Figure 6. Effects of CDECM on the protein expression of inflammatory factors. A: The expression of the tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) proteins in the corneas. B: The expression of the TNF-α and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) proteins in the conjunctivas. Western blotting
analyses determined the protein expression of inflammatory factors in the corneas or conjunctivas of the NOD.B10.H2b mice after the removal of desiccation stress and after 10 days of instillation of PBS or chondrocyte-derived extracellular
matrix (CDECM) five times per day. The quantitative data are presented as mean ± standard deviation (SD). *p<0.05 versus the
value in the DS 10D group. C, Control; DS, desiccation stress for 10 days; PBS, PBS group after 10 days of instillation; CDECM,
CDECM group after 10 days of instillation.