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Degenerated Disc Disease

Dhungana Hemanta, Xiao-Xing Jiang, Zhen-Zhou Feng, Zi-Xian Chen, Yuan-Wu Cao
Degenerative disc disease is a multifaceted progressive irreversible condition and an inevitable part of aging, which has been found to be a contributing factor for low back pain and might cause radiculopathy, myelopathy, spinal stenosis, degenerative spondylolisthesis, and herniations. Its etiology is complex and multifactorial. Although genetics influence more dominant, the occupational and mechanical influences still persist as a major risk factor. This review emphasizes up-to-date knowledge regarding etiology of disc degeneration with special consideration on occupational, lifestyle factors, and genetic polymorphisms...
September 20, 2016: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
Rebecca Wilson, Richard Kendall
Low back pain and obesity are both rising epidemics. This manuscript will examine global trends in obesity, contributory lifestyle and societal factors, and morbidity and mortality associated with cardiovascular disease. Using this background information, the article will explore the complex physiological process of atherosclerosis and association between impaired lumbar perfusion and low back pain. It will also give specific guidance on exercise and nutrition to help treat these potential underlying and contributory mechanisms of spine pathology...
October 6, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Erlick A C Pereira, Mohammad Farwana, Khai S Lam
Spinal stenosis and low-grade spondylolisthesis produce symptoms of neural compression that can be treated with extreme lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) via indirect decompression. This study aimed to investigate whether the restoration of disc dimensions would relieve symptoms of radiculopathy, claudication and back pain. In this retrospective study, patients undergoing XLIF surgery for relief of radicular symptoms or degenerative disc disease were included. Radiologically proven changes were used to assess the modes of degeneration...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
B Eser, O Eser, Y Yuksel, H Aksit, E Karavelioglu, M Tosun, Z Sekerci
The aim of this study was to identify the possible correlation between polymorphisms in matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 and MMP-3 and their corresponding protein levels in disc tissues obtained from patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH) using biochemical and immunohistochemical analyses. Blood and disc samples were obtained from 100 patients with LDH who underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy. Based on the radiological degeneration, the patients were diagnosed with grade 2, 3, or 4 LDH. MMP-1 -1607 1G/2G and MMP-3 -1171 5A/6A were analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction...
September 9, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Shady Elmasry, Shihab Asfour, Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Francesco Travascio
Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is well-known for upregulating cell proliferation and biosynthesis of the extracellular matrix in the intervertebral disc (IVD). Pathological conditions, such as obesity or chronic kidney disease cause IGF-1 deficiency in plasma. How this deficiency impacts disc homeostasis remains unknown. Pro-anabolic approaches for the treatment of disc degeneration based on enhancing IGF-1 bioavailability to tissue-cells are considered, but knowledge of their effectiveness in enhancing cellular anabolism of a degenerated disc is limited...
September 22, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Naimisha Beeravolu, Jared Brougham, Irfan Khan, Christina McKee, Mick Perez-Cruet, Rasul G Chaudhry
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is characterized by the loss of nucleus pulposus (NP), which is a common cause for lower back pain. Although, currently, there is no cure for the degenerative disc disease (DDD), stem cell therapy is increasingly being considered for its treatment. In this study, we investigated the feasibility and efficacy of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) and chondroprogenitor cells (CPCs) derived from those cells to regenerate damaged IVD in a rabbit model. Transplanted cells survived, engrafted and dispersed into nucleus pulposus (NP) in situ...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Meriam Boubakri, Taro Chaya, Hiromi Hirata, Naoko Kajimura, Ryusuke Kuwahara, Akiko Ueno, Jarema Malicki, Takahisa Furukawa, Yoshihiro Omori
In the retina, aberrant opsin transport from cell bodies to outer segments leads to retinal degenerative diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa. Opsin transport is facilitated by the intraflagellar transport (IFT) system which mediates the bidirectional movement of proteins within cilia. In contrast to functions of the anterograde transport executed by IFT complex B (IFT-B), the precise functions of the retrograde transport mediated by IFT complex A (IFT-A) have not been well studied in photoreceptor cilia. Here, we analyzed developing zebrafish larvae carrying a null mutation in ift122 encoding a component of IFT-A...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Simon Wan, Samantha Borland, Stephen M Richardson, Catherine L R Merry, Alberto Saiani, Julie E Gough
: Cell-based therapies for regeneration of intervertebral discs are regarded to hold promise for degenerative disc disease treatment, a condition that is strongly linked to lower back pain. A de novo self-assembling peptide hydrogel (SAPH), chosen for its biocompatibility, tailorable properties and nanofibrous architecture, was investigated as a cell carrier and scaffold for nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue engineering. Oscillatory rheology determined that the system would likely be deliverable via minimally invasive procedure and mechanical properties could be optimised to match the stiffness of the native human NP...
