Naritaka Tamaoki

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Recent studies have shown that delayed transplantation of neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) into the injured spinal cord can promote functional recovery in adult rats. Preclinical studies using nonhuman primates, however, are necessary before NSPCs can be used in clinical trials to treat human patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Cervical contusion(More)
Defined sets of transcriptional factors can reprogram human somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. However, many types of human cells are not easily accessible to minimally invasive procedures. Here we evaluated dental pulp cells (DPCs) as an optimal source of iPS cells, since they are easily obtained from extracted teeth and can be expanded(More)
Complementary DNA clones of a putative transforming gene were isolated from NIH 3T3 cells transformed with human Ewing sarcoma DNA. The gene was termed B-raf because it is related to but distinct from c-raf and A-raf. It appears that substitution in the amino-terminal portion of the normal B-raf protein confers transforming activity to the gene.
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has five isoforms (VEGF206, 189, 165, 145 and 121). Increased VEGF expression in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is associated with angiogenesis, but, it is not apparent which isoform is involved in this effect. We examined the isoform patterns of VEGF by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in 47(More)
Most previous studies on spinal cord injury (SCI) have used rodent models. Direct extrapolation of the results obtained in rodents to clinical cases is difficult, however, because of neurofunctional and anatomic differences between rodents and primates. In the present study, the development of histopathologic changes and functional deficits were assessed(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a major angiogenic factor. Osteosarcoma is characterised by hypervascularity and metastatic potential. We examined VEGF mRNA expression, VEGF isoform pattern and VEGF receptor (flt-1 and KDR) by RT-PCR analysis in 30 osteosarcomas. All 30 osteosarcomas expressed VEGF mRNA. 17 osteosarcomas (57%) expressed flt-1(More)
To investigate the pathology of psoriasis, we developed an animal model for this disease using severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice. These mice possess neither B nor T Lymphocytes so that both cellular and humoral immunities are impaired. For the in vivo study of psoriasis, human psoriatic skin was grafted on SCID mice. Long-term morphological and(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the hypothesis that perforation of the rotator cuff increases the degree of inflammation in the synovium of the glenohumeral joint in rotator cuff diseases. METHODS Thirty-five synovial specimens in the glenohumeral joint of patients with rotator cuff diseases were examined. They were obtained during surgery and divided into 2 groups on(More)
This is a case report of a 20-year-old woman who had primary angiosarcoma of the left breast, with metastases to the spleen and ovary. Eight months after detecting a mass in her breast, she underwent mastectomy with biopsy of the ipsilateral axillary lymph nodes, splenectomy and bilateral oophorectomy. Five months after the operation, the patient succumbed(More)
Thymic stromal cell clone, TNC-R3.1 cell, was established from spontaneous AKR/J mouse thymoma. TNC-R3.1 cell, which has the similar properties to thymic nurse cells, formed a unique complex with normal thymocyte subpopulations. Flow cytometry analysis demonstrated that CD4+8+ and CD4-8- immature thymocytes preferentially interacted with TNC-R3.1 stromal(More)