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Stem cells are interesting candidates as a new source for cell/organ culture or cell transplantation concepts. So far it is believed that the hepatoblast is the common progenitor cell during fetal liver development. In previous studies two distinct fractions of liver cells were found during development: cells co-expressing Thy1 and CK-18 (cytokeratin-18)(More)
Cell transplantation and tissue engineering with liver cells are currently under investigation as experimental therapies for certain liver diseases. In this study we evaluated a fibrin-based gel matrix as carrier for hepatocytes in culture. Furthermore, a novel technique for direct intrahepatic injection of fibrin gel-immobilized hepatocytes was developed(More)
AIM The origin of putative liver cells from distinct bone marrow stem cells, e.g. hematopoietic stem cells or multipotent adult progenitor cells was found in recent in vitro studies. Cell culture experiments revealed a key role of growth factors for the induction of liver-specific genes in stem cell cultures. We investigated the potential of rat mesenchymal(More)
The clinical experience using a novel technique of liver resection with vascular staplers for dissection of hepatic parenchyma, was documented most recently in a prospective manner. These data have clearly demonstrated for the first time that stapler hepatectomy is a safe and fast dissection technique in major liver surgery (e.g. hepatectomy) which is(More)
Recent findings suggest that the presence of cancer stem cells could be linked with patients' survival. We profiled suggested cancer stem cell markers in tissue specimens of hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal carcinoma liver metastases. About 1% of cells co-expressed cancer stem cell antigens, but there was no correlation between the amount of(More)
The use of foetal liver cells (FLC) in the context of hepatic tissue engineering might permit efficient in vitro expansion and cryopreservation in a cell bank. A prerequisite for successful application of bioartificial liver tissue is sufficient initial vascularization. In this study, we evaluated the transplantation of fibrin gel-immobilized FLC in a(More)
BACKGROUND Concomitant treatment in addition to intervention may influence the primary outcome, especially in complex interventions such as surgical trials. Evidence-based standards for perioperative care after distal pancreatectomy, however, have been rarely defined. This study's objective was therefore to identify and analyse the current basis of evidence(More)
Reperfusion injury remains one of the major problems in transplantation. Free radicals and disturbance of microcirculation are the supposed main contributors. Recent evidence shows that Danshen, a traditional Chinese drug used in vascular diseases, can scavenge radicals and improve microcirculation. This study investigates its effect on liver(More)
UNLABELLED Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common malignancy worldwide with a poor prognosis and limited therapeutic options. To aid the development of novel immunological interventions, we studied the breadth, frequency, and tumor-infiltration of naturally occurring CD8(+) T-cell responses targeting several tumor-associated antigens (TAA).(More)
AIM To evaluate quality of life (QoL) after curative liver resection and identify variables associated with decreased QoL. METHODS From October 2001 to July 2004, 323 patients underwent liver resection. At 3-36 mo after discharge, 188 patients were disease free. QoL was assessed using the Short Form (SF)-12 Health Survey with mental and physical component(More)