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Cartilage repair

Anton H Schwabegger
Minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum (MIRPE) or similar procedures for pectus excavatum (PE) repair, nowadays no longer performed by one single speciality, may not always achieve sufficient aesthetic results, particularly in the infrapectoral or infraxiphoidal region. Reasons for this include the diaphragm inhibiting correct positioning of the bars, as well as asymmetric deformities which may still be present after remodelling attempts. Furthermore, some cases develop a mild recurrence or partial concavity once the correction bar is removed...
September 2016: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Donald Nuss, Robert J Obermeyer, Robert E Kelly
Repair of pectus excavatum began at the beginning of the 20(th) century before endotracheal intubation was standard practice. Surgeons therefore developed techniques that corrected the deformity using an open procedure via the anterior chest wall. Initial techniques were unsatisfactory, but by the 1930s the partial rib resection and sternal osteotomy technique had been developed and was used in combination with external traction post-operatively to prevent the sternum from sinking back into the chest. In 1949, Ravitch recommended complete resection of the costal cartilages and complete mobilization of the sternum without external traction, and in 1961 Adkins and Blades introduced the concept of a substernal strut for sternal support...
September 2016: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Paul Kostenuik, Faisal M Mirza
Delayed healing and nonunion of fractures represent enormous burdens to patients and healthcare systems. There are currently no approved pharmacological agents for the treatment of established nonunions, or for the acceleration of fracture healing, and no pharmacological agents are approved for promoting the healing of closed fractures. Yet several pharmacologic agents have the potential to enhance some aspects of fracture healing. In preclinical studies, various agents working across a broad spectrum of molecular pathways can produce larger, denser and stronger fracture calluses...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Tsai-Jung Lu, Fang-Yao Chiu, Hsiao-Ying Chiu, Ming-Chau Chang, Shih-Chieh Hung
Articular cartilage has a very limited capacity for self-repair, and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the potential to treat cartilage defects and osteoarthritis. However, in-depth mechanistic studies regarding their applications are required. Here, we demonstrated the use of chitosan film culture for promoting chondrogenic differentiation of MSCs. We found that MSCs formed spheres two days after seeding on dishes coated with chitosan. When MSCs were induced in a chondrogenic induction medium on chitosan films, the size of spheres continuously increased for up to 21 days...
October 12, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Meriam Nefla, Dirk Holzinger, Francis Berenbaum, Claire Jacques
Alarmins (also known as danger signals) are endogenous molecules that are released to the extracellular milieu after infection or tissue damage. Extracellular alarmins interact with specific receptors expressed by cells that are engaged in host defence to stimulate signalling pathways that result in initiation of innate and adaptive immune responses, triggering inflammation or tissue repair. Alarmins are considered to be markers of destructive processes that occur in degenerative joint diseases (primarily osteoarthritis (OA)) and chronic inflammatory joint diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondylarthropathy)...
