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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900744/structural-vertebral-endplate-nomenclature-and-etiology-a-study-by-the-issls-spinal-phenotype-focus-group
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Uruj Zehra, Cora Bow, Jeffrey C Lotz, Frances M K Williams, S Rajasekaran, Jaro Karppinen, Keith D K Luk, Michele C Battiê, Dino Samartzis
PURPOSE: Vertebral endplate abnormalities may be associated with disc degeneration and, perhaps, pain generation. However, consensus definitions for endplate findings on spine MRI do not exist, posing a challenge to compare findings between studies and ethnic groups. The following survey was created to characterize the variability among the global spine community regarding endplate structural findings with respect to nomenclature and etiology. METHODS: A working group within the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) Spinal Phenotype Focus Group was established to assess the endplate phenotype...
September 12, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870349/effect-of-axial-vertical-vibration-on-degeneration-of-lumbar-intervertebral-discs-in-modified-bipedal-rats-an-in-vivo-study
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Xiao Liang, Hao Shen, Wei-Dong Shi, Shan Ren, Wei Jiang, Hao Liu, Peng Yang, Zhi-Yong Sun, Jun Lin, Hui-Lin Yang
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of axial vibrations on gene expression and lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration in vivo. METHODS: A modified bipedal rat model was established using a brachial plexus rhizotomy approach to imitate human upright posture. The experimental animals were randomly divided into three groups: control, vertical vibration, and whole-body vibration. Gene expression in degeneration of the intervertebral discs was assessed by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
July 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819598/two-staged-bilateral-femoral-alignment-osteotomy-with-concomitant-total-knee-arthroplasty-in-an-achondroplasia-patient-a-case-report
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Sebastian G Walter, Tobias Schwering, Stefan Preiss
INTRODUCTION: Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism in humans and is orthopedically characterized by shortened extremities and an exaggerated lumbar lordosis. The surgical challenges are maintenance of axial alignment during limb lengthening as well as joint preservation and alignment restoration. CASE REPORT: We present a 46-year-old female suffering from achondroplasia with severe pain in both knees. Severe varus deformities of both femurs and degeneration of both knee joints became apparent on clinical and radiological examination...
March 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799804/morphologic-features-of-spontaneous-annular-tears-and-disc-degeneration-in-the-aging-sand-rat-psammomys-obesus-obesus
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H E Gruber, E N Hanley
The sand rat, a member of the gerbil family, is a valuable small animal model in which intervertebral disc degeneration occurs spontaneously as the animal ages. Radiographic features of cervical and lumbar degeneration resemble those in human spines. We conducted a retrospective analysis of spines of 140 animals 3-41 months old focusing specifically on the presence of annular tears that are not visible by radiography and have not been described previously in the sand rat disc. During degeneration of the nucleus pulposus, notochordal cell death occurs and granular material, which stains with Alcian blue for proteoglycans, accumulates...
August 11, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767621/the-ute-disc-sign-on-mri-a-novel-imaging-biomarker-associated-with-degenerative-spine-changes-low-back-pain-and-disability
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Henry Pang, Cora Bow, Jason Pui Yin Cheung, Uruj Zehra, Arijitt Borthakur, Jaro Karppinen, Nozomu Inoue, Hai-Qiang Wang, Keith D K Luk, Kenneth M C Cheung, Dino Samartzis
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional. OBJECTIVE: To assess the distribution of the ultra-short time-to-echo (UTE) Disc Sign (UDS).and its association with disc degeneration, other MRI phenotypes, pain and disability profiles. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Disc degeneration has been conventionally assessed by T2-weighted (T2W) signal intensity on MRI; however, its clinical utility has been questionable. UTE MRI assesses short T2 components. The authors have identified a new imaging biomarker on UTE - the UDS...
