Takamasa Sakai

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BACKGROUND Early treatment of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) can be associated with improved patient outcomes. The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare (JMHW) and the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) criteria are the most specific for diagnosis of septic DIC. The revised Japanese Association for Acute Medicine(More)
We used a coarse-grained (CG) molecular dynamics model with potentials convertible to actual units to simulate the polymerization of a gel of a tetra-armed poly(ethylene glycol) derivative (MW ≈ 6000) under aqueous conditions and analysed its three-dimensional network structure. The radius of gyration of individual pre-polymers after gelation was slightly(More)
Self-oscillation of polymer chains in an aqueous solution has been achieved. The ruthenium catalyst for the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction was polymerized by using N-isopropylacrylamide and dissolved into the solution containing the BZ substrates. Periodical soluble-insoluble changes of the polymer chain were spontaneously induced by the BZ reaction. The(More)
We have developed a novel form of granular artificial bone "Tetrabones" with a homogeneous tetrapod shape and uniform size. Tetrabones are four armed structures that accumulate to form the intergranular pores that allow invasion of cells and blood vessels. In this study we evaluated the physicochemical characteristics of Tetrabones in vitro, and compared(More)
Hydrogels are three-dimensional polymer networks that contain a large amount of water inside. Certain hydrogels can be injected in solution and transformed into the gel state with the required shape. Despite their potential biomedical applications, the use of hydrogels has been severely limited because all the conventional hydrogels inevitably "swell" under(More)
A new type of self-oscillating polymer was prepared by utilizing the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. In this study, capture sites with a positive charge for an oxidizing agent as a counterion were incorporated into the copolymer of N-isopropylacrylamide and the ruthenium complex as a catalyst. Soluble-insoluble self-oscillation of the polymer was first(More)
Hydrogels are considered key tools for the design of biomaterials, such as wound dressings, drug reservoirs, and temporary scaffolds for cells. Despite their potential, conventional hydrogels have limited applicability under wet physiological conditions because they suffer from the uncontrollable temporal change in shape: swelling takes place immediately(More)
A 2D close-packed array of thermosensitive microgel beads was prepared by the double-template polymerization method. First, a 2D colloidal crystal of silica beads with 10 microm diameter was obtained by the solvent evaporation method. This monolayer of colloidal crystals can serve as the first template for the preparation of macroporous polystyrene. The(More)