Masaki Asakura

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Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) is a long chain carbon synthetic polymer. The objective of this study was to improve the bioactivity of PVDC films through surface modification using argon (Ar) ion bombardment to create Ar-modified PVDC films (Ar-PVDC) to address the clinical problems of guided bone regeneration (GBR), which is technique-sensitive, and low(More)
Though zirconia has been used in dental implant fixtures, the biocompatibility of the zirconia surface is not optimal for the surrounding tissue, and many surface modifications have been attempted. We have developed a novel method for improving the biocompatibility of zirconia by incorporating Ca ions. Elemental analysis showed that calcium ions become(More)
The physical characteristics and biological compatibility of surfaces produced by electron beam melting (EBM) are not well known. In particular, there are not many reports on biocompatibility qualities. In this study, pure Ti films were manufactured using EBM. While it is reported that moderately hydrophilic biomaterial surfaces display improved cell growth(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether the amount of Zn in gold alloys contributes to porcelain-metal bonding. METHODS Experiments were carried out using a commercial Pd-free gold alloy with a nominal composition of 88.7 wt% Au, 9.49 wt% Pt, 1.5 wt% Zn, 0.1 wt% Mn, 0.2 wt% Rh, and 0.1 wt% Ir, which contains Zn and no other elements(More)
A novel antibacterial polymer, coated with a silver-containing organic composite antibacterial agent, was dispersed in a self-cured acrylic resin. Residual viable cell count of each oral bacterial and fungal species cultivated on acrylic resin specimens containing the antibacterial polymer was significantly decreased when compared to those cultivated on(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between rejections and gene expression of Ca(2+)-handling proteins in heart transplant recipients. Thirty-seven heart transplant recipients underwent routine endomyocardial biopsy. Levels of sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA2) and ryanodine receptor-2 mRNAs in endomyocardial tissue(More)
The purpose of this study is to develop a method for quantifying the fluidity of flowable resin composites using determinations of yield stress. Five commercially available composites (AliteFlo LV, Flow-it ALC, Venus flow, Tetric N-flow, Revolution Formula2) were investigated. Yield stress values were obtained by plotting shear stresses for a range of shear(More)
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