Figure 3. Macrophage migration inhibitory
factor and vascular endothelial growth factor immunohistochemistry
after chemical burn of ocular surface. Thirty days after induction of
chemical burns on the ocular surface, the murine corneas were stained
with antibodies against MIF (A) and VEGF (B). The
inflammation almost completely subsided, and irregularly distributed
corneal stromal fibers were noted, with a few microvessels (arrow).
Both cytokines were readily observable in the corneal stroma and
epithelium. Their expression revealed high spatial similarity as
demonstrated in the inserted magnified images. In the epithelial cell
layer, both MIF and VEGF were heavily expressed in basal cells as
compared to cells in the superficial layers. Both VEGF and MIF were
positively stained in cells around microvascular structures (asterisk).
The inserted magnified image represents the areas indicated by the
arrow and asterisk.