September 24, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Nizar Algarni, Michael Grant, Laura M Epure, Omar Salem, Rakan Farouk Bokhari, John Antoniou, Fackson Mwale
Link N (DHLSDNYTLDHDRAIH), is a naturally occurring peptide that can stimulate matrix production in vitro, in vivo and in intact ex vivo human intervertebral discs (IVDs). We have recently discovered that annulus fibrosus cells (AF) cells have the ability to proteolytically process Link N resulting in a fragment spanning amino acid residues 1-8 short Link N (sLink N). Separately, we recently developed and validated a large animal disc organ culture model that maintains long-term cell viability while retaining the bony endplates and vertebral bone (vIVDs; IVD with intact vertebrae)...
September 27, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
S Ye, B Ju, H Wang, K-B Lee
OBJECTIVES: Interleukin 18 (IL-18) is a regulatory cytokine that degrades the disc matrix. Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) stimulates synthesis of the disc extracellular matrix. However, the combined effects of BMP-2 and IL-18 on human intervertebral disc degeneration have not previously been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the anabolic cytokine BMP-2 and the catabolic cytokine IL-18 on human nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF) cells and, therefore, to identify potential therapeutic and clinical benefits of recombinant human (rh)BMP-2 in intervertebral disc degeneration...
September 2016: Bone & Joint Research
Michael F Coscia, Gerald A Denys, Matthew F Wack
STUDY DESIGN: Patients scheduled for spinal surgery were screened prospectively for a microbial presence associated with intervertebral disc specimens. Inclusion was limited to patients requiring surgery for any of 5 conditions: study patients with cervical spine intervertebral herniation (IVH), lumbar spine IVH, lumbar spine discogenic pain, and control patients with idiopathic scoliosis/Scheurermann's kyphosis or trauma/neuromuscular deformity. Exclusion criteria included ongoing systemic infection, abnormal pre-operative white cell counts, documented or suspected spinal infection, or previous surgery to the involved disc...
September 23, 2016: Spine
David C Noriega, Francisco Ardura, Ruben Hernández-Ramajo, Miguel Angel Martín-Ferrero, Israel Sánchez-Lite, Borja Toribio, Mercedes Alberca, Veronica García, José Maria Moraleda, Ana Sánchez, Javier García-Sancho
BACKGROUND: Degenerative disc disease often causes severe low-back pain, a public health problem with huge economic and life quality impact. Chronic cases often require surgery, which may lead to biomechanical problems and accelerated degeneration of the adjacent segments. Autologous mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) treatments have shown feasibility, safety and strong indications of clinical efficacy. We present here a randomized, controlled trial using allogeneic MSC, which are logistically more convenient than autologous cells...
