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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430617/estrogen-receptors-involvement-in-intervertebral-discogenic-pain-of-the-elderly-women-colocalization-and-correlation-with-the-expression-of-substance-p-in-nucleus-pulposus
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Xiao-Xing Song, Sheng Shi, Zhen Guo, Xin-Feng Li, Bu-Wei Yu
Estrogenic modulation of pain is an exceedingly complex phenomenon. However, whether estrogen is involved in discogenic low back pain still remains unclear. Here, immunoreactivity staining technique was used to examine the expression level of the estrogen receptors (ERα and ERβ) and a pain related neuropeptide, Substance P in the lumbar intervertebral discs to analyze the relationship between the ERs and Substance P. Nucleus pulposus tissues of 23 elderly female patients were harvested during spinal surgeries and made to detect the immunoreactivity staining of ERα, ERβ and Substance P...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418040/the-height-width-depth-ratios-of-the-intervertebral-discs-and-vertebral-bodies-in-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-vs-controls-in-a-chinese-population
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Hao Chen, Tom P C Schlösser, Rob C Brink, Dino Colo, Marijn van Stralen, Lin Shi, Winnie C W Chu, Pheng-Ann Heng, René M Castelein, Jack C Y Cheng
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) patients have been reported to be taller and more slender than normal controls, suggesting less mechanical stiffness of their trunk and spine. For assessment of mechanical stiffness, to our best knowledge this is the first to study height-width-depth relations at the level of the individual vertebra and disc in 3-D and to evaluate its relation with the Cobb angle severity. A unique series of high-resolution pre-operative computed tomographic (CT) scans of a total of 105 Chinese patients with moderate to severe AIS and 11 age-matched non-scoliotic controls were used for this study...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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/28407705/delayed-spondylodiscitis-presenting-as-a-skip-lesion
#4
Dong Min Kim, Seok Won Kim
Spondylodiscitis is believed to be caused by an infection that affects vertebral bodies and the intervening intervertebral disc. Usually, typical spondylodiscitis involves a mobile vertebra-disc-vertebra unit, and in most cases, the condition is managed successfully by surgical intervention and intravenous antibiotic therapy. Here, the authors report an unusual case of a spondylodiscitis presenting as a skip lesion, which progressed from L4/L5 to L1/L2, despite open surgical biopsy and empirical intravenous antibiotics...
March 2017: Korean Journal of Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392965/mechanosignaling-activation-of-tgf%C3%AE-maintains-intervertebral-disc-homeostasis
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Qin Bian, Lei Ma, Amit Jain, Janet L Crane, Khaled Kebaish, Mei Wan, Zhengdong Zhang, X Edward Guo, Paul D Sponseller, Cheryle A Séguin, Lee H Riley, Yongjun Wang, Xu Cao
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is the leading cause of disability with no disease-modifying treatment. IVD degeneration is associated with instable mechanical loading in the spine, but little is known about how mechanical stress regulates nucleus notochordal (NC) cells to maintain IVD homeostasis. Here we report that mechanical stress can result in excessive integrin αvβ6-mediated activation of transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ), decreased NC cell vacuoles, and increased matrix proteoglycan production, and results in degenerative disc disease (DDD)...
2017: Bone Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392887/ros-crucial-intermediators-in-the-pathogenesis-of-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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Chencheng Feng, Minghui Yang, Minghong Lan, Chang Liu, Yang Zhang, Bo Huang, Huan Liu, Yue Zhou
Excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in degenerative intervertebral disc (IVD) indicates the contribution of oxidative stress to IVD degeneration (IDD), giving a novel insight into the pathogenesis of IDD. ROS are crucial intermediators in the signaling network of disc cells. They regulate the matrix metabolism, proinflammatory phenotype, apoptosis, autophagy, and senescence of disc cells. Oxidative stress not only reinforces matrix degradation and inflammation, but also promotes the decrease in the number of viable and functional cells in the microenvironment of IVDs...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387615/ectopic-expression-of-smurf2-and-acceleration-of-age-related-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-in-a-mouse-model
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Qiuqian Wu, Jason H Huang
OBJECTIVE Lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration, an age-related process, is a major cause of low-back pain. Although low-back pain is a very common clinical problem in the aging population, no effective treatment is available, largely owing to lack of understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying disc degeneration. The goal of this study was to characterize how ectopic expression of Smurf2 driven by the collagen Type II alpha 1 ( Col2a1) promoter alters disc cell phenotype and associated cellular events, matrix synthesis, and gene expression during disc degeneration in mice...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384266/static-axial-overloading-primes-lumbar-caprine-intervertebral-discs-for-posterior-herniation
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Cornelis P L Paul, Magda de Graaf, Arno Bisschop, Roderick M Holewijn, Peter M van de Ven, Barend J van Royen, Margriet G Mullender, Theodoor H Smit, Marco N Helder
INTRODUCTION: Lumbar hernias occur mostly in the posterolateral region of IVDs and mechanical loading is an important risk factor. Studies show that dynamic and static overloading affect the nucleus and annulus of the IVD differently. We hypothesize there is also variance in the effect of overloading on the IVD's anterior, lateral and posterior annulus, which could explain the predilection of herniations in the posterolateral region. We assessed the regional mechanical and cellular responses of lumbar caprine discs to dynamic and static overloading...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378119/bovine-and-degenerated-human-annulus-fibrosus-a-microstructural-and-micromechanical-comparison
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Claudio Vergari, Daniel Chan, Andrew Clarke, Jessica C Mansfield, Judith R Meakin, Peter C Winlove
The complex structure of the annulus fibrosus is strongly related to its mechanical properties. Recent work showed that it is possible to observe the relative movement of fibre bundles in loaded cow tail annulus; the aim of this work was to describe and quantify annulus fibrosus micromechanics in degenerated human disc, and compare it with cow tail annulus, an animal model often used in the literature. Second harmonic generation was used to image the collagen matrix in twenty strips of annulus fibrosus harvested from intervertebral disc of seven patients undergoing surgery...
