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  • Mitaka T*, Ichinohe N, Tanimizu N.”Small Hepatocytes” in the Liver. Cells 2023 Nov 27; 12(23): 2718. doi.org/10.3390/cells12232718
  • Tanimizu N*, Ichinohe N, Mitaka T. β-adrenergic receptor agonist promotes ductular expansion during 3,5-diethoxycarbonyl-1,4-dihydrocollidine-induced chronic liver injury. Scientific Reports 2023 May 1;13(1):7084. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-33882-w
  • Ichinohe N*, Tanimizu N, Ishigami K, Yoshioka Y, Fujitani N, Ochiya T, Takahashi M, Mitaka T*. CINC-2 and miR-199a-5p in EVs secreted by transplanted Thy1+ cells activate hepatocytic progenitor cell growth in rat liver regeneration. Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 2023 14:134 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13287-023-03346-z


  • Tanimizu N*, Ichinohe N, Sasaki Y, Itoh T, Sudo R, Yamaguchi T, Katsuda T, Ninomiya T, Tokino T, Ochiya T, Miyajima A, Mitaka T. Generation of functional liver organoids on combining hepatocytes and cholangiocytes with hepatobiliary connections ex vivo. Nature Communications 2021 Jun 07; 12:3390  doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-23575-1
  • Ichinohe N*, Ishii M, Tanimizu N, Mizuguchi T, Yoshioka Y, Ochiya T, Suzuki H, Mitaka T*. Extracellular vesicles containing miR-146a-5p secreted by bone marrow mesenchymal cells activate hepatocytic progenitors in regenerating rat livers.
    Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 2021 May 29;12(1):312. doi: 10.1186/s13287-021-02387-6.
  • Tanimizu N*. The neonatal liver: Normal development and response to injury and disease. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2021 Mar 17:101229 doi: 10.1016/j.siny.2021.101229


  • Tanimizu N*, Ichinohe N, Suzuki H, Mitaka T. Prolonged oxidative stress and delayed tissue repair exacerbate acetaminophen induced liver injury in aged mice. Aging-US, 2020 Oct 1;12. doi: 10.18632/aging.103973
  • Kino J, Ichinohe N, Ishii M, Suzuki H, Mizuguchi T, Tanimizu N, Mitaka T*. Self‐Renewal Capability of Hepatocytic Parental Progenitor Cells Derived From Adult Rat Liver Is Maintained Long Term When Cultured on Laminin 111 in Serum‐Free Medium. Hepatol Commun, 2019 Nov 2;4(1):21-37. doi: 1002/hep4.1442. eCollection 2020 Jan


  • Tanimizu N*. Identification and in vitro expansion of adult hepatocyte progenitors from chronically injured liver. Methods Mol Biol, 1940:267-273 (2019) doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-9086-3_19
  • Tanimizu N*. Isolation of bipotential liver progenitor cells from neonatal mouse liver. Methods Mol Biol, 1905: 9-17 (2019) doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8961-4_2.
  • Kino J, Ichinohe N, Ishii M, Mitaka T*. Isolation and expansion of rat hepatocytic progenitor cells. Methods Mol Biol, 1905: 29-41 (2019) doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8961-4_4


  • Tanimizu N*, Ichinohe N, Mitaka T. Intrahepatic bile ducts guide establishment of the intrahepatic nerve network in developing and regenerating mouse liver. Development, Apr 25;145(9). pii: dev159095 (2018) doi: 10.1242/dev.159095.


  • Ishii M, Kino J, Ichinohe N, Tanimizu N, Ninomiya T, Suzuki H, Mizuguchi T, Hirata K, Mitaka T*. Hepatocytic parental progenitor cells of rat small hepatocytes maintain a self-renewal capability after long-term culture. Sci Rep, Apr 11; 7: 46177 (2017) DOI: 10.1038/srep46177
  • Tanimizu N*, Mitaka T. (Review) Epithelial morphogenesis during liver development. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol, Feb 17; pil: a027862 (2017). doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a027862
  • Tanimizu N*, Mitaka T. (Editorial) Which is better source for functional hepatocytes? Stem Cell Invest, Feb 16; 4:12 (2017) doi: 10.21037/sci.2017.02.08
  • Ichinohe N*, Ishii M, Tanimizu N, Kon J, Mizuguchi T, Hirata K, Mitaka T*. Transplantation of galactosamine-induced hepatic Thy1-positive cells activates the growth of intrinsic hepatic progenitor cells in retrorsine-treated rat livers. Stem Cells, 35(4): 920-931 (2017) doi: 10.1002/stem.2548
  • Tanimizu N*, Ichinohe N, Yamamoto M, Akiyama H, Nishikawa Y, Mitaka T. Progressive induction of liver progenitor cells in chronically injured liver. Sci Rep, Jan 4; 7: 39990 (2017) doi: 10.1038/srep39990


