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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526629/the-ultra-structural-organization-of-the-elastic-network-in-the-intra-and-inter-lamellar-matrix-of-the-intervertebral-disc
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J Tavakoli, D M Elliott, J J Costi
The inter-lamellar matrix (ILM) -located between adjacent lamellae of the annulus fibrosus- consists of a complex structure of elastic fibres, while elastic fibers of the intra-lamellar region are aligned predominantly parallel to the collagen fibers. The organization of elastic fibres under low magnification, in both inter- and intra-lamellar regions, was studied by light microscopic analysis of histologically prepared samples; however, little is known about their ultrastructure. An ultrastructural visualization of elastic fibres in the inter-lamellar matrix is crucial for describing their contribution to structural integrity, as well as mechanical properties of the annulus fibrosus...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526405/hypoxia-inducible-factor-l%C3%AE-mediates-aggrecan-and-collagen-%C3%AE-expression-via-notch1-signaling-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-during-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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Zhuochao Liu, Changwei Li, Xiangchao Meng, Yunting Bai, Jin Qi, Jun Wang, Qi Zhou, Weibin Zhang, Xingkai Zhang
Although hypoxia-inducible factor-lα (HIF-lα) has been reported to have an important role in the metabolism and synthesis of the extracellular matrix (ECM) of nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs), the underlying mechanism has not been fully clarified. Here, we show for the first time that NOTCH1 expression is decreased in NPs isolated from degenerated human intervertebral discs (IVDs), as well as in the NPs of NP-specific HIF-1α(-/-) mice. Our study reveals that overexpression of HIF-1α leads to increased expression of NOTCH1, the NOTCH1 ligand JAGGED1, and its target gene hairy and enhancer of split-1 (HES1), while also upregulating collagen Π and aggrecan expression in human NPCs...
May 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525292/comparison-of-adjacent-segment-degeneration-after-nonrigid-fixation-system-and-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-for-single-level-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-new-method-of-mri-analysis-of-lumbar-nucleus-pulposus-volume
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Shaofeng Yang, Yanan Liu, Zhaohua Bao, Jun Zou, Huilin Yang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of a nonrigid fixation system and posterior lumbar interbody fusion on adjacent intervertebral disc degeneration by using MRI analysis of lumbar nucleus pulposus volume for single-level lumbar disc herniation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We selected 112 patients who underwent nonrigid fixation (17 men and 44 women) or posterior lumbar interbody fusion (13 men and 38 women) for this retrospective study. Based on the T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans taken preoperatively, and 6, 12, and 24 months after surgery, the nucleus pulposus in the upper segments of the operated level was considered an ellipsoid, and their volumes were measured respectively and then compared between the two groups...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523278/chondrocyte-specific-knockout-of-tsc-1-leads-to-congenital-spinal-deformity-in-mice
#4
Cheng Yang, Yuhui Chen, Zhen Li, He Cao, Keming Chen, Pinglin Lai, Bo Yan, Bin Huang, Jiajun Tang, Shicai Fan, Daozhang Cai, Dadi Jin, Xiaochun Bai, Rongping Zhou
Congenital spinal deformity is the most severe clinical orthopedic issue worldwide. Among all the pathological processes of congenital spinal deformity, the imbalance of endochondral ossification is considered to be the most important developmental cause of spinal dysplasia. We established chondrocyte-specific TSC-1 knockout (KO) mice to overactivate the energy metabolic component, mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), and measured the spinal development by general, imaging, histological, and Western-blot assessments...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520505/early-blockade-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-spinal-cord-injured-dogs-results-in-a-long-term-increase-in-bladder-compliance
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Jonathan Michael Levine, Noah D Cohen, Thomas Fandel, Gwendolyn Joan Levine, Joseph M Mankin, John F Griffin, Sharon C Kerwin, C Elizabeth Boudreau, Alpa Trivedi, Linda Noble-Haeusslein
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is often accompanied by reduced bladder compliance, which contributes to adverse conditions including urinary tract infections and vesicoureteral reflux. Reduced compliance is, in part, attributed to extensive remodeling of the bladder wall including the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here we tested the hypothesis that blockade of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), known for their ability to remodel the ECM, improves bladder compliance in dogs with SCI. We first evaluated dogs with naturally occurring SCIs resulting from intervertebral disc herniation (IVDH)...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515001/in-vitro-extracellular-matrix-accumulation-of-nasal-and-articular-chondrocytes-for-intervertebral-disc-repair
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S Vedicherla, C T Buckley
Chondrocyte based regenerative therapies for intervertebral disc repair such as Autologous Disc Cell Transplantation (ADCT, CODON) and allogeneic juvenile chondrocyte implantation (NuQu(®), ISTO Technologies) have demonstrated good outcomes in clinical trials. However concerns remain with the supply demand reconciliation and issues surrounding immunoreactivity which exist for allogeneic-type technologies. The use of stem cells is challenging due to high growth factor requirements, regulatory barriers and differentiation towards a stable phenotype...
