Michiya Matsusaki

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The in vitro fabrication of vascularized tissue is a key challenge in tissue engineering, but little is known about the mechanisms of blood-capillary formation. Here we investigated the mechanisms of in vitro vascularization using precisely-controlled 3D-microenvironments constructed by a sandwich culture using the cell-accumulation technique.(More)
The acidic pH-sensitive controlled release of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) from a biodegradable hydrogel without any denaturation of the FGF-2 was successfully performed by a combination of FGF-2 activity and acidic pH-sensitivity. We prepared semi-interpenetrating polymer network like hetero-gels (S72-netgels) composed of poly(gamma-glutamic acid)(More)
The three-dimensional (3D)-engineered tissues composed of only cells and extracellular matrices (ECM) were constructed by the hydrogel template approach. The disulfide-crosslinked poly(gamma-glutamic acid) hydrogels were prepared as a template hydrogel. These template hydrogels were easily decomposed under physiological conditions using reductants such as(More)
Controlled hetero poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) brushes composed of higher and lower molecular weight PEG chains are for the first time prepared onto biodegradable peptide nanospheres. Hence, the PEG chains are easily detached and re-attached based on the thiol-disulfide chemistry of the interfacial disulfide bonds of PEG-SS-peptide nanospheres. The density(More)
Biodegradable multilayered capsules encapsulating basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) were developed as a cytokine release carrier for drug delivery systems. The multilayered hollow capsules were fabricated via the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of chitosan (CT) and dextran sulfate (Dex). The bFGF was encapsulated into the CT/Dex multilayered capsules by(More)
We fabricated a three-dimensional multilayered blood vessel model using human cells and high-strength PEG hydrogel. The hydrogel tube was physically suitable for perfusion culture, and cells were cultured on the hydrogel surface by binding with fibronectin. Using the layer-by-layer cell multilayered technique, we successfully constructed an artificial blood(More)
A novel thermotropic liquid-crystalline biocopolymer, poly{trans-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (4HCA: trans-coumaric acid)-co-lithocholic acid (LCA)}, was synthesized by a thermal polycondensation of 4HCA and LCA. When the LCA composition of P(4HCA-co-LCA) was 0, 5, 7, 23, 27, and 45 mol%, the copolymers showed a nematic liquid-crystalline phase. The melting point(More)
A nanoneedle, an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip etched to 200 nm in diameter and 10 μm in length, can be inserted into cells with the aid of an AFM and has been used to introduce functional molecules into cells and to analyze intracellular information with minimal cell damage. However, some cell lines have shown low insertion efficiency of the(More)