it difficult to take advantage of these improved methods. In this paper, we propose a new approach and show for the first time the ultrastructure of intracellular lamellar bodies based on cryo-electron microscopy of vitreous sections in the range of nanometer resolution. Thus, unspoiled by chemical fixation, dehydration and contrasting agents, a close to native structure is revealed. Our approach uses perfluorocarbon to substitute the air in the alveoli. Lung tissue was subsequently high-pressure frozen, cryosectioned and observed in a cryo-electron microscope. The lamellar bodies clearly show a tight lamellar morphology. The periodicity of these lamellae was 7.3 nm. Lamellar bifurcations were observed in our cryosections. The technical approach described in this paper allows the examination of the native cellular ultrastructure of the surfactant system under near in vivo conditions, and therefore opens up prospectives for scrutinizing various theories of lamellar body biogenesis, exocytosis and recycling.

  7. Smart platform for the time since death determination from vitreous humor cystine.

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    Ansari, Niha; Lodha, Anand; Menon, Shobhana K

    2016-12-15

    In this work, we report the smart application of AgNPs based sensors for determination of time since death (TSD) via recognition and quantification of vitreous humor (VH) cystine as well as provide the portability for on spot determination of TSD. The lower detection limit was found to be 7.0ng/ml with prominent selectivity. It was found that there is a linear correlation between the VH cystine concentration and TSD as the concentration of cystine increases up to 96h±3.9h. Further for the first time TSD determination is given a smart approach and it proves to have a great utility up to 24h±2.6h. The linear regression equation between TSD (the dependent variable), RGB intensity of cystine concentration till 24h (the independent variable) was found to be TSD=26.69+-0.05*x. The proposed method gives the smart detection, portability, rapidity, sensitivity, selectivity as well as cost effectiveness for determination of time since death. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Removal of Cd 2+ ion from diluted aqueous solutions by electrodeposition on reticulated vitreous carbon electrodes

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    Tramontina Jucelânia

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The electrodeposition of Cd2+ ion was investigated in pH 4.8 sulfuric-sulfate solutions in the presence of dissolved O2. In potentiostatic conditions, using reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC electrodes of 30, 60 and 100 pores per inch (ppi, high removal efficiency values were achieved in the potential range from --0.90 to --1.10 V for solutions containing 5 and 10 mg L-1 of Cd2+ ion. In this potential range, Cd electrodeposition is a mass transport controlled reaction and the concentration of the metallic ion decays exponentially with time following a pseudo-first order kinetics. For the 30 ppi RVC, the current efficiency and removal efficiency values found were, respectively, 45 % and 96 % for a solution containing 10 mg L-1 of Cd2+ ion after 30 minutes electrolysis at --0.90 V while 33 % and 99% were found for the 60 ppi RVC. The concentration decay of Cd2+ ion in the solution was monitored after each experiment by anodic stripping voltammetry at a hanging mercury drop electrode.

  9. Electropolymerization of phenol on a vitreous carbon electrode in alkaline aqueous solution at different temperatures

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    Belhadj Tahar, Noureddine [Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences de Monastir, Universite de Monastir, Route de Kairouan, 5000 Monastir (Tunisia); Savall, Andre, E-mail: savall@chimie.ups-tlse.f [Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, CNRS, Universite Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse (France)

    2009-12-30

    Electrochemical oxidation of phenol in basic aqueous solution has been studied on a vitreous carbon electrode at different temperatures in the range of 25-85 deg. C by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry techniques. The electrochemical oxidation of phenol led to a complete deactivation of the electrode, whatever the temperature used, as a result of the deposition of an adhesive and insulating polymeric film. The electrochemical activity of the electrode was progressively restored by repeated potential scans in the range of water stability only when conducted at high temperatures; electrode reactivation was explained by an increase in the polymeric film permeability for both electrons (electron tunneling) and phenol molecules (diffusion). Chronoamperometric measurements carried out in the potential region of water stability have shown that electrode passivation was reduced or prevented at high temperatures. For chronoamperometry performed at the onset of oxygen evolution, the electrode remained active even at low temperatures because the discharge of water involved the production of hydroxyl radicals that destructively oxidized the polymeric film. The effect of temperature on electrode reactivation was determined by the measurement of current at an electrolysis time of 300 s; an increase of the temperature from 25 to 85 deg. C amplified the current from 0.212 to 5.373 mA.

  10. Vitreous Humour Extrusion after Suxamethonium Induction of Anaesthesia in a Polytraumatized Patient: A Case Report

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    Frederick Ebegue Amadasun

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Suxamethonium, a deepolarizing muscle relaxant, increases intraocular pressure. It is therefore advised to be avoided in open globe surgery, for fear of extruding ocular contents. Several anecdotal reports support this fear. Some workers however, dispute this claim. There is as yet no formal case report in the literature on the subject. Case Presentation. A 34-year old Nigerian male, was involved in a road traffic accident. He presented at the Accident & Emergency Unit of our hospital about 2 hours after the accident. Clinical examination revealed right corneal laceration (with intact ocular contents and intra-abdominal visceral injury. Emergency laparotomy was scheduled, to be followed with corneal repair. Anaesthesia was induced with 10 mg midazolam, 100 mg ketamine, and 100 mg suxamethonium given intravenously in sequence. After laparotomy, the ophthalmologists reported for the corneal repair, only to find that the vitreous humour has been extruded. Conclusion. The fear about the use of suxamethonium in open globe situations is real. It will be good clinical judgment to use alternative drugs and techniques to effect rapid muscle relaxation, in the anaesthetic management of the open globe patient. This would be of interest to anaesthetists, ophthalmologists and clinical pharmacologists among others.

  11. Managing the consequences of aggressive conservative treatment for refractory retinoblastoma with vitreous seeding

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    Aubrey Brink

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A 4 year-old girl with bilateral, non-familial retinoblastoma (RB was referred to our care after primary enucleation OS and active tumor OD refractory to multiple therapies (intravenous chemotherapy, laser/cryotherapy, and I-125 plaque radiotherapy. Vitreous seeding OD, initially controlled by several sessions of Ophthalmic Artery Infusion Chemotherapy (OAIC and periocular chemotherapy, recurred shortly thereafter. The patient underwent intravitreal (IVit Melphalan injections achieving tumor control despite the concurrent development of keratopathy, pupillary synechiae, cataract, and necrosis of the inferior fornix and the adjacent orbital fat, all secondary to the treatments administered. Repeated amniotic membrane implants and tarsorrhaphy were performed to alleviate the symptoms. Despite being tumor free for 6 months, a poor fundus view and treatment-related complications prompted us to consider enucleation, but parents declined. Following recent negative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, her cataract was removed. She was then found to have tumor recurrence. Her eye was enucleated 12 months ago and she recovered well from the surgery. As ocular oncology embarks in eye-preserving treatments for retinoblastoma, it is important to address the cumulative effects and associated impact of such treatments and the possibility of failure.

  12. Effect of vernal keratoconjunctivitis on vitreous depth in patients with keratoconus.

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    Cingü, Abdullah Kürşat; Kaya, Savaş; Çınar, Yasin; Şahin, Muhammed; Türkçü, Fatih Mehmet; Yüksel, Harun; Murat, Mehmet; Çaça, İhsan

    2015-05-01

    The aim of this study was to comparatively evaluate the vitreous depth (VD) of keratoconic eyes in patients with or without vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC). Eighty eyes of 80 consecutive keratoconus (KC) patients and 40 emmetropic control subjects were enrolled. KC patients were divided into two groups according to accompanying VKC (VKC-KC group and KC group). Mean outcome measures were best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), spherical equivalent (SE), mean keratometry (Km), intraocular pressure (IOP), and axial length (AL) and its components. The eyes with the highest Km were selected for statistical analysis for each participant. There were 50, 30, and 40 patients in the VKC-KC group, KC group, and control group respectively. The KC group and VKC-KC group were similar in BCVA, SE, Km, CCT, ACD, LT, and IOP (p>0.05). The mean ACD was significantly lower in the control group when compared with the KC group and VKC-KC group. The mean AL and VD were significantly higher in VKC-KC group than those of KC group and the control group, whereas similar in KC and control groups (p>0.05). In the current study we showed that VKC-associated KC patients have significantly longer AL and VD when compared with KC patients without VKC. Posterior segment elongation in VKC-KC group may be associated with the type IV collagen destruction due to chronic longstanding inflammation in VKC patients.

  13. Monitoring the modifications of the vitreous humor metabolite profile after death: an animal model.

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    Rosa, Maria Francesca; Scano, Paola; Noto, Antonio; Nioi, Matteo; Sanna, Roberta; Paribello, Francesco; De-Giorgio, Fabio; Locci, Emanuela; d'Aloja, Ernesto

    2015-01-01

    We applied a metabolomic approach to monitor the modifications occurring in goat vitreous humor (VH) metabolite composition at different times (0, 6, 12, 18, and 24 hours) after death. The (1)H-NMR analysis of the VH samples was performed for the simultaneous determination of several metabolites (i.e., the metabolite profile) representative of the VH status at different times. Spectral data were analyzed by Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and by Orthogonal Projection to Latent Structures (OPLS) regression technique. PCA and OPLS suggested that different spectral regions were involved in time-related changes. The major time-related compositional changes, here detected, were the increase of lactate, hypoxanthine, alanine, total glutathione, choline/phosphocholine, creatine, and myo-inositol and the decrease of glucose and 3-hydroxybutyrate. We attempted a speculative interpretation of the biological mechanisms underlying these changes. These results show that multivariate statistical approach, based on (1)H NMR metabolite profiling, is a powerful tool for detecting ongoing differences in VH composition and may be applied to investigate several physiological and pathological conditions.

  14. Reticulated vitreous carbon as a scaffold for enzymatic fuel cell designing.

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    Kizling, Michal; Dzwonek, Maciej; Olszewski, Bartłomiej; Bącal, Paweł; Tymecki, Łukasz; Więckowska, Agnieszka; Stolarczyk, Krzysztof; Bilewicz, Renata

    2017-09-15

    Three - dimensional (3D) electrodes are successfully used to overcome the limitations of the low space - time yield and low normalized space velocity obtained in electrochemical processes with two - dimensional electrodes. In this study, we developed a three - dimensional reticulated vitreous carbon - gold (RVC-Au) sponge as a scaffold for enzymatic fuel cells (EFC). The structure of gold and the real electrode surface area can be controlled by the parameters of metal electrodeposition. In particular, a 3D RVC-Au sponge provides a large accessible surface area for immobilization of enzyme and electron mediators, moreover, effective mass diffusion can also take place through the uniform macro - porous scaffold. To efficiently bind the enzyme to the electrode and enhance electron transfer parameters the gold surface was modified with ultrasmall gold nanoparticles stabilized with glutathione. These quantum sized nanoparticles exhibit specific electronic properties and also expand the working surface of the electrode. Significantly, at the steady state of power generation, the EFC device with RVC-Au electrodes provided high volumetric power density of 1.18±0.14mWcm-3 (41.3±3.8µWcm-2) calculated based on the volume of electrode material with OCV 0.741±0.021V. These new 3D RVC-Au electrodes showed great promise for improving the power generation of EFC devices. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Soluble form of LR11 is highly increased in the vitreous fluids of patients with idiopathic epiretinal membrane.

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    Hashimoto, Ryuya; Jiang, Meizi; Shiba, Tomoaki; Hiruta, Nobuyuki; Takahashi, Mao; Higashi, Morihiro; Hori, Yuichi; Bujo, Hideaki; Maeno, Takatoshi

    2017-05-01

    LR11 (also called SorLA or SORL1) is a migration regulator of adherent cells with the immature proliferative phenotype. The present study investigated the clinical and pathological involvement of the soluble form of LR11 (sLR11) in the idiopathic epiretinal membrane (iERM). The subjects were 51 patients with iERM (24 cellophane macular reflex (CMR) and 27 preretinal macular fibrosis (PMF)) and 45 patients with macular holes as age and sex-matched controls. Vitreous sLR11 and transforming growth factor (TGF)β2 levels were measured by ELISA. The sLR11 levels in the vitreous fluids of patients with iERM (20.2 ± 8.1 ng/mL) were significantly higher than those in controls (11.4 ± 4.7 ng/mL). Among the patients with iERM, the vitreous sLR11 levels were significantly higher in PMF (23.6 ± 8.2 ng/mL), than those in CMR (16.5 ± 5.9 ng/mL). Multivariate regression analysis of the studied factors showed that sLR11 was a unique factor independently contributing to the discrimination of the iERM patients against the control subjects (odds ratio [OR] 1.35 per 1-ng/mL increase, 95% CI 1.09-1.67; P = 0.004). ROC analysis showed that the sensitivity and the specificity of sLR11, but not of other studied factors, categorized into the rank of moderate accuracy. Finally, there was a positive correlation (R = 0.588; P = 0.003) between the vitreous levels of sLR11 and TGFβ2 using the available samples. sLR11 levels in vitreous fluids were specifically increased in patients with iERM, suggesting the involvement in the pathology of proliferative and migrating cells for the development of iERM.

  16. Distribution of fluorescein sodium and triamcinolone acetonide in the simulated liquefied and vitrectomized Vitreous Model with simulated eye movements.

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    Stein, Sandra; Bogdahn, Malte; Rosenbaum, Christoph; Weitschies, Werner; Seidlitz, Anne

    2017-11-15

    Intravitreal administration is the method of choice for drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye with special emphasis on the vitreous body and its surrounding retinal vasculature. In order to gain a better understanding of the underlying distribution processes, an in vitro model simulating the vitreous body (Vitreous Model, VM) and a system simulating the impact of movement on the VM (Eye Movement System, EyeMoS) was previously developed. In the study reported here, these systems were modified in regard to a standardized injection procedure, the diversity of simulated eye movements, extended periods of investigation, the opportunity to simulate the state after vitrectomy and in considering the physiological temperature. Fluorescein sodium (FS) and triamcinolone acetonide (TA) were used as (model) drugs to examine the drug distribution within the VM. Vitrectomy was simulated by replacing half the volume of the polyacrylamide gel that was used as vitreous substitute with the clinically used Siluron® 5000 whereas for a simulated liquefaction half the volume of the gel was replaced by buffer. A simulated liquefaction caused a 12-fold faster distribution of FS compared to the simulated juvenile VM, which was most likely caused by convective forces and mass transfer. Also, the injection technique (injection into the gel or into the buffer compartment) influenced the resulting distribution pattern. Without any liquefaction, the previously described initial injection channel occurred with both (model) drugs and, in the case of TA, remained almost unchanged during the investigation period of 72h. Simulating vitrectomized eyes, TA did not spread uniformly, but either remained in the depot or strongly sedimented within the VM suggesting that a homogenous distribution of a TA suspension is highly unlikely in vitrectomized eyes. High variabilities were observed with ex vivo animal eyes, demonstrating the limited benefit of explanted tissues for such distribution

  17. Increased expression of angiogenic and inflammatory proteins in the vitreous of patients with ischemic central retinal vein occlusion.

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    Christoph Ehlken

    Full Text Available Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO is a common disease characterized by a disrupted retinal blood supply and a high risk of subsequent vision loss due to retinal edema and neovascular disease. This study was designed to assess the concentrations of selected signaling proteins in the vitreous and blood of patients with ischemic CRVO.Vitreous and blood samples were collected from patients undergoing surgery for ischemic CRVO (radial optic neurotomy (RON, n = 13, epiretinal gliosis or macular hole (control group, n = 13. Concentrations of 40 different proteins were determined by an ELISA-type antibody microarray.Expression of proteins enriched in the vitreous (CCL2, IGFBP2, MMP10, HGF, TNFRSF11B (OPG was localized by immunohistochemistry in eyes of patients with severe ischemic CRVO followed by secondary glaucoma. Vitreal expression levels were higher in CRVO patients than in the control group (CRVO / control; p < 0.05 for ADIPOQ (13.6, ANGPT2 (20.5, CCL2 (MCP1 (3.2, HGF (4.7, IFNG (13.9, IGFBP1 (14.7, IGFBP2 (1.8, IGFBP3 (4.1, IGFBP4 (1.7, IL6 (10.8, LEP (3.4, MMP3 (4.3, MMP9 (3.6, MMP10 (5.4, PPBP (CXCL7 or NAP2 (11.8, TIMP4 (3.8, and VEGFA (85.3. In CRVO patients, vitreal levels of CCL2 (4.2, HGF (23.3, IGFBP2 (1.23, MMP10 (2.47, TNFRSF11B (2.96, and VEGFA (29.2 were higher than the blood levels (vitreous / blood, p < 0.05. Expression of CCL2, IGFBP2, MMP10, HGF, and TNFRSF11B was preferentially localized to the retina and the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE.Proteins related to hypoxia, angiogenesis, and inflammation were significantly elevated in the vitreous of CRVO patients. Moreover, some markers known to indicate atherosclerosis may be related to a basic vascular disease underlying RVO. This would imply that local therapeutic targeting might not be sufficient for a long term therapy in a systemic disease but hypothetically reduce local changes as an initial therapeutic approach.

  18. Silicosis in silica flour workers.

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    Banks, D E; Morring, K L; Boehlecke, B A; Althouse, R B; Merchant, J A

    1981-10-01

    In July 1979, the health of 86 current and ex-workers at 2 silica mining and milling operations in southern Illinois was examined using a respiratory questionnaire, spirometry, and chest radiographs. None of 25 current workers with less than 1 yr of exposure to silica dust had radiographic evidence of silicosis. For 61 current workers and ex-workers with 1 or more yr of exposure, chest radiographs showed 16 (26%) with simple silicosis and 7 (11%) with progressive massive fibrosis. Of these 23, 8 with simple silicosis and 3 with progressive massive fibrosis began work after the first Mine Safety and Health Administration inspection in 1973. These data and a review of federal dust inspection results between 1973 and 1979 showed that these cases of silicosis could have been prevented by effecting compliance with the existing dust standard.

