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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430387/age-related-reduction-in-the-expression-of-foxo-transcription-factors-and-correlations-with-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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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
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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
#4
N Petrova, D Carassiti, D R Altmann, D Baker, K 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 assessed using MRI predicts increasing disability and has, by inference, been proposed as an indirect index of axonal degeneration. However, the association between cross-sectional area 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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342871/oxidative-damage-induces-apoptosis-and-promotes-calcification-in-disc-cartilage-endplate-cell-through-ros-mapk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-implications-for-disc-degeneration
#6
Yingchao Han, Xinhua Li, Meijun Yan, Mingjie Yang, Shanjin Wang, Jie Pan, Lili Jun, Jun Tan
Cartilage endplate (CEP) cell calcification and apoptosis play a vital role in the intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD). Oxidative stress is a key factor in inducing programmed cell death and cartilage calcification. However, the cell death and calcification of cartilage endplate cells under oxidative stress have never been described. The present study investigated the apoptosis and calcification in the cartilage endplate cell under oxidative stress induced by H2O2 to understand the underlying mechanism of IVDD...
March 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323703/biomechanical-effects-of-human-lumbar-discography-in-vitro-experiments-and-their-finite-element-validation
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Kristen E Lipscomb, Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn, Eric Klineberg, Vivek Mohan
STUDY DESIGN: An experimental and computational finite element analysis of human lumbar spine discography and its resulting effects on disk biomechanics. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the changes in stress and displacement of the human lumbar spine disks after puncture due to discography. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Discography of the intervertebral disk (IVD) may be used to diagnose pathology of the disk and determine whether it may be a source for chronic back pain...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323698/hypertrophy-and-fibrosis-of-the-ligamentum-flavum-in-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-is-associated-with-increased-expression-of-lpa-and-lpar1
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Kai Zhang, Wei Sun, Xin-Yu Liu, Chang-Qing Zhao, Hua Li, Xiao-Jiang Sun, Xie You-Zhuan, Wei Ding, Jie Zhao
STUDY DESIGN: Histologic, immunohistochemical (IHC), and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay analysis of the human ligamentum flavum (LF). OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the level of expression of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) in the LF from lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) patients and to analyze the relationship among LPA, LPA receptors (LPARs), and LF hypertrophy. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: LF hypertrophy and fibrosis are important causes of LSS...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321409/could-the-topping-off-technique-be-the-preventive-strategy-against-adjacent-segment-disease-after-pedicle-screw-based-fusion-in-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-a-systematic-review
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Po-Hsin Chou, Hsi-Hsien Lin, Howard S An, Kang-Ying Liu, Wei-Ren Su, Cheng-Li Lin
The "topping-off" technique is a new concept applying dynamic or less rigid fixation such as hybrid stabilization device (HSD) or interspinous process device (IPD) for the purpose of avoiding adjacent segment disease (ASD) proximal to the fusion construct. A systematic review of the literature was performed on the effect of topping-off techniques to prevent or decrease the occurrence of ASD after lumbar fusion surgery. We searched through major online databases, PubMed and MEDLINE, using key words related to "topping-off" technique...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300721/characterization-of-facet-joint-cartilage-properties-in-the-human-and-interspecies-comparisons
#10
Siobhan A O'Leary, Jarrett M Link, Eric O Klineberg, Jerry C Hu, Kyriacos A Athanasiou
The facet joint, a synovial joint located on the posterior-lateral spine, is highly susceptible to degenerative changes and plays a significant role in back-related morbidities. Despite its significance, the facet is rarely studied and thus current treatment strategies are lacking. This study aimed to characterize, for the first time, the properties of human, pig, monkey, and rabbit lumbar facet cartilage providing much-needed design criteria for tissue engineering approaches. In this study, where possible, the facet's morphological, histological, mechanical, and biochemical properties were evaluated...
