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Benjamin Jacob, Timo Zippelius, Nadja Kloss, Kathrin Benad, Christiane Schwerdt, Paula Hoff, Georg Matziolis, Eric Röhner
Objective In orthopedic joint injection, the most frequently used local anesthetics are ropivacaine, bupivacaine, and 1% or 2% lidocaine. The aim of this study was to examine effects of these various anesthetics on the viability of human chondrocytes. Our hypothesis was that all local anesthetics tested damage human chondrocytes in vitro. Methods Primary human chondrocytes were isolated and cultured from 6 donated human knee joints (mean age of donors 61.2 years). Local anesthetics were added to these cultures...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Luca Andriolo, Christian Candrian, Tiziana Papio, Alessia Cavicchioli, Francesco Perdisa, Giuseppe Filardo
Objective Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions are a relevant problem that affects the long-term prognosis of young patients. The purpose of this study was to analyze the evidence on potential and indications of nonsurgical treatment strategies for knee OCD. Design The search was conducted on 3 medical electronic databases according to PRISMA guidelines, including reports of any level of evidence dealing with the conservative management of knee OCD. Of 1688 identified records, 55 full-text articles were screened: 27 studies met the inclusion criteria, for a total of 908 knees, and were used for the analysis...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Victoria Horbert, Long Xin, Peter Foehr, Olaf Brinkmann, Matthias Bungartz, Rainer H Burgkart, T Graeve, Raimund W Kinne
Objective Limitations of matrix-assisted autologous chondrocyte implantation to regenerate functional hyaline cartilage demand a better understanding of the underlying cellular/molecular processes. Thus, the regenerative capacity of a clinically approved hydrogel collagen type I implant was tested in a standardized bovine cartilage punch model. Methods Cartilage rings (outer diameter 6 mm; inner defect diameter 2 mm) were prepared from the bovine trochlear groove. Collagen implants (± bovine chondrocytes) were placed inside the cartilage rings and cultured up to 12 weeks...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Genevieve Housman, Lorena M Havill, Ellen E Quillen, Anthony G Comuzzie, Anne C Stone
Objective Osteoarthritis (OA) affects humans and several other animals. Thus, the mechanisms underlying this disorder, such as specific skeletal tissue DNA methylation patterns, may be evolutionary conserved. However, associations between methylation and OA have not been readily studied in nonhuman animals. Baboons serve as important models of disease and develop OA at rates similar to those in humans. Therefore, this study investigated the associations between methylation and OA in baboons to advance the evolutionary understanding of OA...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Mikel Sánchez, Diego Delgado, Orlando Pompei, Juan Carlos Pérez, Pello Sánchez, Ane Garate, Ane Miren Bilbao, Nicolás Fiz, Sabino Padilla
Objective Assessing the therapeutic effects of a combination of intra-articular and intra-osseous infiltrations of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat severe knee osteoarthritis (KOA) using intra-articular injections of PRP as the control group. Design In this observational study, 60 patients suffering from severe KOA were treated with intra-articular infiltrations of PRP (IA group) or with a combination of intra-osseous and intra-articular infiltrations of PRP (IO group). Both groups were matched for sex, age, body mass index, and radiographic severity (III and IV degree according to Ahlbäck scale)...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Leonie Waldenmeier, Christoph Evers, Michael Uder, Rolf Janka, Frank Friedrich Hennig, Milena Liese Pachowsky, Götz Hannes Welsch
Objective To evaluate and characterize the appearance of articular cartilage in the tibiofemoral joint of young professional soccer players using T2-relaxation time evaluation on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Design In this study, we included 57 male adolescents from the youth academy of a professional soccer team. The MRI scans were acquired of the knee joint of the supporting leg. An "early unloading" (minute 0) and "late unloading" (minute 28) T2-sequence was included in the set of images...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Peter Cornelius Kreuz, Richard Horst Kalkreuth, Philipp Niemeyer, Markus Uhl, Christoph Erggelet
Objective To evaluate the long-term clinical and radiological outcome of matrix-assisted autologous chondrocyte implantation (mACI) for articular cartilage defects in the knee joint. Design Clinical evaluation was assessed in 21 patients with full-thickness cartilage defects, International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) grade IV. Clinical scoring was performed preoperatively and 12 years after transplantation using the International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) score, the Lysholm score, the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS), and the Noyes sports activity rating scale...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Roy Altman, Asheesh Bedi, Ajay Manjoo, Faizan Niazi, Peter Shaw, Philip Mease