  19. Chemical substitution in silica polymorph

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    Smith, J. V.; Steele, I. M.

    1984-01-01

    Ion and electron probe analyses are presented for trace elements (Al, Na, K, Li, Ti) in quartz, tridymite, cristobalite and melanophlogite. Quartz and melanophlogite show low levels of trace elements relative to tridymite and cristobalite. The previously determined alpha-beta inversion temperature decreases as the Al content of quartz increases. For all silica polymorphs, Al is greater than or equal to Na + K + Li on an atom basis, with the excess Al probably balanced by H.

  20. PERSISTENT OVERPRODUCTION OF INTRAOCULAR VASCULAR ENDOTHELIAL GROWTH FACTOR AS A CAUSE OF LATE VITREOUS HEMORRHAGE AFTER VITRECTOMY FOR PROLIFERATIVE DIABETIC RETINOPATHY.

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    Wakabayashi, Yoshihiro; Usui, Yoshihiko; Tsubota, Kinya; Ueda, Shunichiro; Umazume, Kazuhiko; Muramatsu, Daisuke; Goto, Hiroshi

    2017-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether vitreous levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) predict late vitreous hemorrhage (VH) after vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, and how VEGF level changes in patients with postoperative late VH. Eighty-five eyes of 68 patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy who underwent vitrectomy were analyzed retrospectively. Vitreous samples were collected from eyes undergoing primary vitrectomy and from eyes with late VH undergoing second vitrectomy. Vitreous VEGF levels were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The relationship between VEGF level and late VH (>4 weeks) occurring during follow-up as well as clinical findings, and changes in VEGF level in eyes with late VH undergoing second vitrectomy were analyzed. Late VH occurred in 20 (24%) of 85 eyes, and 9 eyes required second vitrectomy. Vitreous levels of VEGF were significantly higher (median: 1,945 pg/mL; P vitreous VEGF level was independently associated with a risk of postoperative late VH in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (odds ratio: 20.8, 95% confidence interval: 2.72-159.47; P = 0.003). Vitreous VEGF level at second vitrectomy in patients with late VH was significantly lower compared with that at primary vitrectomy, but remained elevated (median: 1,610 pg/mL; P = 0.023). In patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, high intraocular VEGF level at primary vitrectomy was identified as an independent risk factor of postoperative late VH. Persistent overproduction of intraocular VEGF may be associated with postoperative late VH.

  1. 3D endothelial cell spheroid/human vitreous humor assay for the characterization of anti-angiogenic inhibitors for the treatment of proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

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    Rezzola, Sara; Nawaz, Imtiaz M; Cancarini, Anna; Ravelli, Cosetta; Calza, Stefano; Semeraro, Francesco; Presta, Marco

    2017-11-01

    Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) represents a main cause of acquired blindness. Despite the recognition of the key role exerted by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the pathogenesis of PDR, limitations to anti-VEGF therapies do exist. Thus, rapid and cost-effective angiogenesis assays are crucial for the screening of anti-angiogenic drug candidates for PDR therapy. In this context, evaluation of the angiogenic potential of PDR vitreous fluid may represent a valuable tool for preclinical assessment of angiostatic molecules. Here, vitreous fluid obtained from PDR patients after pars plana vitrectomy was used as a pro-angiogenic stimulus in a 3D endothelial cell spheroid/human vitreous assay. The results show that PDR vitreous is able to stimulate the sprouting of fibrin-embedded HUVEC spheroids in a time- and dose-dependent manner. A remarkable variability was observed among 40 individual vitreous fluid samples in terms of sprouting-inducing activity that was related, at least in part, to defined clinical features of the PDR patient. This activity was hampered by various extracellular and intracellular signaling pathway inhibitors, including the VEGF antagonist ranibizumab. When tested on 20 individual vitreous fluid samples, the inhibitory activity of ranibizumab ranged between 0 and 100% of the activity measured in the absence of the drug, reflecting a variable contribution of angiogenic mediators distinct from VEGF. In conclusion, the 3D endothelial cell spheroid/human vitreous assay represents a rapid and cost-effective experimental procedure suitable for the evaluation of the anti-angiogenic activity of novel extracellular and intracellular drug candidates, with possible implications for the therapy of PDR.

  2. Increased levels of alphaB-crystallin in vitreous fluid of patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and correlation with vascular endothelial growth factor.

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    Chen, Wei; Lu, Qianyi; Lu, Li; Guan, Huaijin

    2017-05-01

    AlphaB-crystallin has been shown to have angiogenic properties. The purpose of this study was to determine the levels of alphaB-crystallin in the vitreous fluid of patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and to confirm the association between the expression level of alphaB-crystallin and vascular endothelial growth factor. Vitreous samples were collected before vitrectomy from 46 eyes of 46 consecutive patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, and 19 patients without diabetes mellitus had vitrectomy for idiopathic macular hole. The concentrations of alphaB-crystallin and vascular endothelial growth factor were measured via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The vitreous level (mean ± SD) of alphaB-crystallin was significantly higher in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (317.3 ± 151.7 ng/mL) than in control patients (idiopathic macular hole, 8.3 ± 6.1 ng/mL) (P vitreous concentration of vascular endothelial growth factor was also significantly higher in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (860.1 ± 566.4 pg/mL) than in control patients (9 pg/mL) (P vitreous concentration of alphaB-crystallin correlated significantly with that of vascular endothelial growth factor in vitreous fluid of proliferative diabetic retinopathy ([correlation coefficient], R = 0.78, P vitreous fluid of patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and present a crucial association between alphaB-crystallin and vascular endothelial growth factor with angiogenic activity in proliferative diabetic retinopathy. © 2016 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

  3. Non-occupational exposure to silica dust.

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    Bhagia, L J

    2012-09-01

    Occupational exposure to silica occurs at workplaces in factories like quartz crushing facilities (silica flour milling), agate, ceramic, slate pencil, glass, stone quarries and mines, etc., Non-occupational exposure to silica dust can be from industrial sources in the vicinity of the industry as well as non-industrial sources. Recently, public concern regarding non-occupational or ambient exposure to crystalline silica has emerged making it important to gather information available on non-occupational exposures to silica dust and non-occupational silicosis. This paper reviews various non-occupational exposures reported in literature including some studies by the author. Methodology used in assessment of non-occupational exposures, standards for non-occupational exposures to silica dust and indirect estimation of cumulative risk % are also discussed.

  4. Toxicity assessment of silica nanoparticles, functionalised silica nanoparticles, and HASE-grafted silica nanoparticles.

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    Clément, Laura; Zenerino, Arnaud; Hurel, Charlotte; Amigoni, Sonia; Taffin de Givenchy, Elisabeth; Guittard, Frédéric; Marmier, Nicolas

    2013-04-15

    Numerous nanomaterials have recently been developed, and numerous practical applications have been found in water treatment, medicine, cosmetics, and engineering. Associative polymers, such as hydrophobically modified alkali-soluble emulsion (HASE) systems are involved in several applications and have been extensively studied due to their ability to form three-dimensional networked gels. However, the data on the potential environmental effects of this polymers are scarce. The aim of this study is to assess the effect of functionalisation of silica nanoparticles, and coupling of functionalised silica nanoparticles to the associative polymer HASE on their toxicity. Thus, acute and chronic toxicity tests included a modified acute test (72 h) using daphnies, algae, and plants as model organisms. Gradient of toxicity varied with the tested organisms. Our results revealed that the functionalised nanoparticules and NP grafted polymer cause a global decrease in toxicity compared to commercial nanoparticule and HASE polymer. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Silica binding and toxicity in alveolar macrophages

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    2007-01-01

    Inhalation of the crystalline form of silica is associated with a variety of pathologies from acute lung inflammation to silicosis, in addition to autoimmune disorders and cancer. Basic science researchers looking at the mechanisms involved with the earliest initiators of disease are focused on how the alveolar macrophage (AM) interacts with the inhaled silica particle and the consequences of silica-induced toxicity on the cellular level. Based on experimental results, several rationales have...

  6. Microbial profile of the vitreous aspirates in culture proven exogenous endophthalmitis: A 10-year retrospective study

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    H Bhattacharjee

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To describe the microbiological profile and clinical outcome in the eyes with culture-proven exogenous endophthalmitis. Methods: A retrospective analysis of 495 eyes diagnosed as exogenous endophthalmitis was performed over a period of 10 years. In all, aseptically collected aqueous and vitreous aspirates were cultured for bacteria and fungus using standard microbiological techniques. Gram-stain and KOH preparation of the specimens were also performed. The antibiotic susceptibility testing for bacterial isolates was performed by Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. The treatment was modified according to the antibiotic sensitivity profile. The final clinical ocular condition was divided into improved, stable or deteriorated. Results: Of 148 culture-proven endophthalmitis eyes, 137 (92.57% were referred from elsewhere, and 11 (7.43% belonged to our institute. Aetiologically, 76 (51.35% eyes were post-cataract surgery, 61 (41.22% were post-traumatic, 5 (3.38% eyes post-intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injection, 5 associated with corneal diseases and 1 bleb-related endophthalmitis. In 31 (20.95% eyes, primary intravitreal antibiotics were given outside. The cultures revealed monomicrobial growth in 92.57% (n = 137 and polymicrobial growth in 7.43% (n = 11. Among the bacteria (n = 121, 81.76%, Pseudomonas species dominated overall (n = 32, 27.11% and post-operative (n = 26, 38.23% endophthalmitis group. Staphylococcus epidermidis (n = 14, 28% was prominent in post-traumatic endophthalmitis group. Ninety-two percent (n = 108 isolates of bacteria were sensitive to vancomycin. In 78 (52.7% eyes, the clinical ocular condition improved or remained stable while deteriorated in 51 (34.46%. Conclusion: A bacterial predominance was observed among causative organisms of exogenous endophthalmitis with Pseudomonas species being the most common. The appropriate surgical intervention improved or stabilised the visual acuity in nearly

  7. Historical cohort study of US man-made vitreous fiber production workers: II. Mortality from mesothelioma.

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    Marsh, G M; Gula, M J; Youk, A O; Buchanich, J M; Churg, A; Colby, T V

    2001-09-01

    As part of our ongoing mortality surveillance program for the US man-made vitreous fiber (MMVF) industry, we examined mortality from malignant mesothelioma using data from our 1989 follow-up of 3478 rock/slag wool workers and our 1992 follow-up of 32,110 fiberglass workers. A manual search of death certificates for 1011 rock/slag wool workers and 9060 fiberglass workers revealed only 10 death certificates with any mention of the word "mesothelioma." A subsequent review of medical records and pathology specimens for 3 of the 10 workers deemed two deaths as definitely not due to mesothelioma and one as having a 50% chance of being caused by mesothelioma. Two other deaths, for which only medical records were available, were given less than a 50% chance of being due to mesothelioma. Eight of the 10 decedents had potential occupational asbestos exposure inside or outside the MMVF industry. We also estimated the mortality risk from malignant mesothelioma in the cohort using two cause-of-death categorizations that included both malignant and benign coding rubrics. Using the more comprehensive scheme, we observed overall deficits in deaths among the total cohort and fiberglass workers and an overall excess among rock/slag wool workers. The excess in respiratory system cancer is largely a reflection of elevated lung cancer risks that we attributed mainly to confounding by smoking, to exposures outside the MMVF industry to agents such as asbestos, or to one or more of the several co-exposures present in many of the study plants (including asbestos). The second scheme, which focused on pleural mesothelioma in time periods when specific malignant mesothelioma coding rubrics were available, classified only one cohort death as being caused by malignant mesothelioma, compared with 2.19 expected deaths (local county comparison). We conclude that the overall mortality risk from malignant mesothelioma does not seem to be elevated in the US MMVF cohort.

  8. Production of reactive oxygen species by man-made vitreous fibres in human polymorphonuclear leukocytes.

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    Ruotsalainen, M; Hirvonen, M R; Luoto, K; Savolainen, K M

    1999-06-01

    Human polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNL) or erythrocytes, isolated from human blood, were exposed to graded doses of asbestos (chrysotile), quartz, or man-made vitreous fibres (MMVF), i.e. refractory ceramic fibres (RCF), glasswool, or rockwool fibres. None of the MMVF affected either the viability of PMNL, as measured by trypan blue exclusion test, or induced haemolysis, whereas the positive controls, quartz and chrysotile, dose-dependently induced haemolysis in PMNL. MMVF did not increase the release of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) from the PMNL, whereas the positive controls, chrysotile and quartz, induced a marked and dose-dependent release of LDH. When PMNL were exposed to MMVF, some of the fibre types slightly increased the levels of free intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) within the cells in a manner similar to that induced by chrysotile or quartz. All MMVF induced a dose-dependent production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in PMNL, with RCF-induced production of ROS being the most marked. Production of ROS by MMVF seemed to depend on the availability of extracellular calcium because it could be attenuated with a Ca2+ channel blocker, verapamil, or a Ca2+ chelating agent, EGTA. Production of ROS may be a common pathway through which PMNL respond to MMVF-induced cell activation, but alterations of levels of free intracellular Ca2+ do not seem to be an absolute prerequisite for this effect. Fibre length seemed not to be an important factor in affecting the ability of MMVF to induce ROS production in PMNL. However, the balance between different elements in the fibre seemed importantly to affect the biological activity of a fibre.

  9. Possible application of urinary analysis to estimate dissolution of some man-made vitreous fibers.

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    Wastiaux, A; Blanchard, O; Honnons, S

    1994-10-01

    A preliminary study at the institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques (INERIS) examined the dissolution of three man-made vitreous fiber samples (glasswool, rockwool, glass microfibers: JM 100) after intraperitoneal injections in male Wistar rats. The chemical composition of the original fibers was determined by inductively coupled plasma spectrometry (ICP). The urine of the rats was collected at fixed times between day 1 and day 204, and the ICP was used to look for elements known to be present in the original fibers. At day 204, a piece of omentum was removed at autopsy, ashed and analyzed by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDXA) to identify the elements remaining in the fibers. Silicon and aluminium were retained in the fibers from all samples at day 204. Losses in calcium, sodium, magnesium, and sulfur were observed, but these elements were not studied in the urine samples because they are naturally present in relatively high concentrations in rat cells and biological fluids. Although there was a loss of zinc from the glass microfibers, no corresponding difference was observed between the zinc levels excreted by the treated animals and by the controls. Similarly, despite the loss of manganese from the rockwool fibers at day 204, none was detectable in the urine samples. Titanium, present at the 0.3% level in rockwool, was not detectable by EDXA at day 204, but small quantities were detected in the first 2 weeks in the urine samples of rats treated with rockwool.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  10. Evaluation of the oncogenic potential of man-made vitreous fibres: the inhalation model.

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    Bernstein, D M; Thevenaz, P; Fleissner, H; Anderson, R; Hesterberg, T W; Mast, R

    1995-10-01

    A rodent inhalation model has been developed for the evaluation of the eoncogenic potential of man-made vitreous fibres. It is successful in delivering a quantified dose of well-characterized fibres to the lungs of rodents, and with it sufficiently high fibre aerosol concentrations were lofted to enable a maximum tolerated dose to be achieved. Fischer 344 male rats were exposed to a well-defined rat-respirable aerosol at concentrations for MMVF of 30, 16 or 3 mg m-3, 6 h per day, 5 days per week for 104 weeks with final sacrifice at 20% survival. A control group was exposed to filtered air. The high dose was chosen based upon a 28-day maximum tolerated dose study with refractory ceramic fibres (RCF). The fibre aerosol generation system lofted fibres without breaking, grinding or contaminating the bulk material. Exposure was by flow-past nose-only systems which provided fresh fibre in a laminar stream to each animal individually. The study was performed according to the Good Laboratory Practice regulations. Fibre count, fibre diameter and length distribution, aerosol mass and chemical composition were determined throughout the study. Interim sacrifices were performed at 3 or 6 month intervals for 24 months. At each sacrifice, full necropsy was performed, the accessory lobe removed for subsequent digestion to determine the fibre lung burden and the remaining lobes inflated with fixative for histopathological evaluation. The lungs were evaluated by a pathologist and graded for the degree of macrophage infiltration, bronchiolization, fibrosis and pleural thickening, and were also scored according to the Wagner scale. Lesions were evaluated according to the number of adenomas, carcinomas and mesotheliomas. The accessory lobe was digested by low-temperature plasma ashing and the number, size distribution and chemical composition of the fibres determined. This model provides a sensitive and reproducible method for evaluating existing and new fibres. A variety of different

  11. Prototropic studies in vitreous and in solid phases: Pyranine and 2-naphthol excited state proton transfer

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    Silva, Fátima Aparecida das Chagas [Departamento de Química Fundamental, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade de São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Rezende, Eduardo Triboni [Universidade Nove de Julho, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Filho, Décio Briotto [Departamento de Bioquímica Instituto de Química, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade de São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Brito Rezende, Daisy de [Departamento de Química Fundamental, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade de São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Cuccovia, Iolanda Midea [Departamento de Bioquímica Instituto de Química, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade de São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Gome, Ligia Ferreira [Departamento de Análises Clínicas, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade de São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Silva, Mauro Francisco Pinheiro da [Departamento de Química Fundamental, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade de São Paulo, SP (Brazil); and others

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    Excited state proton transfer processes in vitreous glasses and in solid mixtures are investigated by steady state fluorimetry and laser flash photolysis kinetic studies with the photoacids pyranine and 2-naphthol. Glasses were derived from TEOS by the sol–gel condensation process and hydrated solid mixtures from NaCl or KH{sub 2}PO{sub 4}/K{sub 2}HPO{sub 4} crystals. The extent of the water content necessary for the reaction is determined. Shrinkage of TEOS derived monoliths from water loss leads to an increase in proton transfer extent due to the increase in local concentrations of accepting and donor buffer species, but the concomitant increase in the ionic strength actuates in an opposite direction. Furthermore, water losses by aging of air-exposed gel goes to a critical 20% weight fraction, beyond it proton transfer reactions are hindered. Similar studies with solid NaCl or solid phosphate buffer mixtures demonstrated the same critical water level indicating that free water molecules are crucial for the proton to escape from the original cage where the geminate ion pair [–||RO{sup −⁎}H{sup +}||–] is formed and can undergo coupled proton transfer reactions. -- Highlights: • Pyranine and 2-naphthol excited state proton transfer in SiO{sub 2} gel, solid phosphate buffer and NaCl. • Sol–gel formation leads to contraction and concentration of donor and accepting species. • 20% weight fraction water is required for the ESPT to go forward.

