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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211497/the-inflammatory-cytokine-tnf-%C3%AE-promotes-the-premature-senescence-of-rat-nucleus-pulposus-cells-via-the-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
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Pei Li, Yibo Gan, Yuan Xu, Lei Song, Liyuan Wang, Bin Ouyang, Chengmin Zhang, Qiang Zhou
Premature senescence of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells and inflammation are two common features of degenerated discs. This study investigated the effects of the inflammatory cytokine TNF-α on the premature senescence of NP cells and the molecular mechanism behind this process. Rat NP cells were cultured with or without different concentrations of TNF-α for 1 and 3 days. The inhibitor LY294002 was used to determine the role of the PI3K/Akt pathway. NP cells that were incubated with TNF-α for 3 days followed by 3 days of recovery in the control medium were used to analyze cellular senescence...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207788/self-complementary-adeno-associated-virus-serotype-6-mediated-knockdown-of-adamts4-induces-long-term-and-effective-enhancement-of-aggrecan-in-degenerative-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells-a-new-therapeutic-approach-for-intervertebral-disc-disorders
#2
Demissew Shenegelegn Mern, Anja Tschugg, Sebastian Hartmann, Claudius Thomé
Inhibition of intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration, which is often accompanied by painful inflammatory and immunopathological processes, is challenging. Current IVD gene therapeutic approaches are based on adenoviral gene delivery systems, which are limited by immune reactions to their viral proteins. Their applications in IVDs near to sensitive neural structure could provoke toxicity and immunological side-effects with neurological deficits. Self-complementary adeno-associated virus (scAAV) vectors, which do not express any viral gene and are not linked with any known disease in humans, are attractive therapeutic gene delivery vectors in degenerative IVDs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207656/biomechanical-evaluation-of-transpedicular-nucleotomy-with-intact-annulus-fibrosus
#3
Fabrizio Russo, Robert A Hartman, Kevin M Bell, Nam Vo, Gwendolyn A Sowa, James D Kang, Gianluca Vadalà, Vincenzo Denaro
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical testing of partially nucleotomized ovine cadaveric spines. OBJECTIVE: To explore how the nucleus pulposus (NP) affects the biomechanical behavior of the intervertebral disc (IVD) by performing a partial nucleotomy via the transpedicular approach. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Mechanical loading represents a crucial part of IVD homeostasis. However, traditional regenerative strategies require violation of the annulus fibrosus (AF) resulting in significant alteration of joint mechanics...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188657/a-substance-exchanger-based-bioreactor-culture-of-pig-discs-for-studying-the-immature-nucleus-pulposus
#4
Pei Li, Yibo Gan, Haoming Wang, Yuan Xu, Lei Song, Liyuan Wang, Bin Ouyang, Qiang Zhou
Various research models have been developed to study the biology of disc cells. Recently, the adult disc nucleus pulposus (NP) has been well studied. However, the immature NP is underinvestigated due to a lack of a suitable model. This study aimed to establish an organ culture of immature porcine disc by optimizing culture conditions and using a self-developed substance exchanger-based bioreactor. Immature porcine discs were first cultured in the bioreactor for 7 days at various levels of glucose (low, medium, high), osmolarity (hypo-, iso-, hyper-) and serum (5, 10, 20%) to determine the respective optimal level...
February 11, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188410/simvastatin-inhibits-il-1%C3%AE-induced-apoptosis-and-extracellular-matrix-degradation-by-suppressing-the-nf-kb-and-mapk-pathways-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells
#5
Tu Ji, Li Wentian, Zhang Yukun, Wu Xinghuo, Song Yu, Kang Liang, Liu Wei, Wang Kun, Li Shuai, Hua Wenbin, Yang Cao
Statins are widely used hypocholesterolemic drugs that block the mevalonate pathway. Some studies have shown that statins may have the potential to inhibit intervertebral disk (IVD) degeneration (IDD). Interleukin (IL)-1β, a catabolic cytokine, is a key regulator of IDD. This study aimed to investigate the mechanism underlying the effect of simvastatin on IDD. The viability of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells was determined by the methyl-thiazolyl-tetrazolium (MTT) assay. The apoptosis of NP cells was measured by flow cytometric analysis, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL), and western blotting of relevant apoptotic proteins...