May 8, 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514734/inflammatory-microrna-194-and-515-attenuate-the-biosynthesis-of-chondroitin-sulfate-during-human-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#7
Bo Hu, Chen Xu, Ye Tian, Changgui Shi, Ying Zhang, Lianfu Deng, Hongyu Zhou, Peng Cao, Huajiang Chen, Wen Yuan
Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is characterized by dehydration and loss of extracellular matrixes in the nucleus pulposus region. Chondroitin sulfate has been found to be the water-binding molecule that played a key role in IDD. Although investigators have reported that inflammatory cytokines are involved in the reduction of chondroitin sulfate in IDD, but the underlying mechanism is unrevealed. Since chondroitin sulfate synthesis is controlled by chondroitin sulfate glycosyltransferases CHSY-1/2/3 and CSGALNACT-1/2, their functional role and regulatory mechanism in IDD is not fully studied...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512264/gallic-acid-inhibits-the-release-of-adamts4-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-by-inhibiting-p65-phosphorylation-and-acetylation-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Yao Huang, Jian Chen, Tao Jiang, Zheng Zhou, Bin Lv, Guoyong Yin, Jin Fan
This study investigated the inhibitory effect of gallic acid (GA) on the release of A Disintegrin and Metalloproteinase with Thrombospondin motifs 4 (ADAMTS4) through the regulation of the NF-κB signaling pathway, which is closely related to the matrix metalloproteinases in nucleus pulposus cells. Different concentrations of GA were added to TNF-α-induced human nucleus pulposus cells (hNPCs) and intervertebral disc degeneration rat model. ADAMTS-4 expression increased both in the TNF-α-induced nucleus pulposus cells and intervertebral disc degeneration rat model...
April 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509587/link-protein-n-terminal-peptide-and-fullerol-promote-matrix-production-and-decrease-degradation-enzymes-in-rabbit-annulus-cells
#9
Ching-Hua Yeh, Dennis Chen, Bayan Aghdasi, Li Xiao, Mengmeng Ding, Li Jin, Xudong Li
PURPOSE: Intervertebral disc degeneration is a major cause of back pain. Novel therapies for prevention or reversal of disc degeneration are needed. It is desirable for potential therapies to target both inflammation and matrix degeneration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The combined regenerative potential of link protein N-terminal peptide (LN) and fullerol on annulus fibrosus (AF) cells was evaluated in a 3D culture model. RESULTS: IL-1α-induced AF cell degeneration was counteracted by fullerol, LN, and fullerol + LN, with the latter having the greatest effect on matrix production as evaluated by real-time PCR and GAG assay...