  12. Possible application of urinary analysis to estimate dissolution of some man-made vitreous fibers.

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    Wastiaux, A; Blanchard, O; Honnons, S

    1994-01-01

    A preliminary study at the institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risques (INERIS) examined the dissolution of three man-made vitreous fiber samples (glasswool, rockwool, glass microfibers: JM 100) after intraperitoneal injections in male Wistar rats. The chemical composition of the original fibers was determined by inductively coupled plasma spectrometry (ICP). The urine of the rats was collected at fixed times between day 1 and day 204, and the ICP was used to look for elements known to be present in the original fibers. At day 204, a piece of omentum was removed at autopsy, ashed and analyzed by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDXA) to identify the elements remaining in the fibers. Silicon and aluminium were retained in the fibers from all samples at day 204. Losses in calcium, sodium, magnesium, and sulfur were observed, but these elements were not studied in the urine samples because they are naturally present in relatively high concentrations in rat cells and biological fluids. Although there was a loss of zinc from the glass microfibers, no corresponding difference was observed between the zinc levels excreted by the treated animals and by the controls. Similarly, despite the loss of manganese from the rockwool fibers at day 204, none was detectable in the urine samples. Titanium, present at the 0.3% level in rockwool, was not detectable by EDXA at day 204, but small quantities were detected in the first 2 weeks in the urine samples of rats treated with rockwool.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7882936

  13. Nanoporous silica membranes with high hydrothermal stability

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    Boffa, Vittorio; Magnacca, Giualiana; Yue, Yuanzheng

    Despite the use of sol-gel derived nanoporous silica membranes in substitution of traditional separation processes is expected leading to vast energy savings, their intrinsic poor steam-stability hampers their application at an industrial level. Transition metal ions can be used as dopant...... to improve the stability of nanoporous silica structure. This work is a quantitative study on the impact of type and concentration of transition metal ions on the microporous structure and stability of amorphous silica-based membranes, which provides information on how to design chemical compositions...... and synthetic paths for the fabrication of silica-based membranes with a well accessible and highly stabile nanoporous structure...

  14. Practical Hydrogen Loading of Air Silica Fibres

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    Sørensen, Henrik Rokkjær; Jensen, Jesper Bevensee; Jensen, Jesper Bo Damm

    2005-01-01

    A method for hydrogen-loading air-silica optical fibres has been developed allowing out-diffusion times comparable to standard step-index fibres. Examples of the first grating written in Ge-doped air-silica fibres using a 266nm UV-laser are shown.......A method for hydrogen-loading air-silica optical fibres has been developed allowing out-diffusion times comparable to standard step-index fibres. Examples of the first grating written in Ge-doped air-silica fibres using a 266nm UV-laser are shown....

  15. Cellular membrane trafficking of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Fang, I-Ju [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation mainly focuses on the investigation of the cellular membrane trafficking of mesoporous silica nanoparticles. We are interested in the study of endocytosis and exocytosis behaviors of mesoporous silica nanoparticles with desired surface functionality. The relationship between mesoporous silica nanoparticles and membrane trafficking of cells, either cancerous cells or normal cells was examined. Since mesoporous silica nanoparticles were applied in many drug delivery cases, the endocytotic efficiency of mesoporous silica nanoparticles needs to be investigated in more details in order to design the cellular drug delivery system in the controlled way. It is well known that cells can engulf some molecules outside of the cells through a receptor-ligand associated endocytosis. We are interested to determine if those biomolecules binding to cell surface receptors can be utilized on mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials to improve the uptake efficiency or govern the mechanism of endocytosis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD) is a small peptide recognized by cell integrin receptors and it was reported that avidin internalization was highly promoted by tumor lectin. Both RGD and avidin were linked to the surface of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials to investigate the effect of receptor-associated biomolecule on cellular endocytosis efficiency. The effect of ligand types, ligand conformation and ligand density were discussed in Chapter 2 and 3. Furthermore, the exocytosis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles is very attractive for biological applications. The cellular protein sequestration study of mesoporous silica nanoparticles was examined for further information of the intracellular pathway of endocytosed mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials. The surface functionality of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials demonstrated selectivity among the materials and cancer and normal cell lines. We aimed to determine

  16. Oil absorption in mesoporous silica particles

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    Radislav Filipović

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Mesoporous silica particles were prepared from highly basic sodium silicate solutions, having different silica modulus and SiO2 concentrations, by adding sulphuric acid at different temperatures. Pore structure of prepared silica particles (aggregates is strongly influenced by processing conditions and easy controllable in broad range of the specific surface area, pore size, pore volume and size distribution. It is shown that there is a clear correlation between volume of absorbed oil and processing parameters used in preparation of silica aggregates. Thus, oil absorption is higher in the samples prepared from sodium silicate solution with higher SiO2 concentration and at higher synthesis temperature.

  17. Proteomic analysis of differentially expressed proteins in vitreous humor of patients with retinoblastoma using iTRAQ-coupled ESI-MS/MS approach.

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    Naru, Jasmine; Aggarwal, Ritu; Singh, Usha; Mohanty, Ashok Kumar; Bansal, Deepak; Mangat, Navdeep; Kakkar, Nandita; Agnihotri, Navneet

    2016-10-01

    There is close proximity of vitreous humor with the tumor bulk in eyes with retinoblastoma. This renders vitreous humor a promising source to evaluate disease-specific protein targets in retinoblastoma. We studied the differential proteome of vitreous fluid in retinoblastoma tumors (n = 4) as compared to controls (n = 4). The vitreous humor was depleted off the high abundant fraction using MARS-6 affinity column. Subsequently, the tryptic peptides were derivatised with iTRAQ labels. The labelled peptides were pooled and subjected to fractionation using bRPLC. This was followed by protein identification and quantification using electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) approach. The identified proteins were subjected to bioinformatics analysis utilizing PANTHER 7.0 and IPA software. Four hundred and thirty-one non-redundant (362 upregulated and 69 downregulated) proteins (≥2 unique peptides, ± 1.5 folds, p vitreous proteome of retinoblastoma and highlights novel protein targets, such as MMP2, TNC and CRABP1. Further investigations into unravelling the biological role of the proteins and their prospects of being utilised as potential candidates in therapeutics are warranted.

  18. Postmortem vitreous chemistry--an evaluation of sodium, potassium and chloride levels in estimation of time since death (during the first 36 h after death).

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    Chandrakanth, H V; Kanchan, Tanuj; Balaraj, B M; Virupaksha, H S; Chandrashekar, T N

    2013-05-01

    Estimation of time since death is a paramount medico-legal issue in any postmortem examination. The present study is intended to study the correlation between postmortem interval and vitreous humor chemistry for sodium, potassium, and chlorides. The study is aimed to find male-female differences and differences between right and left eyes in vitreous chemistry. The vitreous humor samples were collected in 114 autopsies conducted in the study center and analyzed biochemically. All the cases where exact time of death was known and where the time since death ranged between 0 and 36 h were included in the study. Data obtained was analyzed statistically using spss version 11.0. The present research did not find a significant correlation between vitreous chemistry and postmortem interval. The differences in vitreous sodium, potassium, chloride levels and the sodium potassium ratio among males and females and between right and left eyes were not found to be statistically significant. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.

  19. Qualitative Economics

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    Fast, Michael; Clark II, Woodrow W

                         This book is about science -- specifically, the science of economics. Or lack thereof is more accurate. The building of any science, let alone economics, is grounded in the understanding of what is beneath the "surface" of economics. Science, and hence economics, should...... be concerned with formulating ideas that express theories which produce descriptions of how to understand phenomenon and real world experiences.                       Economics must become a science, because the essence of economics in terms of human actions, group interactions and communities are in need...... of scientific inquiry. Academics and scholars need a scientific perspective that can hypothesize, theorize document, understand and analyze human dynamics from the individual to more societal interactions. And that is what qualitative economics does; it can make economics into becoming a science. The economic...

  20. [Bilateral Congenital Multiple Pigmented Vitreous Cysts in a Three-year-old Girl: Ten Years Follow up].

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    Štěpánková, J; Hósová, M; Dotřelová, D

    2017-01-01

    The authors present a case report of a three-year-old female patient with bilateral multiple anterior vitreous cysts. During examination for intermittent esotropia of the right eye was diagnosed not only hypermetropia, astigmatism and anisometropia, but also pigmented changes in peripheral retrolental space of both eyes. Clinical examination under general anaesthesia revealed bilateral multiple pigmented immobile vitreous cysts. There were five almost spherical, translucent, but slightly pigmented cysts on its cover on the right eye and four similar on the left, but visible only with dilated pupils. A dilating of pupils was slow and required more mydriatics than in similar aged children. Follow up period is ten years now. Occlusion therapy of amblyopia was performed to nine years of age. Treatment of refractive error and esotropia with correction for hypermetropia, astigmatism and anisometropia continues. Best corrected visual acuity in thirteen-year-old girl is 1,0 in both eyes without any visual disturbances described by patient. Corrected visual acuity in each eye is 1,0, right eye with +3,5 D sph., -3,5D cyl., axis 175°, left eye with +7,5 D sph., -3,0 D cyl., axis 35°. Patient is otherwise healthy and without any mental deficit. Position of all cysts remains unchanged and stabile during the follow up period (with recommendation to avoid hits to the head for all time, mainly in sports). Formation and slow progression of partial cortical cataract in the area of contact of the lens and one cyst in inferonasal quadrant of the lens on the right eye is monitored. A lamellar retinal extrafoveal defect of posterior pole of the right eye was found by OCT imaging.Key words: vitreous cyst, idiopathic, congenital, bilateral, multiple, pigmented, immobile, hypermetropia, astigmatism, anisometropia, esotropia, cortical cataract, retinal lamellar extrafoveal defect, OCT.

  1. Effects of scaffold surface morphology on cell adhesion and survival rate in vitreous cryopreservation of tenocyte-scaffold constructs

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    Wang, Zhi [State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China); Department of Bone and Joint Surgery, The affiliated hospital of Luzhou Medical College, Luzhou 646000 (China); Qing, Quan [Sichuan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mianyang 621000 (China); Regenerative Medicine Research Center, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China); Chen, Xi; Liu, Cheng-Jun; Luo, Jing-Cong [State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China); Hu, Jin-Lian [Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Qin, Ting-Wu, E-mail: tingwuqin@hotmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China)

    2016-12-01

    Highlights: • The shapes of tenocytes varied when seeded on different surface of scaffolds. • Tenocytes were flat on smooth surface and spindle on micro-grooved surface. • Tenocytes were ellipse or spindle on porous surface. • Tenocytes got varying adhesion shape and elongation index on varying surfaces. • The tenocyte survival on porous surface was superior to the other two groups. - Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of scaffold surface morphology on cell adhesion and survival rate in vitreous cryopreservation of tenocyte-scaffold constructs. Tenocytes were obtained from tail tendons of rats. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was used to fabricate three types of scaffolds with varying surface morphological characteristics, i.e., smooth, micro-grooved, and porous surfaces, respectively. The tenocytes were seeded on the surfaces of the scaffolds to form tenocyte-scaffold constructs. The constructs were cryopreserved in a vitreous cryoprotectant (CPA) with a multi-step protocol. The cell adhesion to scaffolds was observed with electronic scanning microscopy (SEM). The elongation index of the living tenocytes and ratio of live/dead cell number were examined based on a live/dead dual fluorescent staining technique, and the survival rate of tenocytes was studied with flow cytometry (FC). The results showed the shapes of tenocytes varied between the different groups: flat or polygonal (on smooth surface), spindle (on micro-grooved surface), and spindle or ellipse (on porous surface). After thawing, the porous surface got the most living tenocytes and a higher survival rate, suggesting its potential application for vitreous cryopreservation of engineered tendon constructs.

  2. Interleukin-8 and tumor necrosis factor-α levels in vitreous samples from patients with diabetic retinopathy

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    Rifat Rasier

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To measure the interleukin-8(IL-8and tumor necrosis factor-α(TNF-αlevels in vitreous samples obtained the patients undergoing pars plana vitrectomy(PPVdue to diabetic retinopathy(DR, then to compare these results with those of the control group and to state their impact on DR pathogenesis.METHODS: From Istanbul Bilim University Ophthalmology Department, 57 eyes of 57 diabetes mellitus(DMpatients who had been diagnosed with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and 22 cases of macular hole, with no proliferative vitreoretinopathy were included in the study as the study and the control groups respectively. All of the 79 patients underwent a 3-port, 20 gauge PPV. Vitreous samples of 0.5mL were aspirated with vitrector at the beginning of the PPV operation before the intraocular infusion and being diluted. Samples were transferred to the freezer to be stored at -70℃. Results of IL-8 and TNF-α were calculated as pg/mL with ELISA method.RESULTS: IL-8 levels 〖82.7891±74.08700(0.08- 307.09pg/mL〗 in which vitreous samples obtained DR patients during vitrectomy were significantly elevated when compared to IL-8 levels 〖2.9805±3.77546(0.08-18.53pg/mL〗 of control patients(PPCONCLUSION: The levels of TNF- α, which plays a role in retinal neovascularization, and, IL-8, which acts as an inflammatory and angiogenic mediator were found to be high in DR patients.

  3. Silica cubes with tunable coating thickness and porosity : From hematite filled silica boxes to hollow silica bubbles

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    Castillo, Sonja I R; Ouhajji, Samia; Fokker, Sander; Erné, Ben H.; Schneijdenberg, Chris T W M; Thies - Weesie, Dominique; Philipse, Albert P.; Thies - Weesie, Dominique

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the material properties of micron-sized silica coated cubic colloids, focusing on the coating thickness and porosity. The thickness of the silica coating of core-shell α-Fe2O3@SiO2 cubes and their corresponding hollow cubes can be tuned between 20 and 80 nm, spanning the range of

  4. Electrogenerative gold recovery from cyanide solutions using a flow-through cell with activated reticulated vitreous carbon.

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    Yap, Chin Yean; Mohamed, Norita

    2008-10-01

    An electrogenerative flow-through reactor with an activated reticulated vitreous carbon cathode was developed. The influence of palladium-tin activation of the cathode towards gold deposition was studied by cyclic voltammetry. The reactor proved to be efficient in recovering more than 99% of gold within 4 h of operation. The performance of the reactor was evaluated with initial gold concentrations of 10, 100 and 500 mg L-1 and various electrolyte flow rates. Gold recovery was found to be strongly dependent on electrolyte flow rate and initial gold concentration in the cyanide solution under the experimental conditions used.

  5. MINERALIZATION OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES BY FLUIDIZED BED STEAM REFORMING (FBSR): COMPARISONS TO VITREOUS WASTE FORMS, AND PERTINENT DURABILITY TESTING

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    Jantzen, C

    2008-12-26

    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) was requested to generate a document for the Washington State Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would cover the following topics: (1) A description of the mineral structures produced by Fluidized Bed Steam Reforming (FBSR) of Hanford type Low Activity Waste (LAW including LAWR which is LAW melter recycle waste) waste, especially the cage structured minerals and how they are formed. (2) How the cage structured minerals contain some contaminants, while others become part of the mineral structure (Note that all contaminants become part of the mineral structure and this will be described in the subsequent sections of this report). (3) Possible contaminant release mechanisms from the mineral structures. (4) Appropriate analyses to evaluate these release mechanisms. (5) Why the appropriate analyses are comparable to the existing Hanford glass dataset. In order to discuss the mineral structures and how they bond contaminants a brief description of the structures of both mineral (ceramic) and vitreous waste forms will be given to show their similarities. By demonstrating the similarities of mineral and vitreous waste forms on atomic level, the contaminant release mechanisms of the crystalline (mineral) and amorphous (glass) waste forms can be compared. This will then logically lead to the discussion of why many of the analyses used to evaluate vitreous waste forms and glass-ceramics (also known as glass composite materials) are appropriate for determining the release mechanisms of LAW/LAWR mineral waste forms and how the durability data on LAW/LAWR mineral waste forms relate to the durability data for LAW/LAWR glasses. The text will discuss the LAW mineral waste form made by FBSR. The nanoscale mechanism by which the minerals form will be also be described in the text. The appropriate analyses to evaluate contaminant release mechanisms will be discussed, as will the FBSR test results to

  6. Silica gel matrix immobilized Chlorophyta hydrodictyon africanum ...

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    Aghomotsegin

    2015-08-05

    Aug 5, 2015 ... Chlorophyta hydrodictyon africanum was immobilized on a silica gel matrix to improve its mechanical properties. The algae-silica gel adsorbent was used for batch sorption studies of a cationic dye, methylene blue (MB). Optimum adsorption was obtained with a dosage of 0.8 g bio sorbent. Results.

  7. Biomimetic silica encapsultation of living cells

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    Jaroch, David Benjamin

    Living cells perform complex chemical processes on size and time scales that artificial systems cannot match. Cells respond dynamically to their environment, acting as biological sensors, factories, and drug delivery devices. To facilitate the use of living systems in engineered constructs, we have developed several new approaches to create stable protective microenvironments by forming bioinspired cell-membrane-specific silica-based encapsulants. These include vapor phase deposition of silica gels, use of endogenous membrane proteins and polysaccharides as a site for silica nucleation and polycondensation in a saturated environment, and protein templated ordered silica shell formation. We demonstrate silica layer formation at the surface of pluripotent stem-like cells, bacterial biofilms, and primary murine and human pancreatic islets. Materials are characterized by AFM, SEM and EDS. Viability assays confirm cell survival, and metabolite flux measurements demonstrate normal function and no major diffusion limitations. Real time PCR mRNA analysis indicates encapsulated islets express normal levels of genetic markers for β-cells and insulin production. The silica glass encapsulant produces a secondary bone like calcium phosphate mineral layer upon exposure to media. Such bioactive materials can improve device integration with surrounding tissue upon implantation. Given the favorable insulin response, bioactivity, and long-term viability observed in silica-coated islets, we are currently testing the encapsulant's ability to prevent immune system recognition of foreign transplants for the treatment of diabetes. Such hybrid silica-cellular constructs have a wide range of industrial, environmental, and medical applications.

