Hidekazu Ooe

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This protocol details a method of obtaining selectively proliferated hepatocyte progenitor cells using hyaluronic acid (HA)–coated dishes and serum-free medium. A small hepatocyte (SH) is a hepatocyte progenitor cell of adult livers and has many hepatic functions. When the rat SH begins to proliferate, CD44 is specifically expressed. To define the(More)
Rat small hepatocytes (SHs) are committed progenitor cells that can differentiate into mature hepatocytes and can selectively proliferate in serum-free medium when they are cultured on hyaluronic acid (HA)-coated dishes. In this study we examined the separation of human SHs from adult human livers. We obtained liver tissues from the resected liver of 16(More)
UNLABELLED Oval cells and small hepatocytes (SHs) are known to be hepatic stem and progenitor cells. Although oval cells are believed to differentiate into mature hepatocytes (MHs) through SHs, the details of their differentiation process are not well understood. Furthermore, it is not certain whether the induced cells possess fully mature functions as MHs.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Small hepatocytes (SHs) are hepatic progenitor cells, but the phenotypical difference between SHs and mature hepatocytes (MHs) has never been demonstrated. METHODS The profile of gene expression was examined to clarify the difference between SHs and MHs by using a DNA microarray. Genes that were specifically expressed in SHs were(More)
In galactosamine (GalN)-induced rat liver injury, hepatic stem/progenitor cells, small hepatocytes (SHs) and oval cells, transiently appear in the initial period of liver regeneration. To clarify the relationship between SHs and oval cells, CD44(+) and Thy1(+) cells were sorted from GalN-treated livers and used as candidates for SHs and oval cells,(More)
Small hepatocytes (SHs) are hepatic progenitor cells with hepatic characteristics. They can proliferate to form colonies in culture and change their morphology from flat to rising/piled-up with bile canaliculi (BC), which results in maturation. In this study, we examined whether SHs could express hepatic transporters with polarity, whether the transporters(More)
Cell-based therapies as an alternative to liver transplantation have been anticipated for the treatment of potentially fatal liver diseases. Not only mature hepatocytes (MHs) but also hepatic stem/progenitor cells are considered as candidate cell sources. However, whether the stem/progenitor cells have an advantage to engraft and repopulate the recipient(More)
Small hepatocytes (SHs) are hepatic progenitor cells that can be cryopreserved for a long time. After thawing, the cells can proliferate and, when treated with Matrigel, they can differentiate into mature hepatocytes (MHs). In this study, we investigated whether cryopreserved SHs could express cytochromes P450 (P450s), whether P450 expression was induced by(More)
Small hepatocytes are hepatocyte progenitor cells that possess the capability of maturation and cryopreservation. When cryopreserved rat small hepatocytes were cultured in serum-free medium, the protein expression and the inducibility of CYP1A1/2, CYP2E1, and CYP3A were maintained, but those of CYP2B1 were lost. In this study we investigated the cause of(More)