Mariko Nakamura

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The enantioselectivity for lipase-catalyzed esterifications of 2-(4-substituted phenoxy)propionic acids in organic solvents was found to be mainly controlled by both size (steric) and electronic effects of substituents: H, F, Cl, CF3 and CH3. For the similar substituents in size, CF3 and CH3, however, their electronic effects play an important role in(More)
PURPOSE Bone defects and nonunions are major clinical skeletal problems. Growth factors are commonly used to promote bone regeneration; however, the clinical impact is limited because the factors do not last long at a given site. The introduction of tissue engineering aimed to deter the diffusion of these factors is a promising therapeutic strategy. The(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a 4-MET- and 10-MDP-based primer on the bond strength of two resin cements (SuperBond C&B, Sun Medical; Panavia Fluoro Cement, Kuraray) to titanium (Ti). Ti plates were treated with six experimental primers consisting of, respectively, 10-MDP and 4-MET in concentrations of 0.1, 1 and 10wt%, or were(More)
Although decayed/fractured teeth can be reconstructed minimally invasively and nearly invisibly using adhesive technology, the clinical longevity of dental composite restorations is still too short. Water sorption is thought to be the principal cause of destabilization of the biomaterial-tooth bond. However, the actual mechanisms of interfacial degradation(More)
Osteochondral injuries remain difficult to repair. We developed a novel photo-cross-linkable furfurylamine-conjugated gelatin (gelatin-FA). Gelatin-FA was rapidly cross-linked by visible light with Rose Bengal, a light sensitizer, and was kept gelled for 3 weeks submerged in saline at 37°C. When bone marrow-derived stromal cells (BMSCs) were suspended in(More)
A novel visible light-crosslinkable porcine gelatin was prepared for gelation and micropatterning. The preparation employed a photo-oxidation-induced crosslinking mechanism. First, furfuryl groups were incorporated into the gelatin. Second, the modified gelatin was mixed in water with Rose Bengal, which is a visible light sensitizer. Irradiation by visible(More)
In vertebrate bones and tooth enamel surfaces, the respective a,b-planes and c-planes of hydroxyapatite (HAp) crystals are preferentially exposed. However, the reason why the HAp crystals show different orientations depending on the type of hard tissues is not yet understood. To clarify this question, appropriate ceramic models with highly preferred(More)
Recombinant human gelatin was conjugated with dopamine using carbodiimide as a surface modifier. This dopamine-coupled human gelatin (D-rhG) was characterized by (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectroscopy, and circular dichroism. D-rhG-coated surface properties were analyzed by physicochemical methods. Additionally, cell attachment and growth on the(More)
A multifunctional biomaterial with the capacity bond to hard tissues, such as bones and teeth, is a real need for medical and dental applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Recently, we created phosphorylated-pullulan (PPL), capable of binding to hydroxyapatite in bones and teeth. In the present study, we employed PPL as a novel(More)
Anodic oxidation is used for the surface treatment of commercial implants to improve their functional properties for clinical success. Here we conducted ultrastructural and chemical investigations into the micro- and nanostructure of the anodic oxide film of a titanium implant. The anodic oxidized layer of a Ti6Al4V alloy implant was examined(More)