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What is actually stained by rose bengal?
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PMID:  1637285     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It has been believed that 1% rose bengal does not stain normal, healthy cells but rather stains degenerated or dead cells and mucous strands. In contrast to this conventional knowledge, we discovered that both commercial additive-containing and additive-free rose bengal solutions stained four different types of healthy cultured cells, including rabbit corneal epithelial cells. Rose bengal staining was rapid, dose dependent, predominantly nuclear, and detectable with the naked eye at concentrations as low as 0.05% and 0.025% for the commercial additive-containing or additive-free solutions, respectively, and with the fluorescence microscope at a concentration of 0.001%. It is surprising to discover that rose bengal is not a vital dye; after staining, cells actually lost vitality, as evidenced by instant morphologic changes, subsequent loss of cellular motility, cell detachment, and cell death. Such an intrinsic toxic effect was augmented by light exposure. The rose bengal staining of live as well as detergent-treated (Triton X-100) cells could be blocked by such tear components as mucin and albumin, suggesting that normally negative rose bengal staining is due to the protective function of the preocular tear film, ie, staining is not dictated by lack of cell vitality. These data indicate that rose bengal staining ensues whenever there is poor protection of surface epithelium by the preocular tear film; this represents a new interpretation for rose bengal stains seen in various ocular surface disorders.
R P Feenstra; S C Tseng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of ophthalmology     Volume:  110     ISSN:  0003-9950     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Ophthalmol.     Publication Date:  1992 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-08-27     Completed Date:  1992-08-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7706534     Medline TA:  Arch Ophthalmol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  984-93     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, FL 33101.
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MeSH Terms
Cells, Cultured
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Endothelium, Corneal / metabolism
Fibroblasts / metabolism
Intestines / cytology,  metabolism
Muscle, Smooth / metabolism
Rose Bengal* / chemistry,  pharmacokinetics,  toxicity
Tears / chemistry
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
11121-48-5/Rose Bengal

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