Yasuhiro Tamaki

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PURPOSE Robotics may improve vitreoretinal surgery by steadying hand motion, thereby reducing negative outcomes. This study aimed to develop a microsurgical robot for vitreoretinal surgery and to perform clinical procedures using robot-assisted interventions. METHODS A microsurgical system for vitreoretinal surgery was designed to meet specific(More)
BACKGROUND Although microscopic diagnosis has been playing the decisive role in cancer diagnostics, there have been cases in which it does not satisfy the clinical need. Differential diagnosis of malignant and benign thyroid tissues is one such case, and supplementary diagnosis such as that by gene expression profile is expected. RESULTS With four thyroid(More)
PURPOSE This paper describes the development and evaluation of a parallel prototype robot for vitreoretinal surgery where physiological hand tremor limits performance. METHODS The manipulator was specifically designed to meet requirements such as size, precision, and sterilization; this has six-degree-of-freedom parallel architecture and provides(More)
Dystroglycan (DG) is a key component of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex (DGC) at the neuromuscular junction postsynapse. In the mouse retina, the DGC is localized at the presynapse of photoreceptor cells, however, the function of presynaptic DGC is poorly understood. Here, we developed and analyzed retinal photoreceptor-specific DG conditional knock-out(More)
The molecular mechanisms underlying cell fate determination from common progenitors in the vertebrate CNS remain elusive. We previously reported that the OTX2 homeoprotein regulates retinal photoreceptor cell fate determination. While Otx2 transactivation is a pivotal process for photoreceptor cell fate determination, its transactivation mechanism in the(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated that multipotent retinal stem or progenitor cells can be isolated from the ciliary epithelium (CE) of the eye using a neurosphere culture. In this study, we investigated the properties of growth and differentiation, and molecular profiles of rat adult ciliary epithelium (CE)-derived retinal progenitors and forebrain (FB)(More)
BACKGROUND Sterile alpha motif (SAM) domains are approximately 70 residues long and have been reported as common protein-protein interaction modules. This domain is found in a large number of proteins, including Polycomb group (PcG) proteins and ETS family transcription factors. In this work, we report the cloning and functional characterization of a novel(More)
PURPOSE The efficacy of gene therapy using nonviral vector based on polyplex micelle has been studied against corneal neovascularization in mice. METHODS A block copolymer, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-block-polycation carrying ethylenediamine units in the side chain (PEG-b-P[Asp(DET)]), was prepared. PEG-b-P[Asp(DET)] formed a polyplex micelle through the(More)
PURPOSE Bucillamine is an antirheumatic drug with antiangiogenic properties that is currently used in clinical practice. Because bucillamine inhibits the production of VEGF, it is possible that this drug may inhibit choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Thus, the effect of bucillamine on the eyes of rats with experimental CNV was investigated in vivo by(More)