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We investigated the clinical, arthroscopic and biomechanical outcome of transplanting autologous chondrocytes, cultured in atelocollagen gel, for the treatment of full-thickness defects of cartilage in 28 knees (26 patients) over a minimum period of 25 months. Transplantation eliminated locking of the knee and reduced pain and swelling in all patients. The(More)
OBJECTIVE Several microRNA, which are approximately 22-nucleotide noncoding RNAs, exhibit tissue-specific or developmental stage-specific expression patterns and are associated with human diseases. The objective of this study was to identify the expression pattern of microRNA-146 (miR-146) in synovial tissue from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). (More)
The effects of hyaluronic acid (HA) on the proliferation and chondroitin sulfate (CS) synthesis of chondrocytes embedded in collagen gels were examined. Articular cartilage was isolated from the humerus, femur, and tibia of 21 10-week-old Japanese white rabbits. Chondrocytes isolated by collagenase digestion were embedded in type I collagen gels and(More)
The effects of novel adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists KF17837 ((E)-1,3-dipropyl-8-(3,4-dimethoxystyryl)-7-methyl-3, 7-dihydro-1H-purine-2,6-dione) and KW-6002 ((E)-1,3-diethyl-8-(3, 4-dimethoxystyryl)-7-methyl-3,7-dihydro-1H-purine-2,6-dione), on rotational behavior induced by apomorphine or L-DOPA (L-3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine) were investigated in(More)
Twenty-six patients with anteroposterior (AP) laxity of the knee, associated with torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), were prospectively randomized for arthroscopic lower femoral tunnel placed single- or double-bundle reconstruction using hamstring tendons. We evaluated AP and rotational stabilities under regular loads (a 100-N anterior load and a 1.5-N(More)
BACKGROUND Hematogenous osteomyelitis is often difficult to distinguish from a bone tumor because clinical findings are noncontributory and radiological features can mimic a bone tumor. Recently, the penumbra sign, a higher signal intensity feature of the thin layer of granulation tissue which lines the abscess cavity on T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR)(More)
OBJECTIVE A role of microRNA, which are approximately 22-nucleotide noncoding RNAs, has recently been recognized in human diseases. The objective of this study was to identify the expression pattern of microRNA-146a (miR-146a) in cartilage from patients with osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS The expression of miR-146a in cartilage from 15 patients with OA was(More)
BACKGROUND Some patients have residual ankle pain and disability after the treatment of an ankle fracture, despite the fracture site being well aligned. We identified intra-articular disorders in distal fibular fractures and sought to clarify the results of their operative treatment. METHODS This is a prospective, randomized study. Seventy-two patients(More)
PURPOSE To compare the use of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with the use of arthroscopy for the diagnosis of tibiofibular syndesmotic injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study involved 58 patients who had ankle sprains or distal fibular fractures and underwent surgery. All patients were examined with MR imaging for diagnosis of tibiofibular syndesmotic(More)
The ability of adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists to exhibit antiparkinsonian activity has recently been reported, but the mechanisms of action are still unknown. Since A(2A) receptors have been localized to GABAergic striatopallidal neurons, it is probable that these antagonists affect the activity of these neurons. In the present study, extracellular(More)