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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334358/ranges-of-cervical-intervertebral-disc-deformation-during-an-in-vivo-dynamic-flexion-extension-of-the-neck
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Yan Yu, Haiqing Mao, Jing-Sheng Li, Tsung-Yuan Tsai, Liming Cheng, Kirkham B Wood, Guoan Li, Thomas D Cha
While abnormal loading is widely believed to cause cervical spine disc diseases, in-vivo cervical disc deformation during dynamic neck motion has not been well delineated. This study investigated the range of cervical disc deformation during an in-vivo functional flexion-extension of the neck. Ten asymptomatic human subjects were tested using a combined dual fluoroscopic imaging system and MRI based 3D modeling technique. Overall disc deformation was determined using the changes of the space geometry between upper and lower endplates of each intervertebral segment (C3/4, C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331218/identification-of-a-novel-heterozygous-mutation-of-the-aggrecan-gene-in-a-family-with-idiopathic-short-stature-and-multiple-intervertebral-disc-herniation
#2
Sumito Dateki, Akiko Nakatomi, Satoshi Watanabe, Hitomi Shimizu, Yukiko Inoue, Hideo Baba, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Hiroyuki Moriuchi
Aggrecan is a critical proteoglycan component of the extracellular matrix of the growth plates and articular cartilage and has a key role in the biophysical and biomechanical properties of cartilage. Recently, heterozygous mutations in the ACAN gene, which encodes aggrecan, have been identified in patients with short stature and accelerated bone age. We herein report another family with a heterozygous ACAN mutation associated with idiopathic short stature along with accelerated bone age and early-onset herniation of the lumbar discs at the levels of L1/2 through L5/S1...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326638/intervertebral-disc-calcification-with-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament
#3
Kaori Mizukawa, Takako Kobayashi, Nobuharu Yamada, Takahisa Hirota
A 6-year-old girl presented to hospital with a 4 day history of increasing neck pain. White blood cell count was normal with slightly raised C-reactive protein. The patient had a limited range of neck movement, and experienced enhanced pain with neck extension. X-ray and cervical computed tomography (CT) confirmed the diagnosis of cervical intervertebral disc calcification (IDC) and IDC with ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL), respectively. The symptoms improved after approximately 1 week following rest and oral acetaminophen...
March 21, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326305/implications-for-a-stem-cell-regenerative-medicine-based-approach-to-human-intervertebral-disk-degeneration
#4
REVIEW
Petra Kraus, Thomas Lufkin
The human body develops from a single cell, the zygote, the product of the maternal oocyte and the paternal spermatozoon. That 1-cell zygote embryo will divide and eventually grow into an adult human which is comprised of ~3.7 × 10(13) cells. The tens of trillions of cells in the adult human can be classified into approximately 200 different highly specialized cell types that make up all of the different tissues and organs of the human body. Regenerative medicine aims to replace or restore dysfunctional cells, tissues and organs with fully functional ones...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324865/biomaterials-for-intervertebral-disc-regeneration-and-repair
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REVIEW
Robert D Bowles, Lori A Setton
The intervertebral disc contributes to motion, weight bearing, and flexibility of the spine, but is susceptible to damage and morphological changes that contribute to pathology with age and injury. Engineering strategies that rely upon synthetic materials or composite implants that do not interface with the biological components of the disc have not met with widespread use or desirable outcomes in the treatment of intervertebral disc pathology. Here we review bioengineering advances to treat disc disorders, using cell-supplemented materials, or acellular, biologically based materials, that provide opportunity for cell-material interactions and remodeling in the treatment of intervertebral disc disorders...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321940/anatomy-of-psoas-muscle-innervation-cadaveric-study
#6
Mark A Mahan, Luke E Sanders, Jian Guan, Andrew T Dailey, William Taylor, David A Morton
INTRODUCTION: Hip flexion weakness is relatively common after lateral transpsoas surgery. Persistent weakness may result from injury to the innervation of the psoas major muscles (PMMs); however, anatomical texts have conflicting descriptions of this innervation, and the branching pattern of the nerves within the psoas major, particularly relative to vertebral anatomy, has not been described. The authors dissected human cadavers to describe the branching pattern of nerves supplying the PMMs...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321567/adjacent-segment-pathology-natural-history-or-effect-of-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-a-10-year-follow-up-radiological-multicenter-study-using-an-evaluation-scale-of-the-ageing-spine
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Alessandro Pesce, Venceslao Wierzbicki, Emanuele Piccione, Alessandro Frati, Antonino Raco, Riccardo Caruso