March 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298159/biological-behavior-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-response-to-changes-in-the-acidic-environment-during-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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Jianjun Liu, Hui Tao, Cailiang Shen, Xiaoying Liu, Hanbang Wang, Fulong Dong, Renjie Zhang, Jie Li, Peng Ge, Peiwen Song, Huaqing Zhang, Peng Xu
An acidic environment is vital for the maintenance of cellular activities but can be affected tremendously during intervertebral disc degeneration. The effect of changes in the acidity of the environment on human nucleus pulposus mesenchymal stem cells (NP-MSCs) is unknown, however. Thus, this study aimed to observe the biological effects of acidic conditions mimicking a degenerated intervertebral disc on NP-MSCs in vitro. NP-MSCs were isolated from patients with lumbar disc herniation and were further identified by their immunophenotypes and multilineage differentiation...
March 16, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207788/self-complementary-adeno-associated-virus-serotype-6-mediated-knockdown-of-adamts4-induces-long-term-and-effective-enhancement-of-aggrecan-in-degenerative-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells-a-new-therapeutic-approach-for-intervertebral-disc-disorders
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Demissew Shenegelegn Mern, Anja Tschugg, Sebastian Hartmann, Claudius Thomé
Inhibition of intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration, which is often accompanied by painful inflammatory and immunopathological processes, is challenging. Current IVD gene therapeutic approaches are based on adenoviral gene delivery systems, which are limited by immune reactions to their viral proteins. Their applications in IVDs near to sensitive neural structure could provoke toxicity and immunological side-effects with neurological deficits. Self-complementary adeno-associated virus (scAAV) vectors, which do not express any viral gene and are not linked with any known disease in humans, are attractive therapeutic gene delivery vectors in degenerative IVDs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168343/is-infection-the-possible-initiator-of-disc-disease-an-insight-from-proteomic-analysis
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S Rajasekaran, Chitraa Tangavel, Siddharth N Aiyer, Sharon Miracle Nayagam, M Raveendran, Naveen Luke Demonte, Pramela Subbaiah, Rishi Kanna, Ajoy Prasad Shetty, K Dharmalingam
STUDY DESIGN: Proteomic and 16S rDNA analysis of disc tissues obtained in vivo. OBJECTIVE: To address the controversy of infection as an aetiology for disc disorders through protein profiling. There is raging controversy over the presence of bacteria in human lumbar discs in vivo, and if they represent contamination or infection. Proteomics can provide valuable insight by identifying proteins signifying bacterial presence and, also host defence response proteins (HDRPs), which will confirm infection...
February 6, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128448/chronic-infusion-of-sod1-g93a-astrocyte-secreted-factors-induces-spinal-motoneuron-degeneration-and-neuromuscular-dysfunction-in-healthy-rats
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Uri N Ramírez-Jarquín, Fabiola Rojas, Brigitte van Zundert, Ricardo Tapia
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a fatal neurodegenerative disease and studies in vitro show that motoneuron degeneration is triggered by non-cell-autonomous mechanisms. However, whether soluble toxic factor(s) released by mutant superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) expressing astrocytes induces death of motoneurons and leads to motor dysfunction in vivo is not known. To directly test this, healthy adult rats were treated with conditioned media derived from primary mouse astrocytes (ACM) that express human (h) SOD1(G93A) (ACM-hG93A) via chronic osmotic pump infusion in the lumbar spinal cord...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104459/validation-of-the-intervertebral-disc-histological-degeneration-score-in-cervical-intervertebral-discs-and-their-end-plates
#15
Krzysztof A Tomaszewski, Brandon Michael Henry, Tomasz Gładysz, Roman Głowacki, Jerzy A Walocha, Romana Tomaszewska
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Vertebral joints consist of intervertebral discs (IVDs) and cartilaginous end plates (EP) that lie superiorly and inferiorly to the IVDs and separate them from the adjacent vertebral bodies. With aging, both IVDs and EPs undergo degeneration. The Histologic Degeneration Score (HDS) is a grading system that microscopically evaluates the degree of degeneration in lumbar discs and predicts it with high accuracy basing on several histological markers of IVD and EP. There is currently a lack of validated histologic grading schemes for cervical spine degeneration...