  8. Magnetic core-shell silica particles

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    Claesson, E.M.

    2007-01-01

    This thesis deals with magnetic silica core-shell colloids and related functionalized silica structures. Synthesis routes have been developed and optimized. The physical properties of these colloids have been investigated, such as the magnetic dipole moment, dipolar structure formation and

  9. Synthesis of silica nanosphere from homogeneous and ...

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    Abstract. Silica nanosphere was synthesized using homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, respectively. In homogeneous system, silica spheres were synthesized without cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTABr), which gave bimodal particle size and lower yield (77%). To improve the yield, CTABr was added and ...

  10. Tuning the mechanical properties of silica microcapsules

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    Zhang, L.; D'Acunzi, M.; Kappl, M.; Imhof, A.; van Blaaderen, A.; Butt, H. -J; Graf, R.; Vollmer, D.

    2010-01-01

    Heat treatment is a standard method to increase the hardness of silica in various applications. Here, we tested the effect of high temperature annealing on the mechanical properties of silica microcapsules by force spectroscopy under point loads applied to the particle shell. The Young's modulus of

  11. Silica gel matrix immobilized Chlorophyta hydrodictyon africanum ...

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    Chlorophyta hydrodictyon africanum was immobilized on a silica gel matrix to improve its mechanical properties. The algae-silica gel adsorbent was used for batch sorption studies of a cationic dye, methylene blue (MB). Optimum adsorption was obtained with a dosage of 0.8 g bio sorbent. Results from sorption studies ...

  12. Chemical immobilisation of humic acid on silica

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    Koopal, L.K.; Yang, Y.; Minnaard, A.J.; Theunissen, P.L.M.; Riemsdijk, W.H. van

    1998-01-01

    Immobilisation of purified Aldrich humic acid (PAHA) on aminopropyl silica and glutaraldehyde-activated aminopropyl silica has been investigated. In general the humic acid is bound to the solid by both physical and chemical bonds. The physically adsorbed HA can be released to a large extent at high

  13. Vitronectin protects alveolar macrophages from silica toxicity.

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    Wisniowski, P E; Spech, R W; Wu, M; Doyle, N A; Pasula, R; Martin, W J

    2000-08-01

    Silicosis is an interstitial lung disease caused by the inhalation of crystalline silicon dioxide. Current concepts suggest that a crucial step in the development of silicosis is silica-induced injury of alveolar macrophages (AM). The adhesive protein vitronectin is a natural constituent of the lung, in which its function is largely unexplored. This study investigated a possible role for vitronectin in protecting AM from silica exposure. In this study, the concentration of vitronectin was shown to be increased in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of silica-treated rats. Vitronectin affinity for silica was shown both in vitro and in vivo by immunostaining. Vitronectin reduced silica-induced injury to cultured AM as determined with the (51)Cr release assay. Vitronectin reduced silica-induced free radical production as determined with a cell-free thiobarbituric acid assay. Additionally, vitronectin reduced the silica-induced respiratory burst in AM as determined with chemiluminescence. This study suggests that vitronectin may protect AM during the initial exposure to silica.

  14. Continuous Curvilinear Capsulorhexis Training and Non-Rhexis Related Vitreous Loss: The Specificity of Virtual Reality Simulator Surgical Training (An American Ophthalmological Society Thesis).

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    McCannel, Colin A

    2017-08-01

    To assess the specificity of simulation-based virtual reality ophthalmic cataract surgery training on the Eyesi ophthalmic virtual reality surgical simulator, and test the hypothesis that microsurgical motor learning is highly specific. Retrospective educational interventional case series. The rates of vitreous loss and retained lens material, and vitreous loss and retained lens material associated with an errant continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis (CCC) were assessed among 1037 consecutive cataract surgeries performed during four consecutive academic years at a teaching hospital. The data were grouped by Eyesi use and capsulorhexis intensive training curriculum (CITC) completion. The main intervention was the completion of the CITC on the Eyesi. In the Eyesi simulator experience-based stratification, the vitreous loss rate was similar in each group (chi square p=0.95) and was not preceded by an errant CCC in 86.2% for "CITC done at least once", 57.1% for "CITC not done, but some Eyesi use", and 48.9% for "none" training groups (p=4×10-5). Retained lens material overall and occurring among the errant CCC cases was similar among training groups (p=0.82 and p=0.71, respectively). Eyesi capsulorhexis training was not associated with lower vitreous loss rates overall. However, non-errant CCC associated vitreous loss was higher among those who underwent Eyesi capsulorhexis training. Training focused on the CCC portion of cataract surgery may not reduce vitreous loss unassociated with an errant CCC. It is likely that surgical training is highly specific to the task being trained. Residents may need to be trained for all surgical steps with adequate intensity to minimize overall complication rates.

  15. Case report: Aqueous and Vitreous amino-acid concentrations in a patient with maple syrup urine disease operated on rhegmatogenous retinal detachment.

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    Kanakis, Menelaos G; Michelakakis, Helen; Petrou, Petros; Koutsandrea, Chrysanthi; Georgalas, Ilias

    2016-10-03

    Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is a rare metabolic disorder, affecting the metabolism of branched chain amino-acids (Valine, Leukine, Isoleukine). We present a rare case of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) in a MSUD patient. We performed amino acid analysis of aqueous humour, vitreous and serum samples obtained during surgery from a 24 year old female MSUD patient successfully operated on RRD. Serum values for a-amino-butyric acid, valine, isoleucine, leucine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, ornithine and histidine were low, while values for citrulline, methionine and lysine were borderline low, all attributed to the patient's special diet. Serum glutamate was above normal, probably due to the breakdown of glutamine to glutamate. In the aqueous and vitreous the amino acids implicated in MSUD (Valine, Leukine Isoleukine), were within normal range. Glutamate was absent in the vitreous and presented low levels in the aqueous. Glutamate has been reported to play an important role in retinal damage. Elevated glutamate levels have been reported in vitreous specimens from patients subjected to vitrectomy or buckling surgery for RRD. In MSUD, glutamate has been implicated in the pathogenesis of brain damage. Low levels of glutamate have been observed in the cerebellum of experimental MSUD animals, as well as postmortem brain tissue from a child that died of leucine intoxication. The reduction was attributed to the elevation of a-ketoisocaproic which reverses the net direction of nitrogen flow. It could be argued that this could impact on amino acid concentration in aqueous and vitreous fluids. Although no definite conclusions can be drawn by this extremely rare case, the low vitreous and aqueous levels of Glutamate is an interesting finding. Further studies are needed to provide a better insight in the role of amino acids as neurotransmitters in the human eye in health and disease.

  16. Abnormal traction of the vitreous detected by swept-source optical coherence tomography is related to the maculopathy associated with optic disc pits.

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    Yokoi, Tadashi; Nakayama, Yuri; Nishina, Sachiko; Azuma, Noriyuki

    2016-04-01

    Maculopathy associated with optic disc pits (ODP), which sometimes causes severe visual loss, usually appears in late childhood or early adulthood. However, it has long been unclear how the disease begins to develop at these ages. We evaluated the relationship between vitreous structure and maculopathy associated with ODP. Six patients (seven eyes) with ODP were diagnosed between July 1990 and May 2013. Fundus photographs and swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) images were evaluated retrospectively, and the vitreous at the vitreoretinal interface was visualized by reconstructing three-dimensional SS-OCT images. Vitrectomy was performed in the eyes with maculopathy. Among the six patients, five had ODP in one eye each and one patient had bilateral ODP. The pits were mainly located in the temporal quadrant, and maculopathy, including retinoschisis and retinal detachment, was detected in five eyes associated only with the temporal pits. A flat retinal detachment was observed in four eyes and identified within the vascular arcade except in one eye. A posterior precortical vitreous pocket (PPVP) was observed in all eyes except in one eye without maculopathy. Reconstructing images from SS-OCT showed the vitreoretinal interface abnormalities around the optic disc and the macular area in all eyes, which was completely different from the vitreoretinal interface in the normal pediatric eye. Vitrectomy was performed in four eyes with retinal detachment to resect the abnormal vitreous traction. Posterior vitreous detachment was created in two eyes. Retinal reattachment was achieved in three eyes, and subretinal fluid receded in one eye. The visual acuity improved in all four eyes. Abnormal traction of the vitreous due to an abnormality of the vitreoretinal interface, which may be strengthened by the development of a PPVP, generates the maculopathy associated with ODP.

  17. The Relationship of Brimonidine Concentration in Vitreous Body to the Free Concentration in Retina/Choroid Following Topical Administration in Pigmented Rabbits.

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    Shinno, Keisuke; Kurokawa, Kazuya; Kozai, Seiko; Kawamura, Akio; Inada, Katsuhiro; Tokushige, Hideki

    2017-05-01

    Several studies showed that repeated topical administration of brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic solution reached the human vitreous concentration above 2 nM, which is the concentration necessary to activate the α2-adrenergic receptor. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the relationship of the brimonidine concentration in the vitreous body to the free concentration in the retina/choroid which is the target site of brimonidine on neuroprotective effect after topical administration. Brimonidine concentrations in the eye tissues of pigmented rabbits were determined following single ocular administration of 0.1% brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic solution at pH 7.3. Binding affinity of brimonidine to melanin and melanin content in the retina/choroid of pigmented rabbits was also examined. The concentration of free brimonidine which did not bind to melanin in the retina/choroid was calculated using the binding parameters to melanin. Topically applied brimonidine rapidly distributed to intraocular tissues. The elimination rate from melanin-containing tissues such as the iris/ciliary body and retina/choroid was slower than the aqueous humor and vitreous body in pigmented rabbits. In both the anterior and posterior retina/choroid, the free brimonidine concentrations were over 100-fold lower than the total concentrations. The concentrations in the vitreous body closely matched to the free concentrations in the posterior retina/choroid. Simulated free concentrations in the posterior retina/choroid were gradually increased when 0.1% solution was instilled twice daily. The present data indicated that the brimonidine concentration in the vitreous body was comparable to the free concentration in the posterior retina/choroid. This suggests that the vitreous concentration can be a surrogate indicator of the free brimonidine concentration in the posterior retina/choroid. From the present findings, it is expected that multiple instillation of brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic

  18. A silica nanoparticle based ionic material

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    Fernandes, Nikhil; Azad, Zubair; Giannelis, Emmanuel

    2011-03-01

    We report an ionic fluid consisting of silica nanoparticles as the anion, and amine-terminated polyethylene glycol as the cation. Unlike previous work that has required chemical functionalization of the silica surface, the charge on the nanoparticle anion is carried by the intrinsic surface hydroxyls, simplifying the synthesis, and thus making this a simple test system to probe the physics of these nanoscale ionic materials. Charge and steric factors result in excellent dispersion of the nanoparticles in the polymer matrix. The resulting material is a soft glass that has thermal and rheological properties that depend on the silica:polymer ratio. In particular, at a critical silica:polymer ratio, the ionic material shows a significant depression of the normalized heat of melting and the melting temperature compared to samples with higher or lower silica content (showing eutectic-like behaviour), and to controls without the ionic interaction between the polymer and the particle. Funded by KAUST-CU.

  19. Measurement of ethyl glucuronide in vitreous humor with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Keten, Alper; Tumer, Ali Riza; Balseven-Odabasi, Aysun

    2009-12-15

    It is important to detect alcohol intake in postmortem investigations. However it can be difficult to interpret the results of alcohol analysis in putrefied corpses. To avoid this difficulty, there have been studies on detection of ethyl glucuronide (EtG), a non-oxidative metabolite of ethyl alcohol. The aim of this study was investigate EtG levels in vitreous humor (VH), a valuable material in postmortem investigations, and to compare VH EtG levels with blood and urine EtG levels. Blood, urine and VH specimens were collected from 110 cases. Twenty-four cases in which ethyl alcohol was detected were included in the study. Although ethanol could not be detected, one case was added after having positive results of EtG levels in urine and VH as if he was claimed that he was an alcoholic and he had taken alcohol when he died but it could not be detected after 6 days of hospitalization. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry was used to investigate EtG in blood, urine and VH specimens from 25 cases. VH EtG was in measurable amounts in 19 cases (n: 25). In fact, VH EtG levels ranged from 0.05 to 1.90 mg/L and were below the limit of detection (LOD is 0.03 mg/L) in six cases (n: 25). Blood EtG was in measurable amounts in 21 cases (n: 25). Blood EtG levels ranged from 0.64 to 5.82 mg/L and were below the limit of detection (LOD is 0.083 mg/L) in four cases. EtG was detected in urine in 17 cases (n: 19). Urine EtG levels ranged from 0.25 to 623 mg/L and were below the limit of detection (LOD is 0.12 mg/L) in one case. There was a significant relation between VH EtG levels and blood and urine EtG levels. The results of the study showed that postmortem VH EtG can be measured to reveal alcohol intake.

  20. Vitreous hyper-reflective dots in pseudophakic cystoid macular edema assessed with optical coherence tomography.

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    Wilfried Glatz

    Full Text Available This study compares the presence of vitreous hyper-reflective dots (VHDs detected with optical coherence tomography (OCT between eyes with pseudophakic cystoid macular edema (CME and those with no CME after cataract surgery. In addition, we evaluated the impact of VHDs on the responsiveness of pseudophakic CME to cortisone treatment.Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Graz, Austria.Retrospective, monocenter case-controlled study.Inclusion criteria for the study group and the control group were CME and no CME within 12 weeks following uneventful phacoemulsification in otherwise healthy eyes, respectively. VHDs (number and size and the macular thickness were assessed with OCT. Furthermore, the number of peribulbar or intravitreal steroid injections was assessed.A total of 284 eyes from 267 patients were analyzed, among which 119 met the inclusion criteria for the study (n = 63 and the control group (n = 56. VHDs were observed in 54 (85.7% study eyes and 21 (37.5%, p = 0.013 control eyes. The number of VHDs was 3.9±3.4 in the study group and 0.7±1 in the control group (p<0.001. The size of the VHDs was 33.5±9.1 μm and 36.6±17.9 μm in the study and control groups, respectively (p = 0.978. Overall, the number of VHDs correlated with central subfield thickness (r = 0.584, p<0.001, cube volume (r = 0.525, p<0.001, and postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA (r = -0.563, p<0.001. The number of VHDs did not correlate with the frequency of peribulbar or intravitreal steroid injections.VHDs occurred more often in eyes with CME than in eyes without CME following cataract surgery. In addition, the number of VHDs had an impact on the extent of macular thickening and subsequently postoperative BCVA. No correlation was found between the number of VHDs and the frequency of required peribulbar or intravitreal steroid injections.

  1. Fire effects on silica fractionation

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    Unzué-Belmonte, Dácil; Schaller, Jörg; Vandevenne, Floor; Barao, Lúcia; Struyf, Eric; Meire, Patrick

    2015-04-01

    Fire events are expected to increase due to climate change, both in number and intensity Effects range from changes in soil biogeochemistry up to the whole ecosystem functioning and morphology. While N, P and C cycling have received quite some attention, little attention was paid to fire effects on the biogeochemical Si cycle and the consequences after a fire event. The Si cycle is a globally important biogeochemical cycle, with strong connections to other biogeochemical cycles, including C. Dissolved silica is taken up by plants to form protective structures called phytoliths, which become a part of the soil and contribute strongly to soil Si cycling upon litter burial. Different silica fractions are found in soils, with phytoliths among the most easily soluble, especially compared to silicate minerals. A whole set of secondary non-biogenic fractions exist, that also have a high reactivity (adsorbed Si, reactive secondary minerals…). Biogenic and other pedogenic secondary Si stocks form an important filter between weathering of mineral silicates and eventual transport of dissolved Si to rivers and the coastal zone. We used a new method to analyze the different reactive fractions of silica in the litter layer of 3 ecosystems after different fire treatments. Using a continuous extraction of Si and Al in 0.5M NaOH at 85°C, biogenic and non-biogenic alkaline reactive Si fractions can be separated based on their Si/Al ratios and their reactivity. We analyzed the silica fractionation after two burning treatments (no heating, 350°C and 550°C) from three types of litter (spruce forest, beech forest and Sphagnum peat). Reactive Si from litter of spruce and beech forest was purely biogenic, based on the observed Si/Al ratio. Beech litter (~2.2 % BSi) had two different biogenic silica pools, one reactive and one more refractory. Spruce litter (~1.5% BSi) showed only one fraction of biogenic Si. There was negligible biogenic Si present in the peat samples (<0.1%). While

  2. [Analysis of the Cochrane Review: Anti-vascular Endothelial Growth Factor for Prevention of Postoperative Vitreous Cavity Hemorrhage after Vitrectomy for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;8:CD008214.

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    Sousa, David Cordeiro; Leal, Inês; Costa, João; Vaz-Carneiro, António

    2017-08-31

    Postoperative vitreous hemorrhage is a complication following vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, delaying visual recovery and making fundus examination and disease follow-up more difficult. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor drugs such as bevacizumab, when injected in the vitreous cavity, reduce vascular proliferation and their use has been proposed to reduce the incidence of postoperative vitreous hemorrhage. The authors of this Cochrane systematic review evaluated all randomized controlled trials on the pre- or intraoperative use of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor to reduce postoperative vitreous hemorrhage occurrence after vitrectomy in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The results suggested that the use of intravitreal bevacizumab was effective in reducing early postoperative vitreous hemorrhage (i.e. at four weeks) occurrence, with a good safety profile. This work aims to summarize and discuss the findings and clinical implications of this Cochrane systematic review.