October 13, 2016: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
Hideyuki Maruki, Masato Sato, Toshiaki Takezawa, Yoshiki Tani, Munetaka Yokoyama, Takumi Takahashi, Eriko Toyoda, Eri Okada, Shigehisa Aoki, Joji Mochida, Yoshiharu Kato
We studied the ability of collagen vitrigel material to repair cartilage in vivo when used alone or with transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β). We measured the time course and quantity of TGF-β1 released from the collagen vitrigel in vitro to quantify the controlled release of TGF-β1. Over 14 days, 0.91 ng of TGF-β was released from the collagen vitrigel. Osteochondral defects were made in the femoral trochlear groove in 36 Japanese white rabbits, which were divided into three groups: untreated group (group A), collagen vitrigel-implanted group (group B), and TGF-β1-incorporated collagen vitrigel-implanted group (group C)...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
Tao Wang, Xinping Zhang, Daniel D Bikle
5-10% of fractures fail to heal normally leading to additional surgery, morbidity, and altered quality of life. Fracture healing involves the coordinated action of stem cells primarily coming from the periosteum which differentiate into the chondrocytes and osteoblasts, forming first the soft (cartilage) callus followed by the hard (bone) callus. These stem cells are accompanied by a vascular invasion that appears critical for the differentiation process and which may enable the entry of osteoclasts necessary for the remodeling of the callus into mature bone...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Tommy A Karlsen, Gustavo Antonio de Souza, Bjørn Ødegaard, Lars Engebretsen, Jan E Brinchmann
Osteoarthritis is a serious disease of articular cartilage. The pathogenic factors contributing to this disorder are inflammation, extracellular matrix degradation and failure to rebuild the articular cartilage. Preclinical studies suggest that microRNA-140 may play a protective role in osteoarthritis development, but little is known about the mechanism by which this occurs. Here we present the results of forced expression of microRNA-140 in an in vitro model of osteoarthritis, evaluated by global proteomics analysis...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Andrew R Palisch, Ronald R Winters, Marc H Willis, Collin D Bray, Theodore B Shybut
The menisci play an important biomechanical role in axial load distribution of the knees by means of hoop strength, which is contingent on intact circumferentially oriented collagen fibers and meniscal root attachments. Disruption of the meniscal root attachments leads to altered biomechanics, resulting in progressive cartilage loss, osteoarthritis, and subchondral edema, with the potential for development of a subchondral insufficiency fracture. Identification of meniscal root tears at magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is crucial because new arthroscopic surgical techniques (transtibial pullout repair) have been developed to repair meniscal root tears and preserve the tibiofemoral cartilage of the knee...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Yan Zhang, Fei Bao, Yan Wang, Zhihong Wu
As two major non-operative methods, physiotherapy and acupuncture have been proved to be safe and effective in osteoarthritis (OA) treatment. However, only a little study focused on functions of both methods on cartilage repairing. The main goal of this research is to prove and compare effectiveness of acupuncture and physiotherapy on OA, and to explore their possible efficacy on cartilage repairing. One hundred knees of 50 participants with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) were randomly divided into acupuncture group and physiotherapy group...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Feiyu Wang, Yuhuan Sun, Dongmei He, Lizhen Wang
PURPOSE: To explore the potential use of concentrated growth factor (CGF) in the treatment of temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis (TMJ-OA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Surgical defects were created bilaterally on the condylar cartilage and bone to induce TMJ-OA in goats. CGF was applied to the right joints (CGF group) and physiologic saline was applied to the left joints (unrepaired group). There was a 1-month period of observation after the operation. These joint specimens were evaluated and compared based on gross appearance and histopathologic observations with hematoxylin and eosin (HE)...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Mildred C Embree, Mo Chen, Serhiy Pylawka, Danielle Kong, George M Iwaoka, Ivo Kalajzic, Hai Yao, Chancheng Shi, Dongming Sun, Tzong-Jen Sheu, David A Koslovsky, Alia Koch, Jeremy J Mao
Tissue regeneration using stem cell-based transplantation faces many hurdles. Alternatively, therapeutically exploiting endogenous stem cells to regenerate injured or diseased tissue may circumvent these challenges. Here we show resident fibrocartilage stem cells (FCSCs) can be used to regenerate and repair cartilage. We identify FCSCs residing within the superficial zone niche in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) condyle. A single FCSC spontaneously generates a cartilage anlage, remodels into bone and organizes a haematopoietic microenvironment...
October 10, 2016: Nature Communications
Andrew C Daly, Susan E Critchley, Emily M Rencsok, Daniel J Kelly
Cartilage is a dense connective tissue with limited self-repair capabilities. Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) laden hydrogels are commonly used for fibrocartilage and articular cartilage tissue engineering, however they typically lack the mechanical integrity for implantation into high load bearing environments. This has led to increased interested in 3D bioprinting of cell laden hydrogel bioinks reinforced with stiffer polymer fibres. The objective of this study was to compare a range of commonly used hydrogel bioinks (agarose, alginate, GelMA and BioINK™) for their printing properties and capacity to support the development of either hyaline cartilage or fibrocartilage in vitro...
