Journal of the Korean Ophthalmological Society 2004;45(10):1731-1741.
Published online October 1, 2004.
Adhesion Complex in Cultivated Limbal Epithelium on Amniotic Membrane after Transplantation into Chemical Burn Model.
Mee Kum Kim, Jae Lim Lee, Won Ryang Wee, Jin Hak Lee
1Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.
2Seoul Artificial Eye Center Seoul National University Hospital Clinical Research Center, Seoul, Korea.
3Department of Ophthalmology, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Taejon, Korea.
양막에 배양한 윤부세포를 알칼리화상모델에 이식한 후 유착복합체 형성관찰
김미금 ( Mee Kum Kim ) , 이재림 ( Jae Lim Lee ) , 위원량 ( Won Ryang Wee ) , 이진학 ( Jin Hak Lee )
To investigate adhesion complex formation in cultivated human limbal epithelium after transplantation into the chemical burn model. METHODS: human limbal epithelial cells were cultured on amniotic membrane that had not undergone dispase treatment. Laminin V was evaluated using immunohistochemistry. The adhesion complex was examined by electron microscopy. Cultured epithelium was transplanted into limbal deficient rabbits induced by chemical burn and mechanical limbal removal. The transplanted rabbits and the controls with mechanical wounding were sacrificed at 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks. The adhesion complex was examined by electron microscopy. RESULTS: Linear staining was observed against laminin V at 4-week culture but matured adhesion complex was not found. Graft failure developed in 3 rabbits (25%) after transplantation. Morphologically identifiable hemidesmosomes appeared at 1 week and matured adhesion complex with continuous basement membrane was found at 3 weeks. The mean numbers of hemidesmosomes/2.25 micro meter were 2.3 +/- 0.9, 2.5 +/- 0.5, 5.2 +/- 1.0, and 4.0 +/- 0.9 at 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks, respectively. The adhesion assembly nearly recovered to the level of that in the human cornea (3.7 +/- 60.11) at 3 weeks. CONCLUSIONS: Adhesion complex of cultivated limbal epithelium did not developed in vitro, but the assembly was almost completed at 3 weeks after transplantation in vivo.
Key Words: Amniotic membrane;Basement membrane;Cultivated limbal epithelium;Hemidesmosome;Limbal deficient model

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