  3. RESEARCH OF LINEAR AND NONLINEAR PROCESSES AT FEMTOSECOND LASER RADIATION PROPAGATION IN THE MEDIUM SIMULATING THE HUMAN EYE VITREOUS

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    P. Y. Rogov

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with mathematical model of linear and nonlinear processes occurring at the propagation of femtosecond laser pulses in the vitreous of the human eye. Methods of computing modeling are applied for the nonlinear spectral equation solution describing the dynamics of a two-dimensional TE-polarized radiation in a homogeneous isotropic medium with cubic fast-response nonlinearity without the usage of slowly varying envelope approximation. Environments close to the optical media parameters of the eye were used for the simulation. The model of femtosecond radiation propagation takes into account the process dynamics for dispersion broadening of pulses in time and the occurence of the self-focusing near the retina when passing through the vitreous body of the eye. Dependence between the pulse duration on the retina has been revealed and the duration of the input pulse and the values of power density at which there is self-focusing have been found. It is shown that the main mechanism of radiation damage with the use of titanium-sapphire laser is photoionization. The results coincide with those obtained by the other scientists, and are usable for creation Russian laser safety standards for femtosecond laser systems.

  4. Upregulated Expression of Heparanase in the Vitreous of Patients With Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy Originates From Activated Endothelial Cells and Leukocytes.

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    Abu El-Asrar, Ahmed M; Alam, Kaiser; Nawaz, Mohd Imtiaz; Mohammad, Ghulam; Van den Eynde, Kathleen; Siddiquei, Mohammad Mairaj; Mousa, Ahmed; De Hertogh, Gert; Geboes, Karel; Opdenakker, Ghislain

    2015-12-01

    To determine and interrelate the levels of heparanase, syndecan-1, and VEGF in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), and to study the production of heparanase by human retinal microvascular endothelial cells (HRMEC) and its effect on HRMEC barrier function. Vitreous samples from 33 PDR and 27 nondiabetic patients, epiretinal membranes from 16 patients with PDR and HRMEC were studied by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, immunohistochemistry, and Western blot analysis. The effect of heparanase on HRMEC barrier function was evaluated by transendothelial electrical resistance. We showed a significant increase in the expression of heparanase, syndecan-1, and VEGF in vitreous samples from PDR patients compared with nondiabetic controls (P < 0.0001 for all comparisons). Significant positive correlations were found between the levels of heparanase and the levels of syndecan-1 (r = 0.75, P < 0.0001) and VEGF (r = 0.91, P < 0.0001) and between the levels of syndecan-1 and the levels of VEGF (r = 0.78, P < 0.0001). In epiretinal membranes, heparanase was expressed in vascular endothelial cells and CD45-expressing leukocytes. High-glucose, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), and the combination of TNF-α and interleukin (IL)-1β, but not cobalt chloride induced upregulation of heparanase in HRMEC. Heparanase-reduced transendothelial electrical resistance of HRMEC. Our findings suggest a link between heparanase, syndecan-1, and VEGF in the progression of PDR and that heparanase is a potential target for therapy of diabetic retinopathy.

  5. Assessment of the effect of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide on the chorioretinal and vitreous inflammatory reaction to cryotherapy in rabbits

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    Eugênio Santana de Figueirêdo

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the inflammatory response in the choroid, retina and vitreous in rabbit eyes underwent cryotherapy followed by intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide and to compare with those underwent cryotherapy followed by intravitreal injection of saline solution. METHODS: This is a prospective case-control study. Surgical procedures were performed in eleven rabbits. Two animals were excluded because they did not complete the postoperative period or had intraoperative or postoperative complications. All rabbits underwent superior temporal peritomy and transscleralcryotherapy in both eyes. After cryotherapy, animals received intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide in one eye and saline solution in the fellow eye. Animals were sacrificed seven days after the procedure and their eyes were enucleated. Histological sections of eyeballs were prepared and the vitreous humor was aspirated. The count of inflammatory cells was performed by light microscopy. RESULTS: Histological sections of both eyes of nine rabbits were analyzed. Inflammatory cells were found only in the choroid. There was no statistically significant difference in the number of inflammatory cells between the two groups, regardless of cell type analyzed. CONCLUSION: This study showed no statistically significant difference between the use or absence of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide in the inflammatory response to cryotherapy in rabbit eyes. Studies with larger samples are needed to confirm the trend of this paper.

  6. Metal-silica sol-gel materials

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    Stiegman, Albert E. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a single phase metal-silica sol-gel glass formed by the co-condensation of a transition metal with silicon atoms where the metal atoms are uniformly distributed within the sol-gel glass as individual metal centers. Any transition metal may be used in the sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to sensor materials where the sensor material is formed using the single phase metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The sensor materials may be in the form of a thin film or may be attached to an optical fiber. The present invention also relates to a method of sensing chemicals using the chemical sensors by monitoring the chromatic change of the metal-silica sol-gel glass when the chemical binds to the sensor. The present invention also relates to oxidation catalysts where a metal-silica sol-gel glass catalyzes the reaction. The present invention also relates to a method of performing oxidation reactions using the metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to organopolymer metal-silica sol-gel composites where the pores of the metal-silica sol-gel glasses are filled with an organic polymer polymerized by the sol-gel glass.

  7. Preparation and Characterization of Silica Aerogel Microspheres.

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    Chen, Qifeng; Wang, Hui; Sun, Luyi

    2017-04-20

    Silica aerogel microspheres based on alkali silica sol were synthesized using the emulsion method. The experimental results revealed that the silica aerogel microspheres (4-20 µm in diameter) were mesoporous solids with an average pore diameter ranging from 6 to 35 nm. The tapping densities and specific surface areas of the aerogel microspheres are in the range of 0.112-0.287 g/cm³ and 207.5-660.6 m²/g, respectively. The diameter of the silica aerogel microspheres could be tailored by varying the processing conditions including agitation rate, water/oil ratio, mass ratio of Span 80: Tween 80, and emulsifier concentration. The effects of these parameters on the morphology and textural properties of the synthesized silica aerogel microspheres were systematically investigated. Such silica aerogel microspheres can be used to prepare large-scale silica aerogels at an ambient pressure for applications in separation and high efficiency catalysis, which requires features of high porosity and easy fill and recovery.

  8. Controlled silica synthesis inspired by diatom silicon biomineralization

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    Vrieling, EG; Sun, QY; Beelen, TPM; Hazelaar, S; Gieskes, WWC; van Santen, RA; Sommerdijk, NAJM

    Silica becomes increasingly used in chemical, pharmaceutical, and (nano)technological processes', resulting in an increased demand for well-defined silicas and silica-based materials. The production of highly structured silica from cheap starting materials and under ambient conditions, which is a

  9. The formation of helical mesoporous silica nanotubes

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    Wan Xiaobing; Pei Xianfeng; Zhao Huanyu; Chen Yuanli; Guo Yongmin; Li Baozong; Yang Yonggang [Key Laboratory of Organic Synthesis of Jiangsu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Suzhou (Soochow) University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Hanabusa, Kenji [Department of Functional Polymer Science, Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University, Ueda 386-8567 (Japan)], E-mail: ygyang@suda.edu.cn

    2008-08-06

    Three chiral cationic gelators were synthesized. They can form translucent hydrogels in pure water. These hydrogels become highly viscous liquids under strong stirring. Mesoporous silica nanotubes with coiled pore channels in the walls were prepared using the self-assemblies of these gelators as templates. The mechanism of the formation of this hierarchical nanostructure was studied using transmission electron microscopy at different reaction times. The results indicated that there are some interactions between the silica source and the gelator. The morphologies of the self-assemblies of gelators changed gradually during the sol-gel transcription process. It seems that the silica source directed the organic self-assemblies into helical nanostructures.

  10. In-situ integrity control of frozen-hydrated, vitreous lamellas prepared by the cryo-focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope.

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    de Winter, D A Matthijs; Mesman, Rob J; Hayles, Michael F; Schneijdenberg, Chris T W M; Mathisen, Cliff; Post, Jan A

    2013-07-01

    Recently a number of new approaches have been presented with the intention to produce electron beam transparent cryo-sections (lamellas in FIB-SEM terminology) from hydrated vitreously frozen cryo samples with a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) system, suitable for cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy (cryo-TEM). As the workflow is still challenging and time consuming, it is important to be able to determine the integrity and suitability (cells vs. no cells; vitreous vs. crystalline) of the lamellas. Here we present an in situ method that tests both conditions by using the cryo-Scanning Electron Microscope (cryo-SEM) in transmission mode (TSEM; Transmission Scanning Electron Microscope) once the FIB-made lamella is ready. Cryo-TSEM imaging of unstained cells yields strong contrast, enabling direct imaging of material present in the lamellas. In addition, orientation contrast is shown to be suitable for distinguishing crystalline lamellas from vitreous lamellas. Tilting the stage a few degrees results in changes of contrast between ice grains as a function of the tilt angle, whereas the contrast of areas with vitreous ice remains unchanged as a function of the tilt angle. This orientation contrast has subsequently been validated by cryo-Electron BackScattered Diffraction (EBSD) in transmission mode. Integration of the presented method is discussed and the role it can play in future developments for a new and innovative all-in-one cryo-FIB-SEM life sciences instrument. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Prostaglandin E2 Levels of Aqueous and Vitreous Humor in Ketorolac 0.4% and Nepafenac 0.1% Administered Healthy Rabbits.

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    Acar, Ugur; Acar, Damla Erginturk; Tanriverdi, Cafer; Acar, Mutlu; Ozdemir, Ozdemir; Erikci, Acelya; Ornek, Firdevs

    2017-06-01

    To compare the lowering effects of ketorolac 0.4% and nepafenac 0.1% on aqueous and vitreous humor prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) levels in rabbits. Ketorolac and nepafenac ophthalmic solutions were administered to the right eyes of 24 healthy rabbits after randomized division into two groups. The left eyes of these rabbits were considered as controls for the two groups. On the 4th day of the experiment, the samples were taken from the aqueous and vitreous humors of the rabbits bilaterally, and PGE2 levels were measured by an enzyme immune assay kit. Ketorolac and nepafenac achieved a statistically significant decrease (pvitreous humor (6.58 ± 4.62 and 9.83 ± 4.55 pg/mL, respectively). Both ketorolac and nepafenac inhibited PGE2 levels in both the aqueous and vitreous humors of rabbits. Although PGE2-lowering effects were similar in the aqueous humor, nepafenac seemed to be more potent than ketorolac in the vitreous humor.

  12. Porous Silica Particles As Chromatographic Separation Media: A Review

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    Cheong, Won Jo [Inha University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    Porous silica particles are the most prevailing raw material for stationary phases of liquid chromatography. During a long period of time, various methodologies for production of porous silica particles have been proposed, such as crashing and sieving of xerogel, traditional dry or wet process preparation of conventional spherical particles, preparation of hierarchical mesoporous particles by template-mediated pore formation, repeated formation of a thin layer of porous silica upon nonporous silica core (core-shell particles), and formation of specific silica monolith followed by grinding and calcination. Recent developments and applications of useful porous silica particles will be covered in this review. Discussion on sub-3 µm silica particles including nonporous silica particles, carbon or metal oxide clad silica particles, and molecularly imprinted silica particles, will also be included. Next, the individual preparation methods and their feasibilities will be collectively and critically compared and evaluated, being followed by conclusive remarks and future perspectives.

  13. Amorphous silica biomineralizations in Schoenoplectus californicus (Cyperaceae): their relation with maturation stage and silica availability

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    Fernández Honaine, Mariana; Borrelli, Natalia Lorena; Osterrieth, Margarita Luisa; del Río, Laura Sombra

    2015-01-01

    The factors involved on the silicification process in Cyperaceae are scarcely known. In this study we analyse the effect of maturation stage and silica availability on the production of amorphous silica biomineralizations in culms of Schoenoplectus californicus. Young and senescent culms were collected from ponds with different silica availability. Two complementary methodologies (calcination and staining techniques), light and scanning electron microscopy and EDS were applied for amorpho...

  14. Qualitative Research Process

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    Dewan Mahboob HOSSAIN

    2011-01-01

    This article provides with an overview of the qualitative research methods. Over last few decades, qualitative research is getting very popular in the fields of business, sociology, psychology and others. This article, in its introduction, gives a general idea about the qualitative research. Then it discusses the main differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods. The article also discusses about the ethical issues important for qualitative research. Lastly it discusses ab...

  15. Interfacial interaction between the epoxidized natural rubber and silica in natural rubber/silica composites

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    Xu, Tiwen [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Jia, Zhixin, E-mail: zxjia@scut.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Luo, Yuanfang; Jia, Demin [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Peng, Zheng [Agricultural Product Processing Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agriculture Sciences, Zhanjiang 524001 (China)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Substantiate the ring open reaction between Si-OH of silica and epoxy groups of ENR. • ENR can act as a bridge between NR and silica to enhance the interfacial interaction. • As a modifier, ENR gets the potential to be used in the tread of green tire for improving the wet skid resistance apparently. - Abstract: The epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) as an interfacial modifier was used to improve the mechanical and dynamical mechanical properties of NR/silica composites. In order to reveal the interaction mechanism between ENR and silica, the ENR/Silica model compound was prepared by using an open mill and the interfacial interaction of ENR with silica was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and stress–strain testing. The results indicated that the ring-opening reaction occurs between the epoxy groups of ENR chains and Si-OH groups on the silica surfaces and the covalent bonds are formed between two phases, which can improve the dispersion of silica in the rubber matrix and enhance the interfacial combination between rubber and silica. The ring-opening reaction occurs not only in vulcanization process but also in mixing process, meanwhile, the latter seems to be more important due to the simultaneous effects of mechanical force and temperature.

  16. Microscopic polyangiitis secondary to silica exposure.

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    Vega Miranda, Juliana; Pinto Peñaranda, Luis Fernando; Márquez Hernández, Javier Darío; Velásquez Franco, Carlos Jaime

    2014-01-01

    There is sufficient evidence of the capacity of silica to induce autoimmunity in patients with some type of genetic susceptibility. There are several autoimmune diseases related to this exposure (rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, sarcoidosis, systemic sclerosis). Nodular silicosis (clinical expression of this exposure in lungs) generates apoptosis, inflammation, loss of tolerance and a respiratory burst. There is evidence that relates silica with induction of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies, but, until it is better explained, the reports of systemic vasculitis secondary to silica exposure are inconclusive. We describe a case of a patient with a history of occupational exposure to silica who developed microscopic polyangiitis. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  17. Evidence of Dual Mechanisms of Glutathione Uptake in the Rodent Lens: A Novel Role for Vitreous Humor in Lens Glutathione Homeostasis

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    Whitson, Jeremy A.; Sell, David R.; Goodman, Michael C.; Monnier, Vincent M.; Fan, Xingjun

    2016-01-01

    Purpose Lens glutathione synthesis knockout (LEGSKO) mouse lenses lack de novo glutathione (GSH) synthesis but still maintain >1 mM GSH. We sought to determine the source of this residual GSH and the mechanism by which it accumulates in the lens. Methods Levels of GSH, glutathione disulfide (GSSG), and GSH-related compounds were measured in vitro and in vivo using isotope standards and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis. Results Wild-type (WT) lenses could accumulate GSH from γ-glutamylcysteine and glycine or from intact GSH, but LEGSKO lenses could only accumulate GSH from intact GSH, indicating that LEGSKO lens GSH content is not due to synthesis by a salvage pathway. Uptake of GSH in cultured lenses occurred at the same rate for LEGSKO and WT lenses, could not be inhibited, and occurred primarily through cortical fiber cells. In contrast, uptake of GSH from aqueous humor could be competitively inhibited and showed an enhanced Km in LEGSKO lenses. Mouse vitreous had >1 mM GSH, whereas aqueous had vitreous but not from the aqueous. Vitreous rapidly accumulated GSH from the circulation, and depletion of circulating GSH reduced vitreous but not aqueous GSH. Conclusions The above data provide, for the first time, evidence for the existence of dual mechanisms of GSH uptake into the lens, one mechanism being a passive, high-flux transport through the vitreous exposed side of the lens versus an active, carrier-mediated uptake mechanism at the anterior of the lens. PMID:27472077

  18. Synthesis and Gas Transport Properties of Hyperbranched Polyimide–Silica Hybrid/Composite Membranes

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    Masako Miki; Hideki Horiuchi; Yasuharu Yamada

    2013-01-01

    Hyperbranched polyimide–silica hybrids (HBPI–silica HBDs) and hyperbranched polyimide–silica composites (HBPI–silica CPTs) were prepared, and their general and gas transport properties were investigated to clarify the effect of silica sources and preparation methods. HBPI–silica HBDs and HBPI–silica CPTs were synthesized by two-step polymerization of A2 + B3 monomer system via polyamic acid as precursor, followed by hybridizing or blending silica sources. Silica components were incorporated b...

  19. Modified Silica Nanofibers with Antibacterial Activity

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    Ivana Veverková; Irena Lovětinská-Šlamborová

    2016-01-01

    This study is focused on development of functionalized inorganic-organic nanofibrous material with antibacterial activity for wound dressing applications. The nanofibers combining poly(vinyl alcohol) and silica were produced by electrospinning from the sol and thermally stabilized. The PVA/silica nanofibers surface was functionalized by silver and copper nanoparticles to ensure antibacterial activity. It was proven that quantity of adsorbed silver and copper nanoparticles depends on process t...

