Estrogen and progesterone receptors in vernal keratoconjunctivitis

S. Bonini, A. Lambiase, M. Schiavone, M. Centofanti, L. A. Palma, S. Bonini

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Purpose: Sex-related influences have been implicated in the pathogenesis of vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC), an allergic eosinophilic disease. Methods: The authors evaluated tarsal and bulbar conjunctival biopsies from seven patients with severe and symptomatic VKC for the presence of estrogen and progesterone receptors by using monoclonal antibodies with a peroxidase- antiperoxidase technique. Results: Both the epithelium and subepithelium of the tarsal and bulbar conjunctiva of patients with VKC, but not those of four nonatopic control subjects, showed intense positive staining for estrogen and progesterone receptors. Immunofluorescence co-localization of both estrogen and progesterone receptors with eosinophil cationic protein showed that approximately 70% of positive cells were eosinophils. Conclusions: Sexual hormones, through their receptors, may influence the activity of eosinophils in patients with VKC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1374-1379
Number of pages6
JournalOphthalmology
Volume102
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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Allergic Conjunctivitis
Progesterone Receptors
Estrogen Receptors
Eosinophils
Eosinophil Cationic Protein
Conjunctiva
Peroxidase
Fluorescent Antibody Technique
Epithelium
Monoclonal Antibodies
Hormones
Staining and Labeling
Biopsy

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Bonini, S., Lambiase, A., Schiavone, M., Centofanti, M., Palma, L. A., & Bonini, S. (1995). Estrogen and progesterone receptors in vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Ophthalmology, 102(9), 1374-1379.

Estrogen and progesterone receptors in vernal keratoconjunctivitis. / Bonini, S.; Lambiase, A.; Schiavone, M.; Centofanti, M.; Palma, L. A.; Bonini, S.

In: Ophthalmology, Vol. 102, No. 9, 1995, p. 1374-1379.

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Bonini, S, Lambiase, A, Schiavone, M, Centofanti, M, Palma, LA & Bonini, S 1995, 'Estrogen and progesterone receptors in vernal keratoconjunctivitis', Ophthalmology, vol. 102, no. 9, pp. 1374-1379.
Bonini S, Lambiase A, Schiavone M, Centofanti M, Palma LA, Bonini S. Estrogen and progesterone receptors in vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Ophthalmology. 1995;102(9):1374-1379.
Bonini, S. ; Lambiase, A. ; Schiavone, M. ; Centofanti, M. ; Palma, L. A. ; Bonini, S. / Estrogen and progesterone receptors in vernal keratoconjunctivitis. In: Ophthalmology. 1995 ; Vol. 102, No. 9. pp. 1374-1379.
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