PURPOSE: Aim of this study is to compare late degenerative MRI changes in a subset of patients operated on with ACDF to a second subset of patients presenting indication to ACDF but never operated on. METHODS: Patients from both subgroups received surgical indication according to the same criteria. Both subgroups underwent a cervical spine MRI in 2004-2005 and 10 years later in 2015. These MRI scans were retrospectively evaluated with a cervical spine ageing scale...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321409/could-the-topping-off-technique-be-the-preventive-strategy-against-adjacent-segment-disease-after-pedicle-screw-based-fusion-in-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Po-Hsin Chou, Hsi-Hsien Lin, Howard S An, Kang-Ying Liu, Wei-Ren Su, Cheng-Li Lin
The "topping-off" technique is a new concept applying dynamic or less rigid fixation such as hybrid stabilization device (HSD) or interspinous process device (IPD) for the purpose of avoiding adjacent segment disease (ASD) proximal to the fusion construct. A systematic review of the literature was performed on the effect of topping-off techniques to prevent or decrease the occurrence of ASD after lumbar fusion surgery. We searched through major online databases, PubMed and MEDLINE, using key words related to "topping-off" technique...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321270/autophagy-is-a-protective-response-to-the-oxidative-damage-to-endplate-chondrocytes-in-intervertebral-disc-implications-for-the-treatment-of-degenerative-lumbar-disc
#9
Ke Chen, Xiaohua Lv, Wei Li, Fei Yu, Jianjing Lin, Junxuan Ma, Deming Xiao
Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability in the elderly. Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) was considered as the main cause for LBP. Degeneration of cartilaginous endplate was a crucial harmful factor during the initiation and development of IDD. Oxidative stress was implicated in IDD. However, the underlying molecular mechanism for the degeneration of cartilaginous endplate remains elusive. Herein, we found that oxidative stress could induce apoptosis and autophagy in endplate chondrocytes evidenced by western blot analysis, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence staining, GFP-LC3B transfection, and MDC staining...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314997/clinical-and-microbiological-outcomes-in-haematogenous-spondylodiscitis-treated-conservatively
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Tiziana Ascione, Giovanni Balato, Sigismondo Luca Di Donato, Pasquale Pagliano, Francesco Granata, Gianluca Colella, Carlo Ruosi
INTRODUCTION: Spondylodiscitis refers to infections of the intervertebral disc and the adjacent vertebral body. Although it is still considered a rare condition, its rate is projected to increase. Mortality rate is considered to be low, but an estimated one third of the survivors experience residual disabilities. Literature shows that uncomplicated spondylodiscitis can be adequately treated by early antibiotic therapy and immobilization. The aim of the study is to evaluate the outcome of conservative treatment in patients with haematogenous spondylodiscitis...
March 17, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298159/biological-behavior-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-response-to-changes-in-the-acidic-environment-during-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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Jianjun Liu, Hui Tao, Cailiang Shen, Xiaoying Liu, Hanbang Wang, Fulong Dong, Renjie Zhang, Jie Li, Peng Ge, Peiwen Song, Huaqing Zhang, Peng Xu
An acidic environment is vital for the maintenance of cellular activities but can be affected tremendously during intervertebral disc degeneration. The effect of changes in the acidity of the environment on human nucleus pulposus mesenchymal stem cells (NP-MSCs) is unknown, however. Thus, this study aimed to observe the biological effects of acidic conditions mimicking a degenerated intervertebral disc on NP-MSCs in vitro. NP-MSCs were isolated from patients with lumbar disc herniation and were further identified by their immunophenotypes and multilineage differentiation...
March 16, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297581/systemic-delivery-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-in-situ-intervertebral-disc-regeneration
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Carla Cunha, Catarina R Almeida, Maria Inês Almeida, Andreia M Silva, Maria Molinos, Sofia Lamas, Catarina L Pereira, Graciosa Q Teixeira, António T Monteiro, Susana G Santos, Raquel M Gonçalves, Mário A Barbosa
Cell therapies for intervertebral disc (IVD) regeneration presently rely on transplantation of IVD cells or stem cells directly to the lesion site. Still, the harsh IVD environment, with low irrigation and high mechanical stress, challenges cell administration and survival. In this study, we addressed systemic transplantation of allogeneic bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) intravenously into a rat IVD lesion model, exploring tissue regeneration via cell signaling to the lesion site. MSC transplantation was performed 24 hours after injury, in parallel with dermal fibroblasts as a control; 2 weeks after transplantation, animals were killed...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296211/deleterious-effects-of-nonsynonymous-single-nucleotide-variants-of-human-il-1%C3%AE-gene
#13
Yue-Hui Zhang, Jia Song, Jing Zhang, Jiang Shao
The IL-1β gene is currently topic of interest for its important role in the pathogenesis of intervertebral disc degeneration. The new sequencing technology makes it crucial to study the effects of variants in IL-1β. Thus, 714 IL-1β variants with evidence supporting were collected from the EMBL database. Among them, 62 were nonsynonymous single nucleotide variants (nsSNVs). Furthermore, six common nsSNVs were predicted to have damaging effects by SIFT, PolyPhen, PROVEAN and SNPs&GO. Based on the constructed three-dimensional structure of pro-IL-1β, rs375479974 with a mutation of Phe to Ser was proposed to reduce the stability of the pro-IL-1β protein...
