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Intervertebral disc degeneration

Xiaopeng Zhou, Jingkai Wang, Weijing Fang, Yiqing Tao, Tengfei Zhao, Kaishun Xia, Chengzhen Liang, Jianming Hua, Fangcai Li, Qixin Chen
Nucleus pulposus (NP) degeneration is usually the origin of intervertebral disc degeneration and consequent lower back pain. Although adipose-derived stem cell (ADSC)-based therapy is regarded to be promising for the treatment of degenerated NP, there is a lack of viable cell carriers to transplant ADSCs into the NP while maintaining cell function. In this study, we developed a type II collagen/chondroitin sulfate (CS) composite hydrogel-like ADSC (CCSA) delivery system with genipin as the cross-linking agent...
March 16, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Bin Zhang, Wei Guo, Chao Sun, Hui-Quan Duan, Bing-Bing Yu, Kun Mu, Yue-Yan Guan, Yan Li, Shen Liu, Yang Liu, De-Xiang Ban, Wen-Dong Ruan, Xiao-Hong Kong, Cong Xing, Guang-Zhi Ning, Shi-Qing Feng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Low back pain has become one of the most common musculoskeletal diseases in the world. Studies have shown that intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is an important factor leading to low back pain, but the mechanisms underlying IDD remain largely unknown. Research over the past decade has suggested critical roles for microRNAs (miRNAs) in natural growth and disease progression. However, it remains poorly understood whether circular RNAs participate in IDD. METHODS: Clinical IDD samples were collected from 20 patients who underwent discectomy...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Milena L Pachowsky, Arnd Kleyer, Lisa Wagner, Andreas Langenbach, David Simon, Rolf Janka, Matthias May, Goetz H Welsch
Objective A minimally invasive treatment of osteoporotic and nonosteoporotic thoracic and lumbar spine fractures is cement augmentation (kyphoplasty). Little is known about the impact on adjacent intervertebral discs. A quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approach in addition to morphological MRI is desirable to evaluate changes in the intervertebral disc. Our study aims to evaluate the feasibility of T2 mapping for the detection of subtle changes in the intervertebral discs in spines after kyphoplasty...
March 1, 2018: Cartilage
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
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
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
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, 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
Min Ho Hwang, Hyeong Guk Son, Jae Won Lee, Chang Min Yoo, Jae Hee Shin, Hyo Geun Nam, Hyun Jung Lim, Seung Min Baek, Jeong Hun Park, Joo Han Kim, Hyuk Choi
The etiology of intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration accompanied by low back pain (LBP) is largely unknown, and there are no curative therapies. Painful IVD degeneration is associated with infiltrated macrophage-mediated inflammatory response of human nucleus pulposus (NP) cells. The present study aimed to address the hypothesis that pro-inflammatory cytokines derived from macrophages lead to the altered molecular phenotype of human NP cells and to investigate the effects of phototherapy (630, 525, 465 nm with 16, 32, 64 J/cm2 ) on pain-related cytokine interleukin (IL)-6 and chemokine IL-8 under inflammatory conditions in human NP cells...
March 3, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Elizabeth S Silagi, Irving M Shapiro, Makarand V Risbud
Few human tissues have functions as closely linked to the composition of their extracellular matrices as the intervertebral disc. In fact, the hallmark of intervertebral disc degeneration, commonly accompanying low back and neck pain, is the progressive loss of extracellular matrix molecules - specifically the GAG-substituted proteoglycans. While this loss is often associated with increased extracellular catabolism via metalloproteinases and pro-inflammatory cytokines, there is strong evidence that disc degeneration is related to dysregulation of the enzymes involved in GAG biosynthesis...
March 1, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
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
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