May 16, 2017: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507882/aquaporin-1-expression-in-herniated-human-lumbar-intervertebral-discs
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Haydn Hoffman, Aaron W Choi, Victor Chang, Jon Kimball, Alan S Verkman, Rubeen Virani, Brian Kim, Tianyi Niu, Daniel C Lu
STUDY DESIGN: Case series. OBJECTIVE: Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is the cause of spondylosis. The pathogenesis is poorly understood, but disc dehydration often plays a role. In this study, we aim to identify and quantify aquaporin-1 (AQP1) in ex vivo human degenerated IVDs obtained intraoperatively and to investigate the relationship between AQP1 levels and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) T2 intensity of the disc. METHODS: Ex vivo samples of nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue from lumbar IVDs were obtained from 18 consecutive patients who underwent surgery for disc herniation at L4/5 and L5/S1 level...
April 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507834/clinical-and-radiological-improvement-following-ozone-disc-nucleolysis-a-case-report
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Sharad Ghatge, Pranav D Modi, Dhaval B Modi
The results of traditional open surgery for herniated intervertebral disc are often limited by complications and failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Over the past few decades, a considerable amount of research has been done in the field of minimally invasive procedures as a treatment option for herniated intervertebral disc disease. Ozone disc nucleolysis is one such procedure which has results equal to or better than traditional surgery with virtually no complications. A 27-year-old post-partum female presented to the clinic with acute onset of severe lower back pain radiating to the left lower limb for one month...
April 13, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505960/normal-aging-of-the-lumbar-spine-in-women
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Hulya Kurtul Yildiz, Elif Evrim Ekin
BACKGROUND: Lumbar lordosis is required for bipedalism. OBJECTIVES: To investigate age-related changes in lumbar lordosis and to clarify the relationships between lumbar lordosis and vertebral wedging and disc degeneration. METHODS: A total of 300 women were included in this retrospective study, 50 in each of six age groups (20-, 30-, 40-, 50-, 60- and 70-year-olds). Patients with vertebral collapse, instable fracture or disc sequestration were excluded...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501720/characterization-and-restoration-of-degenerated-ivd-function-with-an-injectable-in-situ-gelling-alginate-hydrogel-an-in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-study
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Emily A Growney Kalaf, Meghana Pendyala, J Gary Bledsoe, Scott A Sell
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is a naturally, irreparable process that causes loss in IVD hydration, cellularity, and, mechanical stability. Invasive surgical attempts to ease back pain and, radiculopathy have shown to cause increased degeneration along the rest, of the spine. Due to its highly tunable mechanical and degradation, properties, alginate is a viable option for a less-invasive injectable, repair for IVD degeneration. This study centers on the characterization, of in situ gelling alginate and subsequent injection into enzymatically, degraded motion segments...
May 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500930/micro-computed-tomography-scanning-electron-microscopy-and-energy-x-ray-spectroscopy-studies-of-facet-joint-degeneration-a-comparison-to-clinical-imaging
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Felix Goehre, Christopher Ludtka, Melanie Hamperl, Andrea Friedmann, Anja Straube, Thomas Mendel, Andreas Heilmann, Hans Jörg Meisel, Stefan Schwan
Segmental degeneration in the human lumbar spine affects both the intervertebral discs and facet joints. Facet joint degeneration not only affects the cartilage surface, but also alters the cellular properties of the cartilage tissue and the structure of the subchondral bone. The primary focus of this study is the investigation of these microstructural changes that are caused by facet joint degeneration. Microstructural analyses of degenerated facet joint samples, obtained from patients following operative lumbar interbody fusion, have not previously been extensively investigated...
May 1, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499364/clinical-classification-in-low-back-pain-best-evidence-diagnostic-rules-based-on-systematic-reviews
#15
Tom Petersen, Mark Laslett, Carsten Juhl
BACKGROUND: Clinical examination findings are used in primary care to give an initial diagnosis to patients with low back pain and related leg symptoms. The purpose of this study was to develop best evidence Clinical Diagnostic Rules (CDR] for the identification of the most common patho-anatomical disorders in the lumbar spine; i.e. intervertebral discs, sacroiliac joints, facet joints, bone, muscles, nerve roots, muscles, peripheral nerve tissue, and central nervous system sensitization...
