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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436567/an-ultrastructural-study-of-chondroptosis-programmed-cell-death-in-degenerative-intervertebral-discs-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Li-Bo Jiang, Hai-Xiao Liu, Yu-Long Zhou, Sun-Ren Sheng, Hua-Zi Xu, En-Xing Xue
Apoptosis has been regarded to mediate intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD); however, the basic question of how the apoptotic bodies are cleared in the avascular intervertebral disc without phagocytes, which are essential to apoptosis, remains to be elucidated. Our goals were to investigate the ultrastructure of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells undergoing chondroptosis, a variant of apoptotic cell death, in a rabbit annular needle-puncture model of IDD. Experimental IDD was induced by puncturing discs with a 16-G needle in New Zealand rabbits...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433788/regulation-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells-by-peptide-coupled-substrates
#2
Devin T Bridgen, Bailey V Fearing, Liufang Jing, Johannah Sanchez-Adams, Megan C Cohan, Farshid Guilak, Jun Chen, Lori A Setton
Nucleus pulposus (NP) cells are derived from the notochord and differ from neighboring cells of the intervertebral disc in phenotypic marker expression and morphology. Adult human NP cells lose this phenotype and morphology with age in a pattern that contributes to progressive disc degeneration and pathology. Select laminin-mimetic peptide ligands and substrate stiffnesses were examined for their ability to regulate human NP cell phenotype and biosynthesis through the expression of NP-specific markers aggrecan, N-cadherin, collagen types I and II, and GLUT1...
April 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432852/correlation-between-expression-of-high-temperature-requirement-serine-protease-a1-htra1-in-nucleus-pulposus-and-t2-value-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#3
Dapeng Li, Jiawei Yue, Lu Jiang, Yonghui Huang, Jifu Sun, Yan Wu
BACKGROUND Degrading enzymes play an important role in the process of disc degeneration. The objective of this study was to investigate the correlation between the expression of high temperature requirement serine protease A1 (HtrA1) in the nucleus pulposus and the T2 value of the nucleus pulposus region in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty-six patients who had undergone surgical excision of the nucleus pulposus were examined by MRI before surgery. Pfirrmann grading of the target intervertebral disc was performed according to the sagittal T2-weighted imaging, and the T2 value of the target nucleus pulposus was measured according to the median sagittal T2 mapping...
April 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430617/estrogen-receptors-involvement-in-intervertebral-discogenic-pain-of-the-elderly-women-colocalization-and-correlation-with-the-expression-of-substance-p-in-nucleus-pulposus
#4
Xiao-Xing Song, Sheng Shi, Zhen Guo, Xin-Feng Li, Bu-Wei Yu
Estrogenic modulation of pain is an exceedingly complex phenomenon. However, whether estrogen is involved in discogenic low back pain still remains unclear. Here, immunoreactivity staining technique was used to examine the expression level of the estrogen receptors (ERα and ERβ) and a pain related neuropeptide, Substance P in the lumbar intervertebral discs to analyze the relationship between the ERs and Substance P. Nucleus pulposus tissues of 23 elderly female patients were harvested during spinal surgeries and made to detect the immunoreactivity staining of ERα, ERβ and Substance P...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429362/wnt11-overexpression-promote-adipose-derived-stem-cells-differentiating-to-the-nucleus-pulposus-like-phenotype
#5
H-T Chen, A-B Huang, Y-L He, J Bian, H-J Li
OBJECTIVE: Our present study aimed to evaluate the effects of Wnt11 overexpression on the adipose-derived stem (ADSCs) cells differentiation to the nucleus pulposus (NP) cells and its function in the ADSCs cells growth, proliferation and induction of the NP cells markers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The cell growth was detected using the (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide) (MTT) assay and the cell cycle was assessed by the flow cytometry...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427186/microrna-494-promotes-apoptosis-and-extracellular-matrix-degradation-in-degenerative-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells
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Liang Kang, Cao Yang, Yu Song, Kangcheng Zhao, Wei Liu, Wenbin Hua, Kun Wang, Ji Tu, Shuai Li, Huipeng Yin, Yukun Zhang
PURPOSE: This study investigated the expression and function of the microRNA-494 in intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). RESULTS: MicroRNA-494 expression was upregulated during IDD progression; its overexpression increased the expression of ECM catabolic factors such as matrix metalloproteinase and A disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motif in NP cells while decreasing that of anabolic genes such as type II collagen and aggrecan; it also induced the apoptosis of NP cells, as determined by flow cytometry...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426371/optimization-of-preculture-conditions-to-maximize-the-in-vivo-performance-of-cell-seeded-engineered-intervertebral-discs
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John T Martin, Sarah E Gullbrand, Bhavana Mohanraj, Beth G Ashinsky, Dong Hwa Kim, Kensuke Ikuta, Dawn M Elliott, Lachlan J Smith, Robert L Mauck, Harvey E Smith
The development of engineered tissues has progressed over the past 20 years from in vitro characterization to in vivo implementation. For musculoskeletal tissue engineering in particular, the emphasis of many of these studies was to select conditions that maximized functional and compositional gains in vitro. However, the transition from the favorable in vitro culture environment to a less favorable in vivo environment has proven difficult, and, in many cases, engineered tissues do not retain their preimplantation phenotype after even short periods in vivo...
April 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422800/evaluation-of-water-content-in-lumbar-intervertebral-discs-and-facet-joints-before-and-after-physiological-loading-using-t2-mapping-mri
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Daisuke Yamabe, Hideki Murakami, Kou Chokan, Hirooki Endo, Ryosuke Oikawa, Shoitsu Sawamura, Minoru Doita
STUDY DESIGN: T2 mapping was used to quantify the water content of lumbar spine intervertebral discs (IVD) and facet joints before and after physiological loading. OBJECTIVE: To clarify the interaction between lumbar spine IVD and facet joints as load-bearing structures by measuring the water content of their matrix after physiological loading using T2 mapping magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: To date, few reports have functionally evaluated lumbar spine IVD and facet joints, and their interaction in vivo...
April 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416438/nsaid-use-in-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-what-are-the-effects-on-matrix-homeostasis-in-vivo
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Nicholas Vaudreuil, Tiffany Kadow, Takashi Yurube, Robert Hartman, Kevin Ngo, Qing Dong, Pedro Pohl, J Paulo Coelho, James Kang, Nam Vo, Gwendolyn Sowa
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) agents are a widely utilized treatment for low back pain (LBP). Literature on NSAID use in articular cartilage has shown detrimental effects; however, minimal data exist to detail the effects of NSAIDs in intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). As IDD is a major cause of LBP, we explored the effects of indomethacin, a commonly used NSAID, on disc matrix homeostasis in an animal model of IDD. PURPOSE: To determine the effects of oral indomethacin administration on IDD in an in vivo rabbit model...
April 14, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413859/meniscus-articular-cartilage-and-nucleus-pulposus-a-comparative-review-of-cartilage-like-tissues-in-anatomy-development-and-function
#10
REVIEW
Song Chen, Peiliang Fu, Haishan Wu, Ming Pei
The degradation of cartilage in the human body is impacted by aging, disease, genetic predisposition and continued insults resulting from daily activity. The burden of cartilage defects (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, intervertebral disc damage, knee replacement surgeries, etc.) is daunting in light of substantial economic and social stresses. This review strives to broaden the scope of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering approaches used for cartilage repair by comparing and contrasting the anatomical and functional nature of the meniscus, articular cartilage (AC) and nucleus pulposus (NP)...