  20. Vitreous System Ag2O –ZnO–B2O3 Action Against Gram Negative Bacteria

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    Razvan Stefan

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available In this work the ability of the system xAg2O  (100-x [45ZnO55B2O3] oxide glasses to inhibit the growth of bacteria Eschierchia coli, Pseudomonas and Salmonella was investigated. Using the diffusimetric method there were measured the diameters of inhibition, in order to classify the sensitivity of gram negative bacteria to oxide compounds containing silver, for their use as filters. Vitreous samples were processed as powders with grain between 45 and 75 m and less than 45 m for a large of contact area with the microorgansms and to make possible the study of biological effect of grain addiction. Action of the investigated oxide system against the gram negative bacteria is strictly related to the presence of silver oxide in glass composition.

  1. An Office-Based Fluid to Fluid Exchange Technique for the Treatment of Postvitrectomy Vitreous Cavity Hemorrhage and Secondary Glaucoma

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    Sergio E. Hernandez-Da Mota

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A case of postvitrectomy hemorrhage with secondary glaucoma successfully treated with an office-based fluid to fluid exchange is described. A 25 Ga trocar was placed 3 mm from the sclerocorneal limbus at the 2 o’clock position and connected to a 250 cc elevated bottle of balanced salt solution (BSS through an intravenous (IV line and an infusion cannula. Afterward, a 25 Ga needle was inserted 3 mm from the limbus at the 5 o’clock position approximately. The BSS fluid entered the eye through the 25 Ga trocar lavaging the vitreous cavity and the anterior chamber. About 4 to 6 cc of hemorrhagic fluid egressed the eye through the 25 Ga needle.

  2. PHYSICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF VITREOUS STATE LABORATORY AY102/C106 AND AZ102 HIGH LEVEL WASTE MELTER FEED SIMULANTS (U)

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    Hansen, E

    2005-03-31

    The objective of this task is to characterize and report specified physical properties and pH of simulant high level waste (HLW) melter feeds (MF) processed through the scaled melters at Vitreous State Laboratories (VSL). The HLW MF simulants characterized are VSL AZ102 straight hydroxide melter feed, VSL AZ102 straight hydroxide rheology adjusted melter feed, VSL AY102/C106 straight hydroxide melter feed, VSL AY102/C106 straight hydroxide rheology adjusted melter feed, and Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) AY102/C106 precipitated hydroxide processed sludge blended with glass former chemicals at VSL to make melter feed. The physical properties and pH were characterized using the methods stated in the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) characterization procedure (Ref. 7).

  3. The Largest Bio-Silica Structure on Earth: The Giant Basal Spicule from the Deep-Sea Glass Sponge Monorhaphis chuni

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    Xiaohong Wang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The depth of the ocean is plentifully populated with a highly diverse fauna and flora, from where the Challenger expedition (1873–1876 treasured up a rich collection of vitreous sponges [Hexactinellida]. They have been described by Schulze and represent the phylogenetically oldest class of siliceous sponges [phylum Porifera]; they are eye-catching because of their distinct body plan, which relies on a filigree skeleton. It is constructed by an array of morphologically determined elements, the spicules. Later, during the German Deep Sea Expedition “Valdivia” (1898-1899, Schulze could describe the largest siliceous hexactinellid sponge on Earth, the up to 3 m high Monorhaphis chuni, which develops the equally largest bio-silica structures, the giant basal spicules (3 m × 10 mm. With such spicules as a model, basic knowledge on the morphology, formation, and development of the skeletal elements could be elaborated. Spicules are formed by a proteinaceous scaffold which mediates the formation of siliceous lamellae in which the proteins are encased. Up to eight hundred 5 to 10 μm thick lamellae can be concentrically arranged around an axial canal. The silica matrix is composed of almost pure silicon and oxygen, providing it with unusual optophysical properties that are superior to those of man-made waveguides. Experiments indicated that the spicules function in vivo as a nonocular photoreception system. In addition, the spicules have exceptional mechanical properties, combining mechanical stability with strength and stiffness. Like demosponges the hexactinellids synthesize their silica enzymatically, via the enzyme silicatein. All these basic insights will surely contribute also to a further applied utilization and exploration of bio-silica in material/medical science.

  4. Grassy Silica Nanoribbons and Strong Blue Luminescence

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    Wang, Shengping; Xie, Shuang; Huang, Guowei; Guo, Hongxuan; Cho, Yujin; Chen, Jun; Fujita, Daisuke; Xu, Mingsheng

    2016-09-01

    Silicon dioxide (SiO2) is one of the key materials in many modern technological applications such as in metal oxide semiconductor transistors, photovoltaic solar cells, pollution removal, and biomedicine. We report the accidental discovery of free-standing grassy silica nanoribbons directly grown on SiO2/Si platform which is commonly used for field-effect transistors fabrication without other precursor. We investigate the formation mechanism of this novel silica nanostructure that has not been previously documented. The silica nanoribbons are flexible and can be manipulated by electron-beam. The silica nanoribbons exhibit strong blue emission at about 467 nm, together with UV and red emissions as investigated by cathodoluminescence technique. The origins of the luminescence are attributed to various defects in the silica nanoribbons; and the intensity change of the blue emission and green emission at about 550 nm is discussed in the frame of the defect density. Our study may lead to rational design of the new silica-based materials for a wide range of applications.

  5. Grazers: biocatalysts of terrestrial silica cycling.

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    Vandevenne, Floor Ina; Barão, Ana Lúcia; Schoelynck, Jonas; Smis, Adriaan; Ryken, Nick; Van Damme, Stefan; Meire, Patrick; Struyf, Eric

    2013-12-07

    Silica is well known for its role as inducible defence mechanism countering herbivore attack, mainly through precipitation of opaline, biogenic silica (BSi) bodies (phytoliths) in plant epidermal tissues. Even though grazing strongly interacts with other element cycles, its impact on terrestrial silica cycling has never been thoroughly considered. Here, BSi content of ingested grass, hay and faeces of large herbivores was quantified by performing multiple chemical extraction procedures for BSi, allowing the assessment of chemical reactivity. Dissolution experiments with grass and faeces were carried out to measure direct availability of BSi for dissolution. Average BSi and readily soluble silica numbers were higher in faeces as compared with grass or hay, and differences between herbivores could be related to distinct digestive strategies. Reactivity and dissolvability of BSi increases after digestion, mainly due to degradation of organic matrices, resulting in higher silica turnover rates and mobilization potential from terrestrial to aquatic ecosystems in non-grazed versus grazed pasture systems (2 versus 20 kg Si ha(-1) y(-1)). Our results suggest a crucial yet currently unexplored role of herbivores in determining silica export from land to ocean, where its availability is linked to eutrophication events and carbon sequestration through C-Si diatom interactions.

  6. Silica Derived from Burned Rice Hulls

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    M.F. de Souza

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Three new processes to obtain silica having high specific surface area from burned pre-treated rice hulls are presented and discussed. These procedures allow for the simultaneous recovery of biomass energy and the production of high quality silica at thermoelectric plants, without the risk of using corrosive substances in the burning process. The first method involves treatment of the hull with hot organic acid solutions before burning, the second with boiling water, both using an autoclave at temperatures close to150 °C, while the third method renders the hull fragile by treating it at 250 °C and reducing it to a fine powder before burning. The first two methods result in white amorphous silica that can show 500 m²/g of specific surface area. The third method, which does not remove the alkaline elements from the hull, produces an amorphous gray carbon-free powder whose specific surface area can be as high as 250 m²/g. An investigation of the specific surface area of the prepared silica indicates the alkaline elements are not mixed with silica in the hulls or combined as insoluble compounds. A comparison is made of these processes and the dissolution of silica by sodium hydroxide solutions is discussed.

  7. Microporous Silica Based Membranes for Desalination

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    João C. Diniz da Costa

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This review provides a global overview of microporous silica based membranes for desalination via pervaporation with a focus on membrane synthesis and processing, transport mechanisms and current state of the art membrane performance. Most importantly, the recent development and novel concepts for improving the hydro-stability and separating performance of silica membranes for desalination are critically examined. Research into silica based membranes for desalination has focussed on three primary methods for improving the hydro-stability. These include incorporating carbon templates into the microporous silica both as surfactants and hybrid organic-inorganic structures and incorporation of metal oxide nanoparticles into the silica matrix. The literature examined identified that only metal oxide silica membranes have demonstrated high salt rejections under a variety of feed concentrations, reasonable fluxes and unaltered performance over long-term operation. As this is an embryonic field of research several target areas for researchers were discussed including further improvement of the membrane materials, but also regarding the necessity of integrating waste or solar heat sources into the final process design to ensure cost competitiveness with conventional reverse osmosis processes.

  8. Use of intravitreal bevacizumab or triamcinolone acetonide as a preoperative adjunct to vitrectomy for vitreous haemorrhage in diabetics

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    Daniel Araújo Ferraz

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of preoperative intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB or triamcinolone (IVT on the rate of early postvitrectomy hemorrhage in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR. METHODS: Eligible eyes were assigned randomly to 1 of 3 groups: the IVB group received 1.25 mg bevacizumab, the IVT group received 4,0mg triamcinolone and the control group underwent a sham procedure. The primary outcome measure was the incidence of early postvitrectomy hemorrhage. Secondary outcome measures included changes in visual acuity (BCVA and adverse events. RESULTS: Twenty and seven eyes, 9 in each group were randomized. The incidence of vitreous hemorrhage was lower in the IVB group (p=0.18. Postoperative vitreous hemorrhage at 1 month also was less in the IVB group compared with the control group (p > 0.05. The rate of bleeding immediately after surgery was higher in IVT group with 4 (44.4% cases. The overall mean visual acuity was 1.72 ± 0.37 logMAR preoperatively and 1.32 ± 0.73 logMAR in 6 months after surgery. Accessing visual acuity by group evidenced that the IVB group had initial mean logMAR VA of 1.87 and 1.57 logMAR VA at the six months (p = 0.84. In IVT group, initial mean VA was 1.75 logMAR and 0.96 logMAR VA at six months (p < 0.001. And in control group, the initial mean VA was 1.85 logMAR and 1.57 logMAR VA at six months (p= 0.34. CONCLUSION: Intravitreal injection of bevacizumab 1 week before vitrectomy seems to reduce the incidence of early postvitrectomy hemorrhage in diabetic patients. There was a better visual acuity outcome in the triamcinolone group.

  9. Impact of Colloidal Silica on Silicone Oil-Silica Mixed Antifoams

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    Yuan, Zheng

    Antifoams are utilized as an industrial additive to control undesired foam during processing. This study focuses on the impact of silica on the antifoam stability. Antifoam stability refers to the ability to maintain efficiency in foam destruction after prolonged shelf storage. Common antifoams are a mixture of hydrophobic silica particles and silicone oil. Based on the general mechanisms of antifoam action discussed in Chapter 1, silica particles play a significant role in foam destruction. Silica particles contribute to foam control by facilitating the entry and the penetration depth of oil-silica globules into surfactant-water films (foam bubble walls). The size, morphology and hydrophobicity of silica can be manipulated to generate optimal antifoam globules. For example, the two silicas with good shelf life performance (8375 and 9512) had the largest silica particles and both showed a tendency to aggregate in toluene solution. We conclude that improved shelf life is related to the propensity of PDMS oil to adsorb on silica, which leads to aggregation and particle size increase. We measured the time-evolution of dynamic light scattering (DLS) from 3-vol% antifoam dissolved in toluene (Chapter 2). For the sample with the largest hydrodynamic radius (9512) the scattered intensity decreased significantly after applying ultrasonic dispersion. Decreasing intensity also occurred for 8375 albeit at later times. The decrease of intensity is attributed to the growth and precipitation of oil-silica globules. The concentration dependence of light scattering confirmed the growth-precipitation hypothesis. FT-IR (Chapter 3) was consistent with precipitation due to oil adsorption, but the data were not definitive. Chapter 4 examines the time-evolution of silica structures by static light scattering and X-ray scattering. The combined data are consistent with a hierarchical structure for silica. Agglomeration occurred fastest for 9512, which is consistent with DLS observations

  10. Transport of colloidal silica in unsaturated sand: Effect of charging properties of sand and silica particles.

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    Fujita, Yosuke; Kobayashi, Motoyoshi

    2016-07-01

    We have studied the transport of colloidal silica in various degrees of a water-saturated Toyoura sand column, because silica particles are widely used as catalyst carriers and abrasive agents, and their toxicity is reported recently. Since water-silica, water-sand, and air-water interfaces have pH-dependent negative charges, the magnitude of surface charge was controlled by changing the solution pH. The results show that, at high pH conditions (pH 7.4), the deposition of colloidal silica to the sand surface is interrupted and the silica concentration at the column outlet immediately reaches the input concentration in saturated conditions. In addition, the relative concentration of silica at the column outlet only slightly decreases to 0.9 with decreasing degrees of water saturation to 38%, because silica particles are trapped in straining regions in the soil pore and air-water interface. On the other hand, at pH 5 conditions (low pH), where sand and colloid have less charge, reduced repulsive forces result in colloidal silica attaching onto the sand in saturated conditions. The deposition amount of silica particles remarkably increases with decreasing degrees of water saturation to 37%, which is explained by more particles being retained in the sand column associated with the air-water interface. In conclusion, at higher pH, the mobility of silica particles is high, and the air-water interface is inactive for the deposition of silica. On the other hand, at low pH, the deposition amount increases with decreasing water saturation, and the particle transport is inhibited. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Silica ecosystem for synergistic biotransformation

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    Mutlu, Baris R.; Sakkos, Jonathan K.; Yeom, Sujin; Wackett, Lawrence P.; Aksan, Alptekin

    2016-06-01

    Synergistical bacterial species can perform more varied and complex transformations of chemical substances than either species alone, but this is rarely used commercially because of technical difficulties in maintaining mixed cultures. Typical problems with mixed cultures on scale are unrestrained growth of one bacterium, which leads to suboptimal population ratios, and lack of control over bacterial spatial distribution, which leads to inefficient substrate transport. To address these issues, we designed and produced a synthetic ecosystem by co-encapsulation in a silica gel matrix, which enabled precise control of the microbial populations and their microenvironment. As a case study, two greatly different microorganisms: Pseudomonas sp. NCIB 9816 and Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 were encapsulated. NCIB 9816 can aerobically biotransform over 100 aromatic hydrocarbons, a feat useful for synthesis of higher value commodity chemicals or environmental remediation. In our system, NCIB 9816 was used for biotransformation of naphthalene (a model substrate) into CO2 and the cyanobacterium PCC 7942 was used to provide the necessary oxygen for the biotransformation reactions via photosynthesis. A mathematical model was constructed to determine the critical cell density parameter to maximize oxygen production, and was then used to maximize the biotransformation rate of the system.

  12. Effects of silica content on the formation and morphology of ENR/PVC/Silica composites beads

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    Abdullah, Nurul Amni; Tahiruddin, Nordiana Suhada Mohmad; Othaman, Rizafizah

    2017-05-01

    The effects of silica content in preparing silica-filled epoxidized natural rubber/polyvinyl chloride (ENR/PVC) beads were investigated. ENR/PVC matrix blend used was of composition 60% (ENR50) and 40% (PVC) by weight. The matrix blend was then dissolved in tetrahydrofuran (THF) by sol-gel technique prior to addition of silica fume as filler at varying amounts up to 25 wt% of the matrix mass. The composites beads were formed via phase inversion method by dropping the polymeric solution into a non-solvent. The size and shape were improved by adding in an increased amount of silica. Morphological studies showed distinct features of beads' surface in terms of homogeneity of silica particle distribution and presence of agglomerations and voids within the ENR/PVC matrix. Formation of silica network was apparent on the bead at 25 wt% silica content. The bead formation was found to be significantly affected by the silica loading in the ENR/PVC solution.

  13. The Management of Silica in Los Alamos National Laboratory Tap Water - A Study of Silica Solubility

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    Wohlberg, C.; Worland, V.P.; Kozubal, M.A.; Erickson, G.F.; Jacobson, H.M.; McCarthy, K.T.

    1999-07-01

    Well water at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a silica (SiO{sub 2}) content of 60 to 100 mg/L, with 4 mg/L of magnesium, 13 mg/L calcium and lesser concentrations of other ions. On evaporation in cooling towers, when the silica concentration reaches 150 to 220 mg/L, silica deposits on heat transfer surfaces. When the high silica well water is used in the reprocessing of plutonium, silica remains in solution at the end of the process and creates a problem of removal from the effluent prior to discharge or evaporation. The work described in this Report is divided into two major parts. The first part describes the behavior of silica when the water is evaporated at various conditions of pH and in the presence of different classes of anions: inorganic and organic. In the second part of this work it was found that precipitation (floccing) of silica was a function of solution pH and mole ratio of metal to silica.

  14. Comparative Investigation on Thermal Insulation of Polyurethane Composites Filled with Silica Aerogel and Hollow Silica Microsphere.

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    Liu, Chunyuan; Kim, Jin Seuk; Kwon, Younghwan

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents a comparative study on thermal conductivity of PU composites containing open-cell nano-porous silica aerogel and closed-cell hollow silica microsphere, respectively. The thermal conductivity of PU composites is measured at 30 degrees C with transient hot bridge method. The insertion of polymer in pores of silica aerogel creates mixed interfaces, increasing the thermal conductivity of resulting composites. The measured thermal conductivity of PU composites filled with hollow silica microspheres is estimated using theoretical models, and is in good agreement with Felske model. It appears that the thermal conductivity of composites decreases with increasing the volume fraction (phi) when hollow silica microsphere (eta = 0.916) is used.

  15. Synthesis and Characterization of Bionanoparticle-Silica Composites and Mesoporous Silica with Large Pores

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    Niu, Z.; Yang, L.; Kabisatpathy, S.; He, J.; Lee, A.; Ron, J.; Sikha, G.; Popov, B.N.; Emrick, T.; Russell, T. P.; Wang. Q.

