Kazuhiro Okuda

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BACKGROUND Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of plasma, in which platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) are thought to be concentrated. It is plausible that topically-applied PRP up-regulates cellular activity and subsequently promotes periodontal regeneration in vivo. However, the concentrations of these(More)
Radiographic and computed tomography features of unilateral intra-articular calcaneal fractures after open reduction and internal fixation were compared with late functional outcomes to identify prognostic factors. Sixty-one of 67 patients treated between 1997 and 2002 could walk painlessly postoperatively (average, 19.7 months). Functional results(More)
The aim of the present study was to analyze the levels of osteocalcin, deoxypyridinoline (Dpd) and interleukin-1beta as markers of bone metabolism in peri-implant crevicular fluid (PICF) from peri-implantitis patients. PICF was sampled from a total of 34 endosseous titanium implants from 16 patients; nine females (mean age 52.8, range 40-62 years) and seven(More)
Recent clinical studies have investigated postural sway characteristics in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)-deficient knees, but the relative contributions of vision and ACL remain unclear. In the current study, we measured and compared postural sway during one-leg standing with eyes open and closed to assess the difference between legs with and without ACL(More)
We have previously demonstrated that porcine enamel matrix derivative (EMD) contains TGF-beta 1 (or a TGF-beta-like substance), and that EMD rapidly translocates smad2, which is an effector of the TGF-beta signaling pathway, into the nucleus and modulates the proliferation of both human gingival fibroblastic and oral epithelial cells in a cell type-specific(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present controlled clinical study was to compare platelet-rich plasma (PRP) combined with a biodegradable ceramic, porous hydroxyapatite (HA) with a mixture of HA and saline in the treatment of human intrabony defects. METHODS Seventy interproximal intrabony osseous defects in 70 healthy, non-smoking subjects diagnosed with(More)
Although accumulated data suggest that calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) produces anabolic effects in skeletal tissue by directly acting on osteogenic cells, neither the distribution of CGRP receptor subtypes nor the associated cellular signaling pathways are well understood. In this study, we have pharmacologically and biochemically characterized(More)
BACKGROUND There is limited information available from clinical trials regarding the performance of enamel matrix derivative (EMD) in the treatment of periodontal intrabony defects. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, split-mouth study was designed to compare the clinical and radiographical effects of EMD treatment to that of(More)
We previously published an investigation indicating freeze-dried platelet-rich plasma (PRP)-coated polyglactin mesh was a promising wound-dressing material. However, one of its disadvantages was the inflammatory nature due to degradation of the polyglactin. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the use of a collagen sponge as the carrier for PRP. When(More)
The mechanism of enamel matrix derivative (EM D) action on the periodontal wound healing process is not well understood. However, earlier in vitro studies from our laboratory demonstrated that EMD stimulated the proliferation of both periodontal ligament and gingival fibroblast cells. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to further evaluate the effect(More)