August 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756222/role-of-lncrna-tug1-in-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-and-nucleus-pulposus-cells-via-regulating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Jiang Chen, Yu-Song Jia, Gen-Zhe Liu, Qi Sun, Fan Zhang, Sheng Ma, Yong-Jun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of TUG1 in intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) and human nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs) via regulating Wnt/β-catenin pathway. METHODS: The study collected nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue samples from 30 patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH) (Case group) and 18 patients with lumbar spine trauma (Control group). NPCs induced by TNF-α in vitro were divided into Blank, Vector, TUG1, TUG1-siRNA, XAV-939, TUG1 + XAV-939 groups...
September 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687401/pathophysiological-role-of-prostaglandin-e2-induced-up-regulation-of-the-ep2-receptor-in-motor-neuron-like-nsc-34-cells-and-lumbar-motor-neurons-in-als-model-mice
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Yasuhiro Kosuge, Hiroko Miyagishi, Yuki Yoneoka, Keiko Yoneda, Hiroshi Nango, Kumiko Ishige, Yoshihisa Ito
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by selective degeneration of motor neurons. The primary triggers for motor neuronal death are still unknown, but inflammation is considered to be an important factor contributing to the pathophysiology of ALS both clinically and in ALS models. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and its corresponding four E-prostanoid receptors play a pivotal role in the degeneration of motor neurons in human and transgenic models of ALS. It has also been shown that PGE2-EP2 signaling in glial cells (astrocytes or microglia) promotes motor neuronal death in G93A mice...
July 4, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631843/age-related-spontaneous-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-in-a-mouse-model
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Takashi Ohnishi, Hideki Sudo, Takeru Tsujimoto, Norimasa Iwasaki
The pathogenesis of intervertebral disc degeneration is unclear, but it is a major cause of several spinal diseases. Animal models have historically provided an appropriate benchmark for understanding the human spine. However, there is little information about when intervertebral disc degeneration begins in the mouse or regarding the relationship between magnetic resonance imaging and histological findings. The aim for this study was to obtain information about age-related spontaneous intervertebral disc degeneration in the mouse lumbar spine using magnetic resonance imaging and a histological score regarding when the intervertebral disc degeneration started and how rapidly it progressed, as well as how our histological score detected the degeneration...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600230/cytokine-and-chemokine-profile-changes-in-patients-with-lower-segment-lumbar-degenerative-spondylolisthesis
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Juraj Sutovsky, Martin Benco, Martina Sutovska, Michaela Kocmalova, Lenka Pappova, Juraj Miklusica, Andrej Frano, Egon Kurca
BACKGROUND: Lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis (DS) develops as a result of inflammatory and remodeling processes in facet joints (FJs). Several inflammatory cytokines are involved in the osteoarthritic and remodeling changes that occur and in low-back and/or radicular pain, the most prevalent clinical symptom of disease. This study improves knowledge related to the roles that 27 cytokines, chemokines and growth factors play in the pathophysiology of lumbar DS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cytokine levels were examined using capture sandwich immunoassay using the Bio-Plex(®) 200 System and the Bio-PlexTM Human Cytokine Standard 27-Plex, Group I (Bio-Rad, Hercules, California, USA) separately in intervertebral discs (IVDs) and FJ bone tissue...
June 6, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507882/aquaporin-1-expression-in-herniated-human-lumbar-intervertebral-discs
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Haydn Hoffman, Aaron W Choi, Victor Chang, Jon Kimball, Alan S Verkman, Rubeen Virani, Brian Kim, Tianyi Niu, Daniel C Lu
STUDY DESIGN: Case series. OBJECTIVE: Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is the cause of spondylosis. The pathogenesis is poorly understood, but disc dehydration often plays a role. In this study, we aim to identify and quantify aquaporin-1 (AQP1) in ex vivo human degenerated IVDs obtained intraoperatively and to investigate the relationship between AQP1 levels and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) T2 intensity of the disc. METHODS: Ex vivo samples of nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue from lumbar IVDs were obtained from 18 consecutive patients who underwent surgery for disc herniation at L4/5 and L5/S1 level...
