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Research Article

Chronic Nerve Growth Factor Exposure Increases Apoptosis in a Model of In Vitro Induced Conjunctival Myofibroblasts

  • Alessandra Micera,

    Affiliation: IRCCS - G.B. Bietti Foundation, Rome, Italy

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  • Ilaria Puxeddu,

    Affiliation: Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, School of Pharmacy, Institute for Drug Research, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

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  • Bijorn Omar Balzamino,

    Affiliation: IRCCS - G.B. Bietti Foundation, Rome, Italy

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  • Stefano Bonini,

    Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology, University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy

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  • Francesca Levi-Schaffer mail

    francescal@ekmd.huji.ac.il

    Affiliation: Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, School of Pharmacy, Institute for Drug Research, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

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  • Published: October 10, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047316

About the Authors

Alessandra Micera, Bijorn Omar Balzamino
IRCCS - G.B. Bietti Foundation, Rome, Italy
Ilaria Puxeddu, Francesca Levi-Schaffer
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, School of Pharmacy, Institute for Drug Research, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Stefano Bonini
Department of Ophthalmology, University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy

Corresponding Author

Email: francescal@ekmd.huji.ac.il

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AM FLS. Performed the experiments: AM IP BOB. Analyzed the data: AM IP BOB SB FLS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AM SB FLS. Wrote the paper: AM FLS.