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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821974/mri-histogram-analysis-enables-objective-and-continuous-classification-of-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#1
Christian Waldenberg, Hanna Hebelka, Helena Brisby, Kerstin Magdalena Lagerstrand
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the best diagnostic imaging method for low back pain. However, the technique is currently not utilized in its full capacity, often failing to depict painful intervertebral discs (IVDs), potentially due to the rough degeneration classification system used clinically today. MR image histograms, which reflect the IVD heterogeneity, may offer sensitive imaging biomarkers for IVD degeneration classification. This study investigates the feasibility of using histogram analysis as means of objective and continuous grading of IVD degeneration...
August 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819180/egfr-is-a-pivotal-regulator-of-thrombin-mediated-inflammation-in-primary-human-nucleus-pulposus-culture
#2
Bor-Ren Huang, Tzu-Sheng Chen, Da-Tian Bau, I-Chen Chuang, Cheng-Fang Tsai, Pei-Chun Chang, Dah-Yuu Lu
We found that the coagulation and cytokine pathways were important mechanisms involve in the degeneration of intervertebral discs (IVD) using a microarray approach to analyze gene expression in different grades of specimens. Furthermore, using a cytokine/chemokine array, a significant increase in CXCL8 expression was observed in human nucleus pulposus (NP) cells after thrombin treatment. The enhancement of CXCL8 expression by thrombin was activated by the PAR1 receptor. Importantly, analysis of degenerated human NP tissue samples showed that EGFR expression positively correlated with the grade of tissue degeneration...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810627/carthamin-yellow-inhibits-matrix-degradation-and-inflammation-induced-by-lps-in-the-intervertebral-disc-via-suppression-of-mapk-pathway-activation
#3
Bin Chen, Han-Tao Wang, Bo Yu, Ji-Dong Zhang, Yu Feng
Carthamin yellow (CY), which is a flavonoid compound isolated from safflower, has various pharmacological effects including promoting blood circulation to remove blood stasis and alleviating pain. CY is a herb used in Chinese traditional medicines. Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is a common spinal disorder and degeneration of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells and inflammation are significant parts of the pathological cascade. The curative effect of CY on NP cells in association with degeneration and inflammation remains to be elucidated...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810608/mechanism-of-microrna-21-regulating-il-6-inflammatory-response-and-cell-autophagy-in-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#4
Hao Lin, Wenzhi Zhang, Tao Zhou, Wansu Li, Ziao Chen, Chaochao Ji, Chao Zhang, Fang He
This study investigated the mechanism of microRNA-21 in regulating IL-6 inflammatory response and cell autophagy in intervertebral disc degeneration. A total of 10 patients with lumbar disc herniation accompanied by nerve root pain (observation group) and 10 patients with lumbar burst fractures (control group) were selected. The nucleus pulposus tissues of the lesion were obtained during operation for cell culture. Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to detect the expression of microRNA-21...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810568/mechanism-of-microrna-146a-mediated-il-6-stat3-signaling-in-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#5
Tao Zhou, Hao Lin, Ziao Cheng, Chaochao Ji, Chao Zhang, Jiwei Tian
The aim of the study was to investigate the mechanism of microRNA (miR)-146a-mediated activation of interleukin-6/signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (IL-6/STAT3) in lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration. To obtain intervertebral tissue, we recruited 5 patients with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (experimental group) and 5 patients with lumbar burst fracture (control group). Nucleus pulposus tissue was extracted by surgery and cultured. miR-146a empty vector, mimic, and inhibitor were transfected into the two groups of cells for 24 h and the levels of IL-6, type II collagen (Col II), aggrecan, STAT3, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, and a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type I motifs (ADAMTS) were detected...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805297/mesenchymal-stem-cells-deliver-exogenous-mir-21-via-exosomes-to-inhibit-nucleus-pulposus-cell-apoptosis-and-reduce-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#6
Xiaofei Cheng, Guoying Zhang, Liang Zhang, Ying Hu, Kai Zhang, Xiaojiang Sun, Changqing Zhao, Hua Li, Yan Michael Li, Jie Zhao
Although mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) transplantation into the IVD (intervertebral disc) may be beneficial in inhibiting apoptosis of nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs) and alleviating IVD degeneration, the underlying mechanism of this therapeutic process has not been fully explained. The purpose of this study was to explore the protective effect of MSC-derived exosomes (MSC-exosomes) on NPC apoptosis and IVD degeneration and investigate the regulatory effect of miRNAs in MSC-exosomes and associated mechanisms for NPC apoptosis...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799804/morphologic-features-of-spontaneous-annular-tears-and-disc-degeneration-in-the-aging-sand-rat-psammomys-obesus-obesus
#7
H E Gruber, E N Hanley
The sand rat, a member of the gerbil family, is a valuable small animal model in which intervertebral disc degeneration occurs spontaneously as the animal ages. Radiographic features of cervical and lumbar degeneration resemble those in human spines. We conducted a retrospective analysis of spines of 140 animals 3-41 months old focusing specifically on the presence of annular tears that are not visible by radiography and have not been described previously in the sand rat disc. During degeneration of the nucleus pulposus, notochordal cell death occurs and granular material, which stains with Alcian blue for proteoglycans, accumulates...
