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Neuroplasticity subsequent to functional angiogenesis is an important goal for cell-based therapy of ischemic neural tissues. At present, the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved are still not well understood. In this study, we isolated mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from Wharton's jelly (WJ) to obtain clonally expanded human umbilical cord-derived(More)
This study is to investigate the change of morphology of the meiotic spindle and the extent of zona hardening relating to the morphological survival and developmental competence of thawed oocytes. Four- to 8-week-old female mice (C57BL/6) primed with an intraperitoneal injection of pregnant mare's serum gonadotropin and human chorionic gonadotropin.(More)
Prion diseases are induced by pathologically misfolded prion protein (PrPSc), which recruit normal sialoglycoprotein PrPC by a template-directed process. In this study, we investigated the expression of PrPC in a rat model of cerebral ischemia to more fully understand its physiological role. Immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated that PrPC-immunoreactive(More)
Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) are easy to harvest and have the ability for self-renewal and to differentiate into various cell types, including those of the hepatic lineage. Studies on the use of ADSCs for liver transplantation are, however, limited. The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using human ADSCs and to better(More)
We examined the effects of lung volume on the bronchoconstriction induced by inhaled aerosolized methacholine (MCh) in seven normal subjects. We constructed dose-response curves to MCh, using measurements of inspiratory pulmonary resistance (RL) during tidal breathing at functional residual capacity (FRC) and after a change in end-expiratory lung volume(More)
OBJECTIVE Oncogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) is the cause of cervical cancer. Hypermethylation of the CpG islands located at the long control region (LCR) of the HPV genome may regulate the expression of the major oncogenes E6 and E7, and may relate to cancer progression. The goal of the present study was to investigate the methylation patterns of CpG(More)
Stem cells have two features: the ability to differentiate along different lineages and the ability of self-renewal. Two major types of stem cells have been described, namely, embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cells (ESC) are obtained from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst and are associated with tumorigenesis, and the use of(More)
The human umbilical cord is a promising source of mesenchymal stem cells (HUCMSCs). Unlike bone marrow stem cells, HUCMSCs have a painless collection procedure and faster self-renewal properties. Different derivation protocols may provide different amounts and populations of stem cells. Stem cell populations have also been reported in other compartments of(More)
Cellular senescence induces changes in cellular physiology, morphology, proliferative capacity, and gene expression. Stem cell senescence might be one of the major issues of limited efficacy of stem cell transplantation. In this study, we demonstrated that implantation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUCMSCs) cultured in human umbilical cord(More)