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Intervertebral Disc Mechanics

Bin Sheng, Youchao Yuan, Xiangyang Liu, Yi Zhang, Hongzhe Liu, Xiongjie Shen, Bin Liu, Lei Chang
Dysfunction of cartilaginous endplates (CEP) is an important etiologic aspect of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) because the endplate has nutritional and biomechanical functions in maintaining proper disc health. In this study, we investigated the regulatory effects of estrogen on degenerated human CEP cells and the involvement of miR-221 in these effects. Normal and degenerated human CEP tissues were collected from patients with idiopathic scoliosis and IDD, respectively. CEP cells were isolated from these tissues...
February 26, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Ruijun He, Min Cui, Hui Lin, Lei Zhao, Jiayu Wang, Songfeng Chen, Zengwu Shao
AIMS: Intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD) is thought to be the major cause of low back pain (LBP), which is still in lack of effective etiological treatment. Oxidative stress has been demonstrated to participate in the impairment of nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs). As the most important neuroendocrine hormone in biological clock regulation, melatonin (MLT) is also featured by good antioxidant effect. In this study, we investigated the effect and mechanisms of melatonin on oxidative stress-induced damage in rat NPCs...
March 8, 2018: Life Sciences
Xiaobin Wang, Mingxiang Zou, Jing Li, Bing Wang, Qianshi Zhang, Fubin Liu, Guohua Lü
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration (IDD) is a major contributor to low back pain. During IDD progression, ROS can be produced in the form of H2 O2 in nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs) in response to elevated cytokines, leading to subsequent alternations of cell fate and metabolic processes. Genetic factors are considered as main contributors to IDD pathopoiesis. Herein, we investigated the detailed function and mechanism of H19, one of the most up-regulated lncRNAs in IDD specimens, in H2 O2 -induced cell senescence model in NPCs...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Ji Tu, Wentian Li, Shuai Li, Wei Liu, Yukun Zhang, Xinghuo Wu, Rongjin Luo, Wenbin Hua, Kun Wang, Yu Song, Liang Kang, Wen Yang, Shuhua Yang, Cao Yang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is a pathological process that is the primary cause of low back pain and is potentially mediated by compromised stress defense. Sestrins (Sesn) promote cell survival under stress conditions and regulate AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling. Here, we investigated the expression of Sesn in normal and degraded nucleus pulposus (NP) cells and its potential roles during IDD pathogenesis...
March 2, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Chencheng Feng, Minghui Yang, Yang Zhang, Minghong Lan, Bo Huang, Huan Liu, Yue Zhou
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration (IDD) is a widely recognized contributor to low back pain. Mechanical stress is a crucial etiological factor of IDD. During the process of IDD, a vicious circle is formed between abnormal mechanical stress and the damage of disc structure and function. Notably, the pathological process of IDD is mediated by the phenotypic shift of IVD cells from an extracellular matrix anabolic phenotype to a catabolic and pro-inflammatory phenotype. Therefore, the effects of mechanical stress on the initiation and progression of IDD depend on the mechanobiology of IVD cells...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Feng-Kai Chan, Chien-Chin Hsu, Hung-Jung Lin, Jhi-Joung Wang, Shih-Bin Su, Chien-Cheng Huang, Shih-Feng Weng
Physicians in Taiwan have long working hours and are at risk for inappropriate posture when handling patients, which may contribute to lumbar herniated intervertebral disc (L-HIVD). This study was conducted to delineate this issue, which is still unknown. This nationwide population-based cohort study was based on Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. We identified 25,428 physicians, 32,316 nonphysician health care professionals (HCPs), and an identical number of age- and sex-matched individuals from the general population...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Trudy Christiansen-Weber, Alexander Noskov, Dylan Cardiff, Ibon Garitaonandia, Alexa Dillberger, Andrey Semechkin, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Russell Kern
Repair or regeneration of hyaline cartilage in knees, shoulders, intervertebral discs and other assorted joints is a major therapeutic target. To date, therapeutic strategies utilizing chondrocytes or mesenchymal stem cells are limited by expandability or the generation of mechanically inferior cartilage. Our objective is to generate robust cartilage-specific matrix from human mesenchymal stem cells suitable for further therapeutic development. Human mesenchymal stem cells, in an alginate 3D format, were supplied with individual sugars and chains which comprise the glycan component of proteoglycans in articular cartilage (galactose, hyaluronic acid, glucuronic acid and xylose) during chondrogenesis...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Mick Perez-Cruet, Naimisha Beeravolu, Christina McKee, Jared Brougham, Irfan Khan, Shreeya Bakshi, G Rasul Chaudhry
BACKGROUND: Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common spinal disorder that manifests with neck and lower back pain caused by the degeneration of intervertebral discs (IVDs). Currently, there is no treatment to cure this debilitating ailment. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential of nucleus pulposus (NP)-like cells (NPCs) derived from human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to restore degenerated IVDs using a rabbit DDD model. METHODS: NPCs differentiated from MSCs were characterized using quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and immunocytochemical analysis...
