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Alex Hayes, Katrina Easton, Pavan Teja Devanaboyina, Jian-Ping Wu, Thomas Brett Kirk, David Lloyd
BACKGROUND: The cross-sectional area (CSA) of a material is used to calculate stress under load. The mechanical behaviour of soft tissue is of clinical interest in the management of injury; however, measuring CSA of soft tissue is challenging as samples are geometrically irregular and may deform during measurement. This study presents a simple method, using structured light scanning (SLS), to acquire a 3D model of rabbit Achilles tendon in vitro for measuring CSA of a tendon. METHOD: The Artec Spider™ 3D scanner uses structured light and stereophotogrammetry technologies to acquire shape data and reconstruct a 3D model of an object...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Zhurong Tang, Yanfei Tan, Yilu Ni, Jing Wang, Xiangdong Zhu, Yujiang Fan, Xuening Chen, Xiao Yang, Xingdong Zhang
Phase composition played a key role in the biodegradation of calcium phosphate ceramics (CaP), which in turn influences the osteoinductive ability. The in vivo biological mechanism is still poorly understood. In this study, four types of porous CaP ceramics were investigated, namely, hydroxyapatite (HA), β-tricalcium phosphate (TCP), and biphasic calcium phosphates BCP1 and BCP2, with HA to β-TCP ratios of 70/30 and 30/70, respectively. The four types of ceramics were implanted into thigh muscle of mice for 16weeks...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Srimanta Barui, Subhomoy Chatterjee, Sourav Mandal, Alok Kumar, Bikramjit Basu
The osseointegration of metallic implants depends on an effective balance among designed porosity to facilitate angiogenesis, tissue in-growth and bone-mimicking elastic modulus with good strength properties. While addressing such twin requirements, the present study demonstrates a low temperature additive manufacturing based processing strategy to fabricate Ti-6Al-4V scaffolds with designed porosity using inkjet-based 3D powder printing (3DPP). A novel starch-based aqueous binder was prepared and the physico-chemical parameters such as pH, viscosity, and surface tension were optimized for drop-on-demand (DOD) based thermal inkjet printing...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Yuliang Dong, Weiqing Liu, Yiling Lei, Tingxi Wu, Shiwen Zhang, Yuchen Guo, Yuan Liu, Demeng Chen, Quan Yuan, Yongyue Wang
Oral infectious diseases may lead to bone loss, which makes it difficult to achieve satisfactory restoration. The rise of multidrug resistant bacteria has put forward severe challenges to the use of antibiotics. Silver (Ag) has long been known as a strong antibacterial agent. In clinic, gelatin sponge with colloid silver is used to reduce tooth extraction complication. To investigate how this material affect infected bone defects, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infected 3-mm-diameter cranial defects were created in adult female Sprague-Dawley rats...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Katie Bardsley, Agnieska Kwarciak, Christine Freeman, Ian Brook, Paul Hatton, Aileen Crawford
The regeneration of large bone defects remains clinically challenging. The aim of our study was to use a rat model to use nasal chondrocytes to engineer a hypertrophic cartilage tissue which could be remodelled into bone in vivo by endochondral ossification. Primary adult rat nasal chondrocytes were isolated from the nasal septum, the cell numbers expanded in monolayer culture and the cells cultured in vitro on polyglycolic acid scaffolds in chondrogenic medium for culture periods of 5-10 weeks. Hypertrophic differentiation was assessed by determining the temporal expression of key marker genes and proteins involved in hypertrophic cartilage formation...
October 11, 2016: Biomaterials
Juan A Sanchis-Gimeno, Susanna Llido, David Guede, Francisco Martinez-Soriano, Jose R Caeiro, Esther Blanco-Perez
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: To date, no information about the cortical bone microstructural properties in atlas vertebrae with posterior arch defects has been reported. PURPOSE: To test if there is an increased cortical bone thickening in atlases with Type A posterior atlas arch defects in an experimental model. STUDY DESIGN: Micro-computed tomography study on cadaveric atlas vertebrae. METHODS: We analyzed the cortical bone thickness, the cortical volume, and the medullary volume (SkyScan 1172 Bruker micro-CT NV, Kontich, Belgium) in cadaveric dry vertebrae with a Type A atlas arch defect and normal control vertebrae...
October 18, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Nadia Mohd Effendy, Mohd Fadhli Khamis, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid
BACKGOUND: Labisia pumila (LP) is a popular herb used by women over the past few decades. This herb has shown potentials as an alternative agent for treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. It was observed in previous studies that supplementation to ovariectomized rats were associated with increased bone antioxidative enzymes and reduced lipid peroxidation activity. It had also improved bone formation markers in ovariectomized rats. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of giving different forms of LP extracts on the trabecular bone microarchitecture of ovariectomised rats...