February 10, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176921/increased-local-expressions-of-cx3cl1-and-ccl2-are-related-to-clinical-severity-in-lumbar-disk-herniation-patients-with-sciatic-pain
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Zhen-Yu Peng, Rui Chen, Zuo-Zhong Fang, Bin Chen, Zhi-Hua Wang, Xi-Yang Wang
BACKGROUND: Chemokines have been identified to be involved in the modulation of pain through both peripheral and central mechanisms. However, the role of chemokines in lumbar disk herniation (LDH) with sciatic pain remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: The current study was performed to explore the expression of two most commonly studied chemokines CX3CL1 and CCL2 and assess their associations with clinical severity in LDH patients with sciatic pain. METHODS: The soft tissues around nerve root (STANR), annulus fibrosus (AF), and nucleus pulposus (NP) biopsies were obtained from 36 LDH patients with chronic sciatic pain and 10 scoliosis patients (painless controls)...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173722/effect-of-a-low-frequency-pulsed-electromagnetic-field-on-expression-and-secretion-of-il-1%C3%AE-and-tnf-%C3%AE-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells
#7
Jun Zou, Yufeng Chen, Jiale Qian, Huilin Yang
Objective To investigate changes in nucleus pulposus cell expression and secretion of interleukin (IL)-1β and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α following stimulation with a low-frequency (LF) pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF). Methods Primary rat nucleus pulposus cells were isolated and cultured in vitro, followed by stimulation with LF-PEMFs at a frequency of 2 Hz and different intensities, ranging from 0.5-3.0 A/m. Cells were observed for morphological changes, and proliferation rates were measured by cell viability counts...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167391/bioengineered-three-dimensional-diseased-intervertebral-disc-model-revealed-inflammatory-crosstalk
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Akshay Srivastava, Isma Liza Mohd Isa, Peadar Rooney, Abhay Pandit
Without an appropriate disease model, the understanding of the pathophysiology of intervertebral disc degeneration and inflammation is limited. The lack of understanding limits the potential discovery of therapeutic targets as viable treatment options. Here, we report a versatile method to develop a three-dimensional intervertebral disc (IVD) model to study the response of nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF) cells to inflammatory (IL-1β-induced) stimulation. The cell shape regulated IVD model was engineered by modulating the crosslinking of a self-assembled collagen hydrogel...
January 31, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161709/microrna-146a-ameliorates-inflammation-via-traf6-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-intervertebral-disc-cells
#9
Feng Lv, Yingzi Huang, Wentao Lv, Longbiao Yang, Feng Li, Jingli Fan, Jianmin Sun
BACKGROUND Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) has been widely recognized as a major contributor to low back pain. Accumulating evidence suggests that IDD is linked to various pro-inflammatory cytokines and metabolites. Recently, numerous studies have demonstrated that microRNAs (miRNAs) play a pivotal role in the development of most disorders, including degenerative disc diseases. Previous reports have revealed that miRNA-146a (miR-146a) could attenuate neuropathic pain in the spinal cord. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of miR-146a in the inflammatory response of IDD...
February 5, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151550/canine-acute-cervical-myelopathy-hydrated-nucleus-pulposus-extrusion-or-intraspinal-discal-cysts
#10
Cristian Falzone
OBJECTIVE: To differentiate between hydrated nucleus pulposus extrusion and ventral intraspinal discal cysts in dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case series. ANIMALS: Twenty dogs with acute onset of cervical myelopathy due to hydrated nucleus pulposus extrusion or ventral intraspinal discal cysts. METHODS: Clinical and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings, outcome after surgical treatment, cytologic and histologic findings of compressive material were taken into account...