August 11, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793234/microrna-132-upregulation-promotes-matrix-degradation-in-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#8
Wei Liu, Ping Xia, Jing Feng, Liang Kang, Mi Huang, Kun Wang, Yu Song, Shuai Li, Xinghuo Wu, Shuhua Yang, Cao Yang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). This experiment was designed to study the expression and role of the miRNA, miR-132, in IDD. MiR-132 expression in human nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue was assessed by quantitative real-time PCR. The methylation status of the miR-132 was assessed with methylation-specific PCR and bisulfite sequencing PCR. The regulation of growth differentiation factor5 (GDF5) expression by miR-132 was evaluated by luciferase reporter assay...
August 6, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791354/collagen-type-ii-is-downregulated-in-the-degenerative-nucleus-pulposus-and-contributes-to-the-degeneration-and-apoptosis-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells
#9
Chengjie Lian, Bo Gao, Zizhao Wu, Xianjian Qiu, Yan Peng, Anjing Liang, Caixia Xu, Peiqiang Su, Dongsheng Huang
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common degenerative condition initiated mainly within the nucleus pulposus (NP). To date, the etiopathogenesis of DDD remains unclear, and because no effective therapeutic strategies are available to target its pathological processes, DDD is still treated with symptomatic interventions that are far from adequate. Collagen type II is one of the major matrix components of the NP, and is considered to be essential to NP homeostasis. However, the specific mechanisms by which collagen type II influences NP cells remain unknown...
August 4, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767622/adiponectin-down-regulates-tnf-%C3%AE-expression-in-degenerated-intervertebral-discs
#10
Bin Yuan, Liangliang Huang, Ming Yan, Shilei Zhang, Yongfeng Zhang, Boquan Jin, Ying Ma, Zhuojing Luo
STUDY DESIGN: Given the results of previous in vitro investigations of the expression patterns of adiponectin and its receptors in healthy and degenerated intervertebral discs (IVDs), we studied the effects of adiponectin on TNF-α production in degenerated nucleus pulposus (NP) cells and analyzed the association between adiponectin levels in IVD tissues and IVD Pfirrmann grades. OBJECTIVE: investigate the potential role of adiponectin in the pathogenesis of IVD degeneration...
August 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765874/upregulation-of-nuclear-factor%C3%A2-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-acid-sensing-ion-channel-3-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-following-application-of-nucleus-pulposus-onto-the-nerve-root-in-rats
#11
Dong Wang, Hao Pan, Hang Zhu, Li Zhu, Yong-Jiang He, Jian Wang, Gao-Yong Jia
The nucleus pulposus (NP) is an avascular, hydrated tissue that permits the intervertebral disc to resist compressive loads to the spine. To determine the mechanisms by which intervertebral disc degeneration is caused by the nucleus pulposus, the expression and regulation of nuclear factor (NF)‑κB and acid sensing ion channel 3 (ASIC3) were examined. For the intervertebral disc degeneration model, NP was harvested from the tail of rats and applied to the L5 dorsal root ganglion (DRG). The mechanical pain withdrawal threshold (PWT) in NP model rats was assessed...
July 27, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765673/laser-biostimulation-effects-on-invertebral-disks-histological-evidence-on-intra-observer-samples-retrospective-double-blind-study
#12
Alfonso Tramontana, Roberto Sorge, Juan Carlos Miangolarra Page
Background and aims: The intervertebral disk degeneration is a pathological process determined by a decrease of mucopolysaccharides in the nucleus pulposus with the consequent dehydration and degeneration of the elastic fibers in the annulus fibrosus of the disk. The laser is a therapeutic tool that has, on the treated tissues, biostimulation effects with an increase of oxidative phosphorylation and production of ATP with an acceleration of the mucopolysaccharides synthesis with a consequent rehydration, biostimulation and production of new elastic fibers...
December 30, 2016: Laser Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756222/role-of-lncrna-tug1-in-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-and-nucleus-pulposus-cells-via-regulating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
#13
Jiang Chen, Yu-Song Jia, Gen-Zhe Liu, Qi Sun, Fan Zhang, Sheng Ma, Yong-Jun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of TUG1 in intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) and human nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs) via regulating Wnt/β-catenin pathway. METHODS: The study collected nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue samples from 30 patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH) (Case group) and 18 patients with lumbar spine trauma (Control group). NPCs induced by TNF-α in vitro were divided into Blank, Vector, TUG1, TUG1-siRNA, XAV-939, TUG1 + XAV-939 groups...
