Motoichi Kurisawa

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We report the stimulation of neurogenesis and myogenesis of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) on the surfaces of biodegradable hydrogels with different stiffness. The hydrogels were composed of gelatin-hydroxyphenylpropionic acid (Gtn-HPA) conjugate were formed using the oxidative coupling of phenol moieties catalyzed by hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) and(More)
We report an injectable hydrogel scaffold system with tunable stiffness for controlling the proliferation rate and differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in a three-dimensional (3D) context in normal growth media. The hydrogels composed of gelatin-hydroxyphenylpropionic acid (Gtn-HPA) conjugate were formed using the oxidative coupling of(More)
The sequential injection of hyaluronic acid-tyramine conjugates and enzymes forms biodegradable hydrogels in vivo by enzyme-induced oxidative coupling, offering high potential as a promising biomaterial for drug delivery and tissue engineering.
Previously, we reported the independent tuning of mechanical strength (crosslinking density) and gelation rate of an injectable hydrogel system composed of hyaluronic acid-tyramine (HA-Tyr) conjugates. The hydrogels were formed through the oxidative coupling of tyramines which was catalyzed by hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP).(More)
Poor water solubility and low transfection efficiency of chitosan are major drawbacks for its use as a gene delivery carrier. PEGylation can increase its solubility, and folate conjugation may improve gene transfection efficiency due to promoted uptake of folate receptor-bearing tumor cells. The aim of this study was to synthesize and characterize(More)
An injectable and biodegradable hydrogel system comprising hyaluronic acid-tyramine (HA-Tyr) conjugates can safely undergo covalent cross-linking in vivo by the addition of small amounts of peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)), with the independent tuning of the gelation rate and degree of cross-linking. Such hydrogel networks with tunable mechanical(More)
An injectable hydrogel system, composed of gelatin-hydroxyphenylpropionic acid (Gtn-HPA) conjugates chemically cross-linked by an enzyme-mediated oxidation reaction, has been designed as a biodegradable scaffold for tissue engineering. In light of the role of substrate stiffness on cell differentiation, we herein report a newly improved Gtn hydrogel system(More)
Oxidative coupling of epigallocatechin gallate resulted in great improvement in antioxidant activity such as radical scavenging activity against superoxide anion and in activity to inhibit xanthine oxidase, offering high potential as a therapeutic agent for prevention of xanthine oxidase-induced diseases such as gout.
When designing drug carriers, the drug-to-carrier ratio is an important consideration, because the use of high quantities of carriers can result in toxicity as a consequence of poor metabolism and elimination of the carriers. However, these issues would be of less concern if both the drug and carrier had therapeutic effects. (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate(More)
Polyethyleneimine (PEI) is widely regarded as one of the most efficient non-viral transfection agents commercially available. However, a key concern is its pronounced cytotoxicity, ascribed mainly to its high amine content and cationic charge density. Significant past efforts to mitigate its toxicity usually involved lengthy synthetic procedures. We now(More)