Toshihiro Kushibiki

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The objective of this paper is to investigate the in vivo release and gene expression of lacZ plasmid DNA (pSV-lacZ) by the hydrogels of cationized gelatin. Gelatin with different cationization extents was prepared by changing the amount of ethylenediamine added to aminize the carboxyl groups of gelatin with a water-soluble carbodiimide. The cationized(More)
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been used as a method for biostimulation. Cartilage develops through the differentiation of mesenchymal cells into chondrocytes, and differentiated chondrocytes in articular cartilage maintain cartilage homeostasis by synthesizing cartilage-specific extracellular matrix. The aim of this study is to evaluate the enhancement(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study investigated whether the simultaneous application of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) enhances blood vessel formation in murine ischemic hindlimb compared with bFGF or HGF applied alone. METHODS Unilateral hindlimb ischemia was created in C57BL/6 mice. Hindlimb blood flow was evaluated by(More)
Applications of laser therapy, including low-level laser therapy (LLLT), phototherapy and photodynamic therapy (PDT), have been proven to be beneficial and relatively less invasive therapeutic modalities for numerous diseases and disease conditions. Using specific types of laser irradiation, specific cellular activities can be induced. Because multiple(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES Fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-2 is one of the most powerful angiogenic growth factors to be evaluated as an agent for the promotion of angiogenesis. The aim of this study is to investigate whether intratracheal administration of controlled-release FGF-2 microspheres restores pulmonary function in beagle dogs with emphysema. DESIGN(More)
BACKGROUND DATA AND OBJECTIVE Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent cells present in adult bone marrow that replicate as undifferentiated cells and can differentiate to lineages of mesenchymal tissues. Homeostatic control of bone remodeling maintains bone mass by ensuring that bone resorption and bone formation occur sequentially and in a balanced(More)
Migration inhibitory factor (MIF) responds to tissue damage and regulates inflammatory and immunological processes. To elucidate the function of MIF in cutaneous wound healing, we analyzed MIF knockout (KO) mice. After the excision of wounds from the dorsal skin of MIF KO and wild-type (WT) mice, healing was significantly delayed in MIF KO mice compared to(More)
Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) plays a major role in RNA interference (RNAi), a process in which segments of dsRNA are initially cleaved by the Dicer into shorter segments (21-23 nt) called small interfering RNA (siRNA). These siRNA then specifically target homologous mRNA molecules causing them to be degraded by cellular ribonucleases. RNAi down regulates(More)
UNLABELLED CTGF/CCN2, a hypertrophic chondrocyte-specific gene product, possessed the ability to repair damaged articular cartilage in two animal models, which were experimental osteoarthritis and full-thickness defects of articular cartilage. These findings suggest that CTGF/CCN2 may be useful in regeneration of articular cartilage. INTRODUCTION(More)
Recently we have developed new sustained release system of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) using gelatin hydrogel as a carrier. Using this system, we examined the effect of topical sustained release of bFGF on angiogenesis and tissue blood perfusion in a rabbit model of hind limb ischemia. Thirty-two rabbits underwent excision of right femoral artery(More)