October 21, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Masaki Matsushita, Kenichi Mishima, Ryusaku Esaki, Naoki Ishiguro, Kinji Ohno, Hiroshi Kitoh
OBJECTIVE Achondroplasia (ACH) is the most common short-limbed skeletal dysplasia caused by gain-of-function mutations in the fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) gene. Foramen magnum stenosis (FMS) is one of the serious neurological complications in ACH. Through comprehensive drug screening, the authors identified that meclozine, an over-the-counter drug for motion sickness, inhibited activation of FGFR3 signaling. Oral administration of meclozine to the growing ACH mice promoted longitudinal bone growth, but it did not prevent FMS...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Liting Jiang, Xing Shen, Li Wei, Qi Zhou, Yiming Gao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate microarchitectural changes in condylar cartilage and associated subchondral bone after bisphosphonates treatment using an ovariectomized (OVX) osteoporosis rat model. METHODS: Thirty six-month-old female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into sham, OVX, and risedronate (RIS)-treated groups. Both OVX and RIS groups received bilateral ovariectomy. OVX group was treated subcutaneously with saline, whereas RIS group received risedronate treatment (2...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
Sher Bahadur Poudel, Govinda Bhattarai, Jae-Hwan Kim, Sung-Ho Kook, Young-Kwon Seo, Young-Mi Jeon, Jeong-Chae Lee
Fibroblast growth factor 7 (FGF7) plays an important role in regulating the proliferation, migration, and differentiation of cells. However, the role of FGF7 in bone formation is not yet fully understood. We examined the effect of FGF7 on bone formation using a rat model of mandible defects. Rats underwent mandible defect surgery and then either scaffold treatment alone (control group) or FGF7-impregnated scaffold treatment (FGF7 group). Micro-CT and histological analyses revealed that the FGF7 group exhibited greater bone formation than did the control group 10 weeks after surgery...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
Qi Zhang, Shuxian Lin, Ying Liu, Baozhi Yuan, Steph E Harris, Jian Q Feng
Patients with hypophosphatemia rickets (including DMP1 mutations) develop severe osteoarthritis (OA), although the mechanism is largely unknown. In this study, we first identified the expression of DMP1 in hypertrophic chondrocytes using immunohistochemistry (IHC) and X-gal analysis of Dmp1-knockout-lacZ-knockin heterozygous mice. Next, we characterized the OA-like phenotype in Dmp1 null mice from 7-week-old to one-year-old using multiple techniques, including X-ray, micro-CT, H&E staining, Goldner staining, scanning electronic microscopy, IHC assays, etc...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Francesca Salamanna, Veronica Borsari, Silvia Brogini, Gianluca Giavaresi, Annapaola Parrilli, Simona Cepollaro, Matteo Cadossi, Lucia Martini, Antonio Mazzotti, Milena Fini
One of the main limitations, when studying cancer-bone metastasis, is the complex nature of the native bone environment and the lack of reliable, simple, inexpensive models that closely mimic the biological processes occurring in patients and allowing the correct translation of results. To enhance the understanding of the mechanisms underlying human bone metastases and in order to find new therapies, we developed an in vitro three-dimensional (3D) cancer-bone metastasis model by culturing human breast or prostate cancer cells with human bone tissue isolated from female and male patients, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Su-Ping Li, Pei-Yi Yao, Jin-Feng Li, David Kay Ferguson, Long-Rui Min, Zhen-Qing Chi, Yong Wang, Jian-Xin Yao, Jin-Geng Sha
Fossil blister pearls attached to the shells of an Anodonta mollusk from China, early Early Pleistocene, are reported here for the first time. The pearls were investigated in detail using a variety of methods. Micro-CT scanning of the fossil pearls was carried out to discover the inner structure and the pearl nucleus. Using CTAn software, changes in the gray levels of the biggest pearl, which reflect the changing density of the material, were investigated. The results provide us with some clues on how these pearls were formed...
