Hajime Amasaki

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BACKGROUND Large bone defects in canines usually require assistance to achieve healing. Implantation of osteoinductive factors can promote bone healing, while transplantation of osteoprogenitor cells can enhance bone regeneration. We hypothesized that implantation of an osteoinductive factor, recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2),(More)
Degenerative cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture is characterized histologically by degenerating extracellular matrix (ECM) and chondroid metaplasia. Here, we describe the progression of chondroid metaplasia and the changes in the expression of ECM components in canine CCL rupture (CCLR). CCLs from 26 stifle joints with CCLR (CCLR group) and normal CCLs(More)
Currently, the most commonly used bioresorbable scaffold is made of beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP); it is hoped that scaffolds made of a mixture of hydroxyapatite (HA) and poly-D/L-lactide (PDLLA) will be able to act as novel bioresorbable scaffolds. The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of a HA/PDLLA scaffold compared to β-TCP, at a loading(More)
The hindlimbs of two orangutans and four chimpanzees were dissected, and muscle parameters (mass, fascicle length, and physiological cross-sectional area: PCSA) were determined to explore possible interspecies variation in muscle dimensions. Muscle mass and PCSA were divided by the total mass and total PCSA of the entire foot muscles for normalization. The(More)
This macroscopic study firstly examined the precise locational information of the canine ciliary body, i.e., the ciliary crown and the ciliary ring in the beagle. The safe and effective transscleral laser photocoagulation technique requires the accurate location of the ciliary body. In both sides of the eyeball in 10 beagle dogs, the width of the ciliary(More)
Distribution of apoptotic cells and expression of the apoptosis-related factors p53, bcl-2 and bad during morphogenesis of the murine palatine rugae (PR) were examined histochemically using the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated UTP nick end-labeling (TUNEL) technique and specific antibodies against apoptosis and cell cycle-related molecules.(More)
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