January 16, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847567/temperature-distributions-of-the-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-during-laser-annuloplasty-a-cadaveric-study
#16
Min Hyung Lee, Il Sup Kim, Jae Taek Hong, Jae Hoon Sung, Sang Won Lee, Daniel H Kim
OBJECTIVE: Low back pain, caused intervertebral disc degeneration has been treated by thermal annuloplasty procedure, which is a non-surgical treatement. The theoretical backgrounds of the annuloplasty are thermal destruct of nociceptor and denaturization of collagen fiber to induce contraction, to shrink annulus and thus enhancing stability. This study is about temperature and its distribution during thermal annuloplasty using 1414 nm Nd : YAG laser. METHODS: Thermal annuloplasty was performed on fresh human cadaveric lumbar spine with 20 intact intervertebral discs in a 37℃ circulating water bath using newly developed 1414 nm Nd : YAG laser...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830018/insulin-like-growth-factor-1-antagonizes-lumbar-disc-degeneration-through-enhanced-autophagy
#17
Zuo-Qing Liu, Shan Zhao, Wen-Qin Fu
Autophagy has been shown to antagonize the development of Lumbar disc degeneration (LDD), whereas the molecular regulation of autophagy is unknown. We recently reported a potential role of Insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R)/phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3k)/Akt signaling in the initiation and progression of LDD. Here, we studied the effects of IGF1R signaling on disc cell autophagy. We showed a correction of activation of IGF1R and disc cell autophagy in the resected discs in LDD patients. In vitro, activation of IGF1R signaling antagonized the decreases in cell viability of human disc cells, HNPSV, through suppression of apoptosis and enhancement of autophagy...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27571131/steroid-profiling-in-male-wobbler-mouse-a-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#18
Maria Claudia Gonzalez Deniselle, Philippe Liere, Antoine Pianos, Maria Meyer, Fanny Aprahamian, Annie Cambourg, Noelia P Di Giorgio, Michael Schumacher, Alejandro F De Nicola, Rachida Guennoun
The The Wobbler mouse is an animal model for human motoneuron diseases, especially amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), used in the investigation of both pathology and therapeutic treatment. ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease, characterized by the selective and progressive death of motoneurons, leading to progressive paralysis. Previous limited studies have reported steroidal hormone dysregulation in Wobbler mouse and in ALS patients, suggesting endocrine dysfunctions which may be involved in the pathogenesis of the disease...
August 29, 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27568573/a-large-animal-model-that-recapitulates-the-spectrum-of-human-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#19
S E Gullbrand, N R Malhotra, T P Schaer, Z Zawacki, J T Martin, J R Bendigo, A H Milby, G R Dodge, E J Vresilovic, D M Elliott, R L Mauck, L J Smith
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to establish a large animal model that recapitulates the spectrum of intervertebral disc degeneration that occurs in humans and which is suitable for pre-clinical evaluation of a wide range of experimental therapeutics. DESIGN: Degeneration was induced in the lumbar intervertebral discs of large frame goats by either intradiscal injection of chondroitinase ABC (ChABC) over a range of dosages (0.1U, 1U or 5U) or subtotal nucleotomy...
January 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27542248/landscape-of-rnas-in-human-lumbar-disc-degeneration
#20
Ping-Heng Lan, Zhi-Heng Liu, Yan-Jun Pei, Zhi-Gang Wu, Yang Yu, Yong-Feng Yang, Xu Liu, Lu Che, Chi-Jiao Ma, Yan-Ke Xie, Qing-Jie Hu, Zhong-Yuan Wan, Hai-Qiang Wang
Accumulating evidence indicates noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) fine-tune gene expression with mysterious machinery. We conducted a combination of mRNA, miRNA, circRNA, LncRNA microarray analyses on 10 adults' lumbar discs. Moreover, we performed additional global exploration on RNA interacting machinery in terms of in silico computational pipeline. Here we show the landscape of RNAs in human lumbar discs. In general, the RNA-abundant landscape comprises 14,635 mRNAs (37.93%), 2,059 miRNAs (5.34%), 18,995 LncRNAs (49...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
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