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Kansas State University



Masaaki Tamura



Masaaki Tamura

PhD, Veterinary Medicine (Biochemistry & Nutrition), Azabu Veterinary College, Japan, 1980
DVM – Kitasato University College of Veterinary Medicine, Japan, 1973

Phone (785) 532-4825



Research Interests:

The core concepts of Dr. Tamura’s work are tumor physiology, cytotherapy using the umbilical cord- matrix stem cells and the development of cancer targeted nanoparticles for therapeutic gene delivery in cancer treatment. Dr. Tamura also studies the relationship between angiotensin II receptor expression and cancer.

Selected Publications:

Ayuzawa, R., Doi, C., Rachakatla, R., Pyle, M., Troyer, D. and Tamura, M.: Naïve human umbilical cord matrix derived stem cells significantly attenuate growth of human breast cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. Cancer Lett. 280:31-37, 2009. PMID: 19285791, NIHMSID #:122061

Ganta, C., Doi, C., Ayuzawa, R., Pyle, M., Andrews, G., Weiss, M., Tamura, M. and Troyer, D.: Rat Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Completely Abolish Rat Mammary Carcinomas with No Evidence of Metastasis or Recurrence 100 Days Post-tumor cell Inoculation. Cancer Res, 69:1815-1820, 2009. PMID: 19244122.

Pickel, L., Matsuzuka, T., Doi, C., Ayuzawa, R., Maurya, D., Xie, S-X., Berkland, C. and Tamura, M. Over-expression of angiotensin II type 2 receptor gene induces cell death in lung adenocarcinoma cells. Cancer Biol Ther. 9: Epub, 2010. PMID: 20026904, NIHMSID #:220293

Balivada, S., Rachakatla, R., Wang, W., Samarakoon, T., Dani, R., Pyle, M., Kroh, F., Walker, B., Leaym, X., Koper, O., Tamura, M., Chikan, V., Bossmann, S., Troyer, D.: A/C magnetic hyperthermia of melanoma mediated by iron(0)/iron oxide core/shell magnetic nanoparticles: a mouse study. BMC Cancer, 10:119, 2010. PMCID: PMC2859385

Doi, C., Maurya, D., Ayuzawa, R., Pyle, M., Troyer, D. and Tamura, M.: Cytotherapy with naive rat umbilical cord matrix derived stem cells significantly attenuates growth of murine pancreatic cancer cells and increases mouse survival in syngeneic mice. Cytotherapy, 12:408-417. 2010. PMCID: PMC2896419

Matsuzuka, T., Rachakatla, R., Doi, C., Maurya, D., Ohta, N., Kawabata, A., Pyle, M., Pickel, L., Reischman, J., Marini, F., Troyer, D., and Tamura, M.:   Human umbilical cord matrix–derived stem cells transfected with interferon-β gene significantly attenuated bronchioloalveolar carcinoma xenografts in SCID mice. Lung Cancer, Epub. 2010. PMID: 20138387, NIHMSID #:171227