Satoshi Tokunaga

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Cartilage regeneration with cell therapy following arthroscopic surgery could be used in racehorses with intra-articular fractures (IAF) and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). The aims of this study were to investigate the origin and multipotency of stromal cells in the synovial fluid (SF) of horses with intra-articular injury and synovitis, and to provide a(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major joint disease in humans and many other animals. Consequently, medical countermeasures for OA have been investigated diligently. This study was designed to examine the regeneration of articular cartilage and subchondral bone using three-dimensional (3D) constructs of adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells(More)
BACKGROUND Primary small cell carcinoma (SCC) of the bladder is a rare but important entity. We report two cases of SCC of the bladder diagnosed by urinary cytology. CASES A 71-year-old male (case 1) and a 79-year-old female (case 2) presented with asymptomatic gross hematuria. Urinary cytology in case 1 showed the presence of a few undifferentiated(More)
The facial features of Orientals and Caucasians are different in many respects. In Orientals, the concept of beauty differs in each country depending on the cultural background. At present time, blepharoplasty in the Oriental eye is the most common aesthetic procedure performed in Korea and Japan. The objective should not be the caucasianization of the(More)
Cartilage-derived retinoic acid-sensitive protein (CD-RAP)/melanoma inhibitory activity (MIA), which appears abundantly in hypertrophic cartilage at the stage of endochondral ossification, is also detected in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) following spinal cord injury. In this study, the localization of the CD-RAP/MIA molecule in normal tissues of the spine and(More)
STUDY DESIGN Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from dogs with intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH) were analyzed using a specific antibody against cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP). Immunolocalization and genetic expression of COMP were also examined in the spinal cords of mouse, rat, and dog. OBJECTIVE To investigate the hypothesis that COMP is present(More)
Dedifferentiated fat (DFAT) cells have been shown to be multipotent, similar to mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). In this study, we aimed to establish and characterize equine DFAT cells. Equine adipocytes were ceiling cultured, and then dedifferentiated into DFAT cells by the seventh day of culture. The number of DFAT cells was increased to over 10 million by(More)
We investigated whether matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 expression in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of dogs with intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH) is associated with the severity of neurological signs and prognosis. CSF from the cisterna magna (C-CSF) and the lumbar spine (L-CSF) of 34 dogs with IVDH was analyzed using zymography. Activity of MMP-9 in(More)
We evaluated whether the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentration of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is related to disease severity, prognosis and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 activity of the CSF in miniature dachshund with intervertebral disc herniation. Samples were obtained from 23 patients and 6 normal dogs, and all patients received(More)
BACKGROUND After a myocardial infarction, a higher prevalence of coronary vasospastic response has been reported in the Japanese population than in the Caucasian population. Beta-blockers may exacerbate coronary vasospasm. However, beta-blockers are given to Japanese patients after an acute myocardial infarction, though the mortality benefit is unknown.(More)