Objective Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the leading causes of disability in the adult population. Common nonoperative treatment options include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), intra-articular corticosteroids, and intra-articular injections of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is found intrinsically within the knee joint providing viscoelastic properties to the synovial fluid. HA therapy provides anti-inflammatory relief through a number of different pathways, including the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Dean Wang, Brian J Rebolledo, David M Dare, Mollyann D Pais, Matthew R Cohn, Kristofer J Jones, Riley J Williams
Objective To characterize the graft survivorship and clinical outcomes of osteochondral allograft transplantation (OCA) of the knee in patients with an elevated body mass index (BMI). Design Prospective data on 38 consecutive patients with a BMI ≥30 kg/m2 treated with OCA from 2000 to 2015 were reviewed. Complications, reoperations, and patient responses to validated outcome measures were examined. Failures were defined by any removal/revision of the allograft or conversion to arthroplasty. Results Thirty-one knees in 31 patients (mean age, 35...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Kristofer J Jones, William L Sheppard, Armin Arshi, Betina B Hinckel, Seth L Sherman
Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate the degree of standardized evaluation and reporting of cartilage lesion characteristics in high-impact clinical studies for symptomatic lesions of the knee. We hypothesized that there are significant inconsistencies in reporting these metrics across orthopedic literature. Design A total of 113 clinical studies on articular cartilage restoration of the knee were identified from 6 high-impact orthopedic journals between 2011 and 2016. Full-text review was used to evaluate sources for details on study methodology and reporting on the following variables: primary procedure, location, size, grade, and morphology of cartilage lesions...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
Valdis Goncars, Konstantins Kalnberzs, Eriks Jakobsons, Ilze Enģele, Ieva Briede, Kristaps Blums, Kristaps Erglis, Martins Erglis, Liene Patetko, Indrikis Muiznieks, Andrejs Erglis
Objectives To evaluate the main symptoms of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and tissue structure changes after a single dose bone marrow-derived mononuclear cell (BM MNC) intra articular injection. Case series study. Patients with knee OA Kellgren Lawrence (K-L) grade II and III received 1 injection of BM MNC. The clinical results were analyzed with the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) and Knee Society Score (KSS) before, 3, 6, and 12 months after injection. Radiological evaluation was performed with a calibrated x-ray and the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging before and 6 to 7 months postinjection...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
Huub M de Visser, Christelle Sanchez, Simon C Mastbergen, Floris P J G Lafeber, Yves E Henrotin, Harrie Weinans
Objective Fibulin-3 is a glycoprotein highly expressed in osteoarthritic cartilage and inhibits angiogenesis and chondrocyte differentiation. Recent studies have indicated that fibulin-3 has potential value as a biomarker in osteoarthritis. The aim of the present study is to examine the role of 3 fibulin-3 peptides (Fib3-1, Fib3-2, and Fib3-3) and a type II collagen degradation product in a rat osteoarthritis model with systemic metabolic alterations combined with local cartilage damage. Design Forty, 12-week-old male, Wistar rats were randomly divided over 2 groups: a standard or a high-fat diet inducing metabolic dysregulation...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
Sharon J Brown, Sarah A Turner, Birender S Balain, Neil T Davidson, Sally Roberts
Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a simple, biologically robust method for inducing calcification of degenerate intervertebral discs (IVD) could be developed to provide an alternative treatment for patients requiring spinal fusion. Design Nucleus pulposus (NP) cells isolated from 14 human IVDs were cultured in monolayer and exposed to osteogenic medium, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (VitD3), parathyroid hormone (PTH), and bone morphogenic proteins (BMPs) 2/7 to determine if they could become osteogenic...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
Jessica Immonen, Chris Siefring