April 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500930/micro-computed-tomography-scanning-electron-microscopy-and-energy-x-ray-spectroscopy-studies-of-facet-joint-degeneration-a-comparison-to-clinical-imaging
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Felix Goehre, Christopher Ludtka, Melanie Hamperl, Andrea Friedmann, Anja Straube, Thomas Mendel, Andreas Heilmann, Hans Jörg Meisel, Stefan Schwan
Segmental degeneration in the human lumbar spine affects both the intervertebral discs and facet joints. Facet joint degeneration not only affects the cartilage surface, but also alters the cellular properties of the cartilage tissue and the structure of the subchondral bone. The primary focus of this study is the investigation of these microstructural changes that are caused by facet joint degeneration. Microstructural analyses of degenerated facet joint samples, obtained from patients following operative lumbar interbody fusion, have not previously been extensively investigated...
September 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499451/effects-of-annulus-defects-and-implantation-of-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-plga-fibrin-gel-scaffolds-on-nerves-ingrowth-in-a-rabbit-model-of-annular-injury-disc-degeneration
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Long Xin, Weixing Xu, Leijun Yu, Shunwu Fan, Wei Wang, Fang Yu, Zhenbin Wang
BACKGROUND: Growth of nerve fibers has been shown to occur in a rabbit model of intravertebral disc degeneration (IVD) induced by needle puncture. As nerve growth may underlie the process of chronic pain in humans affected by disc degeneration, we sought to investigate the factors underlying nerve ingrowth in a minimally invasive annulotomy rabbit model of IVD by comparing the effects of empty disc defects with those of defects filled with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)/fibrin gel (PLGA) plugs...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498809/follistatin-like-protein-1-promotes-inflammatory-reactions-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-by-interacting-with-the-mapk-and-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathways
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Yi Liu, Jianlu Wei, Yunpeng Zhao, Yuanqiang Zhang, Yingguang Han, Bin Chen, Kaiyuan Cheng, Jialin Jia, Lin Nie, Lei Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Follistatin-like protein 1 (FSTL1) is a well-known mediator of inflammation. Intervertebral disc disease is an inflammatory disorder. Here, we investigated the role of FSTL1 in the intervertebral discs inflammation. METHODS: Expression of FSTL1 in nucleus pulposus tissues from rats and human was determined by immunohistochemistry staining and western blot analysis. The expression levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin1-β (IL-1β) and matrix metalloproteinase 13 (MMP-13) in human and rat nucleus pulposus tissues were measured by immunohistochemistry staining...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480978/lumbar-multifidus-muscle-degenerates-in-individuals-with-chronic-degenerative-lumbar-spine-pathology
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Bahar Shahidi, James C Hubbard, Michael C Gibbons, Severin Ruoss, Vinko Zlomislic, Richard Todd Allen, Steven R Garfin, Samuel R Ward
Histological and cell-level changes in the lumbar musculature in individuals with chronic lumbar spine degenerative conditions are not well characterized. Although prior literature supports evidence of changes in fiber type and size, little information exists describing the tissue quality and biology of pathological features of muscle in this population. The purpose of this study was to quantify multifidus tissue composition and structure, inflammation, vascularity, and degeneration in individuals with chronic degenerative lumbar spine pathology...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474276/sphingosine-toxicity-in-eae-and-ms-evidence-for-ceramide-generation-via-serine-palmitoyltransferase-activation
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Lawrence G Miller, Jennifer A Young, Swapan K Ray, Guanghu Wang, Sharad Purohit, Naren L Banik, Somsankar Dasgupta
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disorder characterized by massive neurodegeneration and profound axonal loss. Since myelin is enriched with sphingolipids and some of them display toxicity, biological function of sphingolipids in demyelination has been investigated in MS brain tissues. An elevation of sphingosine with a decrease in monoglycosylceramide and psychosine (myelin markers) was observed in MS white matter and plaque compared to normal brain tissue. This indicated that sphingosine toxicity might mediate oligodendrocyte degeneration...