October 7, 2016: Biofabrication
Manami Makitsubo, Nobuo Adachi, Tomoyuki Nakasa, Tomohiro Kato, Ryo Shimizu, Mitsuo Ochi
BACKGROUND: Although differences in the results of the bone marrow stimulation technique between the knee and ankle have been reported, a detailed mechanism for those differences has not been clarified. The purpose of this study was to examine whether morphological differences between the knee and ankle joint affect the results of drilling as treatment for osteochondral defects in a rabbit model. METHODS: Osteochondral defects were created at the knee and ankle joint in the rabbit...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
David Wasylynko
OBJECTIVE: To present a case of chronic elbow pain as a result of a hidden underlying osteochondral defect. CLINICAL FEATURES: A 17-year old baseball player presented with chronic lateral elbow pain. Examination revealed swelling of the elbow with signs of possible ligament, muscle, and tendon injury. DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: Although there was apparent soft-tissue injury, the elbow swelling created immediate suspicion of a more serious underlying condition...
September 2016: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association
Henrique Almeida, Binulal Nelson Sathy, Ivan Dudurych, Conor Timothy Buckley, Fergal J O'Brien, Daniel John Kelly
Regenerating articular cartilage and fibrocartilaginous tissue such as the meniscus is still a challenge in orthopedic medicine. While a range of different scaffolds have been developed for joint repair, none have facilitated the development of a tissue that mimics the complexity of soft tissues such as articular cartilage. Furthermore, many of these scaffolds are not designed to function in mechanically challenging joint environments. The overall goal of this study was to develop a porous, biomimetic, shape-memory alginate scaffold for directing cartilage regeneration...
October 6, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Adam O'Reilly, Daniel John Kelly
Developing successful tissue engineering strategies requires an understanding of how cells within an implanted scaffold interacts with the host environment. The objective of this study was to use a computational mechanobiological model to explore how the design of a cell laden scaffold influences the spatial formation of cartilage and bone within an osteochondral defect. Tissue differentiation was predicted using a previously developed model in which cell fate depends on the local oxygen tension and the mechanical environment within a damaged joint...
October 6, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Bin Zhou, Deheng Chen, Huazi Xu, Xiaolei Zhang
Chondrocyte plays a critical role in endochondral ossification and cartilage repair by maintaining the cartilaginous matrix. Statins have been widely used to lower the cholesterol level in patients with cardiovascular disorders. Previous research has demonstrated potential role of statins in chondrocyte proliferation. This study addresses the proliferation-regulatory effect of lovastatin in rabbit chondrocytes as well as the underlying signaling mechanisms, thereby exploring its potential application in chondrocyte-related disorders, such as cartilage damage and osteoarthritis...
October 3, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Graeme P Whyte, Alberto Gobbi, Boguslaw Sadlik
Cartilage lesions of the knee are a frequent finding; however, treatment options that are capable of restoring hyaline-like tissue are not routinely used. Cell-based technology such as autologous chondrocyte implantation may in some cases provide durable cartilage repair, but availability of this procedure is often restricted due to cost constraints. There have been promising outcomes reported with the use of scaffolds seeded with activated bone marrow aspirate concentrate in cases of chondral injury. There are clear advantages to cell-based cartilage repair techniques that are performed as a single-stage procedure, particularly when the repair technology can be used in a minimally invasive manner...
August 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
Marco Nitri, Jorge Chahla, David Civitarese, Sanjeev Bhatia, Samuel G Moulton, Christopher M LaPrade, Robert F LaPrade
Complete radial tears of the medial meniscus significantly decrease the meniscal tissue's ability to dissipate tibiofemoral loads and have been described as functionally similar to a total meniscectomy, predisposing patients to early osteoarthritis. At present, no consensus exists regarding the optimal surgical treatment of a radial meniscal tear. Current repair techniques have led to a reportedly high rate of incomplete healing or healing of the meniscus in a nonanatomic, gapped position, which compromises its ability to withstand hoop stresses...
August 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
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