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Yang Xiong, Lin Xu, Xing Yu, Yongdong Yang, Dingyan Zhao, Zhengguo Hu, Chuanhong Li, He Zhao, Lijun Duan, Bingbing Zhang, Sixue Chen, Tao Liu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To compare the mid-term outcomes of hybrid surgery and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for the treatment of contiguous 2-segment cervical degenerative disc diseases. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Hybrid surgery has become one of the most controversial subjects in spine communities, and the comparative studies of hybrid surgery and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in the mid- and long-term follow-up are rarely reported...
March 15, 2018: Spine
Lin Shen, Yinghua Wu, Liang Han, Haiying Zhang
Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common musculoskeletal diseases in the world. The incidence is ~70% in adults and many of them suffer from disability. Recently, intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) has been deemed as a main cause of LBP. The present study aimed to investigate the potentials of growth and differentiation factor-5 (GDF-5) in IDD. The protein levels of prostaglandin-E2 (PGE2), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-1β in culture medium were evaluated by ELISA. mRNA and protein expression levels in nucleus pulposus (NP) cells were evaluated by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and western blotting, respectively...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Xiaoming Liu, Fumin Pan, Zhaoyu Ba, Shanjin Wang, Desheng Wu
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) and low back pain which is mainly caused by degeneration of the intervertebral discs (IVDs) both are major public health problem worldwide. The present study was designed to investigate the association between type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) and severity of lumbar disc degeneration (LDD). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients with low back pain visiting our spine clinic in 2014. Low back pain patients all have the lumbar MRI imaging and no previous treatment...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Weiheng Wang, Yang Wang, Guoying Deng, Jun Ma, Xiaodong Huang, Jiangming Yu, Yanhai Xi, Xiaojian Ye
Objective: Special hypoxic and hypertonic microenvironment in intervertebral discs (IVDs) decreases the treatment effect of cell transplantation. We investigated the hypothesis that hypoxic preconditioning (HP) could improve the therapeutic effect of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) to IVD degeneration. Methods: BMSCs from green fluorescent protein-transgenic rats were pretreated with cobalt chloride (CoCl2 , 100  μ M, 24 h) for hypoxic conditions in vitro ...
2018: Stem Cells International
Zhi Ruan, Hui Ma, Jing Li, Huiyong Liu, Haoruo Jia, Feng Li
Intervertebral disc degeneration is a complex disease involving genetic and environmental factors and multiple cellular processes. The role and expression of the lncRNA NEAT1 were assessed in intervertebral disc degeneration. NEAT1 expression was assessed in degenerative and control nucleus pulposus using RT-PCR. Western blotting and RT-PCR were also used to investigate p53 and p21 levels in nucleus pulposus tissues. NEAT1 function in degenerative nucleus pulposus cells was assessed with gain- and loss-of-function experiments...
January 1, 2018: Experimental Biology and Medicine
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
John P Kleimeyer, Ivan Cheng, Todd F Alamin, Serena S Hu, Thomas Cha, Vijay Yanamadala, Kirkham B Wood
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term outcomes of selective one- to two-level anterior lumbar interbody fusions (ALIFs) in the lower lumbar spine versus continued nonsurgical management. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Low back pain associated with lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration is common with substantial economic impact, yet treatment remains controversial. Surgical fusion has previously provided mixed results with limited durable improvement of pain and function...
March 9, 2018: Spine
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
Jun Young Kim, Jae Yeol Kwon, Moon Seok Kim, Jeong Jae Lee, Il Sup Kim, Jae Taek Hong
OBJECTIVE: To compare the morphometry of subaxial cervical spine between cerebral palsy (CP) and normal control. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 72 patients with CP, as well as 72 patients from normal population. The two groups were matched for age, sex, and body mass index. Pedicle, lateral mass (LM), and vertebral foramen were evaluated using computed tomography (CT) imaging. Pedicle diameter, LM height, thickness, width and vertebral foramen asymmetry (VFA) were measured and compared between the two groups...
March 2018: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Linghui Luo, Yong Gao, Cao Yang, Zengwu Shao, Xinghuo Wu, Shuai Li, Liming Xiong, Chao Chen
Most low back pain is caused by intervertebral discs (IVD) degeneration, a disease that prevalence is increasing with age. Halofuginone, an analog of ferbrifugine isolated from plant Dichroa febrifuga, has drawn much attention in recent years for the wide range of bioactivities in malaria, cancer, fibrotic and autoimmune diseases. In this study, we evaluated the benefit effects of halofuginone in IVD degeneration treatment in a validated rabbit puncture model. Halofuginone treatment could attenuate disc degeneration by suppressing the decrease of discs height and nucleus pulposus signal strength...
