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Articular cartilage

Yubo Sun, Alex J Kiraly, Michael Cox, David R Mauerhan, Edward N Hanley
Phosphocitrate (PC) and its analogue, PC-β ethyl ester, inhibit articular cartilage degeneration in Hartley guinea pigs. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unclear. The present study aimed to investigate the hypothesis that PC exerted its disease-modifying effect on osteoarthritis (OA), in part, by inhibiting a molecular program similar to that in the endochondral pathway of ossification. The results demonstrated that severe proteoglycan loss occurred in the superficial and middle zones, as well as in the calcified zone of articular cartilage in the Hartley guinea pigs...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Kurt P Spindler, Laura J Huston, Kevin M Chagin, Michael W Kattan, Emily K Reinke, Annunziato Amendola, Jack T Andrish, Robert H Brophy, Charles L Cox, Warren R Dunn, David C Flanigan, Morgan H Jones, Christopher C Kaeding, Robert A Magnussen, Robert G Marx, Matthew J Matava, Eric C McCarty, Richard D Parker, Angela D Pedroza, Armando F Vidal, Michelle L Wolcott, Brian R Wolf, Rick W Wright
BACKGROUND: The long-term prognosis and risk factors for quality of life and disability after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction remain unknown. Hypothesis/Purpose: Our objective was to identify patient-reported outcomes and patient-specific risk factors from a large prospective cohort at a minimum 10-year follow-up after ACL reconstruction. We hypothesized that meniscus and articular cartilage injuries, revision ACL reconstruction, subsequent knee surgery, and certain demographic characteristics would be significant risk factors for inferior outcomes at 10 years...
March 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Iain Rankin, Haroon Rehman, Mark Frame
Background: Traditional ACL reconstruction with non-anatomic techniques can demonstrate unsatisfactory long-term outcomes with regards instability and the degenerative knee changes observed with these results. Anatomic ACL reconstruction attempts to closely reproduce the patient's individual anatomic characteristics with the aim of restoring knee kinematics, in order to improve patient short and long-term outcomes. We designed an arthroscopic, patient-specific, ACL femoral tunnel guide to aid anatomical placement of the ACL graft within the femoral tunnel...
2018: Open Orthopaedics Journal
Carrie K Hui Mingalone, Zhiyi Liu, Judith M Hollander, Kirsten D Garvey, Averi L Gibson, Rose E Banks, Ming Zhang, Timothy E McAlindon, Heber C Nielsen, Irene Georgakoudi, Li Zeng
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of chronic disability whose mechanism of pathogenesis is largely elusive. Local inflammation is thought to play a key role in OA progression, especially in injury-associated OA. While multiple inflammatory cytokines are detected, the timing and extent of overall inflammatory activities in early OA and the manner by which joint inflammation correlates with cartilage structural damage are still unclear. We induced OA via destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM) in NFκB luciferase reporter mice, whose bioluminescent signal reflects the activity of NFκB, a central mediator of inflammation...
March 14, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Joshua J Heerey, Joanne L Kemp, Andrea B Mosler, Denise M Jones, Tania Pizzari, Richard B Souza, Kay M Crossley
BACKGROUND: Intra-articular hip pathologies are thought to be associated with the development of hip and groin pain. A better understanding of the relationship between symptoms and imaging findings may improve the management of individuals with intra-articular hip pathologies. OBJECTIVE: To undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the prevalence of intra-articular hip pathologies in individuals with and without pain. METHODS: Seven electronic databases were searched in February 2017 for studies investigating the prevalence of intra-articular hip pathologies using MRI, MRA or CT...
March 14, 2018: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Elizabeth Delve, Justin Parreno, Vivian Co, Po-Han Wu, Jasmine Chong, Matteo Di Scipio, Rita A Kandel
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease that initially manifests as loss of the superficial zone (SZ) of articular cartilage. SZ chondrocytes (SZC) differ in morphology from other chondrocytes as they are elongated and oriented parallel to the tissue surface. Proteoglycan 4 (PRG4) and tenascin C (TNC) are molecules expressed by SZC, which have been shown to be chondroprotective. Identification of the signalling pathway(s) regulating expression of SZ molecules may lead to a therapeutic target that can be used to delay or prevent the onset of OA...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Silvia Lopa, Carlotta Mondadori, Valerio Luca Mainardi, Giuseppe Talò, Marco Costantini, Christian Candrian, Wojciech Święszkowski, Matteo Moretti
Cartilage defects can impair the most elementary daily activities and, if not properly treated, can lead to the complete loss of articular function. The limitations of standard treatments for cartilage repair have triggered the development of stem cell-based therapies. In this scenario, the development of efficient cell differentiation protocols and the design of proper biomaterial-based supports to deliver cells to the injury site need to be addressed through basic and applied research to fully exploit the potential of stem cells...
