Navigation Links
New cells found that could help save people's sight
Date:11/8/2012

Eye experts and scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered specific cells in the eye which could lead to a new procedure to treat and cure blinding eye conditions.

Led by Professor Andrew Lotery, the study found that cells called corneal limbal stromal cells, taken from the front surface of the eye have stem cell properties and could be cultured to create retinal cells.

This could lead to new treatments for eye conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa or wet age-related macular degeneration, a condition which is a common cause of loss of vision in older people and will affect around one in three people in the UK by age 70.

Furthermore the research, published in the British Journal for Ophthalmology, suggests that using corneal limbus cells would be beneficial in humans as it would avoid complications with rejection or contamination because the cells taken from the eye would be returned to the same patient.

Professor Lotery, who is also a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Southampton General Hospital, comments: "This is an important step for our research into the prevention and treatment of eye conditions and blindness.

"We were able to characterize the corneal limbal stromal cells found on the front surface of the eye and identify the precise layer in the cornea that they came from. We were then successful in culturing them in a dish to take on some of the properties of retinal cells. We are now investigating whether these cells could be taken from the front of the eye and be used to replace diseased cells in the back of the eye in the retina. If successful this would open up new and efficient ways of treating people who have blinding eye conditions."

This is a promising discovery as the corneal limbus is one of the most accessible regions of the human eye and it represents 90 per cent of the thickness of the front eye wall. Therefore cells could be easily obtainable from this area with little risk to the patient's eye and sight. However Professor Lotery says more research is needed to develop this approach before they are used in patients.


'/>"/>
Contact: Becky Attwood
r.attwood@soton.ac.uk
44-023-805-95457
University of Southampton
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Spread of human melanoma cells in mice correlates with clinical outcomes in patients
2. Two Years On, Stem Cells Still Healing Damaged Hearts
3. Stem Cells From Donor May Help Heal Heart
4. How bacteria talk to each other and our cells
5. Therapy with bone marrow-derived stem cells does not improve short-term recovery after heart attack
6. Scientists find Achilles’ heel of cancer cells
7. Vijay Tiwari awarded prestigious grant to study how cancer cells transform to become invasive
8. Stem cells show promise for treating infertility in cancer patients
9. A protein’s role in helping cells repair DNA damage
10. Scientists create endless supply of myelin-forming cells
11. Stem Cells to Cartilage? Promising Results Seen in Mice
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 26, ... ... sets a new technology standard in staffing, scheduling, and reporting for healthcare ... and predict activity throughout the entire staffing process. StaffBridge technology improves staffing ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... , ... February 26, 2017 , ... ... after receiving cognitive rehabilitation, according to a study released today at the 1st ... cognitive rehabilitation programs are proven to be effective in improving cognitive function in ...
(Date:2/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 25, 2017 , ... FCPX users ... Color tools from Pixel Film Studios. With ProSharpen Color users have total control over ... easily refine their color range. With color spectrum tools users can visually see the ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Houston ... options at his office, Antoine Dental Center. Currently, patients can get single dental ... may apply, but patients can learn more about these offers by contacting Antoine ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... business development, education, networking and recognition opportunities as well as advocacy for the ... in Holmdel, NJ on February 23. The Council's Innovation Forecast event highlights ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/27/2017)... TAMPA, Fla. , Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... company focused on developing cerebral embolic protection devices ... of the FDA,s Circulatory System Devices Panel that ... the need for cerebral protection following transcatheter aortic ... shared by this FDA panel support the need ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... Feb. 27, 2017  Impax Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPXL ) today ... Raymond James and Associates, 38 th ... 2017 in Orlando, FL. Cowen ... ET on March 7, 2017 in Boston, MA. ... 16, 2017 in Miami, FL. ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... BioPharma Corp. (CTI BioPharma) (NASDAQ and MTA: CTIC) today announced ... President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the ... Richard Love , interim President and CEO who will ... Craig has over 20 years of experience in hematology, oncology ... Europe . "On behalf of CTI BioPharma,s ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: