The role of corneal stroma: A potential nutritional source for the cornea

Lingling Zhang, Matthew C. Anderson, Chia-Yang Liu

Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA


Corneal stroma plays a pivotal role in normal visual function.  Anatomically, it is located between the outer epithelium and the inner endothelium and is the thickest layer of the cornea. Keratocytes in the stroma produce a variety of cellular products, including growth factors/cytokines, extracellular matrix (ECM) components, and kinases. These products support normal corneal development and homeostasis. Journal of Nature and Science (JNSCI), 3(8):e428, 2017



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