    2009-03-24

    A sol-gel process has been developed to incorporate bionanoparticles, such as turnip yellow mosaic virus, cowpea mosaic virus, tobacco mosaic virus, and ferritin into silica, while maintaining the integrity and morphology of the particles. The structures of the resulting materials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, small angle X-ray scattering, and N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption analysis. The results show that the shape and surface morphology of the bionanoparticles are largely preserved after being embedded into silica. After removal of the bionanoparticles by calcination, mesoporous silica with monodisperse pores, having the shape and surface morphology of the bionanoparticles replicated inside the silica, was produced,. This study is expected to lead to both functional composite materials and mesoporous silica with structurally well-defined large pores.

  16. Silica-based cationic bilayers as immunoadjuvants

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    Carmona-Ribeiro Ana M

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Silica particles cationized by dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB bilayer were previously described. This work shows the efficiency of these particulates for antigen adsorption and presentation to the immune system and proves the concept that silica-based cationic bilayers exhibit better performance than alum regarding colloid stability and cellular immune responses for vaccine design. Results Firstly, the silica/DODAB assembly was characterized at 1 mM NaCl, pH 6.3 or 5 mM Tris.HCl, pH 7.4 and 0.1 mg/ml silica over a range of DODAB concentrations (0.001–1 mM by means of dynamic light scattering for particle sizing and zeta-potential analysis. 0.05 mM DODAB is enough to produce cationic bilayer-covered particles with good colloid stability. Secondly, conditions for maximal adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA or a recombinant, heat-shock protein from Mycobacterium leprae (18 kDa-hsp onto DODAB-covered or onto bare silica were determined. At maximal antigen adsorption, cellular immune responses in vivo from delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions determined by foot-pad swelling tests (DTH and cytokines analysis evidenced the superior performance of the silica/DODAB adjuvant as compared to alum or antigens alone whereas humoral response from IgG in serum was equal to the one elicited by alum as adjuvant. Conclusion Cationized silica is a biocompatible, inexpensive, easily prepared and possibly general immunoadjuvant for antigen presentation which displays higher colloid stability than alum, better performance regarding cellular immune responses and employs very low, micromolar doses of cationic and toxic synthetic lipid.

  17. Qualitative Tourism Research

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    Buda, Dorina; Martini, Annaclaudia; Garcia, Luis-Manuel; Lowry, Linda

    Conducting qualitative research in tourism studies entails engaging with an entire approach, a set of methods that shape project design, conceptual frameworks, data analysis, and anticipated outcomes. Standard qualitative methods are individual interviews, focus groups and ethnography. Solicited

  18. Qualitative Data Analysis Strategies

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    Greaves, Kristoffer

    2014-01-01

    A set of concept maps for qualitative data analysis strategies, inspired by Corbin, JM & Strauss, AL 2008, Basics of qualitative research: Techniques and procedures for developing grounded theory, 3rd edn, Sage Publications, Inc, Thousand Oaks, California.

  19. HCG blood test - qualitative

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003509.htm HCG blood test - qualitative To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. A qualitative HCG blood test checks if there is a hormone called human ...

  20. The qualitative research proposal

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    Klopper, Hester

    2008-01-01

    Qualitative research in the health sciences has had to overcome many prejudices and a number of misunderstandings, but today qualitative research is as acceptable as quantitative research designs and is widely funded and published. Writing the proposal of a qualitative study, however, can be a challenging feat, due to the emergent nature of the qualitative research design and the description of the methodology as a process. Even today, many sub-standard proposals at post-graduate evaluation c...

  1. Silica Synthesis by Sponges: Unanticipated Molecular Mechanism

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    Morse, D. E.; Weaver, J. C.

    2001-12-01

    Oceanic diatoms, sponges and other organisms synthesize gigatons per year of silica from silicic acid, ultimately obtained from the weathering of rock. This biogenic silica exhibits a remarkable diversity of structures, many of which reveal a precision of nanoarchitectural control that exceeds the capabilities of human engineering. In contrast to the conditions of anthropogenic and industrial manufacture, the biological synthesis of silica occurs under mild physiological conditions of low temperatures and pressures and near-neutral pH. In addition to the differentiation between biological and abiotic processes governing silica formation, the biomolecular mechanisms controlling synthesis of these materials may offer insights for the development of new, environmentally benign routes for synthesis of nanostructurally controlled silicas and high-performance polysiloxane composites. We found that the needle-like silica spicules made by the marine sponge, Tethya aurantia, each contain an occluded axial filament of protein composed predominantly of repeating assemblies of three similar subunits we named "silicateins." To our surprise, analysis of the purified protein subunits and the cloned silicatein DNAs revealed that the silicateins are highly homologous to a family of hydrolytic enzymes. As predicted from this finding, we discovered that the silicatein filaments are more than simple, passive templates; they actively catalyze and spatially direct polycondensation to form silica, (as well as the phenyl- and methyl-silsesquioxane) from the corresponding silicon alkoxides at neutral pH and low temperature. Catalytic activity also is exhibited by the silicatein subunits obtained by disaggregation of the protein filaments and those produced from recombinant DNA templates cloned in bacteria. This catalytic activity accelerates the rate-limiting hydrolysis of the silicon alkoxide precursors. Genetic engineering, used to produce variants of the silicatein molecule with

  2. Generation of crystalline silica from sugarcane burning.

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    Le Blond, Jennifer S; Horwell, Claire J; Williamson, Ben J; Oppenheimer, Clive

    2010-07-08

    Sugarcane leaves contain amorphous silica, which may crystallise to form crystalline silica polymorphs (cristobalite or quartz), during commercial sugarcane harvesting where sugarcane plants are burned. Respirable airborne particulate containing these phases may present an occupational health hazard. Following from an earlier pilot study (J. S. Le Blond, B. J. Williamson, C. J. Horwell, A. K. Monro, C. A. Kirk and C. Oppenheimer, Atmos. Environ., 2008, 42, 5558-5565) in which experimental burning of sugarcane leaves yielded crystalline silica, here we report on actual conditions during sugarcane burning on commercial estates, investigate the physico-chemical properties of the cultivated leaves and ash products, and quantify the presence of crystalline silica. Commercially grown raw sugarcane leaf was found to contain up to 1.8 wt% silica, mostly in the form of amorphous silica bodies (with trace impurities e.g., Al, Na, Mg), with only a small amount of quartz. Thermal images taken during several pre-harvest burns recorded temperatures up to 1056 degrees C, which is sufficient for metastable cristobalite formation. No crystalline silica was detected in airborne particulate from pre-harvest burning, collected using a cascade impactor. The sugarcane trash ash formed after pre-harvest burning contained between 10 and 25 wt% SiO(2), mostly in an amorphous form, but with up to 3.5 wt% quartz. Both quartz and cristobalite were identified in the sugarcane bagasse ash (5-15 wt% and 1-3 wt%, respectively) formed in the processing factory. Electron microprobe analysis showed trace impurities of Mg, Al and Fe in the silica particles in the ash. The absence of crystalline silica in the airborne emissions and lack of cristobalite in trash ash suggest that high temperatures during pre-harvest burning were not sustained long enough for cristobalite to form, which is supported by the presence of low temperature sylvite and calcite in the residual ash. The occurrence of quartz and

  3. Silica-Rich Soil Found by Spirit

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    2007-01-01

    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has found a patch of bright-toned soil so rich in silica that scientists propose water must have been involved in concentrating it. The silica-rich patch, informally named 'Gertrude Weise' after a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, was exposed when Spirit drove over it during the 1,150th Martian day, or sol, of Spirit's Mars surface mission (March 29, 2007). One of Spirit's six wheels no longer rotates, so it leaves a deep track as it drags through soil. Most patches of disturbed, bright soil that Spirit had investigated previously are rich in sulfur, but this one has very little sulfur and is about 90 percent silica. This image is a approximately true-color composite of three images taken through different filters by Spirit's panoramic camera on Sol 1,187 (May 6). The track of disturbed soil is roughly 20 centimeters (8 inches) wide. Spirit's miniature thermal emission spectrometer, which can assess a target's mineral composition from a distance, examined the Gertrude Weise patch on Sol 1,172 (April 20). The indications it found for silica in the overturned soil prompted a decision to drive Spirit close enough to touch the soil with the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer, a chemical analyzer at the end of Spirit's robotic arm. The alpha particle X-ray spectrometer collected data about this target on sols 1,189 and 1,190 (May 8 and May 9) and produced the finding of approximately 90 percent silica. Silica is silicon dioxide. On Earth, it commonly occurs as the crystalline mineral quartz and is the main ingredient in window glass. The Martian silica at Gertrude Weise is non-crystalline, with no detectable quartz. In most cases, water is required to produce such a concentrated deposit of silica, according to members of the rover science team. One possible origin for the silica could have been interaction of soil with acidic steam produced by volcanic activity. Another could have been from water in a hot

  4. Silica-Rich Soil in Gusev Crater

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    2007-01-01

    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has found a patch of bright-toned soil so rich in silica that scientists propose water must have been involved in concentrating it. The silica-rich patch, informally named 'Gertrude Weise' after a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, was exposed when Spirit drove over it during the 1,150th Martian day, or sol, of Spirit's Mars surface mission (March 29, 2007). One of Spirit's six wheels no longer rotates, so it leaves a deep track as it drags through soil. Most patches of disturbed, bright soil that Spirit had investigated previously are rich in sulfur, but this one has very little sulfur and is about 90 percent silica. Spirit's panoramic camera imaged the bright patch through various filters on Sol 1,158 (April 6). This approximately true-color image combines images taken through three different filters. The track of disturbed soil is roughly 20 centimeters (8 inches) wide. Spirit's miniature thermal emission spectrometer, which can assess a target's mineral composition from a distance, examined the Gertrude Weise patch on Sol 1,172 (April 20). The indications it found for silica in the overturned soil prompted a decision to drive Spirit close enough to touch the soil with the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer, a chemical analyzer at the end of Spirit's robotic arm. The alpha particle X-ray spectrometer collected data about this target on sols 1,189 and 1,190 (May 8 and May 9) and produced the finding of approximately 90 percent silica. Silica is silicon dioxide. On Earth, it commonly occurs as the crystalline mineral quartz and is the main ingredient in window glass. The Martian silica at Gertrude Weise is non-crystalline, with no detectable quartz. In most cases, water is required to produce such a concentrated deposit of silica, according to members of the rover science team. One possible origin for the silica could have been interaction of soil with acidic steam produced by volcanic activity

  5. Microstructural Changes Due to Alkali-Silica Reaction during Standard Mortar Test.

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    Shin, Jun-Ho; Struble, Leslie J; Kirkpatrick, R James

    2015-12-02

    The microstructural development of mortar bars with silica glass aggregate undergoing alkali-silica reaction (ASR) under the conditions of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Test C1260 was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and qualitative X-ray microanalysis. Cracking in the aggregate, the hydrated paste, and the paste-aggregate interface was important in the development of the microstructure. Cracks were characterized according to their location, their relationship to other cracks, and whether they are filled with ASR gel. Expansion of the bars was approximately 1% at 12 days and 2% at 53 days. They fell apart by 63 days. The bars contained two zones, an inner region that was undergoing ASR and an outer and much more highly damaged zone that extended further inward over time. Evidence of ASR was present even during the period when specimens were immersed in water, prior to immersion in NaOH solution.

  6. Microstructural Changes Due to Alkali-Silica Reaction during Standard Mortar Test

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The microstructural development of mortar bars with silica glass aggregate undergoing alkali-silica reaction (ASR under the conditions of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM Standard Test C1260 was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and qualitative X-ray microanalysis. Cracking in the aggregate, the hydrated paste, and the paste-aggregate interface was important in the development of the microstructure. Cracks were characterized according to their location, their relationship to other cracks, and whether they are filled with ASR gel. Expansion of the bars was approximately 1% at 12 days and 2% at 53 days. They fell apart by 63 days. The bars contained two zones, an inner region that was undergoing ASR and an outer and much more highly damaged zone that extended further inward over time. Evidence of ASR was present even during the period when specimens were immersed in water, prior to immersion in NaOH solution.

  7. Computer supported qualitative research

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    Reis, Luís; Sousa, Francislê; Moreira, António; Lamas, David

    2017-01-01

    This book contains an edited selection of the papers accepted for presentation and discussion at the first International Symposium on Qualitative Research (ISQR2016), held in Porto, Portugal, July 12th-14th, 2016. The book and the symposium features the four main application fields Education, Health, Social Sciences and Engineering and Technology and seven main subjects: Rationale and Paradigms of Qualitative Research (theoretical studies, critical reflection about epistemological dimensions, ontological and axiological); Systematization of approaches with Qualitative Studies (literature review, integrating results, aggregation studies, meta -analysis, meta- analysis of qualitative meta- synthesis, meta- ethnography); Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research (emphasis in research processes that build on mixed methodologies but with priority to qualitative approaches); Data Analysis Types (content analysis , discourse analysis , thematic analysis , narrative analysis , etc.); Innovative processes of Qualitative ...

  8. Surfactant removal and silica condensation during the photochemical calcination of thin film silica mesophases.

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    Dattelbaum, Andrew M; Amweg, Meri L; Ruiz, Julia D; Ecke, Laurel E; Shreve, Andrew P; Parikh, Atul N

    2005-08-04

    The evolution of photochemical surfactant removal and silica condensation from organically templated thin film silica nanocomposites with mesoscopic ordering has been probed using a combined application of Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and single wavelength ellipsometry. Thin films of silica nanocomposites were prepared by a previously reported evaporation-induced self-assembly process. Specifically, oxidized silicon and gold substrates were withdrawn at 25 mm/min from a subcritical micelle concentration solution containing an ethylene oxide surfactant as a structure-directing agent and tetraethyl orthosilicate as a silica precursor. Real-time grazing incidence difference FT-IR spectra of the nanocomposite films on gold taken during exposure to short-wavelength ultraviolet light (184-257 nm) show that surfactant removal and silica condensation occur gradually and concomitantly. Surfactant removal and silica reconstructions were found to be nearly complete after 90 min of exposure. Further, a transient feature was observed in the FT-IR spectra around 1713 cm(-1) during the UV exposure process and was assigned to a carbonyl (C=O) stretching mode absorption, reflecting the transient formation of a partially oxidized surfactant intermediate. From these data we propose a stepwise model for surfactant removal from the nanocomposite films. Ellipsometrically determined index of refraction values collected as a function of UV exposure are also shown to support such a stepwise mechanism of surfactant removal from the ordered nanocomposite silica thin film mesophases studied here.

  9. Surface treatment of silica nanoparticles for stable and charge-controlled colloidal silica.

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    Kim, Kyoung-Min; Kim, Hye Min; Lee, Won-Jae; Lee, Chang-Woo; Kim, Tae-il; Lee, Jong-Kwon; Jeong, Jayoung; Paek, Seung-Min; Oh, Jae-Min

    2014-01-01

    An attempt was made to control the surface charge of colloidal silica nanoparticles with 20 nm and 100 nm diameters. Untreated silica nanoparticles were determined to be highly negatively charged and have stable hydrodynamic sizes in a wide pH range. To change the surface to a positively charged form, various coating agents, such as amine containing molecules, multivalent metal cation, or amino acids, were used to treat the colloidal silica nanoparticles. Molecules with chelating amine sites were determined to have high affinity with the silica surface to make agglomerations or gel-like networks. Amino acid coatings resulted in relatively stable silica colloids with a modified surface charge. Three amino acid moiety coatings (L-serine, L-histidine, and L-arginine) exhibited surface charge modifying efficacy of L-histidine > L-arginine > L-serine and hydrodynamic size preservation efficacy of L-serine > L-arginine > L-histidine. The time dependent change in L-arginine coated colloidal silica was investigated by measuring the pattern of the backscattered light in a Turbiscan™. The results indicated that both the 20 nm and 100 nm L-arginine coated silica samples were fairly stable in terms of colloidal homogeneity, showing only slight coalescence and sedimentation.

  10. Interfacial interaction between the epoxidized natural rubber and silica in natural rubber/silica composites

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    Xu, Tiwen; Jia, Zhixin; Luo, Yuanfang; Jia, Demin; Peng, Zheng

    2015-02-01

    The epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) as an interfacial modifier was used to improve the mechanical and dynamical mechanical properties of NR/silica composites. In order to reveal the interaction mechanism between ENR and silica, the ENR/Silica model compound was prepared by using an open mill and the interfacial interaction of ENR with silica was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and stress-strain testing. The results indicated that the ring-opening reaction occurs between the epoxy groups of ENR chains and Si-OH groups on the silica surfaces and the covalent bonds are formed between two phases, which can improve the dispersion of silica in the rubber matrix and enhance the interfacial combination between rubber and silica. The ring-opening reaction occurs not only in vulcanization process but also in mixing process, meanwhile, the latter seems to be more important due to the simultaneous effects of mechanical force and temperature.

  11. Functional Films from Silica/Polymer Nanoparticles

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    Tânia Ribeiro

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available High performance functional coatings, based on hybrid organic/inorganic materials, are being developed to combine the polymer flexibility and ease of processing with the mechanical properties and versatility of inorganic materials. By incorporating silica nanoparticles (SiNPs in the polymeric matrices, it is possible to obtain hybrid polymer films with increased tensile strength and impact resistance, without decreasing the flexural properties of the polymer matrix. The SiNPs can further be used as carriers to impart other functionalities (optical, etc. to the hybrid films. By using polymer-coated SiNPs, it is possible to reduce particle aggregation in the films and, thus, achieve more homogeneous distributions of the inorganic components and, therefore, better properties. On the other hand, by coating polymer particles with silica, one can create hierarchically structured materials, for example to obtain superhydrophobic coatings. In this review, we will cover the latest developments in films prepared from hybrid polymer/silica functional systems.

  12. Silica exposure and silicosis in Alberta, Canada.

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    Lappi, Vernon G; Radnoff, Diane L; Karpluk, Phil F

    2014-10-01

    To study potential exposures to crystalline silica and the number of work-related cases of silicosis occurring in Alberta. Exposure data comprising 343 occupational samples were collected at 40 worksites across 13 industries. To assess silicosis reporting, cases reported to the Alberta government, claims accepted by the Workers' Compensation Board for work-related silicosis, and billings to Alberta Health for medical services with a diagnostic code for silicosis during a similar time period were compared. Workers potentially over-exposed to airborne respirable crystalline silica were identified at most of the worksites evaluated. There were large discrepancies in the number of silicosis cases found. Many Alberta workers may be over-exposed to airborne respirable crystalline silica, and the incidence of work-related silicosis in Alberta may not be adequately represented by the official statistics.

