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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744842/the-quantitative-structural-and-compositional-analyses-of-degenerating-intervertebral-discs-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-contrast-enhanced-micro-computed-tomography
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Kevin H Lin, Simon Y Tang
The intervertebral disc (IVD) is susceptible to degenerative changes that are associated with low back pain. Murine models are often used to investigate the mechanistic changes in the development, aging, and diseased states of the IVD, yet the detection of early degenerative changes in structure is challenging because of the minute size of the murine IVDs. Histology is the gold standard for examining the IVD structure, but it is susceptible to sectioning artifacts, spatial biases, and requires the destructive preparation of the sample...
July 25, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739045/filamin-b-the-next-hotspot-in-skeletal-research
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REVIEW
Qiming Xu, Nan Wu, Lijia Cui, Zhihong Wu, Guixing Qiu
Filamin B (FLNB) is a large dimeric actin-binding protein which crosslinks actin cytoskeleton filaments into a dynamic structure. Up to present, pathogenic mutations in FLNB are solely found to cause skeletal deformities, indicating the important role of FLNB in skeletal development. FLNB-related disorders are classified as spondylocarpotarsal synostosis (SCT), Larsen syndrome (LS), atelosteogenesis (AO), boomerang dysplasia (BD), and isolated congenital talipes equinovarus, presenting with scoliosis, short-limbed dwarfism, clubfoot, joint dislocation and other unique skeletal abnormalities...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736220/manufacturing-of-hydrogel-biomaterials-with-controlled-mechanical-properties-for-tissue-engineering-applications
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REVIEW
Armin Vedadghavami, Farnaz Minooei, Mohammad Hossein Mohammadi, Sultan Khetani, Ahmad Rezaei, Shohreh Mashayekhan, Amir Sanati-Nezhad
Hydrogels have been recognized as crucial biomaterials in the field of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery applications due to their specific characteristics. These biomaterials benefit from retaining a large amount of water, effective mass transfer, similarity to natural tissues and the ability to form different shapes. However, having relatively poor mechanical properties is a limiting factor associated with hydrogel biomaterials. Controlling the biomechanical properties of hydrogels is of paramount importance...
July 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735027/translation-of-an-injectable-triple-interpenetrating-network-hydrogel-for-intervertebral-disc-regeneration-in-a-goat-model
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Sarah E Gullbrand, Thomas P Schaer, Prateek Agarwal, Justin R Bendigo, George R Dodge, Weiliam Chen, Dawn M Elliott, Robert L Mauck, Neil R Malhotra, Lachlan J Smith
Degeneration of the intervertebral discs is a progressive cascade of cellular, compositional and structural changes that is frequently associated with low back pain. As the first signs of disc degeneration typically arise in the disc's central nucleus pulposus (NP), augmentation of the NP via hydrogel injection represents a promising strategy to treat early to mid-stage degeneration. The purpose of this study was to establish the translational feasibility of a triple interpenetrating network hydrogel composed of dextran, chitosan, and teleostean (DCT) for augmentation of the degenerative NP in a preclinical goat model...
July 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733922/effect-of-collagen-fibre-orientation-on-intervertebral-disc-torsion-mechanics
#5
Bo Yang, Grace D O'Connell
The intervertebral disc is a complex fibro-cartilaginous material, consisting of a pressurized nucleus pulposus surrounded by the annulus fibrosus, which has an angle-ply structure. Disc injury and degeneration are noted by significant changes in tissue structure and function, which significantly alters stress distribution and disc joint stiffness. Differences in fibre orientation are thought to contribute to changes in disc torsion mechanics. Therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of collagen fibre orientation on internal disc mechanics under compression combined with axial rotation...