2018: Stem Cells International
J Más Martínez, J Sanz-Reig, C M Verdú Román, D Bustamante Suárez de Puga, M Morales Santías, E Martínez Giménez
INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE: Management of injuries to the articular cartilage is complex and challenging. Our purpose was to assess outcomes of a cohort of patients who underwent hip arthroscopy with full-thickness chondral damage treated with microfracture and compare these outcomes with those from a similar cohort of patients who did not. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We prospectively gathered the data of 31 hips treated with microfracture from January 2009 to January 2016...
March 10, 2018: Revista Española de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
Okihiro Onishi, Kazuya Ikoma, Masamitsu Kido, Yukichi Kabuto, Keiichiro Ueshima, Ken-Ichi Matsuda, Masaki Tanaka, Toshikazu Kubo
BACKGROUND: Articular cartilage degeneration has been evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, this method has several problems, including its time-consuming nature and the requirement of a high magnetic field or specialized hardware. The purpose of this study was to sequentially assess early degenerative changes in rabbit knee articular cartilage using MRI with a new double-contrast agent. METHODS: We induced osteoarthritis (OA) in the right knee of rabbits by anterior cruciate ligament transection and partial medial meniscectomy...
March 13, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Sarah L Pownder, Kei Hayashi, Brian G Caserto, Mary Lou Norman, Hollis G Potter, Matthew F Koff
OBJECTIVES:  The purpose of this study was to evaluate regional differences of canine stifle articular cartilage using the quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique of T2 mapping. METHODS:  Fourteen stifle joints from seven juvenile male Beagle dogs with no evidence or prior history of pelvic limb lameness were imaged ex vivo using standard of care fast spin echo MRI and quantitative T2 mapping protocols. Regions of interest were compared between the femoral, patellar and tibial cartilages, as well as between the lateral and medial femorotibial compartments...
February 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
Ji Eun Kim, Da-Hyun Song, Soo Hyun Kim, Youngmee Jung, Sang Jun Kim
Osteoarthritis (OA) is characterized by a progressive loss of articular cartilage, subchondral bone sclerosis and synovial inflammation and is the most common chronic condition worldwide today. However, most treatments have focused on pain relief and OA symptoms. For these reasons, many ongoing studies are currently trying to develop efficient and successful therapies based on its pathology. Animal models that mimic the histopathology and symptoms of OA have a critical role in OA research and make it possible to investigate both secondary osteoarthritic changes due to a precedent event such as traumatic injury and naturally occurring changes for the development of therapeutics which can be tested in preclinical and clinical OA trials...
2018: PloS One
Magdalena Kopec-Medrek, Eugene J Kucharz
BACKGROUND: Fibulin-3 (Fib-3) is a new potential biomarker of articular cartilage metabolism. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of anti-TNF therapy on serum fibulin-3, cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), procollagen II C-propeptide (PIICP), and urinary C-terminal telopeptide of type II collagen (CTX-II) levels in relation to calprotectin (MRP8/14) and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study, 35 female patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were investigated...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Kai-Yu Ho, Jayson McClaren, Skyler Sudweeks
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although discomfort during walking is a common complaint in individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA), how an acute bout of walking affects femoral cartilage remains unclear. Current literature has suggested that frontal plane knee malalignment (ie, varus and valgus) is associated with the initiation and/or progression of knee OA. However, the association between knee alignment and femoral cartilage deformation after an acute bout of loading has not yet been investigated...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
Qing Hu, Qing Chen, Xiuyun Yan, Bomei Ding, Dawei Chen, Lifang Cheng
AIM: To develop a nanocarrier for targeted delivery of agents to the cartilage. MATERIALS & METHODS: Chondrocyte affinity peptide modified PEGylated polyamidoamine conjugates (CAP-PEG-PAMAM) were prepared and rhodamine B isothiocyanate (RB) fluorophore was linked on them for comparative biological tracing and profiling. RESULTS: CAP4-PP-RB exhibited much more efficient cellular uptake in vitro than that of PEG-PAMAM-RB. Both the conjugates were likely internalized by chondrocytes via clathrin and caveolin co-mediated endocytosis, and delivered to lysosomes...
