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Objective—To characterize the effect that filtrate obtained from cultures of Moraxella bovis has on cultured corneal epithelial cells and other types of cultured mammalian cells.

Sample Population—Cultured hamster corneal epithelial cells, bovine epithelial cells, and several transformed cell lines exposed to culture filtrate from a pathogenic isolate of M bovis.

ProcedureMoraxella bovis was cultured, and bacteria were removed by filtration. The resulting bacterial culture filtrate was incubated with various types of cultured cells, and effects of the filtrate on detachment of various mammalian cell types was quantified by the use of neutral red dye. Additionally, bacterial culture filtrate was treated with protease inhibitors as well as trypsin and heat prior to incubation with cultured mammalian cells.

Results—Bacterial culture filtrate of M bovis caused all types of cultured cells to detach from each other and from the substrate, with the maximal effect evident 2 hours after initiating incubation. Detached cells were alive, and detachment was reversible. Serine protease inhibitors (phenylmethylsulfonylfluoride and α2-macroglobulin) inhibited cell detachment attributable to bacterial culture filtrate. Heating and treatment with trypsin also inhibited cell detachment.

Conclusions and Clinical RelevanceMoraxella bovis produces a soluble factor that causes reversible detachment of cultured cells. This activity may play a role in the pathogenesis of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis. (Am J Vet Res 2000;61:1145–1149)

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research


Objective—To assess the intraoperative and postoperative clinical effects and histologic effects of intracameral administration of α-chymotrypsin in clinically normal dogs undergoing standard intracapsular lens extraction (ICLE).

Animals—6 young adult male dogs without evidence of systemic or ocular disease.

Procedures—All dogs underwent bilateral ICLE 7 minutes following injection of 75 U of α-chymotrypsin or an identical volume (0.5 mL) of a commercially available balanced saline solution (BSS) into the posterior chamber of the eye. Ease of lens extraction was subjectively assessed and intraoperative intraocular hemorrhage and fibrin accumulation scored. For 27 days after surgery, ocular hyperemia and discharge, chemosis, corneal edema, hyphema, and aqueous flare were scored, and intraocular pressure (IOP) was measured. Thirty days after surgery, histologic evidence of anterior synechia, collapse of and inflammation within the iridocorneal angle, and iritis were scored.

Results—In 5 of 6 dogs, the surgeon was able to correctly identify the eye treated with α-chymotrypsin on the basis of ease of lens extraction. Mean intraoperative intraocular hemorrhage and fibrin scores for BSS-treated eyes were significantly higher than for α-chymotrypsin-treated eyes. Postoperatively, there were no significant differences between treatments for any clinical variables, including IOP Histologic scores were not significantly different between treatments for any variable. Vision was lost as a result of glaucoma in 1 α-chymotrypsin-treated eye and 1 BSS-treated eye.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Intracameral administration of 75 U of α-chymotrypsin 7 minutes before ICLE facilitated lensectomy without apparent adverse effects in clinically normal dogs.

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To determine central corneal thickness (total corneal thickness [TCT], epithelial thickness [ET], and stromal thickness [ST]), anterior chamber depth (ACD), and intraocular pressure (IOP) in Kemp's ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii).


Prospective cross-sectional study.


25 healthy rehabilitated juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtles.


Body weight and straight-line standard carapace length (SCL) were recorded. All turtles underwent a complete anterior segment ophthalmic examination. Central TCT, ET, ST, and ACD were determined by use of a spectral-domain optical coherence tomography device. Intraocular pressure was determined with a rebound tonometer; the horse setting was used to measure IOP in all 25 turtles, and the undefined setting was also used to measure IOP in 20 turtles. For each variable, 3 measurements were obtained bilaterally. The mean was calculated for each eye and used for analysis purposes.


The mean ± SD body weight and SCL were 3.85 ± 1.05 kg (8.47 ± 2.31 lb) and 29 ± 3 cm, respectively. The mean ± SD TCT, ET, ST, and ACD were 288 ± 23 μm, 100 ± 6 μm, 190 ± 19 μm, and 581 ± 128 μm, respectively. Mean ± SD IOP was 6.5 ± 1.0 mm Hg when measured with the horse setting and 3.8 ± 1.1 mm Hg when measured with the undefined setting.


Results provided preliminary reference ranges for objective assessment of ophthalmic variables in healthy juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtles.

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association