Fibrosis, gene expression and orbital inflammatory disease

James T. Rosenbaum, Dongseok Choi, David J. Wilson, Hans E. Grossniklaus, Christina A. Harrington, Roger A. Dailey, John D. Ng, Eric A. Steele, Craig N. Czyz, Jill A. Foster, David Tse, Chris Alabiad, Sander Dubovy, Prashant Parekh, Gerald J. Harris, Michael Kazim, Payal Patel, Valerie White, Peter Dolman, Deepak P. EdwardHind Alkatan, Hailahal Hussain, Dinesh Selva, Patrick Yeatts, Bobby Korn, Don Kikkawa, Patrick Stauffer, Stephen R. Planck

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Background/Aims: To clarify the pathogenesis of fibrosis in inflammatory orbital diseases, we analysed the gene expression in orbital biopsies and compared our Results: with those reported for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Methods: We collected 140 biopsies from 138 patients (58 lacrimal glands; 82 orbital fat). Diagnoses included healthy controls (n=27), non-specific orbital inflammation (NSOI) (n=61), thyroid eye disease (TED) (n=29), sarcoidosis (n=14) and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) (n=7). Fibrosis was scored on a 0-3 scale by two experts, ophthalmic pathologists. Gene expression was quantified using Affymetrix U133 plus 2.0 microarray. Results: Within orbital fat, fibrosis was greatest among subjects with GPA (2.75±0.46) and significantly increased in tissue from subjects with GPA, NSOI or sarcoidosis ( p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1424-1429
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Medicine(all)


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