Hiroyuki Seto

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BACKGROUND Nifedipine is used as a long-acting vasodilator; one of its side effects is gingival overgrowth, characterized by an accumulation of collagenous components within the gingival connective tissue and epithelial hyperplasia with elongated, branched rete pegs penetrating into the connective tissue. We investigated the effect of nifedipine on(More)
INTRODUCTION Pulp stones are frequently formed as a pathologic calcification product in dental pulp tissues, but the pathogenesis is poorly understood. We previously found that osteopontin (OPN) was produced by dental pulp cells, and its expression was associated with formation of the pulp stone matrix. It was reported that amorphous calcification appeared(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Simvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug, has been reported to show anabolic effects on bone metabolism. We examined the effects of simvastatin in vitro using cultured rat calvaria cells and in vivo using periodontitis-induced rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS Alkaline phosphatase activity and bone nodule formation were measured in(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The effect of enamel matrix derivative (EMD) on bone differentiation remains unclear. Transforming growth factor beta1 (TGF-beta1) is reported to be contained in EMD. The aim of this study was to clarify the effect of EMD on osteoblastic cell differentiation and the possible role of TGF-beta1. MATERIAL AND METHODS Fetal rat(More)
OBJECTIVES Cyclosporin A (CsA), an immunosuppressive agent, induces fibrous gingival overgrowth through reduction of collagen phagocytosis by fibroblasts. Distinct receptors are involved in the binding of collagen to fibroblasts in collagen phagocytosis, and alpha2beta1 integrin serves as a specific receptor for type I collagen on fibroblasts. To elucidate(More)
Cyclosporin A (CsA) is used widely as an immunosuppressive agent, but it induces osteoporosis as a prominent side effect. To elucidate the mechanisms involved in CsA-induced osteoporosis, the effects of CsA on bone metabolism were investigated in a rat experimental model. Fifteen-day-old rats were fed a powdered diet containing or lacking CsA for 8-30 days.(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE It is conceivable that the active components extracted from milk whey protein (i.e. milk basic protein, MBP) stimulate bone formation and suppress bone resorption. Periodontitis is characterized by excessive alveolar bone resorption. We examined whether milk basic protein could recover alveolar bone loss in rat experimental(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Periodontitis is characterized by periodontal tissue inflammation and alveolar bone loss. The intermittent administration of parathyroid hormone (PTH), a major regulator of bone remodeling, has been demonstrated to stimulate osteoblastic activity. Although the systemic administration of PTH has been reported to protect against(More)
We describe a female child with pituitary gigantism and precocious adrenarche. From two years of age she showed unusual overgrowth, and at 5 years old she was 133.5 cm (+ 5.5 SD) tall and weighed 40.5 kg. Her precocious manifestations were public hair, acne vulgaris, hirsutism, and advanced bone age. Endocrinological examination revealed markedly increased(More)
Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by infection of periodontopathic bacteriae, which induced alveolar bone resorpotion. Milk basic protein (MBP) has been reported to be useful as a supplement because of increasing bone formation in animal and human studies. We examined the effect of MBP for alveolar bone formation in rat experimental(More)