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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345732/comparative-analysis-in-continuous-expansion-of-bovine-and-human-primary-nucleus-pulposus-cells-for-tissue-repair-applications
#1
D H Rosenzweig, J Tremblay Gravel, D Bisson, J A Ouellet, M H Weber, L Haglund
Autologous NP cell implantation is a potential therapeutic avenue for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. However, monolayer expansion of cells isolated from surgical samples may negatively impact matrix production by way of dedifferentiation. Previously, we have used a continuous expansion culture system to successfully preserve a chondrocyte phenotype. In this work, we hypothesised that continuous expansion culture could also preserve nucleus pulposus (NP) phenotype. We confirmed that serial passaging drove NP dedifferentiation by significantly decreasing collagen type II, aggrecan and chondroadherin (CHAD) gene expression, compared to freshly isolated cells...
March 24, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319248/cyclic-tensile-strain-enhances-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-smad-2-3-activation-and-tenogenic-differentiation-in-anisotropic-collagen-glycosaminoglycan-scaffolds
#2
W G Grier, A S Moy, B A Harley
Stem cell research arose from the need to explore new therapeutic possibilities for intractable and lethal diseases. Although musculoskeletal disorders are basically nonlethal, their high prevalence and relative ease of performing clinical trials have facilitated the clinical application of stem cells in this field. However, few reliable clinical studies have been published, despite the plethora of in vitro and preclinical studies in stem cell research for regenerative medicine in the musculoskeletal system...
March 20, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266689/local-induction-of-inflammation-affects-bone-formation
#3
M Croes, M C Kruyt, L Loozen, A H Kragten, H Yuan, W J Dhert, F C Öner, J Alblas
To explore the influence of inflammatory processes on bone formation, we applied a new in vivo screening model. Confined biological pockets were first created in rabbits as a response to implanted bone cement discs. These biomembrane pockets were subsequently used to study the effects of inflammatory stimuli on ectopic bone formation within biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) constructs loaded with TNF-α, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or lipoteichoic acid (LTA), all with or without bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2...
February 27, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266688/the-bmp2-variant-l51p-restores-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-the-presence-of-intervertebral-disc-cells
#4
A Tekari, R D May, D A Frauchiger, S C Chan, L M Benneker, B Gantenbein
Spinal fusion is hampered by the presence of remaining intervertebral disc (IVD) tissue and leads to spinal non-union. While the exact mechanism remains unknown, we hypothesise that factors preventing disc ossification, such as antagonists of the bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP), could be responsible for this process. The objective of this study was to investigate spinal non-union using an in vitro human model with a focus on the BMP signalling components and to identify factors contributing to the incomplete and delayed ossification...
February 23, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266690/lengthening-primary-cilia-enhances-cellular-mechanosensitivity
#5
G-I Im
Stem cell research arose from the need to explore new therapeutic possibilities for intractable and lethal diseases. Although musculoskeletal disorders are basically nonlethal, their high prevalence and relative ease of performing clinical trials have facilitated the clinical application of stem cells in this field. However, few reliable clinical studies have been published, despite the plethora of in vitro and preclinical studies in stem cell research for regenerative medicine in the musculoskeletal system...
February 21, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266691/resorbable-electrospun-polydioxanone-fibres-modify-the-behaviour-of-cells-from-both-healthy-and-diseased-human-tendons
#6
A Kendal, S Snelling, S Dakin, E Stace, P-A Mouthuy, A Carr
Chronic tendinopathy in an active and ageing population represents an increasing burden to healthcare systems. Rotator cuff tendinopathy alone accounts for approximately 70 % of all shoulder pain. Tendinopathic tissue has a disorganised extracellular matrix, altered vasculature, and infiltration of fibroblasts and inflammatory cells. This altered biology may contribute to the limited success of surgical repair strategies. Electrospun resorbable scaffolds can potentially enhance endogenous repair mechanisms by influencing the tissue microenvironment...
February 20, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217833/lengthening-primary-cilia-enhances-cellular-mechanosensitivity
#7
M Spasic, C R Jacobs
The primary cilium is a mechanosensor in a variety of mammalian cell types, initiating and directing intracellular signalling cascades in response to external stimuli. When primary cilia formation is disrupted, cells have diminished mechanosensitivity and an abrogated response to mechanical stimulation. Due to this important role, we hypothesised that increasing primary cilia length would enhance the downstream response and therefore, mechanosensitivity. To test this hypothesis, we increased osteocyte primary cilia length with fenoldopam and lithium and found that cells with longer primary cilia were more mechanosensitive...
February 20, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198985/cell-aggregation-enhances-bone-formation-by-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
#8
A Chatterjea, V L LaPointe, A Barradas, H Garritsen, H Yuan, A Renard, C A van Blitterswijk, J de Beor
The amount of bone generated using current tissue engineering approaches is insufficient for many clinical applications. Previous in vitro studies suggest that culturing cells as 3D aggregates can enhance their osteogenic potential, but the effect on bone formation in vivo is unknown. Here, we use agarose wells to generate uniformly sized mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) aggregates. When combined with calcium phosphate ceramic particles and a gel prepared from human platelet-rich plasma, we generated a tissue engineered construct which significantly improved in vivo bone forming capacity as compared to the conventional system of using single cells seeded directly on the ceramic surface...
