Tatsuo Nakamura

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PURPOSE To examine the feasibility of using sterilized, freeze-dried amniotic membrane (FD-AM) as a substrate for cultivating autologous corneal epithelial cells for ocular surface reconstruction. METHODS Human AM deprived of amniotic epithelial cells by incubation with EDTA was freeze dried, vacuum packed, and sterilized with gamma-irradiation. The(More)
In a previously reported attempt to regenerate small intestine with autologous tissues, collagen scaffolds were used without cell seeding or with autologous mesenchymal stem cell seeding. However the regenerated intestine lacked a smooth muscle layer. To accomplish regeneration of a smooth muscle layer, this present study used collagen scaffolds seeded with(More)
The present report details the successful development of a model for spinal cord injury (SCI). This model is simple, reproducible, and requires no laminectomy. Development of the model was carried out using fourteen dogs. A balloon catheter was inserted into the extradural space via the intervertebral foramen of each dog, then the balloon was inflated at(More)
SUMMARY Over the last 20 years, an increasing number of research articles have reported on the use of artificial nerve tubes to repair nerve defects. The development of an artificial nerve tube as an alternative to autogenous nerve grafting is currently a focus of interest for peripheral nerve repair. The clinical employment of tubes as an alternative to(More)
Almost all of the chlorine-containing gas emitted from natural sources is methyl chloride (CH(3)Cl), which contributes to the destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer. Tropical and subtropical plants emit substantial amounts of CH(3)Cl. A gene involved in CH(3)Cl emission from Arabidopsis was previously identified and designated HARMLESS TO OZONE LAYER(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of the present study was to demonstrate regenerative medicine of the tracheal tissue by using an in situ tissue engineering technique for airway reconstruction. METHODS Based on the previous successful experimental animal studies, the current regenerative technique was applied to repair of the trachea of a 78-year-old woman with(More)
We have developed tissue-engineered digestive tracts composed of collagen scaffold and an inner silicon sheet and successfully used it to repair defects in parts of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. However, some improvements were demanded for clinical usage because the silicon sheet presented technical difficulties for suturing and endoscopic(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to evaluate in situ tissue-engineered esophagus in a canine model after experimental resection and replacement of a full circumferential defect of the intrathoracic esophagus. METHODS Two types of scaffolding were fabricated. In the KF(+) group (n = 6), oral keratinocytes and fibroblasts cultured on human amniotic membrane were(More)
OBJECTIVES Radiotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for head and neck cancer. However, the development of dry mouth syndrome is an unavoidable side effect because, in addition to the tumor, the normal salivary glands are included in the irradiation field. Previously, we investigated the protective efficacy of basic fibroblast growth factor(More)