2016: PloS One
Zhenlong Liu, Xiaoqing Hu, Zhentao Man, Jiying Zhang, Yanfang Jiang, Yingfang Ao
Though many surgical animal models have been used to induce osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee joint, they always open the capsule of the joint. Any surgical procedures that incises the capsule may cause inflammation, pain, and possibly altered gait. One common disadvantage of these surgically induced animal models is that they may affect the initial structures and synovial fluid in joint. These animal models may not be suitable for research into synovial fluid changes during early OA. This study aimed to create an animal model of early OA by resecting the medial collateral ligament (MCL) outside of the capsule...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Guanwu Li, Zheng Xu, Lingmi Hou, Xuefeng Li, Xin Li, Wei Yuan, Maki Polat, Shixin Chang
Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE), a PPARγ2 antagonist, has been shown to inhibit marrow adipogenesis and promotes bone formation in intact animals. We investigated the impact of BADGE on a new and more clinically relevant physiological model, the ovariectomized (OVX) rat model. Forty female Wistar rats were divided into four treatment groups (n=10/group): sham+vehicle, sham+BADGE, OVX+vehicle and OVX+BADGE for 12 weeks. Postmortem analyses included MRI, micro-CT, serological test, histomorphometry, biomechanical tests, RT-PCR and western blot...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Bowen Gao, Qingxiong Yu, Feng Xie, Lingling Sheng, Xiyuan Mao, Qingfeng Li, Hainan Zhu
BACKGROUND: Conventional reconstructive methods fail to achieve satisfactory results in total eyelid defect cases. Vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation might provide both good appearance and function for these patients. The structure of the eyelid is exceptional because it simultaneously consists of skin, connective tissue, the striated muscle, fiber structure, aponeuroses, and mucosa. Thus, before clinical application of eyelid allotransplantation, more experiments are needed to clarify the impact of ischemia, immunal suppressive agents, and deinnervation effects on these sophisticated structures...
October 13, 2016: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Nicolas Reina, Etienne Cavaignac, Régis Pailhé, Aymeric Pailliser, Nicolas Bonnevialle, Pascal Swider, Jean-Michel Laffosse
Overweight is a risk factor for osteoarthritis on the knees. Subchondral trabecular bone (SCTB) densification has been shown to be associated with cartilage degeneration. This study analyzed the microarchitectural changes in the SCTB of tibial plateaus to validate the hypothesis that the degree of remodeling is correlated with a patient's body weight. Twenty-one tibial plateaus were collected during total knee arthroplasty from 21 patients (15 women and 6 men). These patients had a mean age of 70.4 years (49-81), mean weight of 74...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Masayuki Fukuda, Satoru Matsunaga, Kento Odaka, Yuuya Oomine, Masaaki Kasahara, Masahito Yamamoto, Shinichi Abe
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to reveal the structural properties that need to be considered in dental implant treatment by investigating differences between dentulous and edentulous maxillae in the three-dimensional (3D) microstructure of the incisive canals (ICs) and their surrounding bone. METHODS: A total of 40 maxillary bones comprising 20 dentulous maxillae and 20 edentulous maxillae were imaged by micro-CT for 3D observation and measurement of the IC and alveolar bone in the anterior region of the IC...
December 2015: Int J Implant Dent
Yuan Chen, Enrico Dall Ara, Erika Sales, Krishnagoud Manda, Robert Wallace, Pankaj Pankaj, Marco Viceconti
Non-destructive 3D micro-computed tomography (microCT) based finite element (microFE) models are used to estimate bone mechanical properties at tissue level. However, their validation remains challenging. Recent improvements in the quantification of displacements in bone tissue biopsies subjected to staged compression, using refined Digital Volume Correlation (DVC) techniques, now provide a full field displacement information accurate enough to be used for microFE validation. In this study, three specimens (two humans and one bovine) were tested with two different experimental set-ups, and the resulting data processed with the same DVC algorithm...
September 17, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Po-Chun Chang, Yi-Chi Chao, Meng-Hsuan Hsiao, Hao-Syun Chou, Yi-Han Jheng, Xin-Hong Yu, Ning Lee, Connie Yang, Dean-Mo Liu
BACKGROUND: Developing a drug carrier with favorable handling characteristics that can respond to environmental changes following inflammation, such as pH changes, may be beneficial for treating periodontitis. This study aimed to investigate the preclinical feasibility of using naringin, a naturally derived polymethoxylated flavonoid compound with anti-inflammatory properties, to inhibit periodontitis induction via a thermo-gelling and pH-responsive injectable hydrogel. METHODS: The hydrogel was made of amphipathic carboxymethyl-hexanoyl chitosan (CHC), beta glycerol-phosphate (β-GP), and glycerol, and the thermo-gelling and pH-responsive characteristics of the hydrogel as well as the cell viability after treatment with the hydrogel containing naringin were evaluated in vitro...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Periodontology
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