February 26, 2018: Neurosurgery
Hao Yang, Weitian Tian, Shaocheng Wang, Xiaohua Liu, Zhankui Wang, Lei Hou, Jiaxi Ge, Xiao Zhang, Zhengyu He, Xiangrui Wang
Inflammation has been correlated with intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). Recent evidence suggests that TNF-α-stimulated gene 6 protein (TSG-6) secreted by bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) displays a remarkable ability to inhibit inflammatory processes in a variety of diseases. However, it is unknown whether BMSCs exert their therapeutic effect against IDD by secreting TSG-6. Here we investigated the effects of BMSCs and TSG-6 on IDD and explored the possible underlying mechanisms in vitro and in vivo...
February 26, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Wei Guo, Bin Zhang, Kun Mu, Shi-Qing Feng, Zhan-Yin Dong, Guang-Zhi Ning, Hao-Ran Li, Shen Liu, Ling Zhao, Yan Li, Bing-Bing Yu, Hui-Quan Duan, Chao Sun, Yong-Jin Li
Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is an important factor leading to low back pain, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Compared with normal nucleus pulposus (NP) tissues, the expression of circ-GRB10 was downregulated in IDD. Furthermore, overexpression of circ-GRB10 inhibited NP cell apoptosis. circ-GRB10 could sequester miR-328-5p, which could potentially lead to the upregulation of target genes related to cell proliferation via the ErbB pathway. In conclusion, the present study revealed that circ-GRB10/miR-328-5p/ERBB2 signaling pathway is involved in IDD development, suggesting that circ-GRB10 might be a novel therapeutic target for IDD...
February 23, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
X Liu, D Krishnamoorthy, L Lin, P Xue, F Zhang, L Chi, R J Linhardt, J C Iatridis
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration results in the depletion of proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which can lead to structural and mechanical loss of IVD function, ingrowth of nociceptive nerve fibres and eventually discogenic pain. Specific GAG types as well as their disaccharide patterns can be predictive of disease and degeneration in several tissues but have not been comprehensively studied within the IVD. A highly sensitive mass spectrometry based technique with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) was used to provide characterisation of chondroitin sulphate (CS), hyaluronic acid (HA), heparan sulphate (HS) and their disaccharide sulphation patterns across different anatomical regions of human IVDs...
February 22, 2018: European Cells & Materials
Haolin Sun, Longtao Qi, Shijun Wang, Xuwen Li, Chunde Li
Apoptosis plays pivotal role in the pathogenesis of degenerative disc diseases, which is the primary contributor to low back pain. Although the role of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in cell apoptosis is well appreciated, the effects and mechanism that H2S regulates the program death of intervertebral disc cell are not yet elucidated. In this study, we utilized the nucleus pulposus (NP) from patients with lumbar disc herniation to investigate the relationship between endogenous H2S and NP cells apoptosis in human. Furthermore, we analyzed primary rat NP cells to study the effects of exogenous H2S on hypoxia induced cell apoptosis...
2018: PloS One
Shingo Miyazaki, Ashish D Diwan, Kenji Kato, Kevin Cheng, Won C Bae, Yang Sun, Junichi Yamada, Carol Muehleman, Mary E Lenz, Nozomu Inoue, Robert L Sah, Mamoru Kawakami, Koichi Masuda
PURPOSE: To elucidate the effects of growth differentiation factor-6 (GDF6) on: (i) gene expression of inflammatory/pain-related molecules and structural integrity in the rabbit intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration model, and (ii) sensory dysfunction and changes in pain-marker expression in dorsal nerve ganglia (DRGs) in the rat xenograft radiculopathy model. METHODS: Forty-six adolescent rabbits received anular-puncture in two non-consecutive lumbar IVDs. Four weeks later, phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) or GDF6 (1, 10 or 100 µg) was injected into the nucleus pulposus (NP) of punctured discs and followed for 4 weeks for gene expression analysis and 12 weeks for structural analyses...