February 2, 2017: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149534/iapp-modulates-cellular-autophagy-apoptosis-and-extracellular-matrix-metabolism-in-human-intervertebral-disc-cells
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Xinghuo Wu, Yu Song, Wei Liu, Kun Wang, Yong Gao, Shuai Li, Zhenfeng Duan, Zengwu Shao, Shuhua Yang, Cao Yang
The pathogenic process of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is characterized by imbalance in the extracellular matrix (ECM) metabolism. Nucleus pulposus (NP) cells have important roles in maintaining the proper structure and tissue homeostasis of disc ECM. These cells need adequate supply of glucose and oxygen. Islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) exerts its biological effects by regulating glucose metabolism. The purpose of this study was to investigate the expression of IAPP in degenerated IVD tissue, and IAPP modulation of ECM metabolism in human NP cells, especially the crosstalk mechanism between apoptosis and autophagy in these cells...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145804/coculture-with-partial-digestion-notochordal-cell-rich-nucleus-pulposus-tissue-activates-degenerative-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells
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Xue-Dong Bai, Xiao-Chuan Li, Jia-Hai Chen, Zi-Ming Guo, Li-Sheng Hou, De-Li Wang, Qing He, Di-Ke Ruan
Recent studies suggested that notochordal cells (NCs) and NC conditioned medium (NCCM) can stimulate cell viability and matrix production of nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs). However, the potential of notochordal cell-rich nucleus pulposus (NRNP) incorporating the native environment of the intervertebral disc has not been evaluated. The objective of this study was to develop an optimal NRNP model and test whether it can allow a significant level of NPC activation in vitro. Rabbit NRNP explants were divided into three groups according to different digestion time: digestion NRNP of 8 hours, partial digestion NRNP of 2 hours, and natural NRNP ...
February 1, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144848/the-fabrication-of-cryogel-scaffolds-incorporated-with-poloxamer-407-for-potential-use-in-the-regeneration-of-the-nucleus-pulposus
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Nicholas A Temofeew, Katherine R Hixon, Sarah H McBride-Gagyi, Scott A Sell
Degeneration of the nucleus pulposus (NP) is the primary cause of back pain in almost 80% of the world population. The current gold standard treatment for a degenerated NP is a spinal fusion surgery which is costly, temporary, and extremely invasive. Research has been moving towards minimally invasive methods to lessen the collateral damage created during surgery. The use of a tissue-engineered scaffold has the potential to promote a healthy and hydrated environment to regenerate the NP. Cryogels are unique polymeric scaffolds composed of a highly connected, macroporous structure, and are capable of maintaining stability under high deformations...
March 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144734/rehydration-of-a-degenerated-disc-on-mri-synchronized-with-transition-of-modic-changes-following-stand-alone-xlif
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Kenichiro Kita, Toshinori Sakai, Mitsunobu Abe, Yoichiro Takata, Koichi Sairyo
Lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration (LDD) is known to be associated with low back pain (LBP) and leads to degenerative lumbar disease. LDD is considered to be irreversible, and no truly effective treatment that suppresses LDD or regenerates the degenerated disc has been established thus far. Here, we report the case of a 42-year-old woman with a 10-year history of persistent LBP. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated degenerative changes (Pfirrmann classification: grade IV) in the L4-5 intervertebral disc with type I and III mixed Modic changes adjacent to the disc...
January 31, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143419/t2-relaxation-time-for-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-in-patients-with-upper-back-pain-initial-results-on-the-clinical-use-of-3-0-tesla-mri
#15
Raoying Xie, Linhui Ruan, Lei Chen, Kai Zhou, Jiandong Yuan, Wei Ji, Guangjian Jing, Xiaojing Huang, Qinglei Shi, Chun Chen
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful non-invasive tool for evaluating abnormalities of intervertebral discs. However, there are few studies which applied functional MRI techniques to investigate degenerative changes in cervical and cervicothoracic junction (CTJ) spine among adults. The aim of this study was to compare T2 relaxation time measurement evaluation with morphological grading for assessing cervical and CTJ intervertebral discs (IVD) in the patients suffering neck, shoulder, and upper back pain...