July 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719048/developmental-mechanisms-of-intervertebral-disc-and-vertebral-column-formation
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REVIEW
Lisa Y Lawson, Brian D Harfe
The vertebral column consists of repeating units of ossified vertebrae that are adjoined by fibrocartilagenous intervertebral discs. These structures form from the embryonic notochord and somitic mesoderm. In humans, congenital malformations of the vertebral column include scoliosis, kyphosis, spina bifida, and Klippel Feil syndrome. In adulthood, a common malady affecting the vertebral column includes disc degeneration and associated back pain. Indeed, recent reports estimate that low back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide...
July 18, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719035/melatonin-inhibits-nucleus-pulposus-np-cell-proliferation-and-extracellular-matrix-ecm-remodeling-via-the-melatonin-membrane-receptors-mediated-pi3k-akt-pathway
#7
Zheng Li, Xingye Li, Chong Chen, Matthew T V Chan, William Ka Kei Wu, Jianxiong Shen
Pinealectomy in vertebrates accelerated intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). However, the potential mechanisms, particularly, melatonin's role is still to be clarified. In this study, for first time, melatonin membrane receptors of MT1 and MT2 were found to be present in the human intervertebral disc tissues and nucleus pulposus (NP) cells, respectively. Melatonin treatment significantly inhibited NP cell proliferation in dose- dependent manner. Accordingly, melatonin down-regulated gene expression of cyclin D1, PCNA, matrix metallopeptidases-3 and -9 and upregulated gene expression of collagen type II alpha 1 chain and aggrecan in NP cells...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715273/physiological-effects-of-physical-therapy-interventions-on-lumbar-intervertebral-discs-a-systematic-review
#8
Ulrike H Mitchell, Kevin Helgeson, Paul Mintken
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The use of physical therapy has been recommended in the treatment of low back pain based on primarily mechanical and neurophysiological effects. Recent studies have measured the physiological effects of physical therapy interventions, including manual therapy and traction, on the intervertebral discs (IVD), and these findings may have implications for the long-term management or even prevention of low back pain. PURPOSE: The objective of this systematic review is to investigate the literature regarding possible physiological effects of physical therapy interventions on the intervertebral disc (IVD)...
July 17, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713050/the-biomechanical-impact-of-the-facet-tropism-on-the-intervertebral-disc-and-facet-joints-in-the-cervical-spine
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Xin Rong, Beiyu Wang, Chen Ding, Yuxiao Deng, Hua Chen, Yang Meng, Weijie Yan, Hao Liu
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The facet tropism is defined as the angular difference between the left and right facet orientation. The facet tropism was suggested to be associated with the disc degeneration and facet degeneration in the lumbar spine. However, little is known about the relationship between the facet tropism and pathological changes in the cervical spine and the mechanism behind. PURPOSE: This study was conducted to investigate the biomechanical impact of the facet tropism on the intervertebral disc and facet joints...
July 13, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710669/current-insights-into-the-aetiology-of-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis
#10
Michal Latalski, A Danielewicz-Bromberek, M Fatyga, M Latalska, M Kröber, P Zwolak
Scoliosis occurs in about 0.2-0.6% of the general population. In the majority of cases the cause of this entity remains mostly unidentified. The search for the causes covers almost all aspects of its possible origin. We collected and systematised the contemporary theories and concepts concerning the aetiology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Genetic and hereditary factors are commonly accepted as possible causes; however, the identification of the single gene responsible for the development of this condition seems impossible, which suggests multifactorial mechanism of its formation...
July 14, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709868/protective-effect-of-p53-on-the-viability-of-intervertebral-disc-nucleus-pulposus-cells-under-low-glucose-condition
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Xifeng Xiong, Libing Dai, Weiguo Liang, Jinli Zhang, Shengnan Qin, Wenjuan Cao, Dongping Ye, Peihong Liang, Zhihe Liu
P53 is a famous cancer suppressor and plays key roles in metabolism. Intervertebral disc (IVD) is the largest avascular cartilaginous structure in humans and its degeneration is a common cause of spine diseases initiated from damaged nucleus pulposus (NP) cells. The potential cause of disc degeneration has been attributed to aging, genetic factors, mechanical factors and nutrition. In this study, we found that p53 decreased and leaked to the cytoplasm in NP cells as the glucose level decreases, in contrast to cancer cells in which p53 increases and concentrates to the nuclei...