  13. Vanadia-silica aerogels from vanadylacetylacetonate

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    Klett, U.; Fricke, J. [Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE)/Physikalisches Institut der Universitaet Wuerzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany)

    1998-04-15

    For the preparation of vanadium pentoxide doped silica gels, vanadium(V) oxide trialkoxides are the precursors of choice as they possess already the desired oxidation number. In vanadylacetylacetonate, the oxidation number of vanadium is only +4 instead of +5. However, vanadylacetylacetonate is less reactive with water and thus easier to handle, less toxic and cheaper than vanadium(V) oxide triisopropoxide. Gels were prepared using vanadylacetylacetonate, tetramethoxysilane, methanol and water containing HCl or NH{sub 3} as catalyst. After supercritical drying with respect to CO{sub 2} and heat treatment in air, vanadia doped silica aerogels show the same colour change upon adsorption of water molecules as vanadium(V) oxide triisopropoxide doped silica xerogels. Structural properties were investigated by N{sub 2}-absorption and SAXS measurements

  14. Fused silica windows for solar receiver applications

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    Hertel, Johannes; Uhlig, Ralf; Söhn, Matthias; Schenk, Christian; Helsch, Gundula; Bornhöft, Hansjörg

    2016-05-01

    A comprehensive study of optical and mechanical properties of quartz glass (fused silica) with regard to application in high temperature solar receivers is presented. The dependence of rupture strength on different surface conditions as well as high temperature is analyzed, focussing particularly on damage by devitrification and sandblasting. The influence of typical types of contamination in combination with thermal cycling on the optical properties of fused silica is determined. Cleaning methods are compared regarding effectiveness on contamination-induced degradation for samples with and without antireflective coating. The FEM-aided design of different types of receiver windows and their support structure is presented. A large-scale production process has been developed for producing fused silica dome shaped windows (pressurized window) up to a diameter of 816 mm. Prototypes were successfully pressure-tested in a test bench and certified according to the European Pressure Vessel Directive.

  15. ESTUDIO ARQUEOHISTÓRICO DEL REGISTRO VÍTREO EN SITIOS MINEROS (MENDOZA, ARGENTINA (Archaeohistorical Study of the Vitreous Record in Mining Sites (Mendoza, Argentina

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    Osvaldo Sironi

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Se presentan los resultados de los análisis de los registros vítreos de los sitios Minas Paramillos Sur y Mina La Atala, localizados en la Reserva Natural Villavicencio y Divisadero Largo. A partir del conocimiento de la materialidad cultural vítrea de esta región, se evidencian patrones de consumo vinculados a diversos tipos de bebidas y productos medicinales entre la clase trabajadora minera de la Precordillera de Mendoza (Argentina. ENGLISH: Results of the analysis of the vitreous record from Minas Paramillos Sur and Mina La Atala are presented. These sites are located in the Villavicencio and Divisadero Largo natural reserves. Knowledge of the vitreous cultural material of this region allows us to show consumption patterns of various types of beverages and medicines among the mining working class of the Mendoza Precordillera, Argentina.

  16. Glass fiber and silica reinforced rigid polyurethane foams

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    M W Kim; S H Kwon; H Park; B K Kim

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    Ternary composites of rigid polyurethane foam (RPUF)/glass fiber/silica as well as RPUF/glass fiber have been fabricated from glass fiber, silica, polymeric 4,4'-di-phenylmethane diisocyanate (PMDI...

  17. Synthesis of very small diameter silica nanofibers using sound waves.

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    Datskos, Panos; Chen, Jihua; Sharma, Jaswinder

    2014-07-14

    Silica nanofibers of an average diameter ≈30 nm and length ≈100 μm have been synthesized using an unprecedented strategy: sound waves. A new phenomenon, spinning off the nanofibers at silica rod tips, is also observed.

  18. silica nanoparticles as a highly efficient catalyst for the one

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    )-2-aryl acetamide derivatives via a three-component reaction of an isocyanide, dibenzylamine and a phthalaldehyde derivative in the presence of silica nanoparticles (silica NPs, ca. 42 nm) as a catalyst under solvent free conditions at room.

  19. Adsorption of mercury ions by mercapto-functionalized amorphous silica

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    Perez-Quintanilla, Damian; Hierro, Isabel del; Fajardo, Mariano; Sierra, Isabel [Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Departamento de Tecnologia Quimica y Ambiental, E.S.C.E.T, Mostoles, Madrid (Spain); Carrillo-Hermosilla, Fernando [Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Organica y Bioquimica, Facultad de Quimicas, Ciudad Real (Spain)

    2006-02-01

    Amorphous silicas have been functionalized by two different methods. In the heterogeneous route the silylating agent, 3-chloropropyltriethoxysilane, was initially immobilized onto the silica surface to give the chlorinated silica Cl-Sil. In a second reaction, multifunctionalized N,S donor compounds were incorporated to obtain the functionalized silicas, which are denoted as L-Sil-Het (where L=mercaptothiazoline, mercaptopyridine or mercaptobenzothiazole). In the homogeneous route, the functionalization was achieved through a one-step reaction between the silica and an organic ligand containing the chelating functions; this gave the modified silicas denoted as L-Sil-Hom. The functionalized silicas were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy and thermogravimetry. These materials were employed as adsorbents for mercury cations from aqueous and acetone solutions at room temperature. The results indicate that, in all cases, mercury adsorption was higher in the modified silicas prepared by the homogeneous method. (orig.)

  20. Respiratory health effects of exposure to crystalline silica epidemiology.

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    Hnzido, E

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The present report describes two additional studies of exposure-response relationship between respiratory disease and silica dust in gold mines. Section 3 describes a study of pulmonary tuberculosis in relation to silica dust, and section 4...

  1. Vacuum arc on the polycrystalline silica cathode

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    D. V. Duhopel'nikov

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of silica and its compounds are used in modern technology to produce Li-ion batteries, wear-resistant and protective coatings, thin-films insulators, etc. This coating is produced with CVD methods, with magnetron sputtering systems or with electron-beam evaporation. The vacuum arc evaporation method, presently, is not used.The paper demonstrates a possibility for a long-term operation of vacuum arc evaporator with polycrystalline silica-aluminum alloy (90% of silica cathode and with magnetic system to create a variable form of arch-like magnetic field on the cathode surface. It was shown that archlike configuration of magnetic field provides a stable discharge and uniform cathode spots moving with the velocities up to 5 m/s with magnetic fields induction about 10 mT. Thus, there is no local melting of the cathode, and this provides its long-term work without chips, cracks and destruction. Cathodes spots move over the cathode surface leaving t big craters with melted edges on its surface. The craters size was 150-450μm. The cathode spot movement character and the craters on the cathode surface were like the spots movement, when working on the copper or aluminum cathodes. With the magnetic field induction less than 1 mT, the cathode spots movement was the same as that of on the silica mono-crystal without magnetic field. Thus, the discharge volt-ampere characteristics for different values of magnetic fields were obtained. Voltampere characteristics were increasing and were shifted to the higher voltage with increasing magnetic field. The voltage was 18.7-26.5 V for the arc current 30-140 A.So, it was confirmed that vacuum arc evaporation method could be used for effective evaporation of silica and silica-based alloys and for thin films deposition of this materials.

  2. EPR Structural Investigations on Ag2O-B2O3-CaO-P2O5 Vitreous System

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    Razvan Stefan

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Glass samples from vitreous system 1.5Ag2O98.5%[0.47B2O3(0.53-xCaOxP2O5] with 0  x  0.08 have been obtained by undercooled method. The magnetic species existing in glass powders have been highlighting by mean of electronic paramagnetic resonance (EPR. The resonance linewidth analysis reveal the interactions between magnetic ions.

  3. Structural and surface functionality changes in reticulated vitreous carbon produced from poly(furfuryl alcohol) with sodium hydroxide additions

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    Oishi, Silvia Sizuka, E-mail: silviaoishi@uol.com.br [LAS, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Av. dos Astronautas 1758, São José dos Campos, SP 12227-010 (Brazil); Botelho, Edson Cocchieri [Departamento de Materiais e Tecnologia, Univ Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Av. Doutor Ariberto Pereira da Cunha 333, Guaratinguetá, SP 12516-410 (Brazil); Rezende, Mirabel Cerqueira [Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), Rua Talim 330, São José dos Campos, SP 12231-280 (Brazil); Ferreira, Neidenêi Gomes [LAS, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Av. dos Astronautas 1758, São José dos Campos, SP 12227-010 (Brazil)

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    Highlights: • Reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) was processed from poly(furfuryl alcohol) with different amounts of NaOH. • A correlation between microstructure and surface functionalities was proposed. • The structural ordering was mainly influenced by the cured PFA polymerization degree and carboxylic acid content on RVC surface. - Abstract: The use of sodium hydroxide to neutralize the acid catalyst increases the storage life of poly(furfuryl alcohol) (PFA) resin avoiding its continuous polymerization. In this work, a concentrated sodium hydroxide solution (NaOH) was added directly to the PFA resin in order to minimize the production of wastes generated when PFA is washed with diluted basic solution. Thus, different amounts of this concentrated basic solution were added to the resin up to reaching pH values of around 3, 5, 7, and 9. From these four types of modified PFA two sample sets of reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) were processed and heat treated at two different temperatures (1000 and 1700 °C). A correlation among cross-link density of PFA and RVC morphology, structural ordering and surface functionalities was systematically studied using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. The PFA neutralization (pH 7) led to its higher polymerization degree, promoting a crystallinity decrease on RVC treated at 1000 °C as well as its highest percentages of carboxylic groups on surface. A NaOH excess (pH 9) substantially increased the RVC oxygen content, but its crystallinity remained similar to those for samples from pH 3 and 5 treated at 1000 °C, probably due to the reduced presence of carboxylic group and the lower polymerization degree of its cured resin. Samples with pH 3 and 5 heat treated at 1000 and 1700 °C can be considered the most ordered which indicated that small quantities of NaOH may be advantageous to minimize continuous

  4. Effect of vitreomacular adhesion and vitreous gel on age-related reduction of macular thickness: a retrospective observational study.

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    Kumagai, Kazuyuki; Hangai, Masanori; Furukawa, Mariko; Suetsugu, Tetsuyuki; Ogino, Nobuchika

    2016-09-30

    To investigate the effects of vitreomacular adhesion (VMA), vitreomacular separation (VMS) and absence of vitreous gel due to vitrectomy on macular thickness measured in the spectral domain optical coherence tomographic (SD-OCT) images. A longitudinal, retrospective, observational study. Secondary multicentre study. 218 eyes of 218 healthy patients and 119 vitrectomised eyes of 119 patients were studied. The healthy individuals were classified into a VMA group (54 eyes) and a VMS group (164 eyes), while the vitrectomised patients were classified into an internal limiting membrane (ILM)-on group (26 eyes) and an ILM-off group (93 eyes). In all participants, 2 Cirrus HD-OCT recordings were made with an average interval of 36 months (range 24-60 months). The primary outcome measure was the rate of change in macular thickness in the central sector. The secondary outcomes were the rates of change in macular thickness in the inner 4 sectors. The annual rate of change in the macular thickness of the central sector was 0.76±1.8 µm/year in the VMA group, -0.58±2.3 µm/year in the VMS group, -1.57±1.9 µm/year in the ILM-on group and -0.86±3.1 µm/year in the ILM-off group. There was a significant difference between the rate of the central sector thickness change in the VMA and VMS groups (p=0.0001). The presence of VMA was a significant factor associated with an increase in the central sector thickness (p=0.0055). When the healthy and ILM-on groups were compared, the rate of decrease in the central sector thickness was faster in the ILM-on group (p=0.0043). Multiple regression analyses showed that not peeling the ILM during the vitrectomy was a significant factor associated with a decrease in the central sector thickness (p=0.044). The presence of a VMA and a vitreous gel may help restrain the macular thickness reduction. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  5. Silica-scaled chrysophytes of Lake Baikal

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    A. Yu. Bessudova

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The list of silica-scaled chrysophytes of Lake Baikal has been enlarged using electron microscopy. It has been supplemented with 12 species and 2 forms. Spiniferomonas takahashii has been observed for the first time in the water bodies of Russia. According to our data, the list of silica-scaled chrysophytes of Lake Baikal includes 25 species and intra-species taxa: Chrysosphaerella – 3, Paraphysomonas – 2, Clathromonas – 1, Spiniferomonas – 7, Mallomonas – 8 and Synura – 4. We have also analyzed their seasonal dynamics and observed algal species that are dominant in spring, summer and autumn.

  6. Olefin metathesis over UV-irradiated silica

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    Tanaka, Tsunehiro; Matsuo, Shigehiro; Maeda, Takashi; Yoshida, Hisao; Funabiki, Takuzo; Yoshida, Satohiro

    1997-11-01

    Photoirradiated silica evacuated at temperatures higher than 800 K was found to be active for olefin metathesis reactions. The analysis of products shows that the metalacyclobutane intermediate is likely. The instantaneous response of the reaction to the irradiation and the activity change with various UV filter showed that the reaction is induced by UV-excitation of silica. The correlation between the evacuation temperature and the activity showed that the surface free from water molecules plays a role in the reaction and the removal of isolated OH groups strongly relates to the generation of active sites.

  7. Ordered mesoporous silica materials with complicated structures

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    Han, Yu

    2012-05-01

    Periodically ordered mesoporous silicas constitute one of the most important branches of porous materials that are extensively employed in various chemical engineering applications including adsorption, separation and catalysis. This short review gives an introduction to recently developed mesoporous silicas with emphasis on their complicated structures and synthesis mechanisms. In addition, two powerful techniques for solving complex mesoporous structures, electron crystallography and electron tomography, are compared to elucidate their respective strength and limitations. Some critical issues and challenges regarding the development of novel mesoporous structures as well as their applications are also discussed. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

  8. Measurement of muonium emission from silica aerogel

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    Bakule, P; Contreras, D; Esashi, M; Fujiwara, Y; Fukao, Y; Hirota, S; Iinuma, H; Ishida, K; Iwasaki, M; Kakurai, T; Kanda, S; Kawai, H; Kawamura, N; Marshall, G M; Masuda, H; Matsuda, Y; Mibe, T; Miyake, Y; Okada, S; Olchanski, K; Olin, A; Onishi, H; Saito, N; Shimomura, K; Strasser, P; Tabata, M; Tomono, D; Ueno, K; Yokoyama, K; Yoshida, S

    2013-01-01

    Emission of muonium ($\\mu^{+}e^{-}$) atoms from silica aerogel into vacuum was observed. Characteristics of muonium emission were established from silica aerogel samples with densities in the range from 29 mg cm$^{-3}$ to 178 mg cm$^{-3}$. Spectra of muonium decay times correlated with distances from the aerogel surfaces, which are sensitive to the speed distributions, follow general features expected from a diffusion process, while small deviations from a simple room-temperature thermal diffusion model are identified. The parameters of the diffusion process are deduced from the observed yields.

  9. Lithium-Niobate-Silica Hybrid Whispering-Gallery-Mode Resonators.

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    Bo, Fang; Wang, Jie; Cui, Jiao; Ozdemir, Sahin Kaya; Kong, Yongfa; Zhang, Guoquan; Xu, Jingjun; Yang, Lan

    2015-12-22

    Lithium-niobate-silica hybrid resonators with quality factors higher than 10(5) are fabricated by depositing a layer of polycrystalline lithium niobate on the flat top surfaces of inverted-wedge silica microdisk resonators. All-optical modulation with improved performance over silica-only resonators and electro-optic modulation not achievable in silica-only resonators are realized in the hybrid resonators. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Synthesis of Various Silica Nanoparticles for Foam Stability

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    Yoon, Suk Bon; Yoon, Inho; Jung, Chonghun; Kim, Chorong; Choi, Wangkyu; Moon, Jeikwon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    The synthesis of the non-porous silica nanoparticles with uniform sizes has been reported through the Sto ber method, the synthesis of meso porous silica nanoparticles with a specific morphology such as core-shell, rod-like, and hexagonal shapes is not so common. As a synthetic strategy for controlling the particle size, shape, and porosity, the synthesis of core-shell silicas with meso porous shells formed on silica particle cores through the self-assembly of silica precursor and organic templates or spherical meso porous silicas using modified Sto ber method was also reported. Recently, in an effort to reduce the amount of radioactive waste and enhance the decontamination efficiency during the decontamination process of nuclear facilities contaminated with radionuclides, a few research for the preparation of the decontamination foam containing solid nanoparticles has been reported. In this work, the silica nanoparticles with various sizes, shapes, and structures were synthesized based on the previous literatures. The resulting silica nanoparticles were used to investigate the effect of the nanoparticles on the foam stability. In a study on the foam stability using various silica nanoparticles, the results showed that the foam volume and liquid volume in foam was enhanced when using a smaller size and lower density of the silica nanoparticles. Silica nanoparticles with various sizes, shapes, and structures such as a non-porous, meso porous core-shell, and meso porous silica were synthesized to investigate the effect of the foam stability. The sizes and structural properties of the silica nanoparticles were easily controlled by varying the amount of silica precursor, surfactant, and ammonia solution as a basic catalyst. The foam prepared using various silica nanoparticles showed that foam the volume and liquid volume in the foam were enhanced when using a smaller size and lower density of the silica nanoparticles.

  11. Template directed synthesis of highly organized functional biomimetic silica nanostructures

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    Kind, Lucy

    2009-01-01

    Silica is an important mineral in technological and biological applications. Many protocols have been developed for the synthesis of complex silica architectures. Most prominent is the silicific