July 26, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748380/autologous-bone-marrow-concentrate-intradiscal-injection-for-the-treatment-of-degenerative-disc-disease-with-three-year-follow-up
#14
Kenneth A Pettine, Richard K Suzuki, Theodore T Sand, Matthew B Murphy
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to assess safety and feasibility of intradiscal bone marrow concentrate (BMC) injections to treat low back discogenic pain as an alternative to surgery with three year minimum follow-up. METHODS: A total of 26 patients suffering from degenerative disc disease and candidates for spinal fusion or total disc replacement surgery were injected with 2 ml autologous BMC into the nucleus pulposus of treated lumbar discs. A sample aliquot of BMC was characterized by flow cytometry and CFU-F assay to determine progenitor cell content...
July 26, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746197/role-of-thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-in-the-pathogenesis-of-lumbar-disc-degeneration
#15
Yu Wang, Xiao-Dong Yi, Chun-De Li
BACKGROUND: This study aims to investigate the role of thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) in the pathogenesis of lumbar disc degeneration (LDD). METHODS: Nucleus pulposus tissues were collected from 77 LDD patients (the case group), in addition, normal tissues were extracted from 21 patients suffering from lumbar fractures (the control group). Immunohistochemistry was applied in order to detect TSLP positive expression. In accordance with varying transfection, the cells were divided into TSLP-siRNA, TSLP-siRNA + TSLPR-siRNA, control, blank, anti-TSLPR, and IgG groups...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744842/the-quantitative-structural-and-compositional-analyses-of-degenerating-intervertebral-discs-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-contrast-enhanced-micro-computed-tomography
#16
Kevin H Lin, Simon Y Tang
The intervertebral disc (IVD) is susceptible to degenerative changes that are associated with low back pain. Murine models are often used to investigate the mechanistic changes in the development, aging, and diseased states of the IVD, yet the detection of early degenerative changes in structure is challenging because of the minute size of the murine IVDs. Histology is the gold standard for examining the IVD structure, but it is susceptible to sectioning artifacts, spatial biases, and requires the destructive preparation of the sample...
July 25, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736380/-association-of-fasl-844t-c-gene-polymorphism-with-fasl-expression-in-the-nucleus-pulposus-of-degenerative-lumbar-intervertebral-discs
#17
Zheng-Ming Sun, Pengmaojiacuo Pengmaojiacuo, Hong-Hai Xu, Yan-Hai Chang, Xue-Yuan Wu, Xiang-Hui Dong, Ming Ling
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of FasL-844T/C gene polymorphism with the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and FasL expression in the nucleus pulposus of degenerative lumbar intervertebral discs. METHODS: Lumbar MRI data, venous blood and nucleus pulposus were collected from 105 patients with lumbar disc herniation. The genotypes of FasL-844T/C gene of the patients were determined using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
July 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735027/translation-of-an-injectable-triple-interpenetrating-network-hydrogel-for-intervertebral-disc-regeneration-in-a-goat-model
#18
Sarah E Gullbrand, Thomas P Schaer, Prateek Agarwal, Justin R Bendigo, George R Dodge, Weiliam Chen, Dawn M Elliott, Robert L Mauck, Neil R Malhotra, Lachlan J Smith
Degeneration of the intervertebral discs is a progressive cascade of cellular, compositional and structural changes that is frequently associated with low back pain. As the first signs of disc degeneration typically arise in the disc's central nucleus pulposus (NP), augmentation of the NP via hydrogel injection represents a promising strategy to treat early to mid-stage degeneration. The purpose of this study was to establish the translational feasibility of a triple interpenetrating network hydrogel composed of dextran, chitosan, and teleostean (DCT) for augmentation of the degenerative NP in a preclinical goat model...
July 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733922/effect-of-collagen-fibre-orientation-on-intervertebral-disc-torsion-mechanics
#19
Bo Yang, Grace D O'Connell
The intervertebral disc is a complex fibro-cartilaginous material, consisting of a pressurized nucleus pulposus surrounded by the annulus fibrosus, which has an angle-ply structure. Disc injury and degeneration are noted by significant changes in tissue structure and function, which significantly alters stress distribution and disc joint stiffness. Differences in fibre orientation are thought to contribute to changes in disc torsion mechanics. Therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of collagen fibre orientation on internal disc mechanics under compression combined with axial rotation...
July 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731483/the-role-of-laminins-in-cartilaginous-tissues-from-development-to-regeneration
#20
Y Sun, T L Wang, W S Toh, M Pei
As a key molecule of the extracellular matrix, laminin provides a delicate microenvironment for cell functions. Recent findings suggest that laminins expressed by cartilage-forming cells (chondrocytes, progenitor cells and stem cells) could promote chondrogenesis. However, few papers outline the effect of laminins on providing a favorable matrix microenvironment for cartilage regeneration. In this review, we delineated the expression of laminins in hyaline cartilage, fibrocartilage and cartilage-like tissue (nucleus pulposus) throughout several developmental stages...
July 21, 2017: European Cells & Materials
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