February 15, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197990/a-chlorhexidine-releasing-epoxy-based-coating-on-titanium-implants-prevents-staphylococcus-aureus-experimental-biomaterial-associated-infection
#9
M Riool, A J Dirks, V Jaspers, L de Boer, T J Loontjens, C M van der Loos, S Florquin, I Apachitei, L N Rijk, H A Keul, S A Zaat
Prevention of biomaterial-associated infections (BAI) remains a challenging problem, in particular due to the increased risk of resistance development with the current antibiotic-based strategies. Metallic orthopaedic devices, such as non-cemented implants, are often inserted under high mechanical stress. These non-cemented implants cannot be protected by e.g. antibioticreleasing bone cement or other antimicrobial approaches, such as the use of bioactive glass. Therefore, in order to avoid abrasion during implantation procedures, we developed an antimicrobial coating with great mechanical stability for orthopaedic implants, to prevent Staphylococcus aureus BAI...
February 14, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197989/growth-plate-extracellular-matrix-derived-scaffolds-for-large-bone-defect-healing
#10
G M Cunniffe, P J Díaz-Payno, J S Ramey, O R Mahon, A Dunne, E M Thompson, F J O'Brien, D J Kelly
Limitations associated with demineralised bone matrix and other grafting materials have motivated the development of alternative strategies to enhance the repair of large bone defects. The growth plate (GP) of developing limbs contain a plethora of growth factors and matrix cues which contribute to long bone growth, suggesting that biomaterials derived from its extracellular matrix (ECM) may be uniquely suited to promoting bone regeneration. The goal of this study was to generate porous scaffolds from decellularised GP ECM and to evaluate their ability to enhance host mediated bone regeneration following their implantation into critically-sized rat cranial defects...
February 14, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197988/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-degradation-comparison-of-pure-mg-mg-10gd-and-mg-2ag-a-short-term-study
#11
I Marco, A Myrissa, E Martinelli, F Feyerabend, R Willumeit-Römer, A M Weinberg, O Van der Biest
The purpose of this study was to compare short term in vitro and in vivo biodegradation studies with low purity Mg (> 99.94 %), Mg-10Gd and Mg-2Ag designed for biodegradable implant applications. Three in vitro testing conditions were applied, using (i) phosphate buffered saline (PBS), (ii) Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) and (iii) Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM) in 5 % CO2 under sterile conditions. Gas evolution and mass loss (ML) were assessed, as well as the degradation layer, by elemental mapping and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
February 13, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181209/heparin-modification-of-a-biomimetic-bone-matrix-modulates-osteogenic-and-angiogenic-cell-response-in-vitro
#12
M Quade, S Knaack, D Weber, U König, B Paul, P Simon, A Rösen-Wolff, R Schwartz-Albiez, M Gelinsky, A Lode
In this study, the effect of heparin-modified collagen type I/hydroxyapatite (HA) nanocomposites on key processes of bone regeneration - osteogenesis and angiogenesis - was characterised in vitro. Two approaches were applied for heparin modification: it was either integrated during material synthesis (in situ) or added to the porous scaffolds after their fabrication (post). Cultivation of human bone marrow-derived stromal cells (hBMSC), in heparin-modified versus heparin-free scaffolds, revealed a positive effect of the heparin modification on their proliferation and osteogenic differentiation...
February 9, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170076/biomimetic-sulphated-alginate-hydrogels-suppress-il-1%C3%AE-induced-inflammatory-responses-in-human-chondrocytes
#13
Ø Arlov, M Steinwachs, G Skjåk-Bræk, M Zenobi-Wong
Loss of articular cartilage from ageing, injury or degenerative disease is commonly associated with inflammation, causing pain and accelerating degradation of the cartilage matrix. Sulphated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are involved in the regulation of immune responses in vivo, and analogous polysaccharides are currently being evaluated for tissue engineering matrices to form a biomimetic environment promoting tissue growth while suppressing inflammatory and catabolic activities. Here, we characterise physical properties of sulphated alginate (S-Alg) gels for use in cartilage engineering scaffolds, and study their anti-inflammatory effects on encapsulated chondrocytes stimulated with IL-1β...
February 7, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138955/recent-advances-in-hydrogels-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
#14
S L Vega, M Y Kwon, J A Burdick
Articular cartilage is a load-bearing tissue that lines the surface of bones in diarthrodial joints. Unfortunately, this avascular tissue has a limited capacity for intrinsic repair. Treatment options for articular cartilage defects include microfracture and arthroplasty; however, these strategies fail to generate tissue that adequately restores damaged cartilage. Limitations of current treatments for cartilage defects have prompted the field of cartilage tissue engineering, which seeks to integrate engineering and biological principles to promote the growth of new cartilage to replace damaged tissue...