May 12, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498811/the-generation-and-functional-characterization-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-human-intervertebral-disc-nucleus-pulposus-cells
#16
Yanxia Zhu, Yuhong Liang, Hongxia Zhu, Cuihong Lian, Liang Wang, Yiwei Wang, Hongsheng Gu, Guangqian Zhou, Xiaoping Yu
Disc degenerative disease (DDD) is believed to originate in the nucleus pulposus (NP) region therefore, it is important to obtain a greater number of active NP cells for the study and therapy of DDD. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a powerful tool for modeling the development of DDD in humans, and have the potential to be applied in regenerative medicine. NP cells were isolated from DDD patients following our improved method, and then the primary NP cells were reprogramed into iPSCs with Sendai virus vectors encoding 4 factors...
April 26, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498809/follistatin-like-protein-1-promotes-inflammatory-reactions-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-by-interacting-with-the-mapk-and-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathways
#17
Yi Liu, Jianlu Wei, Yunpeng Zhao, Yuanqiang Zhang, Yingguang Han, Bin Chen, Kaiyuan Cheng, Jialin Jia, Lin Nie, Lei Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Follistatin-like protein 1 (FSTL1) is a well-known mediator of inflammation. Intervertebral disc disease is an inflammatory disorder. Here, we investigated the role of FSTL1 in the intervertebral discs inflammation. METHODS: Expression of FSTL1 in nucleus pulposus tissues from rats and human was determined by immunohistochemistry staining and western blot analysis. The expression levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin1-β (IL-1β) and matrix metalloproteinase 13 (MMP-13) in human and rat nucleus pulposus tissues were measured by immunohistochemistry staining...
April 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498326/a-histopathological-scheme-for-the-quantitative-scoring-of-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-and-the-therapeutic-utility-of-adult-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-intervertebral-disc-regeneration
#18
Cindy C Shu, Margaret M Smith, Susan M Smith, Andrew J Dart, Christopher B Little, James Melrose
The purpose of this study was to develop a quantitative histopathological scoring scheme to evaluate disc degeneration and regeneration using an ovine annular lesion model of experimental disc degeneration. Toluidine blue and Haematoxylin and Eosin (H&E) staining were used to evaluate cellular morphology: (i) disc structure/lesion morphology; (ii) proteoglycan depletion; (iii) cellular morphology; (iv) blood vessel in-growth; (v) cell influx into lesion; and (vi) cystic degeneration/chondroid metaplasia...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498027/asthma-and-early-herniated-intervertebral-disc-disease
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Cheng-Di Chiu, Hsuan-Ju Chen, Hean-Pat Saw, Nai-Wei Yao, Hung-Rong Yen, Chia-Hung Kao
BACKGROUND: The etiology of herniated intervertebral disc (HIVD) disease in children and adolescents is multifactorial and not merely related to disc degeneration. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated the relationship between young asthma patients and the risk of early HIVD disease in a population under 30 years of age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan were used to conduct a retrospective longitudinal cohort study...
May 12, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497435/genetic-dimension-of-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-polymorphism-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-1-and-3-in-the-north-iranian-population
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Alia Saberi, Zivar Salehi, Bahram Naderinabi, Sahar Hojaat Ansari, Sohail Mashayekhi
AIM: Exploring the relationship between two polymorphisms (MMP-1-755 T/G [rs498186] and MMP-3 A/C [rs632478]) and disc degeneration. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a case-control study on 130 cases with intervertebral disc degeneration confirmed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and 210 healthy individuals. Schneiderman criterion was used to determine the severity of the disc degeneration. Blood samples were collected from the participants. The genotyping was performed by polymerase chain reaction - restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method...
April 4, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
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