March 7, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Guang-Zhi Ning, Shun-Li Kan, Ru-Sen Zhu, Shi-Qing Feng
OBJECTIVE: Mobi-C cervical disc arthroplasty (MCDA) has been regarded as an alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). In this study, the effectiveness and safety between MCDA and ACDF for symptomatic cervical degenerative disc disease was evaluated. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library were systematically searched for randomized controlled trials. Studies were included based on the eligibility criteria. Risk of bias assessment and quality of evidence assessment were performed...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
S Löw, C K Spies, F Unglaub, J Oppermann, M Langer, H Erne
BACKGROUND: The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) widens the radiocarpal joint and takes part in load transmission from the carpus to the forearm. It is thereby prone to degenerative changes. The painful situation that can accompany degeneration is called ulnar impaction. DIAGNOSIS: Clinical examination helps differentiate between various causes of ulnar-sided wrist pain. Standard X‑rays are needed to determine ulnar variance and stress radiographs can depict narrowing of the ulnocarpal joint space under load...
March 9, 2018: Der Orthopäde
Ruhang Tang, Liufang Jing, Vincent P Willard, Chia-Lung Wu, Farshid Guilak, Jun Chen, Lori A Setton
BACKGROUND: Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is characterized by an early decrease in cellularity of the nucleus pulposus (NP) region, and associated extracellular matrix changes, reduced hydration, and progressive degeneration. Cell-based IVD therapy has emerged as an area of great interest, with studies reporting regenerative potential for many cell sources, including autologous or allogeneic chondrocytes, primary IVD cells, and stem cells. Few approaches, however, have clear strategies to promote the NP phenotype, in part due to a limited knowledge of the defined markers and differentiation protocols for this lineage...
March 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Natsuki Monai, Kodai Yamauchi, Reiko Tanabu, Takayuki Gonome, Sei-Ichi Ishiguro, Mitsuru Nakazawa
PURPOSE: To characterize the optical coherence tomography (OCT) appearances of photoreceptor degeneration in the rhodopsin P23H transgenic rat (line 2) in relation to the histological, ultrastructural, and electroretinography (ERG) findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Homozygous rhodopsin P23H transgenic albino rats (line 2, very-slow degeneration model) were employed. Using OCT (Micron IV®; Phoenix Research Labs, Pleasanton, CA, USA), the natural course of photoreceptor degeneration was recorded from postnatal day (P) 15 to P 287...
2018: PloS One
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
Rui Xu, Wenbin Chen, Zhifen Zhang, Yang Qiu, Yong Wang, Bingchang Zhang, Wei Lu
Bone-Marrow Stromal Cells (BMSCs)-derived vascular endothelial cells (VECs) is regarded as an important therapeutic strategy for spinal cord injury, disc degeneration, cerebral ischemic disease and diabetes. The change in DNA methylation level is essential for stem cell differentiation. However, the DNA methylation related mechanisms underlying the endothelial differentiation of BMSCs are not well understood. In this study, DNA methyltransferase inhibitor, 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-aza-dC) significantly elevated the endothelial markers expression (CD31/PECAM1, CD105/ENG, eNOS and VE-cadherin), as well as promoted the capacity of angiogenesis on Matrigel...
March 4, 2018: Gene
Chencheng Feng, Yang Zhang, Minghui Yang, Minghong Lan, Bo Huang, Huan Liu, Yue Zhou
High oxygen tension caused by neovascularization in the microenvironment of intervertebral discs (IVDs) is associated with the pathogenesis of IVD degeneration (IDD). Pre-mRNAs undergo alternative splicing (AS) to produce structurally and functionally diverse mRNA and proteins. However, the precise role of high oxygen tension in IDD and the relationship between AS and high oxygen tension in disc cells remain unknown. To investigate the effect of high oxygen tension on disc cells, Affymetrix Rat Transcriptome Array 1...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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
Xuanqi Xiong, Zhengwei Zhou, Matteo Figini, Junjie Shangguan, Zhuoli Zhang, Wei Chen
Objective: To quantitatively evaluate lumbar disc degeneration with recently-developed quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. A series of MRI parameters, including T2*, T1rho relaxation time, apparent diffusion coefficient and gagCEST, were compared and correlated with the Pfirrmann semi-quantitative classification of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration; the most accurate and relevant MRI parameters of lumbar disc degeneration were identified. Materials and Methods: Thirty-seven subjects (age range, 18-74 years) with non-specific low back pain (LBP) for more than 6 months were enrolled...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
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