Soichiro Murata

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Platelets contain several growth factors, including platelet-derived growth factor and hepatocyte growth factor. We examined the effects of platelet increment on liver regeneration after 70% hepatectomy. Hepatectomies were carried out in male BALB/c mice, and subsequently divided into three groups: (i) untreated mice, (ii) thrombocytotic mice induced with(More)
UNLABELLED Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk for liver cirrhosis and cancer. ELOVL family member 6, elongation of very long chain fatty acids (Elovl6), is a microsomal enzyme that regulates the elongation of C12-16 saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (FAs). We have shown(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The autonomic vagus nerve is thought to play an essential role in liver regeneration since hepatic vagotomy delays hepatic DNA synthesis. However, how the parasympathetic vagus nerve is involved in liver regeneration remains obscure. Kupffer cells are located in liver sinusoids adjacent to hepatocytes and might regulate liver regeneration by(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Several recent studies have reported that liver cirrhosis (LC) can be ameliorated, but few adequate strategies are available against liver fibrosis. Although LC clinically shows thrombocytopenia and hypersplenism, the correlation with liver fibrosis and platelets remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect(More)
BACKGROUND It is well known that platelets have a thrombotic effect. However, platelets play an important role not only in hemostasis but also in wound healing and tissue regeneration. Platelets have been reported to accumulate in the liver and promote liver regeneration after an extended hepatectomy, but the mechanism is unclear. The present study was(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Mortality after 90% partial hepatectomy in mice was associated with severe acute liver failure. Recently, we revealed that platelets have a strong promotional effect on hepatic regeneration. In the present study, we investigated the effect of thrombocytosis on liver regeneration after 90% hepatectomy in mice. METHODS For thrombocytosis(More)
Platelets have been proven to promote liver regeneration after hepatectomy. Kupffer cells produce inflammatory cytokines and also promote liver regeneration. In the present study, we examined whether platelets promote liver regeneration after hepatectomy under conditions of Kupffer cell depletion. Seventy percent hepatectomy was carried out in mice, which(More)
BACKGROUND Liver ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is one of the most serious complications of hepatic surgery. However, no effective treatment is yet clinically available. Although neutrophil elastase inhibitor (NEI) has been used clinically in acute lung injury, the effect of NEI on leukocyte dynamics in the liver microcirculation after hepatic I/R(More)
In recent years, platelets are reported to promote liver, as well as bone regeneration and dermal wound healing. Platelets are required not only for thrombocytopenia treating but also for regenerative therapy. Platelets cannot be stored beyond three days, therefore, shortage of fresh platelets sometimes occurs. To preserve platelets for a long duration(More)
BACKGROUND In liver surgery, ischemia/reperfusion injury occasionally leads to liver failure by activating Kupffer cells (KCs) and leukocytes. However, few reports have demonstrated a relationship between KCs and platelets in vivo. This study investigated the relationship between these cells using intravital microscopy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Male Wistar(More)