Fumiko Aikawa

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In the present study, the activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) in the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) following the injection of complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) into the rat hindpaw was examined in order to clarify the mechanisms underlying the dynamic changes in the descending pain modulatory system after peripheral(More)
We have previously shown that the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) is activated in the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) during peripheral inflammation. In the present study, the relationship between ERK signaling in the RVM and pain hypersensitivity was investigated in the rat. Microinjection of U0126, a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase(More)
To study the role of lysozomal enzyme released from polymorphonuclear leukocytes during postoperative infections, plasma levels of PMNE were measured serially in 53 patients who underwent digestive surgery. The patients were divided into two groups, 18 patients with postoperative infections (infected group), and 35 patients without infections (non-infected(More)
Many studies on tissue stem cells have been conducted in the field of regenerative medicine, and some studies have indicated that cultured dental pulp mesenchymal cells secrete dentin matrix. In the present study we used alginate as a scaffold to transplant subcultured human dental pulp cells subcutaneously into the backs of nude mice. We found that when(More)
In the present study, the activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) following the injection of complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) into the rat hindpaw was examined in order to clarify the mechanisms underlying the dynamic changes in the descending pain modulatory system after peripheral inflammation.(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the ultrastructure of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) cultured in coralline hydroxyapatite (CHA) and evaluate their biocompatibility. METHODS BMSCs isolated from dogs were cultured with CHA as the scaffold, and the morphologies of the cells were observed with phase-contrast microscope and scanning electron microscope. RESULTS AND(More)
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