September 21, 2016: Transplantation
C Josten, C-E Heyde, U J Spiegl
Treating vertebral body fractures is challenging when there is relevant pre-existing spinal degeneration. Both vertebral body fractures and spinal degeneration are related to the physiological aging process. The increases in both are linked to increases in life expectancy. Several factors promote spinal degeneration and increase fracture risk, such as disc degeneration, spinal imbalance and osteoporosis. The main diagnostic and therapeutic challenge is to identify the sources of pain and to start appropriate therapy...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Reid Hoshide, Erica Feldman, Anisha Narayan, William Taylor
BACKGROUND: The natural, inflammatory repair processes of an injured intervertebral degenerative disc can propagate further injury and destruction. While there are many different treatment modalities of the pain related to degenerative disc disease, none are actually reparative in nature. Treatment strategies to repair a degenerative disc without inducing a destructive inflammatory milieu have been elusive.  PURPOSE: The purpose of this experiment is to discover the feasibility of reconstructing an injured intervertebral disc using an injected, inert polymer as the foundation for endogenous collagen growth...
2016: Curēus
Yi Feng, Brian Egan, Jinxi Wang
Low back pain (LBP) is a major cause of disability and imposes huge economic burdens on human society worldwide. Among many factors responsible for LBP, intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is the most common disorder and is a target for intervention. The etiology of IDD is complex and its mechanism is still not completely understood. Many factors such as aging, spine deformities and diseases, spine injuries, and genetic factors are involved in the pathogenesis of IDD. In this review, we will focus on the recent advances in studies on the most promising and extensively examined genetic factors associated with IDD in humans...
September 2016: Genes & Diseases
Pedro Berjano, Jorge H Villafañe, Dario Lo Re, Maryem Ismael, Marco Damilano, Lucia Bertozzi, Carlo L Romanò, Lorenzo Drago
INTRODUCTION: To systematically review the evidence linking Propionibacterium acnes with the development of symptomatic degenerative disc disease. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: Data were obtained from MEDLINE from their inception to October 2015. Two authors independently conducted the searches, extracted data and completed methodological quality assessments. Articles were included if they investigated the presence of P. acnes in symptomatic degenerative disc disease through intra- operative cultural examination...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Christian Elabd, Christopher J Centeno, John R Schultz, Gregory Lutz, Thomas Ichim, Francisco J Silva
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain due to disc degeneration represents a major social and economic burden worldwide. The current standard of care is limited to symptomatic relief and no current approved therapy promotes disc regeneration. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are easily accessible and well characterized. These MSCs are multipotent and exhibit great tissue regenerative potential including bone, cartilage, and fibrous tissue regeneration. The use of this cell-based biologic for treating protruding disc herniation and/or intervertebral disc degeneration is a promising therapeutic strategy, due to their known regenerative, immuno-modulatory and anti-inflammatory properties...
2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Bo Y Chun, Joseph F Rizzo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Review recent advances in clinical and experimental studies of dominant optic atrophy (DOA) to better understand the complexities of pathophysiology caused by the optic atrophy 1 (OPA1) mutation. RECENT FINDINGS: DOA is the most commonly diagnosed inherited optic atrophy, causing progressive bilateral visual loss that begins early in life. During the past 25 years, there has been substantial progress in the understanding of the clinical, genetic, and pathophysiological basis of this disease...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
Richard Bostelmann, Tamara Bostelmann, Adrian Nasaca, Hans Jakob Steiger, Frank Zaucke, Christoph Schleich
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: On a molecular level, maturation or degeneration of human intervertebral disc is among others expressed by the content of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). According to the degenerative status, the disc content can differ in nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF), respectively. Research in this area was conducted mostly on postmortem samples. Although several radiological classification systems exist, none includes biochemical features. Therefore, we focused our in vivo study on a widely spread and less expensive imaging technique for the cervical spine and the correlation of radiological patterns to biochemical equivalents in the intervertebral discs...
August 25, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Zhonghai Li, Yantao Zhao, Jiaguang Tang, Dongfeng Ren, Jidong Guo, Huadong Wang, Li Li, Shuxun Hou
PURPOSE: To compare perioperative parameters, clinical outcomes, radiographic parameters, and complication rates of the new zero-profile, stand-alone Fidji cervical cage with those of the stand-alone cages with a titanium plate for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) for the surgical treatment of single- and multilevel cervical degenerative disc disease (DDD). METHODS: Between October 2009 and December 2013, 152 consecutive patients [86 males and 52 females; mean age 51...
August 23, 2016: European Spine Journal
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