March 15, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294643/a-videofluoroscopy-based-tracking-algorithm-for-quantifying-the-time-course-of-human-intervertebral-displacements
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Christian Balkovec, Jim H Veldhuis, John W Baird, G Wayne Brodland, Stuart M McGill
The motions of individual intervertebral joints can affect spine motion, injury risk, deterioration, pain, treatment strategies, and clinical outcomes. Since standard kinematic methods do not provide precise time-course details about individual vertebrae and intervertebral motions, information that could be useful for scientific advancement and clinical assessment, we developed an iterative template matching algorithm to obtain this data from videofluoroscopy images. To assess the bias of our approach, vertebrae in an intact porcine spine were tracked and compared to the motions of high-contrast markers...
March 15, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289843/micro-ct-evaluation-of-asymmetrical-ovine-intervertebral-disc-height-loss-from-surgical-approach
#15
Christopher Ludtka, Stefan Schwan, Andrea Friedmann, Walther Brehm, Ingo Wiesner, Felix Goehre
PURPOSE: The primary goal of this study is to clearly define and evaluate new intervertebral disc height parameters in analysing the morphological pathology of disc degeneration for application in damage model and regeneration therapy development, as well as applying traditional variables to 3-D characterization methods. METHODS: A posterolateral surgical approach was used to induce disc degeneration in an ovine model. At 12-months post-operation, sheep vertebral segments were removed and characterized using micro-CT to evaluate disc height parameters in regard to injury localization...
March 13, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289800/tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-overexpression-induces-mainly-osteoclastogenesis-at-the-vertebral-site
#16
Guillaume Courbon, Sacha Flammier, Norbert Laroche, Laurence Vico, Hubert Marotte, Fabienne Coury
Syndesmophyte occurrence and axial bone loss were investigated in the heterozygous Tg187 tumor necrosis factor (TNF) transgenic mouse model (Tg-huTNF) of arthritis. Female and male Tg-huTNF mice were compared to wild-type mice (WT) at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 weeks. Syndesmophytes, intervertebral disc space, osteoclasts, osteoid surface, and vertebra microarchitecture were assessed by histomorphometry and microcomputed tomography. No spontaneous syndesmophyte formation was detected in Tg-huTNF compared to WT mice...
March 13, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288923/effects-of-alendronateon-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-with-bone-loss-in-ovariectomized-rats
#17
Huiping Song, Yang Luo, Wenya Wang, Shuyang Li, Kai Yang, Muwei Dai, Yong Shen, Yingze Zhang, Liu Zhang
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Osteoporosis adversely affects disc degeneration cascades, and prophylactic alendronate (ALN) helps delay intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) in ovariectomized (OVX) rats. However, there remains no information regarding whether ALN affects IDD with bone loss. PURPOSE: This study aimed to observe the effects of ALN on degenerative discs with bone loss induced by OVX in rats. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled in vivo experiments in rodents...
March 10, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285075/thermally-triggered-hydrogel-injection-into-bovine-intervertebral-disc-tissue-explants-induces-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-restores-mechanical-function
#18
A A Thorpe, G Dougill, L Vickers, N D Reeves, C Sammon, G Cooper, C L Le Maitre
We previously reported a synthetic Laponite® crosslinked pNIPAM-co-DMAc (L-pNIPAM-co-DMAc) hydrogel which promotes differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to nucleus pulposus (NP) cells without additional growth factors. The clinical success of this hydrogel is dependent on: integration with surrounding tissue; the capacity to restore mechanical function; as well as supporting the viability and differentiation of delivered MSCs. Bovine NP tissue explants were injected with media (control), human MSCs (hMSCs) alone, acellular L-pNIPAM-co-DMAc hydrogel or hMSCs incorporated within the L-pNIPAM-co-DMAc hydrogel and maintained at 5% O2 for 6 weeks...
March 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283670/clinical-presentation-and-outcome-of-dogs-treated-medically-or-surgically-for-thoracolumbar-intervertebral-disc-protrusion
#19
A H Crawford, S De Decker
To date, few studies have investigated the clinical characteristics of thoracolumbar intervertebral disc protrusion (IVDP). The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the presentation and outcome of dogs receiving medical or surgical treatment for thoracolumbar IVDP. Eighty-four dogs were included, with a median age of 9.4 years. German shepherd dogs and Staffordshire bull terriers were the most common breeds. Significantly more surgically treated dogs (n=53) had neurological deficits and were non-ambulatory, compared with medically treated (n=31)...
March 10, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283080/correlation-between-severity-of-clinical-signs-and-transcranial-magnetic-motor-evoked-potentials-in-dogs-with-intervertebral-disc-herniation
#20
H-L Amendt, J S Siedenburg, N Steffensen, U Kordass, K Rohn, A Tipold, V M Stein
Transcranial magnetic motor evoked potentials (TMMEPs) can assess the functional integrity of the spinal cord descending motor pathways. In intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH), these pathways are compromised to varying degrees reflected by the severity of neurological deficits. The hypotheses of this study were as follows: (1) TMMEPs differ in dogs with IVDH and healthy control dogs; (2) TMMEPs reflect different severities of neurological signs; and (3) TMMEPs can document functional motor improvement and therefore monitor recovery of function...
March 2017: Veterinary Journal
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