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AIM Recent reports have shown the capacity of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to differentiate into hepatocytes in vitro and in vivo. MSCs administration could repair injured liver, lung, or heart through reducing inflammation, collagen deposition, and remodeling. These results provide a clue to treatment of liver fibrosis. The aim of this study was to(More)
In this study, we explored the competence of adipose-derived stem cells to differentiate into Schwann cells in vitro. Rat adipose-derived stem cells were sequentially treated with various factors beta-mercaptoethanol, all-trans-retinoic acid, followed by a mixture of forskolin, basic fibroblast growth factor, platelet-derived growth factor and heregulin. We(More)
BACKGROUND Human umbilical cord blood contains an abundance of immature stem/progenitor cells, which may participate in the repair of hearts that have been damaged by myocardial infarction (MI). This study aimed to evaluate the effects of human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (hUCBC) transplantation on cardiac function and left ventricular remodeling(More)
This study was to develop a method using phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)) to prepare acellular porcine corneal stroma (APCS) for tissue engineering. The APCS was prepared from native porcine cornea (NPC) that was treated with 200 U/ml PLA(2) and 0.5% sodium deoxycholate (SD). The removal of DNA content, representing decellularization efficiency, reached to 91%,(More)
BACKGROUND Regarding the treatment of humeral shaft fractures, the choice of plating or intramedullary nailing remains controversial. Previous randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses failed to draw a unanimous conclusion. To guide clinical decision making, we conducted an updated meta-analysis on the optimal treatment of humeral shaft fractures. (More)
Previously we reported that a uni-axial cyclic stretch treatment of rat 3Y1 fibroblasts induced focal adhesion kinase (FAK) tyrosine phosphorylation followed by mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation (Wang et al., 2001) [Wang, J.G., Miyazu, M., Matsushita, E., Sokabe, M., Naruse, K., 2001. Uni-axial cyclic stretch induces focal adhesion kinase(More)
During liver injury, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can migrate and differentiate into hepatocytes. Hepatic stellate cell (SC) activation is a pivotal event in the development of liver fibrosis. Therefore, we hypothesized that SCs may play an important role in regulating MSC proliferation and differentiation through the paracrine(More)
Refractory acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is a major cause of death after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. This study evaluated the immunomodulation effects of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) from bone marrow of a third-party donor for refractory aGVHD. Forty-seven patients with refractory aGVHD were enrolled: 28 patients(More)
PURPOSE The objective of this study was to produce a porcine corneal acellular matrix (ACM) and assess its possibility for biomedical applications. METHODS Porcine corneas were treated with various concentrations of sodium dodecylsulfate for different lengths of time. Optimal conditions for processing the ACM were noted regarding removal of all cellular(More)
PURPOSE Retinal progenitor cells (RPCs) are the most valuable seed cells in replacement therapy for neural retinal diseases. The competence of RPCs changes with retinal development. Gene expression plays a fundamental role in determining the competence. To improve the selection of the right-timing RPCs for replacement therapy, we compared the gene(More)