Hidero Unuma

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The biochemical mechanism behind the strong binding between titanium and living bone has not been fully elucidated, in spite of worldwide clinical application of this phenomenon. We hypothesized that one of the core mechanisms may reside in the interaction between certain proteins in the host tissues and the implanted titanium. To verify the interaction(More)
Based on our previous finding that a chromatography with titanium beads selectively binds phosphoproteins, including caseins, phosvitin and dentin phosphoproteins, we investigated whether bone phosphoproteins also bind to titanium. Bovine bone matrix proteins were extracted with 2 M urea/PBS after demineralization. The 2 M urea extract was directly applied(More)
Continuous layers of hydroxyapatite were deposited on silk cloth from aqueous solutions by using urease as the precipitant supplier. Silk cloth was surface-modified with urease and was immersed in an aqueous solution containing Ca2+, PO4(3-) , and urea. As urea was hydrolyzed to form ammonia with the aid of the immobilized urease, hydroxyapatite(More)
It has been experimentally proven that orally ingested collagen-derived tripeptides (Ctp) are quickly absorbed in the body and effectively promote the regeneration of connective tissues including bone and skin. Ctp are capable to activate osteoblasts and fibroblasts, which eventually promotes tissue regeneration. Based on these findings, a hypothesis was(More)
Calcium phosphate cements (CPCs), consisting of a mixture of calcium phosphate powders and setting liquid, have been widely used in orthopedic applications. One of the drawbacks of CPCs is their poor resorbability in the living body, which hinders substitution with natural bones. One of the strategies to facilitate the resorption of CPCs is the(More)
Because of its excellent biocompatibility and low allergenicity, titanium has been widely used for bone replacement and tissue engineering. To produce a desirable composite with enhanced bone response and mechanical strength, in this study bioactive calcium phosphate (CaP) and gelatin composites were coated onto titanium (Ti) via a novel urease technique.(More)
BACKGROUND In an attempt to prepare scaffolds with porosity and compressive strength as high as possible, we prepared porous β-tricalcium phosphate (TCP) scaffolds and coated them with regenerative medicine-grade gelatin. The effects of the gelatin coating on the compressive strength and in vivo osteoblast compatibility were investigated. METHODS Porous(More)
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