OBJECTIVE: Osteoarthritis (OA) literature makes minimal suggestion regarding age of disease onset or preventative strategies to reduce risk for onset in various populations. In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 33.6% of Americans 65+ years old were affected by OA; this cadaveric analysis suggests this is largely underestimated. The objective of this assessment is to identify at-risk populations for OA in the knee joint and make recommendations to prevent or delay disease onset...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
Adam B Yanke, Megan L Konopka, Davietta C Butty, Maximilian A Meyer, Eric J Cotter, Alejandro A Espinoza, Brian J Cole
Objective To determine biomechanical effects of knee cartilage defect perimeter morphology based on cartilage strain and opposing subchondral bone contact. Design Articular cartilage defects were created in 5 bovine femoral condyles: group 1, 45° inner bevel with 8-mm rim; group 2, vertical with 8-mm rim; and group 3, 45° outer bevel with 8-mm base. Samples were placed into a custom-machined micro-computed tomography tube and subjected to 800 N of axial loading. DICOM data were used to calculate cartilage thickness 4 and 6 mm from the center, distance between tibial cartilage surface and femoral subchondral bone, and contact width between tibial cartilage and subchondral bone...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
Adam B Yanke, Atsushi Urita, Jason J Shin, Greg L Cvetanovich, Erin K Moran, Bernard R Bach, Brian J Cole, Nozomu Inoue, Nikhil N Verma
Objective To analyze the topography of the opposite condyle to treat focal femoral condyle articular defects with an osteochondral allograft (OCA). Design Three groups were created: Group 1, same condyle with same width; Group 2, opposite condyle with same width; Group 3, opposite condyle with different width. Computed tomography (CT) of 22 cadaveric femoral hemi-condyles was used to create 3-dimensional CT models that were exported into point-cloud models. Three zones of the donor condyle (anterior, middle, and posterior) were quantified...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
Christine M Pauken, Richard Heyes, David G Lott
The larynx sometimes requires repair and reconstruction due to cancer resection, trauma, stenosis, or developmental disruptions. Bioengineering has provided some scaffolding materials and initial attempts at tissue engineering, especially of the trachea, have been made. The critical issues of providing protection, maintaining a patent airway, and controlling swallowing and phonation, require that the regenerated laryngotracheal cartilages must have mechanical and material properties that closely mimic native tissue...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
Sam Van Rossom, Mariska Wesseling, Dieter Van Assche, Ilse Jonkers
Objective Early detection of degenerative changes in the cartilage matrix composition is essential for evaluating early interventions that slow down osteoarthritis (OA) initiation. T1rho and T2 relaxation times were found to be effective for detecting early changes in proteoglycan and collagen content. To use these magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods, it is important to document the topographical variation in cartilage thickness, T1rho and T2 relaxation times in a healthy population. As OA is partially mechanically driven, the relation between these MRI-based parameters and localized mechanical loading during walking was investigated...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
Juan Manuel López-Alcorocho, Isabel Guillén-Vicente, Elena Rodríguez-Iñigo, Marta Guillén-Vicente, Tomás Fernando Fernández-Jaén, Rosa Caballero, Mercedes Casqueiro, Pilar Najarro, Steve Abelow, Pedro Guillén-García
Design In the process of cell division, the extremes of the eukaryotic chromosomes are progressively shortening, and this phenomenon is related to cell degeneration and senescence. The treatment of cartilage lesions with autologous chondrocytes implies that cells proliferate in an artificial environment. We have studied the viability of cultured chondrocytes after measurement of their telomere length before implantation. Methods Articular cartilage biopsies (B1, B2, and B3) were obtained from 3 patients (2 males and 1 female) with knee cartilage defects, who were going to be treated with chondrocyte implantation...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
Niv Marom, Jonathan Ej Koch, Yiftah Beer, Martin Ellis, Gil Ganot, Meir Nyska, Guy Maoz, Iftach Hetsroni
Objective To test whether patients with spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee (SONK) are characterized by abnormal levels of thrombophilia-associated factors. Design Twenty-five patients with SONK were recruited. Inclusion criteria were (1) age >40 years, (2) acute onset knee pain not precipitated by trauma, and (3) MRI findings consistent with SONK. Exclusion criteria were (1) history of cancer and chemotherapy and (2) factors associated with secondary osteonecrosis. Blood tests included 13 thrombophilia-associated factors that were either heritable mutations or acquired factors...
January 1, 2018: Cartilage
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