Prevention by medroxyprogesterone of perforation in the alkali-burned rabbit cornea: inhibition of collagenolytic activity

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1977 Jan;16(1):21-31.


The incidence of perforation and deep ulceration of the alkali-burned rabbit cornea was substantially reduced by topical or parenteral administration of medroxyprogesterone. The mode of action of the hormone is probably at least in part related to its suppressive effects on production of tissue collagenase, as indicated by the considerable reduction in collagenolytic activity by living explants of the treated corneas.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alkalies / adverse effects
  • Animals
  • Burns, Chemical / drug therapy*
  • Collagen / analysis
  • Corneal Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Corneal Diseases / prevention & control
  • Corneal Injuries*
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Drug Implants
  • Eye Burns / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Medroxyprogesterone / therapeutic use*
  • Microbial Collagenase / biosynthesis
  • Rabbits


  • Alkalies
  • Drug Implants
  • Collagen
  • Microbial Collagenase
  • Medroxyprogesterone