Masanori Fujita

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Application of ultraviolet light (UV-) irradiation to a photocrosslinkable chitosan (Az-CH-LA) aqueous solution including fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) resulted within 30s in an insoluble, flexible hydrogel. About 20% of the FGF-2molecules were released from the FGF-2-incorporated chitosan hydrogel into phosphate buffered saline (PBS) within 1 day,(More)
Gout based on hyperuricemia is a common disease with a genetic predisposition, which causes acute arthritis. The ABCG2/BCRP gene, located in a gout-susceptibility locus on chromosome 4q, has been identified by recent genome-wide association studies of serum uric acid concentrations and gout. Urate transport assays demonstrated that ABCG2 is a high-capacity(More)
Application of ultraviolet light irradiation to a photocrosslinkable chitosan (Az-CH-LA) aqueous solution including fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) results within 30 seconds in an insoluble, flexible hydrogel. The FGF-2 molecules retained in the chitosan hydrogel remain biologically active and are released from the chitosan hydrogel upon in vivo(More)
INTRODUCTION When establishing a myocardial infarction model in rabbits, artificial ventilation under endotracheal intubation is required to prevent pulmonary collapse caused by pneumothorax. However, it is difficult to carry out endotracheal intubation due to the rabbit anatomy. We therefore attempted to develop a myocardial infarction model in rabbits(More)
A photocrosslinkable chitosan (Az-CH-LA) aqueous solution resulted in an insoluble hydrogel like a soft rubber within 30 sec of ultraviolet light (UV)-irradiation. The photocrosslinked chitosan hydrogel showed strong sealing strength and potential use as a new tissue adhesive in surgical application. Paclitaxel, which is an anti-tumor reagent and a(More)
We previously reported a simple method for the preparation of size-controlled spherical silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) generated by autoclaving a mixture of silver-containing glass powder and glucose. The particle size is regulated by the glucose concentration, with concentrations of 0.25, 1.0 and 4.0 wt% glucose providing small (3.48 ± 1.83 nm in diameter),(More)
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effects of isogenous platelet-rich plasma (PRP)-containing fragmin/protamine microparticles (F/P MPs) as a delivery system for proteins in PRP on growth of endothelial and smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in vitro and as an alternative treatment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia. Frozen(More)
Application of ultraviolet (UV) irradiation to a photocrosslinkable chitosan (Az-CH-LA) aqueous solution resulted within 10 s in an insoluble, flexible hydrogel. A low molecular weight acidic molecule like trypan blue and various high molecular weight molecules such as bovine serum albumin (BSA), heparin and protamine were all retained within the hydrogel,(More)
OBJECTIVES The localized delivery of exogenous, angiogenic growth factors such as fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-2 has become a promising alternative treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and critical limb ischemia (CLI). The present study describes the efficacy of fragmin/protamine microparticles containing FGF-2 (F/P-MPs/FGF-2) to promote vessel(More)
Recent evidence indicates that low oxygen tension or hypoxia alters the characteristics of stem cells. The actions of hypoxia are mediated through the hypoxia-inducible factor, a critical mediator of the cellular response to hypoxia. Adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ASCs) are one of the most promising cell sources for tissue engineering applications.(More)