April 4, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378073/kinematics-of-cervical-segments-c5-c6-in-axial-rotation-before-and-after-total-disc-arthroplasty
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Martin Michael Wachowski, Jan Weiland, Markus Wagner, Riccardo Gezzi, Dietmar Kubein-Meesenburg, Hans Nägerl
PURPOSE: The kinematical properties of C5/C6 segments in axial rotation are evaluated before and after total disc arthroplasty (TDA) with PRESTIGE(®)-and BRYAN(®) Cervical Disc (Medtronic) under flexion/extension as parameters and compared with those of C3/C4. METHODS: Eight human segments were stimulated by triangularly varying, axially directed torque (T z(t)) under compressing static axial preloads. Using a 6D-measuring device with high resolution, the response of segmental motion was characterized by the instantaneous helical axis (IHA)...
April 4, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376475/osteopontin-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4-and-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-in-the-susceptibility-and-clinical-severity-of-spinal-tuberculosis
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Guohua Wang, Liangyi Xie, Jianzhong Hu, Hongbin Lu, Xiangyang Liu, Yong Cao, Bin Liu, Yi Zhang, Xiongjie Shen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Spinal tuberculosis (TB) is a common and dangerous form of extrapulmonary TB with unclear mechanisms in its occurrence and progression. This study investigated the clinical significances of bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4), osteopontin (OPN), and vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphism, mRNA and protein expression in spinal TB patients. METHODS: BMP-4 and OPN gene polymorphisms were detected by direct DNA sequencing, while VDR-FokI polymorphisms were analyzed using PCR-RFLP...
April 4, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351496/a-new-in-vivo-method-to-retard-progression-of-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-through-stimulation-of-endogenous-stem-cells-with-simvastatin
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Zenan Huang, Liang Zhang, Xinmin Feng, Tao Chen, Songchao Bi
Degenerative disc disease is a worldwide problem, however, conservative treatment and surgical treatment can only partly relieve symptoms, but do not have therapeutic effect on the degenerated intervertebral disc (IVD) itself. The use of stem cell transplantation has become one of the most popular treatments. With gradually understanding of the endogenous mechanism of stem cells migration and movement in vivo, endogenous IVD stem cells can be activated to repair and reconstruct the degenerated IVD. Nucleus pulposus mensenchymal stem cells exhibit more potent biological activity in the hypoxic environment of the IVD...
April 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347933/mechanical-effects-of-traction-on-lumbar-intervertebral-discs-a%C3%A2-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Daniel H K Chow, Ernest M K Yuen, L Xiao, Mason C P Leung
BACKGROUND: Although traction has long been used for treating patients with low back pain (LBP), its effects are still inconclusive mainly because of limited high-quality evidence. OBJECTIVE: To provide evidence of the mechanism of traction on lumbar intervertebral discs. DESIGN: A quantitative approach with a repeated measurement protocol. METHOD: Nine participants (mean age = 22.1 ± 0.8 years) without any LBP history were recruited...