April 17, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413490/noninvasive-cumulative-axial-load-may-induce-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-a-potential-rabbit-model
#11
Xuedong Bai, Deli Wang, Mingyue Zhou, Cheng Xu, Wei Li, Hui Tao, Qing He, Dike Ruan
Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is considered to be the main cause of many spinal disorders; however, its underlying pathophysiology is not clearly understood. Recent studies indicate that excessive mechanical loading may serve a major role in the initiation of IDD. The aim of the present study was to explore the effect of noninvasive cumulative axial loading on the intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine using a novel rabbit model. Rabbits in the experimental group were placed into individual tubes specifically designed to force maintenance of an upright posture and were loaded with a heavy collar to increase the intradiscal pressure of their lumbar spine...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411026/drp1-mediates-compression-induced-programmed-necrosis-of-rat-nucleus-pulposus-cells-by-promoting-mitochondrial-translocation-of-p53-and-nuclear-translocation-of-aif
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Hui Lin, Lei Zhao, Xuan Ma, Bai-Chuan Wang, Xiang-Yu Deng, Min Cui, Song-Feng Chen, Zeng-Wu Shao
Compression-induced programmed cell death of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells is an important contributor to intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). Dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1), a crucial mitochondrial fission protein, triggers programmed necrosis upon cellular injury. However, limited information is available about the role of Drp1 in compression-induced programmed necrosis of NP cells. In the present study, we found that compression resulted in upregulation and mitochondrial translocation of Drp1. Inhibition of Drp1 by siRNA or mitochondrial division inhibitor 1 (mdivi-1) effectively prevented the programmed necrosis of NP cells treated with compression...
May 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402966/an-injectable-nucleus-pulposus-cell-modified-decellularized-scaffold-biocompatible-material-for-prevention-of-disc-degeneration
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Zhi Shan, Xianfeng Lin, Shengyu Wang, Xuyang Zhang, Yichuan Pang, Shengyun Li, Tianming Yu, Shunwu Fan, Fengdong Zhao
We developed a nucleus pulposus cell (NPC)-modulated decellularized small intestinal submucosa (SIS) scaffold, and assessed the ability of this material to prevent Intervertebral disc degeneration (IVD) degeneration. Decellularized porcine SIS was squashed into particles and the biological safety and efficiency of these particles were evaluated. Next, SIS particles were seeded with rabbit NPCs, cultured for two months in vitro, decellularized again and suspended for intervertebral injection. We demonstrated that use of the decellularization protocol resulted in the removal of cellular components with maximal retention of extracellular matrix...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396688/age-related-changes-in-nucleus-pulposus-mesenchymal-stem-cells-an-in-vitro-study-in-rats
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Yachao Zhao, Zhiwei Jia, Shanshan Huang, Yaohong Wu, Longgang Liu, Linghan Lin, Deli Wang, Qing He, Dike Ruan
The functions of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) appear to decline with age due to cellular senescence, which could reduce the efficacy of MSCs-based therapies. Recently, MSCs have been identified in the nucleus pulposus, which offers great potential for intervertebral disc (IVD) repair. However, this potential might be affected by the senescence of nucleus pulposus MSCs (NPMSCs), but whether or not this exists remains unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the age-related changes in NPMSCs. NPMSCs isolated from young (3-month-old) and old (14-month-old) Sprague-Dawley rats were cultured in vitro...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394321/the-role-of-angiopoietin-2-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-during-human-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#15
Kun Wang, Wei Liu, Yu Song, Xinghuo Wu, Yukun Zhang, Shuai Li, Yong Gao, Ji Tu, Yingle Liu, Cao Yang
Although evidence shows that intervertebral disc degeneration is generally characterized by angiogenesis, the role of angiopoietin has not been investigated. This study examined the presence of angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) and angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) within the native intervertebral disc (IVD) and elucidated their functions in the regulation of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells. Initial investigation of uncultured NP tissue revealed that Ang-1 and Ang-2 were expressed by native NP cells. Ang-2 expression was significantly increased in infiltrated and degenerate samples relative to normal samples...
