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The precise biological characteristics of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs), including growth regulatory mechanisms, have not yet been defined. Using 29 strains of hMSCs isolated from bone marrow, we have performed extensive analyses of the growth profiles of hMSCs in vitro. All 29 strains stopped proliferating with a mean population doubling (PD) of 28,(More)
Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) are a mixture of cells differing in differentiation potential including mesenchymal stem cells, and so far no CD antigens were found to be predictable for the differentiation property of each BMSC. Here we attempted to isolate differentiation-associated CD antigens using 100 immortalized human BMSC (ihBMSC) clones. Among 13(More)
Synovial sarcoma, a soft tissue sarcoma that develops in adults, is pathologically subclassified into monophasic spindle synovial sarcoma and biphasic synovial sarcoma with epithelial components. The molecular mechanism building the epithelial components in biphasic synovial sarcoma is totally unknown. Here we investigated claudins, critical molecules in(More)
STUDY DESIGN Case report. OBJECTIVE To report on a pregnant woman successfully treated with microendoscopic discectomy in the left lateral position under general anesthesia at 24-week gestation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Treatment for lumbar disc herniation in pregnant women poses a particular challenge due to the complexity of the clinical situation.(More)
Tissue stem cells may serve as progenitors for malignant tumors derived from the same tissue. Here, we report the establishment of immortalized human mesenchymal stem cells (ihMSC) and tested the feasibility of using ihMSC as presarcomatous cells. Immortalization was achieved by introducing the genes for human telomerase reverse transcriptase and Bmi1.(More)
An intraspecies hybrid apoferritin was assembled by mixing subunits of horse heart ferritin, which consists mainly of H-type subunits, and horse spleen ferritin, in which L-type subunits predominate. Interspecies hybrid apoferritins were reconstituted from subunits of human liver-horse spleen ferritins and from rat liver-horse spleen ferritins. All the(More)
The expression of the chondromodulin-I (ChM-I) gene, a cartilage-specific gene, is regulated by the binding of Sp3 to the core promoter region, which is inhibited by the methylation of CpG in the target genome in the osteogenic lineage, osteosarcoma (OS) cells. The histone tails associated with the hypermethylated promoter region of the ChM-I gene were(More)
Elucidating the regulatory mechanism for tissue-specific gene expression is key to understanding the differentiation process. The chondromodulin-I gene (ChM-I) is a cartilage-specific gene, the expression of which is regulated by the transcription factor, Sp3. The binding of Sp3 to the core-promoter region is regulated by the methylation status of the(More)
Synovial sarcoma is a malignant soft tissue tumor harboring a tumor-specific fusion gene, SYT-SSX, of which exon 10 of the SYT gene is fused to exon 6 of the SSX gene is the common form. Here we report a case of synovial sarcoma with a novel form of the SYT-SSX2 fusion transcript, in which 75 bases were inserted at the common fusion junction. Computer(More)
Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) include cells with multidirectional differentiation potential described as mesenchymal stem cells. For clinical use, it is important to develop a way to isolate BMSCs from bone marrow in a closed system without centrifugation. After screening 200 biomaterials, we developed a device containing a nonwoven fabric filter(More)