March 20, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343048/protective-effect-of-cddo-ea-against-high-glucose-induced-oxidative-injury-via-the-nrf2-ho-1-pathway
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Cun-Xin Zhang, Ting Wang, Jin-Feng Ma, Yang Liu, Zheng-Gang Zhou, De-Chun Wang
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is the main cause of low back pain, and nucleus pulposus (NP) cell apoptosis is an important risk factor of IDD. However, the molecular mechanism of this disease remains unknown. PURPOSE: To assess the potential protective effect of CDDO-ethyl amide (EA) against high-glucose-induced oxidative stress injury in NP cells and to investigate the mechanism of antioxidative effects and apoptotic inhibition. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: To find new molecule to inhibit intervertebral disc degeneration...
March 22, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
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
#15
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/28342325/development-of-a-rapid-matrix-digestion-technique-for-ultrastructural-analysis-of-elastic-fibers-in-the-intervertebral-disc
#16
Javad Tavakoli, John J Costi
Collagen and elastic fibers are two major fibrous constituents of the annulus fibrosus (AF) in the disc that contribute to its mechanical and viscoelastic properties. It was thought that elastic fibers play no substantial role in the function and properties of the disc as these fibers were irregularly distributed. Studies that have revealed highly organized elastic fibers with different regional orientation and distribution, while being strongly crosslinked with matrix, suggesting their contribution to disc structure-function properties...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342099/optimized-decellularization-protocol-including-%C3%AE-gal-epitope-reduction-for-fabrication-of-an-acellular-porcine-annulus-fibrosus-scaffold
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Lien-Chen Wu, Yi-Jie Kuo, Fu-Wen Sun, Chia-Hsien Chen, Chang-Jung Chiang, Pei-Wei Weng, Yang-Hwei Tsuang, Yi-You Huang
Recent advances in tissue engineering have led to potential new strategies, especially decellularization protocols from natural tissues, for the repair, replacement, and regeneration of intervertebral discs. This study aimed to validate our previously reported method for the decellularization of annulus fibrosus (AF) tissue and to quantify potentially antigenic α-Gal epitopes in the decellularized tissue. Porcine AF tissue was decellularized using different freeze-thaw temperatures, chemical detergents, and incubation times in order to determine the optimal method for cell removal...
March 24, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341660/the-noncoding-rna-linc-adamts5-cooperates-with-rreb1-to-protect-from-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-through-inhibiting-adamts5-expression
#18
Kun Wang, Yu Song, Wei Liu, Xinghuo Wu, Yukun Zhang, Shuai Li, Liang Kang, Ji Tu, Kangcheng Zhao, Wenbin Hua, Cao Yang
Previous studies have indicated the important roles of ADAMTS5 in intervertebral disc degeneration. However, the mechanisms that regulate ADAMTS5 expression in nuclear pulposus (NP) cells remain largely unknown. Evidence suggests that intergenic transcription may be associated with genes that encode transcriptional regulators. Here, we identified a long intergenic noncoding RNA, linc-ADAMTS5, that was transcribed in the opposite direction of ADAMTS5. In this study, through mining computational algorithm programs, and public available data sets, we identified Ras responsive element binding protein 1 (RREB1) as a crucial transcription factor regulating the expression of ADAMTS5 in NP cells...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321270/autophagy-is-a-protective-response-to-the-oxidative-damage-to-endplate-chondrocytes-in-intervertebral-disc-implications-for-the-treatment-of-degenerative-lumbar-disc
#19
Ke Chen, Xiaohua Lv, Wei Li, Fei Yu, Jianjing Lin, Junxuan Ma, Deming Xiao
Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability in the elderly. Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) was considered as the main cause for LBP. Degeneration of cartilaginous endplate was a crucial harmful factor during the initiation and development of IDD. Oxidative stress was implicated in IDD. However, the underlying molecular mechanism for the degeneration of cartilaginous endplate remains elusive. Herein, we found that oxidative stress could induce apoptosis and autophagy in endplate chondrocytes evidenced by western blot analysis, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence staining, GFP-LC3B transfection, and MDC staining...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297581/systemic-delivery-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-in-situ-intervertebral-disc-regeneration
#20
Carla Cunha, Catarina R Almeida, Maria Inês Almeida, Andreia M Silva, Maria Molinos, Sofia Lamas, Catarina L Pereira, Graciosa Q Teixeira, António T Monteiro, Susana G Santos, Raquel M Gonçalves, Mário A Barbosa
Cell therapies for intervertebral disc (IVD) regeneration presently rely on transplantation of IVD cells or stem cells directly to the lesion site. Still, the harsh IVD environment, with low irrigation and high mechanical stress, challenges cell administration and survival. In this study, we addressed systemic transplantation of allogeneic bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) intravenously into a rat IVD lesion model, exploring tissue regeneration via cell signaling to the lesion site. MSC transplantation was performed 24 hours after injury, in parallel with dermal fibroblasts as a control; 2 weeks after transplantation, animals were killed...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
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