April 10, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386320/a-novel-approach-for-the-annulus-needle-puncture-model-of-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-in-rabbits
#16
Tao Lei, Yuan Zhang, Qiang Zhou, Xiaoji Luo, Ke Tang, Rongsheng Chen, Chang Yu, Zhengxue Quan
OBJECTIVE: To create the rabbit animal model of intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration by the annulus needle puncture technique through a novel transabdominal approach. METHODS: Thirteen New Zealand White rabbits underwent annular puncture at the L3/4, L4/5, and L5/6 discs through a transabdominal approach. For a longitudinal study to assess changes in disc height over time, serial X-rays, T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (T2WI), and T2 mapping MRI were performed pre-operation and at 2, 4, and 6 weeks after puncture...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376367/injectable-nanofibrous-spongy-microspheres-for-nr4a1-plasmid-dna-transfection-to-reverse-fibrotic-degeneration-and-support-disc-regeneration
#17
Ganjun Feng, Zhanpeng Zhang, Ming Dang, Xiaojin Zhang, Yasmine Doleyres, Yueming Song, Di Chen, Peter X Ma
Safe and efficient gene therapy is highly desired for controlling pathogenic fibrosis of nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue, which would result in intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration and disability if left untreated. In this work, a hyperbranched polymer (HP) with high plasmid DNA (pDNA) binding affinity and negligible cytotoxicity is synthesized, which can self-assemble into nano-sized polyplexes with a "double shell" structure that can transfect pDNA into NP cells with very high efficiency. These polyplexes are then encapsulated in biodegradable nanospheres (NS) to enable two-stage delivery: 1) temporally-controlled release of pDNA-carrying polyplexes and 2) highly efficient delivery of pDNA into cells by the released polyplexes...
July 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358123/molecular-therapy-for-degenerative-disc-disease-clues-from-secretome-analysis-of-the-notochordal-cell-rich-nucleus-pulposus
#18
Ajay Matta, M Zia Karim, David E Isenman, W Mark Erwin
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is associated with spinal pain often leading to long-term disability. However, the non-chondrodystrophic canine intervertebral disc is protected from the development of DDD, ostensibly due to its retention of notochordal cells (NC) in the nucleus pulposus (NP). In this study, we hypothesized that secretome analysis of the NC-rich NP will lead to the identification of key proteins that delay the onset of DDD. Using mass-spectrometry, we identified 303 proteins including components of TGFβ- and Wnt-signaling, anti-angiogeneic factors and proteins that inhibit axonal ingrowth in the bioactive fractions of serum free, notochordal cell derived conditioned medium (NCCM)...
March 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351894/long-term-load-duration-induces-n-cadherin-down-regulation-and-loss-of-cell-phenotype-of-nucleus-pulposus-cells-in-a-disc-bioreactor-culture
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Pei Li, Ruijie Zhang, Liyuan Wang, Yibo Gan, Yuan Xu, Lei Song, Lei Luo, Chen Zhao, Chengmin Zhang, Bin Ouyang, Bing Tu, Qiang Zhou
Long-term exposure to a mechanical load causes degenerative changes in the disc nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue. A previous study demonstrated that N-cadherin (N-CDH)-mediated signaling can preserve the NP cell phenotype. However, N-cadherin expression and the resulting phenotype alteration in NP cells under mechanical compression remain unclear. This study investigated the effects of the compressive duration on N-CDH expression and on the phenotype of NP cells in an ex-vivo disc organ culture. Porcine discs were organ-cultured in a self-developed mechanically active bioreactor for 7 days...
March 28, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351496/a-new-in-vivo-method-to-retard-progression-of-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-through-stimulation-of-endogenous-stem-cells-with-simvastatin
#20
Zenan Huang, Liang Zhang, Xinmin Feng, Tao Chen, Songchao Bi
Degenerative disc disease is a worldwide problem, however, conservative treatment and surgical treatment can only partly relieve symptoms, but do not have therapeutic effect on the degenerated intervertebral disc (IVD) itself. The use of stem cell transplantation has become one of the most popular treatments. With gradually understanding of the endogenous mechanism of stem cells migration and movement in vivo, endogenous IVD stem cells can be activated to repair and reconstruct the degenerated IVD. Nucleus pulposus mensenchymal stem cells exhibit more potent biological activity in the hypoxic environment of the IVD...
April 2017: Medical Hypotheses
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