Sphere-forming corneal cells repopulate dystrophic keratoconic stroma: Implications for potential therapy
Himanshu Wadhwa, Salim Ismail, Jennifer J McGhee, Trevor Sherwin, Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Bert Van der Werf, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Author contributions: Wadhwa H and Ismail S participated in the experimental design, data acquisition analysis and manuscript writing; McGhee JJ participated in experimental design and cell and tissue preparation; Van der Werf B participated in data analysis and manuscript writing; Sherwin T participated in study design, experimental design and manuscript writing; All authors read, edited and approved the final manuscript.
Supported by Save Sight Society of New Zealand, No. 37116543; New Zealand Wound Care Society, No. 3713325; John Hamel MacGregor Trust.
Institutional review board statement: This study was conducted under ethical approval by the Northern X Regional Ethics Committee and since reviewed by the Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee (New Zealand). Ethics reference: NTX/07/08/080/AM06
Conflict-of-interest statement: Prof. Sherwin reports grants from Save Sight Society of New Zealand, grants from Auckland Medical Research Foundation, grants from New Zealand Wound Care Society, and grants from John Hamel MacGregor Trust during the conduct of the study.
Data sharing statement: The datasets used and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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Corresponding author: Trevor Sherwin, PhD, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1023, New Zealand. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: June 25, 2019
Peer-review started: June 29, 2019
First decision: July 31, 2019
Revised: September 11, 2019
Accepted: November 13, 2019
Article in press: November 13, 2019
Published online: January 26, 2020