Deniz Balci

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As the collection and isolation of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) require invasive and often undesirable procurement procedures, investigators have begun to seek alternative sources of human MSC including the umbilical cord stroma. Here we describe the noninvasive isolation, culture, and basic characterization of human umbilical(More)
It has been previously demonstrated that human umbilical cord stroma-derived stem cells (HUCSCs) are competent to differentiate into adipocytes. However, controversies have arisen as to whether HUCSCs can become mature adipocytes or not, and to what extent these cells can be induced in adipogenic pathway. Here, we extensively analyzed their adipogenic(More)
The harvesting of the middle hepatic vein (MHV) with the right lobe graft for living-donor liver transplantation allows an optimal venous drainage for the recipient; however, it is an extensive operation for the donor. This is a prospective, nonrandomized study evaluating liver functions and early clinical outcome in donors undergoing right hepatectomy with(More)
Living donor liver transplantation is now a common practice in countries in which the availability of cadaveric organs is limited. The preoperative preparation, intraoperative surgical technique, and postoperative care of donors and recipients have evolved in recent years. We retrospectively compared 67 donors with a remnant liver volume equal to or more(More)
Although recent developments in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) yield promising results, a size mismatch between the weights of the graft and the recipient remains a significant problem. Recipients of LDLT may have hyperdynamic splanchnic circulations resulting in graft hyperperfusion and increased portal vein flow leading to small-for-size(More)
BACKGROUND In this study two different quality of life items are compared, and correlation of patient satisfaction with preoperative and postoperative symptoms after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF) for chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease is evaluated. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between December 2002 and December 2004, 60 patients with a diagnosis(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate the ability of magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRC) in the depiction of biliary anatomy of living liver donors by using intraoperative cholangiography (IOC) as a gold standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between 2004 and 2006, 86 potential adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation donors had(More)
AIMS This study investigates the expression patterns of BCL2 (B-cell CLL/lymphoma2) family of proteins and the extent of vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) apoptosis in thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA), type-A aortic dissections (TAD), and nondilated ascending aortic samples. METHODS Aortic wall specimens were obtained from patients undergoing surgical(More)
Human umbilical cord stromal mesenchymal stem cells (hUCS-MSCs) have the potential to differentiate into numerous cell types including epithelial cells, neurons and hepatocytes in vitro, in addition to mesenchyme-derived cells such as osteocytes, chondrocytes and adipocytes. One important property of these cells is the lack of type II major(More)
BACKGROUND The most recent Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) guidelines recommend that the order of preference for arteriovenous fistula (AVF) placement is the radial-cephalic primary AVF, followed by the secondary brachiocephalic (BC) and, if either of these is not viable, then brachiobasilic (BB) AVF should be fashioned. However, there is(More)