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It has been suggested that hepatocytes have the ability to form bile ductal structures during normal development and in various pathological conditions of the liver. In the present study, we attempted to establish an in vitro model of ductal morphogenesis of hepatocytic cells by combining an aggregate culture and a type I collagen gel culture. When(More)
We herein present the first known case of common hepatic artery aneurysm involving the proper hepatic artery treated with in situ bypass by using right gastroepiploic artery. A 55-year-old man was hospitalized after the incidental discovery of a low-echogenic mass with blood flow in the hepatic artery. Selective visceral arteriography demonstrated a hepatic(More)
We attempted to clarify the effect of different types of shear stress on endothelial cell (EC) proliferation and survival. Bovine aortic ECs were subjected to either steady laminar, 1 Hz pulsatile, or 1 Hz to and fro shear at 14 dyne/cm(2). % of BrdU positive EC was 14.3 +/- 1.6% in steady, 21.5 +/- 3.2% in pulsatile, and 11.4 +/- 2.4% in to and fro after 4(More)
Fluid shear stress is thought to be important in maintaining the phenotype of endothelial cells (ECs) in vivo. The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of varying levels of laminar shear stress on EC elongation and alignment and the role of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) on the morphologic change induced by shear stress. Cultured(More)
Endothelial cells (ECs) are exposed to repetitive cyclic strain (CS) in vivo by the beating heart. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of CS amplitude and/or frequency on EC proliferation and survival and to determine the role of AKT in CS-induced EC proliferation and survival. Cultured bovine aortic ECs were exposed to 10% strain at a(More)
We present 3 cases of pediatric post-sternotomy mediastinitis treated by a vacuum-assisted closure (VAC). The patients 2 girls, aged 6 months and 10 months, and a 2-year-old boy. The onset of infection was at 9, 14, and 32 postoperative days. The culture examination detected coagulase-negative Staphylococci strains in 2 cases, and Staphylococcus aureus in 1(More)
Growth arrest after u.v. damage was investigated in C3H mouse primary cultured hepatocytes, spontaneously immortalized liver epithelial cells and their H-ras-transformed derivatives. All cells except for one of the transformed lines had the wild type p53 gene considered necessary for the G1-S checkpoint. Growth arrest and accumulation of p53 protein with an(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate our surgical results of intraventricular rerouting in patients having double outlet right ventricle with doubly-committed ventricular septal defect. METHODS We undertook repair in 8 patients with this particular feature. Of these, 2 patients had pulmonary stenosis, and another had interruption of the aortic arch. The subarterial(More)
We herein present an extremely rare case of a perforation of the ascending aorta with a hematoma extending into the left-side upper extrapleural cavity. A 62-year-old male with a sudden onset of severe chest pain was referred to our institution because of an abnormal shadow in the left-side upper lung field. Computed tomography revealed a small fusiform(More)
We present the case of a 59-year-old male Jehovah's Witness who underwent staged repair for a thoracic aortic aneurysm with no transfusion. The primary operation to replace the distal portion of the aortic arch and left subclavian artery reconstruction were performed. We applied axilla femoral artery temporary external bypass. A second operation was carried(More)