March 12, 2018: Nanomedicine
Lena R Bartell, Monica C Xu, Lawrence J Bonassar, Itai Cohen
Cracks in articular cartilage are a common sign of joint damage, but failure properties of cartilage are poorly understood, especially for damage initiation. Cartilage failure may be further complicated by rate-dependent and depth-dependent properties, including the compliant surface layer. Existing blunt impact methods do not resolve local cartilage inhomogeneities and traditional fracture mechanics tests induce crack blunting and may violate underlying assumptions of linear elasticity. To address this knowledge gap, we developed and applied a method to indent cartilage explants with a sharp blade and initiate damage across a range of loading rates (strain rates 0...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
Susan Mayes, Peter Smith, Jill Cook
OBJECTIVES: Professional ballet dancers may have hip bony morphology that predisposes them to cartilage or labral injury. However, the relationship between bony morphology and pathology has not been investigated in ballet. This study investigates associations between bony morphology, chondrolabral defects and hip pain in ballet dancers. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: 33 male and female professional ballet dancers, (mean age 27 years (range 19-39)), completed questionnaires with hip pain measured on a visual analogue scale; and underwent 3...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Yejun Hu, Jisheng Ran, Zefeng Zheng, Zhangchu Jin, Xiao Chen, Zi Yin, Chenqi Tang, Yangwu Chen, Jiayun Huang, Huihui Le, Ruijian Yan, Ting Zhu, Junjuan Wang, Junxin Lin, Kan Xu, Yiting Zhou, Wei Zhang, Youzhi Cai, Pioletti Dominique, Boon Chin Heng, Weishan Chen, Weiliang Shen, Hong-Wei Ouyang
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most difficult tissues to heal once injured. Ligament regeneration and tendon-bone junction healing are two major goals of ACL reconstruction. This study aimed to investigate the synergistic therapeutic effects of Stromal cell-derived factor 1(SDF-1)-releasing collagen-silk (CSF) scaffold combined with intra-articular injection of ligament-derived stem/progenitor cells (LSPCs) for ACL regeneration and the amelioration in the long-term complication of osteoarthritis (OA)...
March 7, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Erik Lindström, Biljana Rizoska, Karin Tunblad, Charlotte Edenius, Alison M Bendele, Don Maul, Michael Larson, Neha Shah, Valerie Yoder Otto, Chris Jerome, Urszula Grabowska
BACKGROUND: MIV-711 is a highly potent and selective cathepsin K inhibitor. The current article summarizes the therapeutic effects of MIV-711 on joint pathology in rabbits subjected to anterior cruciate ligament transection (ACLT), and the prophylactic effects on joint pathology in dogs subjected to partial medial meniscectomy, two surgical models of osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: Starting 1 week after surgery, rabbits were dosed daily via oral gavage with either MIV-711 or vehicle (n = 7/group) for 7 weeks...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Tatiane Garcia Stancker, Stella Souza Vieira, Andrey Jorge Serra, Rafael do Nascimento Lima, Regiane Dos Santos Feliciano, José Antônio Silva, Solange Almeida Dos Santos, Marcia Ataize Dos Santos Vieira, Maíra Cecília Brandão Simões, Ernesto Cesar Leal-Junior, Paulo de Tarso Camillo de Carvalho
This study aimed to determine whether photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) could improve the bioavailability and chondroprotective benefits of mesenchymal stem cells injected into the knees of rats used as an experimental model of osteoarthritis (OA) as well as reduce the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and degradation of type II collagen (COL2-1) in the cartilage. Adipose-derived stem/stromal cells (ADSCs) were collected from three male Fischer 344 rats and characterized by flow cytometry. Fifty female Fischer 344 rats were distributed into five groups of 10 animals each...
March 8, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Ho Jong Ra, Mi Young Oh, Hee Ju Kim, Seung Yong Lee, Dae Woon Eom, Suk Kyu Lee, Su-Nam Kim, Kyu Sung Chung, Hyuk Jai Jang
PRF001 is a fragmented DNA polymer extracted from the testes of salmon. The purpose of this study was to assess the anti-inflammatory effect of PRF001 in vitro as well as the protective effect of PRF001 intake against arthritis in a rat model. In vitro , cell survival and inflammatory markers after H2 O2 treatment to induce cell damage were investigated in CHON-001 cells treated with different concentrations of PRF001. In vivo , osteoarthritis was induced by intra-articular injection of monosodium iodoacetate (MIA) into the knee joints of rats...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
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