July 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707222/considering-the-inferior-surface-area-of-lower-lumbar-vertebrae-determining-weight-transmission-pattern-at-the-lumbosacral-junction
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Uchenna Kenneth Ezemagu, Chike P Anibeze, Chinedu F Akpuaka
The biomechanical function of the lumbosacral junction (LSJ) is obscure, but its medical significance is not, as it is the most common site of low back pain. In this study, we analyzed the difference between the mean values of the surface areas of the inferior body and total inferior facet areas of the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae. We aimed to define the function of the LSJ during weight transmission and clarify its mechanical significance. Vertebral columns of 45 adult male human cadavers from five anatomy departments in Nigeria were cut at the L3-L4 intervertebral disc and macerated...
July 13, 2017: Anatomical Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705727/the-piezo1-protein-ion-channel-functions-in-human-nucleus-pulposus-cell-apoptosis-by-regulating-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-signal-pathway
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Xiao-Fei Li, Ping Leng, Zhao Zhang, Hai-Ning Zhang
The Piezo1 protein ion channel is a novel mechanical stretch-activated ion channel (SAC) closely related to mechanical signals. Mechanotransduction plays a crucial role in organ development and homeostasis. Previous studies identified Piezo1 and demonstrated that it is distinct from other ion channels with well-established roles in lower organisms. Mechanical stretch-activated ion channels from other organisms are not conserved in mammals or do not act as mechanically activated channels in mammals. In the current study, we explored the role of the Piezo1 ion channel in human nucleus pulposus cell (NP cell) apoptosis through mechanical force-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and endoplasmic reticulum stress...
July 10, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679056/self-healing-dynamic-hydrogel-as-injectable-shock-absorbing-artificial-nucleus-pulposus
#14
Adrián Pérez-San Vicente, Marianna Peroglio, Manuela Ernst, Pablo Casuso, Iraida Loinaz, Hans-Jürgen Grande, Mauro Alini, David Eglin, Damien Dupin
The intervertebral discs (IVDs) provide unique flexibility to the spine and exceptional shock absorbing properties under impact. The inner core of the IVD, the nucleus pulposus (NP) is responsible for this adaptive behavior. Herein, we evaluate an injectable, self-healing dynamic hydrogel (DH) based on gold(I)-thiolate/disulfide (Au-S/SS) exchange as NP replacement in a spine motion segment model. For the first time, we report the application of dynamic covalent hydrogels inside biological tissues. The dynamic exchange between Au-S species and disulfide bonds (SS) resulted in self-healing ability and frequency-dependent stiffness of the hydrogel, which was also confirmed in spine motion segments...
July 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677762/general-regulatory-effects-of-hypoxia-on-human-cartilage-endplate%C3%A2-derived-stem-cells-a-genome%C3%A2-wide-analysis-of-differential-gene-expression-and-alternative-splicing-events
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Yuan Yao, Weilin Song, Qiyue Deng, Huiyu Zhang, Jian Wang, Huan Liu, Yue Zhou
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration of is considered to be initiated by the degeneration of the cartilage endplate (CEP). CEP‑derived stem cells (CESCs) with the capacity for osteochondrogenic differentiation may be responsible for CEP cartilage restoration. As CEP is avascular and hypoxic, and hypoxia can greatly influence biological activities of stem cells, physiological hypoxia may serve important roles in regulating the physiological functions of CESCs. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanisms of hypoxia‑regulated CESCs fate by using the Human Transcriptome Array 2...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670416/correlation-among-inflammatory-cytokine-expression-levels-degree-of-disk-degeneration-and-predominant-clinical-symptoms-in-patients-with-degenerated-intervertebral-discs
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Takeshi Sainoh, Kazuhide Inage, Sumihisa Orita, Masao Koda, Takeo Furuya, Kazuyo Yamauchi, Miyako Suzuki, Yoshihiro Sakuma, Go Kubota, Yasuhiro Oikawa, Jun Sato, Kazuki Fujimoto, Yasuhiro Shiga, Koki Abe, Hirohito Kanamoto, Masahiro Inoue, Hideyuki Kinoshita, Masaki Norimoto, Tomotaka Umimura, Kazuhisa Takahashi, Seiji Ohtori
STUDY DESIGN: Observational study. PURPOSE: To assess the correlation among inflammatory cytokine expression levels, degree of intervertebral disk (IVD) degeneration, and predominant clinical symptoms observed in degenerative disk disease (DDD). OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: Low back pain (LBP) is associated with inflammatory cytokine expression levels, including those of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6), and nerve growth factor (NGF)...
