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Lookup NU author(s): Sai Kolli,
Dr Sajjad Ahmad,
Professor Majlinda Lako,
Professor Francisco Figueiredo
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Ocular surface reconstruction with ex vivo expanded limbal stem cells (LSCs) is a widely used clinical treatment for patients with limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD). This is not applicable to patients with bilateral LSCD where there are no remaining LSCs. Cultivated oral mucosa epithelium (OME) has been used as an alternative source of autologous epithelial stem cells for ocular reconstruction in few clinical trials. However, successful generation of stratified OME epithelium has only been achieved in the presence of animal feeder cells and/or animal-derived products in the culture media, likely to contribute to increased risk of pathogen transmission and graft rejection. In this study, we report generation of multilayered OME epithelium that shares many of the characteristics of corneal epithelium using a fully compliant good manufacturing practice, feeder-and animal product-free method. Proof of concept was achieved by transplantation of autologous ex vivo expanded OME in two patients with histologically confirmed bilateral total LSCD that resulted in successful reversal of LSCD in the treated eye up to 24 months.
Author(s): Kolli S, Ahmad S, Mudhar HS, Meeny A, Lako M, Figueiredo FC
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Stem Cells
Print publication date: 15/07/2014
ISSN (print): 1066-5099
ISSN (electronic): 1549-4918
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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