February 19, 2018: European Spine Journal
Victor S Alvarez, Svein Kleiven
Finite element (FE) models are a powerful tool that can be used to understand injury mechanisms and develop better safety systems. This study aims to extend the understanding of pediatric spine biomechanics, where there is a paucity of studies available. A newly developed and continuously scalable FE model was validated and scaled to 1.5-, 3-, 6-, 10-, 14- and 18-year-old using a non-linear scaling technique, accounting for local topological changes. The oldest and youngest ages were also scaled using homogeneous geometric scaling...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
John T Martin, Alexander B Oldweiler, Charles E Spritzer, Brian J Soher, Melissa M Erickson, Adam P Goode, Louis E DeFrate
Low back pain is a significant socioeconomic burden in the United States and lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration is frequently implicated as a cause. The discs play an important mechanical role in the spine, yet the relationship between disc function and back pain is poorly defined. The objective of this work was to develop a technique using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and three-dimensional modeling to measure in vivo disc deformations. Using this method, we found that disc geometry was measurable with precision less than the in-plane dimensions of a voxel (≈100 µm, 10% of the MRI pixel size)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
He Zhao, Xing Yu, Xian-Sheng Tang, Feng He, Yong-Dong Yang, Yang Xiong, Zhen-Guo Hu, Lin Xu
The inflammatory cytokines of IL-1β and TNF-α participate in the process of intervertebral disc degeneration is focused by the spine surgeons. Inflammatory cytokines represented by IL-1β and TNF-α act as the key factors in the process of intervertebral disc degeneration resulting in low back pain and radicular symptoms. Annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus can secrete TNF-α and IL-1β under the stimulation of mechanical injury, overstressed, genetic susceptibility and infection. The mechanism of inflammatory cytokines in intervertebral disc degeneration needs further investigation...
September 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Andrea Fotticchia, Emrah Demirci, Cristina Lenardi, Y Liu
There is lack of investigation capturing the complex mechanical interaction of tissue engineered IVD (intervertebral disc) constructs in physiologically-relevant environmental conditions. In this study, mechanical characterisation of anisotropic eletrospinning (ES) substrates made of polycaprolactone (PCL) was carried out in wet and dry conditions and viability of human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) seeded within double layers of ES PCL was also studied. Cyclic compression of IVD-like constructs composed of an agarose core confined by ES PCL double-layers was implemented using a bioreactor and the cellular response to the mechanical stimulation was evaluated...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Gangliang Wang, Kangmao Huang, Yangxin Dong, Shuai Chen, Jianfeng Zhang, Jiying Wang, Ziang Xie, Xianfeng Lin, Xiangqiang Fang, Shunwu Fan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cartilaginous endplate (CEP) degeneration is an important cause for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration that leads to low-back pain. The identification of compounds that may prevent CEP degeneration is of interest for the prevention of IVD degeneration. METHODS: Catabolic protease expression in the CEP of disc degeneration patients was first assessed. The toxicity, function and underlying mechanism of lycorine (LY) on CEP-derived chondrocytes degeneration were assessed in vitro by flow cytometry analysis and western blotting...
February 9, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Zhi-Yang Xie, Lu Chen, Cong Zhang, Lei Liu, Feng Wang, Feng Cai, Xiao-Hu Wang, Rui Shi, Arjun Sinkemani, Hao-Min Yu, Xin Hong, Xiao-Tao Wu
Acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) participates in human intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD) and regulates the destiny of nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs) in acid stimulus. However, the mechanism of ASIC1a activation and its downstream pathway remain unclear. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress also participates in the acid-induced apoptosis of NPCs. The main purpose of this study was to investigate whether there is any connection between ASIC1a and ER stress in an acid-induced nucleus pulposus degeneration model...
2018: BioResearch Open Access
Jinyue He, Chencheng Feng, Jing Sun, Kang Lu, Tongwei Chu, Yue Zhou, Yong Pan
Lumbar disc disease (LDD) is common in aged populations, and it is primarily caused by intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). Cartilage intermediate layer protein (CILP), which is specifically expressed in intervertebral discs (IVDs), is suspected to be associated with IDD. However, it remains unclear whether CILP contributes to IDD in humans. Furthermore, the regulation of CILP in human IVDs is poorly understood, especially by mechanical stimuli, which are regarded as primary factors promoting IDD. To address these issues, the present study collected nucleus pulposus (NP) cells from patients undergoing lumbar spinal surgery for degenerative disc disease (DDD)...
February 12, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
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