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Sex chromosome analysis of post-mortem corneal endothelium after sex-mismatch Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty

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Session Title: Cornea: Surgical I

Session Date/Time: Sunday 08/10/2017 | 10:30-12:30

Paper Time: 10:36

Venue: Meeting Center Room I

First Author: : I.Lavy ISRAEL

Co Author(s): :    R. Verdijk   M. Bruinsma   H. Sleddens   S. Oellerich   P. Binder   G. Melles     

Abstract Details


To identify the origin of corneal endothelial cells (host or donor) present on grafts at various time points after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) of sex chromosomes on post mortem corneas with sex mismatch between the donor and host


Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery / Tertiary referral center


Corneoscleral buttons of 6 post mortem DMEK eyes of 4 patients, operated for Fuchs endothelial dystrophy, with an average postoperative time of 2.6 (±1.8) years were processed for FISH detection of XX (female) or XY (male)-labeling signals in corneal endothelial cells in the central area of the DMEK graft. Two male patients underwent bilateral DMEK with grafts from female donors, and 2 female patients underwent unilateral DMEK and received a graft from a male donor


FISH consistently showed the presence of donor endothelial cells across the graft area, with signaling of sex chromosomes opposite to the sex of the host


Donor endothelial cells may survive up to 4.5 years after DMEK. If so, the lower incidence of allograft rejection in DMEK may not be explained by early host cell replacement. Potential host cell migration may be limited by donor/recipient cell–cell contact inhibition

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