Dysfunctional Corneal Endothelium: Delivery of Cell Therapy

  • Stephen Wahlig
  • Gary Swee-Lim Peh
  • Matthew Lovatt
  • Jodhbir S. Mehta
Part of the Essentials in Ophthalmology book series (ESSENTIALS)


Cellular therapies are an emerging alternative to allogeneic corneal transplantation for endothelial dysfunction. While allogeneic transplantation is limited by donor tissue supply, current culture systems are able to produce sufficient cells from a single donor cornea to treat multiple patients. A variety of delivery systems have been developed to harness the therapeutic potential of these cultured cells. This chapter outlines these delivery techniques, including use of single cell monolayers taken directly from culture plates, implantation of cell-seeded scaffolds, both biologic and synthetic, and injection of cells into the anterior chamber.


Cell therapy Cornea Endothelium Animal model Delivery Keratoplasty Cell injection 


Compliance Statements

J. S. Mehta, M. Lovatt, G. Peh, and S. Wahlig declare that they have no conflict of interest. All procedures performed by the authors followed and were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study. All institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.

Conflict of Interest: No conflicting relationship exists for any author.

Financial disclosure: No financial disclosures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Wahlig
    • 1
  • Gary Swee-Lim Peh
    • 1
  • Matthew Lovatt
    • 1
  • Jodhbir S. Mehta
    • 2
  1. 1.Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Group, The Academia, Singapore Eye Research InstituteSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Singapore National Eye Centre, Department of Cornea and External DiseaseSingaporeSingapore

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