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1

What are the roles of corneal integrins?

-facilitates interactions between cells and extracelluar matrix
-matrix assembly
-impact cell adhesion and formation of junctions
-senses changes in the extracelluar environment
-communicated to the cell nucleus by an alteration in the cytoskeleton

2

What are cytokines?

Signaling molecules.

They are released in health and damaged corneas

3

What are the 2 roles of cytokines?

-communicates between cells and surrounding tissues
-controls the growth of corneal cells

4

What are the 3 roles of growth factors?

-promotes proliferation of corneal cells
-induces migration of cells
-maintains corneal transparency

5

What are the 3 wound healing biomolecules?

-integrins
-cytokines
-growth factors

6

In which epithelial layer can cells divide?

Basal (through mitosis)

7

Name the 3 epithelial layers?

And how thick are they?

-basal layer: 1 cell thick
-wing layer:2-3
-surface layer: 2

8

What is the process of epithelial replacement

Stem cells in the peripheral cornea divide-->new cells move toward the center to become basal cells-->BC move up and become wing cells-->WC move up and become surface cells-->SC shed into tear film-->turn over in 7 days

9

When there's a corneal injury what happens to mitosis?

It stops

10

What's released if the cornea is damaged?

Growth factors and cytokines

11

The process of wound healing

-mitosis stops
-growth factors and cytokines are released
-hemidesmosomes dissemble along the wound edge
-this changes the cytoskeleton which causes cells to migrate and cover the wound
-you get adhesion molecules
---epithelial sheet adheres to basement membrane
-the defect is covered by a single layer of cells and junctions are formed between the neighboring cell
-mitosis resumes and normal cell density is reached
-hemidesmosomes replace biochemical bonds holding basal cells

12

Cell migration requires control of what 3 things

And what do these preserve

-hemidesmosomes
-cytoskeleton structure
-cell-matrix adhesion

The structural integrity of epithelial sheet

13

How long does it take small lesions of the epithelium to heal?

24-48 hours

14

How long does it take if the basement membrane of the epithelium is damaged?

Several months for normal hemidesmosomes

15

T/F: the epithelium is usually scar free

True

16

During recurrent corneal erosion the corneal epithelium sloughs off either ___ or ___

Continually or periodically

17

What are the 2 causes of recurrent corneal erosion?

-Poor adhesion between Epithelium and Basement Membrane
-Poor adhesion between Basement Membrane and underlying tissue (stroma)

18

Recurrent corneal erosion occurs....

-after incomplete healing of an abrasion (hemidesmosomes malformed) OR
by epithelial basement membrane dystrophy

19

If someone comes in every few months and says that they have pain and irritation or have it all the time, and you put fluorescein and see spots on the cornea what could this be?

Recurrent corneal erosion

20

What are the treatments of recurrent corneal erosion?

-artificial tears
-antibiotic
-bandage CLs
-anterior stromal micropuncture
-superficial karate to your (removal of epithelium)
-PTK

21

Is bowmans layer cellular or acellular?

Acellular

22

Bowmans layer is composed primarily of ___

Collagen

23

T/F: BL's is highly resistant to pentration or damage

True

24

T/F: Bowmans layer does not regenerate

True

25

What replaces the bowmans layer when damaged?

Stroma scar tissue or epithelium

26

Bowmans layer is ___ to the epithelium

Posterior

27

The stroma is composed of?

-collagen fibrils
-keratocytes
-extracelluar ground substances

28

When the stroma is injured what occurs?

Keratocytes increase in number; some stimulated to become myofibroblasts--> cause wound bed to contract--> wound coverage by epithelium over defect

29

Regenerated stromal collagen is ____ than the original fibrils and alignment and organization are not as ____ -> ______ probability of scarring

-larger
-precise
-increasing

30

After healing of the stroma is complete what happens to the myofibroblasts

They undergo apoptosis or revert back to keratocytes