Yuzo Takagi

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Dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) is an Arg-Gly-Asp-containing acidic phosphoprotein that was originally identified from a rat incisor cDNA library and was thought to be a dentin-specific protein. DMP1 was later shown to express in a number of hard tissue-forming cells, including osteoblasts, osteocytes, ameloblasts, and cementoblasts, and was considered to(More)
Adult multipotent stem cells have been isolated from various non-neural tissues. Here, we report the isolation of multipotent stem cells from rat periodontal ligament (PDL) using neurosphere-forming culture system. Enzymatically dissociated PDL cells were cultured in serum-free basal medium containing EGF, bFGF, and LIF. Free-floating spheres expressing(More)
Chondrocyte differentiation is a fundamental process during endochondral ossification. Retinoic acid (RA) has been shown to regulate this process, however, the mechanisms underlying RA regulation of chondrogenesis are not clearly understood. Chondroprogenitor cells, ATDC5 have been shown to be a useful in vitro model for examining the multiple step(More)
Physiological root resorption is a phenomenon that normally takes place in deciduous teeth; root resorption of permanent teeth occurs only under pathological conditions. The molecular mechanisms underlying these processes are still unclear. Our previous study showed that osteoclasts cultured on deciduous dentine exhibited a higher degree of resorption and(More)
OBJECTIVE Some epidemiological studies have indicated that diseases resulting in prolonged and sustained fever, such as exanthemata, respiratory infections and otitis media in infantile period or childhood are likely to have a marked deleterious effect on enamel formation, but the relationship between fever and enamel defects is unknown. The purpose of the(More)
Streptococcus mutans, the major pathogen responsible for dental caries in humans, is a biofilm-forming bacterium. In the present study, 17 different pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns of genomic DNA were identified in S. mutans organisms isolated clinically from whole saliva. The S. mutans isolates showed different abilities to form biofilms on(More)
Dental pulp self-mineralizes or induces calcified tissue formation, when it is subcutaneously transplanted. This study aims to clarify the nature and process of this tissue calcification by using histochemical techniques and in situ hybridization methods. The dental pulps of incisors from Sprague-Dawley strain rats were homogeneously transplanted into the(More)
This study aimed to investigate swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) as a detecting tool for occlusal caries in primary teeth. At the in vitro part of the study, 38 investigation sites of occlusal fissures (noncavitated and cavitated) were selected from 26 extracted primary teeth and inspected visually using conventional dental equipment by(More)
Biological phenomena that exhibit periodic activity are often referred as biorhythms or biological clocks. Among these, circadian rhythms, cyclic patterns reflecting a 24-h cycle, are the most obvious in many physiological activities including bone growth and metabolism. In the late 1990s, several clock genes were isolated and their primary structures and(More)