May 5, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430387/age-related-reduction-in-the-expression-of-foxo-transcription-factors-and-correlations-with-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#16
Oscar Alvarez-Garcia, Tokio Matsuzaki, Merissa Olmer, Koichi Masuda, Martin K Lotz
Aging is a main risk factor for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration, the main cause of low back pain. FOXO transcription factors are important regulators of tissue homeostasis and longevity. Here, we determined the expression pattern of FOXO in healthy and degenerated human IVD and the associations with IVD degeneration during mouse aging. FOXO expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry in normal and degenerated human IVD samples and in cervical and lumbar IVD from 6-, 12-, 24-, and 36-month-old C57BL/6J mice...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413490/noninvasive-cumulative-axial-load-may-induce-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-a-potential-rabbit-model
#17
Xuedong Bai, Deli Wang, Mingyue Zhou, Cheng Xu, Wei Li, Hui Tao, Qing He, Dike Ruan
Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is considered to be the main cause of many spinal disorders; however, its underlying pathophysiology is not clearly understood. Recent studies indicate that excessive mechanical loading may serve a major role in the initiation of IDD. The aim of the present study was to explore the effect of noninvasive cumulative axial loading on the intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine using a novel rabbit model. Rabbits in the experimental group were placed into individual tubes specifically designed to force maintenance of an upright posture and were loaded with a heavy collar to increase the intradiscal pressure of their lumbar spine...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408761/endothelial-and-astrocytic-support-by-human-bone-marrow-stem-cell-grafts-into-symptomatic-als-mice-towards-blood-spinal-cord-barrier-repair
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Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis, Crupa Kurien, Avery Thomson, Dimitri Falco, Sohaib Ahmad, Joseph Staffetti, George Steiner, Sophia Abraham, Greeshma James, Ajay Mahendrasah, Paul R Sanberg, Cesario V Borlongan
Vascular pathology, including blood-CNS barrier (B-CNS-B) damage via endothelial cell (EC) degeneration, is a recently recognized hallmark of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) pathogenesis. B-CNS-B repair may be a new therapeutic approach for ALS. This study aimed to determine effects of transplanted unmodified human bone marrow CD34+ (hBM34+) cells into symptomatic G93A mice towards blood-spinal cord barrier (BSCB) repair. Thirteen weeks old G93A mice intravenously received one of three different doses of hBM34+ cells...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401686/axonal-loss-in-the-multiple-sclerosis-spinal-cord-revisited
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Natalia Petrova, Daniele Carassiti, Daniel R Altmann, David Baker, Klaus Schmierer
Preventing chronic disease deterioration is an unmet need in people with multiple sclerosis, where axonal loss is considered a key substrate of disability. Clinically, chronic multiple sclerosis often presents as progressive myelopathy. Spinal cord cross-sectional area (CSA) assessed using MRI predicts increasing disability and has, by inference, been proposed as an indirect index of axonal degeneration. However, the association between CSA and axonal loss, and their correlation with demyelination, have never been systematically investigated using human post mortem tissue...
April 12, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379575/no-transfer-of-pressure-to-adjacent-discs-during-human-low-pressure-controlled-discography-a-prospective-clinical-study
#20
Jan Willem Kallewaard, José W Geurts, Michel Terheggen, Chris Terwiel, Alfons Kessels, Maarten van Kleef, Paul C Willems
Background. : A substantial part of low back pain (LBP) originates from degeneration of the intervertebral disc. To confirm the diagnosis of discogenic pain, provocation discography seems the best available tool. However, provocation discography is also considered to be a controversial and subjective test because the patient's personal pain response is the most crucial for the result of the test. Recently, an in vivo porcine study and a study in nine human subjects showed passing of pressure to the adjacent discs during discography...
April 1, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
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