January 31, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142219/the-influence-of-oxygen-concentration-on-the-extracellular-matrix-production-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells-during-isolation-expansion-process
#16
Shu-Hua Yang, Ming-Hsiao Hu, Wan-Yu Lo, Yuan-Hui Sun, Chang-Chin Wu, Kai-Chiang Yang
Nucleus pulposus (NP) cells locate in the center of avascular intervertebral discs, and thus have presumably adapted to a hypoxic environment. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influences of hypoxic condition, during isolation-expansion of human NP cells, on the cellular proliferation and extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis in later three-dimensional cultures. Human NP tissues were obtained from patients who underwent lumbar disc surgeries. Immediately after retrieval, NP tissues from each patient were divided into two aliquots for in vitro cultivation either under classical normoxic (21% O2 ) or hypoxic (3...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123508/aloperine-attenuates-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-injury-via-anti-apoptotic-activity-and-suppression-of-the-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
#17
Dongliang Ren, Weisong Ma, Baozhen Guo, Shunyi Wang
Aloperine is an alkaloid that exerts significant inhibitive effects on acute inflammation and Type III and IV hypersensitivity caused by a variety of inflammatory agents. The aims of the present study were to investigate whether the protective effect of aloperine attenuates hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced injury, and to identify the underlying mechanisms involved. Nucleus pulposus cells were extracted from adult male Sprague-Dawley rats, and incubated with fresh medium containing 200 µM H2O2 for 24 h. In the study, treatment with aloperine significantly increased cell viability and suppressed apoptosis in H2O2-treated nucleus pulposus cells in a dose-dependent manner...
January 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120948/il-1%C3%AE-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-via-mitochondria-pathway-in-human-degenerative-nucleus-pulposus-cells
#18
Jieliang Shen, Shengxi Xu, Hao Zhou, Huzhe Liu, Wei Jiang, Jie Hao, Zhenming Hu
IL-1β has been reported highly expressed in degenerative intervertebral disc, and our previous study indicated IL-1β facilitates apoptosis of human degenerative nucleus pulposus (NP) cell. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. We here demonstrate that IL-1β played a significantly pro-apoptotic effect under serum deprivation. IL-1β decreased Bcl-2/Bax ratio and enhanced cytochrome C released from mitochondria to cytosol, which proved mitochondria-meidated apoptosis was induced. Subsequently, mitochondria damage was detected under IL-1β stimualtion...
January 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108404/annulus-fibrosus-cells-express-and-utilize-c-c-chemokine-receptor-5-ccr5-for-migration
#19
Weijun Liu, David Liu, Justin Zheng, Peng Shi, Po-Hsin Chou, Chundo Oh, Di Chen, Howard S An, Ana Chee
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Disc degeneration is associated with the progressive loss of the proteoglycan content of the intervertebral disc, decreased matrix synthesis, higher concentrations of proteolytic enzymes, and increased levels of proinflammatory cytokines. In previous studies, we have shown that C-C chemokine ligand (CCL)2, CCL3, and CCL5 are highly expressed by cultured nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF) cells that have been treated by interleukin-1. The major function of these chemokines is to recruit immune cells into the disc...
January 17, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102712/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-and-7-mediate-the-anabolic-function-of-nucleus-pulposus-cells-with-discrete-mechanisms
#20
Victor Yl Leung, Lixiong Zhou, Wai-Kit Tam, Yi Sun, Fengjuan Lv, Guangqian Zhou, Kenneth Mc Cheung
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) play roles in promoting cell anabolism, especially extracellular matrix production. The difference between BMP members in their capacity to modulate intervertebral disc cell activity is yet to be defined. BMP-7/OP-1 has been shown to retard disc degeneration. We compared the activity of BMP-7 with BMP-2 on nucleus pulposus (NP) cell phenotype and function, and investigated how they differentially affect the gene expression profiles of signaling cascade components in human NP cells under degenerative states...
January 19, 2017: Connective Tissue Research
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