June 2017: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669721/initial-investigation-of-individual-and-combined-annulus-fibrosus-and-nucleus-pulposus-repair-ex-vivo
#17
Stephen R Sloan, Devis Galesso, Cynthia Secchieri, Connor Berlin, Roger Hartl, Lawrence J Bonassar
Novel tissue engineered and biomaterial approaches to treat intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration focus on single aspects of the progressive disease and hence are insufficient repair strategies. In this study, annulus fibrosus (AF) and nucleus pulposus (NP) biomaterial repair strategies were used individually and combined to treat IVD degeneration modeled in ex vivo rat-tail motion segments by annulotomy and nucleotomy. An injectable riboflavin cross-linked high-density collagen gel patched defects in the AF, while NP repair consisted of injections of a modified hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogel...
June 29, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667916/mir-210-facilitates-ecm-degradation-by-suppressing-autophagy-via-silencing-of-atg7-in-human-degenerated-np-cells
#18
Cheng Wang, Zi-Zhen Zhang, Wei Yang, Zhi-Hua Ouyang, Jing-Bo Xue, Xue-Lin Li, Jian Zhang, Wen-Kang Chen, Yi-Guo Yan, Wen-Jun Wang
Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is thought to be the most common cause of low back pain. Dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) is involved in the development of IDD. The aim of this study was to explore the influence of miR-210 on type II collagen (Col II) and aggrecan expression and possible mechanisms in human degenerated nucleus pulposus (NP) cells. Our results showed that miR-210 levels were significantly increased in degenerated NP tissues compared with healthy controls, and positively correlated with disc degeneration grade...
June 28, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666589/influence-of-spinal-disc-translational-stiffness-on-the-lumbar-spinal-loads-ligament-forces-and-trunk-muscle-forces-during-upper-body-inclination
#19
Rizwan Arshad, Thomas Zander, Maxim Bashkuev, Hendrik Schmidt
Inverse dynamic musculoskeletal human body models are commonly used to predict the spinal loads and trunk muscle forces. These models include rigid body segments, mechanical joints, active and passive structural components such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. Several studies used simple definition of lumbar spinal discs idealized as spherical joints with infinite translational stiffness. The aim of the current sensitivity study was to investigate the influence of disc translational stiffness (shear and compressive stiffness) on the joint kinematics and forces in intervertebral discs (L1-L5), trunk muscles and ligaments for an intermediately flexed position (55°)...
June 27, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656244/a-genome-wide-analysis-of-the-gene-expression-profiles-and-alternative-splicing-events-during-the-hypoxia-regulated-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-cartilage-endplate-derived-stem-cells
#20
Yuan Yao, Qiyue Deng, Chao Sun, Weiling Song, Huan Liu, Yue Zhou
It has been hypothesized that intervertebral disc degeneration is initiated by degeneration of the cartilage endplate (CEP), which is characterized by cartilage ossification. CEP‑derived stem cells (CESCs), with the potential for chondro‑osteogenic differentiation, may be responsible for the balance between chondrification and ossification in the CEP. The CEP remains in an avascular and hypoxic microenvironment; the present study observed that hypoxia was able to markedly inhibit the osteogenic differentiation of CESCs...
August 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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