January 30, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138954/encapsulation-of-allogeneic-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-alginate-extends-local-presence-and-therapeutic-function
#15
M J Leijs, E Villafuertes, J C Haeck, W J Koevoet, B Fernandez-Gutierrez, M J Hoogduijn, J A Verhaar, M R Bernsen, G M van Buul, G J van Osch
Bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have immunomodulatory and trophic capacities. For therapeutic application in local chronic inflammatory diseases, MSCs, preferably of allogeneic origin, have to retain immunomodulatory properties. This might be achieved by encapsulation of MSCs in a biomaterial that protects them from the host immune system. Most studies investigating the properties of MSCs for therapeutic application use short term cultures of cells in monolayer. Since the physical environment of MSCs can influence their functionality, we evaluated the feasibility of preserving the immunomodulatory properties of MSCs encapsulated in a three-dimensional alginate construct...
January 30, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098926/relevance-of-osteoclast-specific-enzyme-activities-in-cell-based-in-vitro-resorption-assays
#16
A Bernhardt, K Koperski, M Schumacher, M Gelinsky
Cell-based in vitro resorption assays are an important tool to simulate the in vivo biodegradation of resorbable bone graft materials and to predict their clinical performance. The present study analyses the activity of osteoclast-specific enzymes as potential surrogate measures for classical pit assay, which is not applicable on irregular structured materials. Osteoclasts derived from human peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultivated on different surfaces: calcium phosphate bone cements (CPC), dentin discs, osteoblast-derived extracellular matrix (ECM) and tissue culture polystyrene as control...
January 18, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076651/controlled-release-of-chlorhexidine-from-a-mesoporous-silica-containing-macroporous-titanium-dental-implant-prevents-microbial-biofilm-formation
#17
K De Cremer, A Braem, E Gerits, K De Brucker, K Vandamme, J A Martens, J Michiels, J Vleugels, B P Cammue, K Thevissen
Roughened surfaces are increasingly being used for dental implant applications as the enlarged contact area improves bone cell anchorage, thereby facilitating osseointegration. However, the additional surface area also entails a higher risk for the development of biofilm associated infections, an etiologic factor for many dental ailments, including peri-implantitis. To overcome this problem, we designed a dental implant composed of a porous titanium-silica (Ti/SiO2) composite material and containing an internal reservoir that can be loaded with antimicrobial compounds...
January 11, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054333/bmp-2-coated-mineral-coated-microparticles-improve-bone-repair-in-atrophic-non-unions
#18
M Orth, N J Kruse, B J Braun, C Scheuer, J H Holstein, A Khalil, X Yu, W L Murphy, T Pohlemann, M W Laschke, M D Menger
Atrophic non-unions are a major clinical problem. Mineral coated microparticles (MCM) are electrolyte-coated hydroxyapatite particles that have been shown in vitro to bind growth factors electrostatically and enable a tuneable sustained release. Herein, we studied whether MCM can be used in vivo to apply Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 (BMP-2) to improve bone repair of atrophic non-unions. For this purpose, atrophic non-unions were induced in femurs of CD-1 mice (n = 48). Animals either received BMP-2-coated MCM (MCM + BMP; n = 16), uncoated MCM (MCM; n = 16) or no MCM (NONE; n = 16)...
January 2, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905661/artificial-cartilage-bio-matrix-formed-of-hyaluronic-acid-and-mg2-polyphosphate
#19
X Wang, M Ackermann, E Tolba, M Neufurth, F Wurm, Q Feng, S Wang, H C Schröder, W E Müller
Here we show that inorganic polyphosphate (polyP), a polyanionic metabolic regulator consisting of multiple phosphate residues linked by energy-rich phosphoanhydride bonds, is present in the synovial fluid. In a biomimetic approach, to enhance cartilage synthesis and regeneration, we prepared amorphous polyP microparticles with Mg2+ as counterions. The particles were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopic (FTIR) analyses. Similar particles were obtained after addition of Mg2+ ions to a solution containing hyaluronic acid, as a major component of the synovial fluid, and soluble Na-polyP...
November 29, 2016: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858401/ages-induce-ectopic-endochondral-ossification-in-intervertebral-discs
#20
S Illien-Jünger, O M Torre, W F Kindschuh, X Chen, D M Laudier, J C Iatridis
Ectopic calcifications in intervertebral discs (IVDs) are known characteristics of IVD degeneration that are not commonly reported but may be implicated in structural failure and dysfunctional IVD cell metabolic responses. This study investigated the novel hypothesis that ectopic calcifications in the IVD are associated with advanced glycation end products (AGEs) via hypertrophy and osteogenic differentiation. Histological analyses of human IVDs from several degeneration stages revealed areas of ectopic calcification within the nucleus pulposus and at the cartilage endplate...
November 18, 2016: European Cells & Materials
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