  • Tanimizu N*, Ichinohe N, Ishii M, Kino J, Mizuguchi T, Hirata K, Mitaka T. Liver progenitors isolated from adult healthy mouse liver efficiently differentiate to functional hepatocytes in vitro and repopulate liver tissue. Stem Cells, 34(12): 2889-2901 (2016) doi: 10.1002/stem.2457
  • Tanimizu N*, Kaneko K, Itoh T, Ichinohe N, Ishii M, Mizuguchi T, Hirata K, Miyajima A, Mitaka T. Intrahepatic bile ducts are developed through formation of homogeneous continuous luminal network and its dynamic rearrangement. Hepatology, 64(1): 175-188 (2016) doi: 10.1002/hep.28521
  • Tanimizu N*, Mitaka T. (Review) Morphogenesis of Liver Epithelial Cells. Hepatol Res, 46(10): 964-976 (2016) doi: 10.1111/hepr.12654
  • Okita K, Mizuguchi T, Ota S, Ishi M, Nishidate T, Ueki T, Meguro M, Kimura Y, Tanimizu N, Ichinohe N, Torigoe T, Kojima T, Mitaka T, Sato N, Sawada N, Hirata K (Review). Pancreatic regeneration: basic research and gene regulation. Surg Today, 46(6): 633-640 (2016) doi: 10.1007/s00595-015-1215-2.


  • Tanimizu N*. Clonal culture of mouse liver progenitor cells. Bioprotocol, 5: 1-7 (2015)
  • Kasuya J*, Sudo R, Masuda G, Mitaka T, Ikeda M, Tanishita K. Reconstruction of hepatic stellate cell-incorporated liver sinusoidal structures in small hepatocyte tri-culture using microporous membranes. J Tissue Eng Regen Med, 9(3): 247-256 (2015) doi: 10.1002/term.1630


  • Tanimizu N*, Kobayashi S, Ichinohe N, Mitaka T. Downregulation of miR122 by grainyhead like-2 restricts the hepatocytic differentiation potential of adult liver progenitor cells. Development, 141(23): 4448-4456 (2014) doi: 10.1242/dev.113654
  • Kikkawa Y*, Miwa T, Tanimizu N, Kadoya Y, Ogawa T, Katagiri F, Hozumi K, Nomizu M, Mizuguchi T, Hirata K, Mitaka T. Soluble lutheran/basal cell adhesion molecule is detectable in plasma of hepatocellular carcinoma patients and modulates cellular interaction with laminin-511 in vitro. Exp Cell Res, 328(1): 197-206 (2014) doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2014.07.012
  • Nakamura Y, Mizuguchi T*, Tanimizu N, Ooe H, Ichinohe N, Hirata K, Mitaka T. Preoperative hepatocyte transplantation prevents cirrhotic rats from receiving the fatal damage by a liver resection. Cell Transplant, 23(10): 1243-1254 (2014) doi: 10.3727/096368913X668645
  • Tanimizu N*, Nishikawa Y, Ichinohe N, Akiyama H, Mitaka T. Sry HMG box protein 9-positive (Sox9+) epithelial cell adhesion molecule-negative (EpCAM-) biphenotypic cells derived from hepatocytes are involved in mouse liver regeneration. J Biol Chem, 289(11): 7589-7598 (2014) doi: 10.1074/jbc.M113.517243
  • Takeda H*. Effects of Cd2+ on cis-dimer structure of E-cadherin in living cells. Biochem Biophys Res Commun, Feb 21; 444(4): 467-472 (2014) doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.01.072
  • Tanimizu N*, Mitaka T (Review). Reevaluation of cell supply from liver stem/progenitor cells and the lineage conversion during liver development and regeneration. Organogenesis, 10(2): 208-215 (2014) doi: 10.4161/org.27591


  • Tanimizu N*, Nakamura Y, Ichinohe N, Mizuguchi T, Hirata K, Mitaka T. Hepatic biliary epithelial cells acquire epithelial integrity but lose plasticity to differentiate into hepatocytes in vitro during development. J Cell Sci, 126(22): 5239-5246 (2013) doi: 10.1242/jcs.133082
  • Kiyohashi K, Kakinuma S*, Kamiya A, Sakamoto N, Nitta S, Yamanaka H, Yoshino K, Fijuki J, Murakawa M, Kusano-Kitazume A, Shimizu H, Okamoto R, Azuma S, Nakagawa M, Asahina Y, Tanimizu N, Kikuchi A, Nakauchi H, Watanabe M. Wnt5a signaling mediates biliary differentiation of fetal hepatic stem/progenitor cells. Hepatology, 57(6): 2502-2513 (2013) doi: 10.1002/hep.26293
  • Tanimizu N*, Mitaka T (Review). Role of Grainyhead-like 2 in the formation of functional tight junctions. Tissue Barriers (Commentaries), 1:e23495 (2013) doi: 10.4161/tisb.23495
  • Kalchman J, Fujioka S, Chung S, Kikkawa Y, Mitaka T, Kamm RD, Tanishita K, Sudo R*. A three-dimensional microfluidic cancer cell migration assay to screen the effect of anti-migratory drugs and interstitial flow. Microfluid Nanofluid, 14(6): 969-981 (2013) doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10404-012-1104-6
  • Ichinohe N*, Tanimizu N, Ooe H, Nakamura Y, Mizuguchi T, Hirata K, Kon J, Mitaka T*. Differentiation capacity of hepatic stem/progenitor cells isolated from d-galactosamine-treated rat livers. Hepatology, 57(3): 1192-1202 (2013) doi: 10.1002/hep.26084