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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090450/quantitative-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-lumbar-intervertebral-discs
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REVIEW
Dosik Hwang, Sewon Kim, Nirusha A Abeydeera, Sheronda Statum, Koichi Masuda, Christine B Chung, Palanan Siriwanarangsun, Won C Bae
Human lumbar spine is composed of multiple tissue components that serve to provide structural stability and proper nutrition. Conventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques have been useful for evaluation of IVD, but inadequate at imaging the discovertebral junction and ligamentous tissues due primarily to their short T2 nature. Ultrashort time to echo (UTE) MR techniques acquire sufficient MR signal from these short T2 tissues, thereby allowing direct and quantitative evaluation. This article discusses the anatomy of the lumbar spine, MR techniques available for morphologic and quantitative MR evaluation of long and short T2 tissues of the lumbar spine, considerations for T2 relaxation modeling and fitting, and existing and new techniques for spine image post-processing, focusing on segmentation...
December 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065162/validation-of-a-competitive-elisa-and-a-virus-neutralization-test-for-the-detection-and-confirmation-of-antibodies-to-senecavirus-a-in-swine-sera
#2
Melissa Goolia, Fabio Vannucci, Ming Yang, Devi Patnayak, Shawn Babiuk, Charles K Nfon
Senecavirus A (SVA; family Picornaviridae) is a nonenveloped, single-stranded RNA virus associated with idiopathic vesicular disease (IVD) in swine. SVA was detected in pigs with IVD in Brazil, United States, Canada, and China in 2015, triggering the need to develop and/or validate serologic assays for SVA. Our objective was to fully validate a previously developed competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (cELISA) as a screening test for antibodies to SVA. Additional objectives included the development and validation of a virus neutralization test (VNT) as a confirmatory test for SVA antibody detection, and the comparison of the cELISA, VNT, and an existing immunofluorescent antibody test (IFAT) for the detection of SVA antibodies in serial bleeds from SVA outbreaks...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063600/rna-in-situ-hybridization-characterization-of-non-enzymatic-derived-bovine-intervertebral-disc-cell-lineages-suggests-progenitor-cell-potential
#3
Petra Kraus, Rachel Yerden, Victoria Kocsis, Thomas Lufkin
Degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD) is a meritorious target for therapeutic cell based regenerative medicine approaches, however, controversy over what defines the precise identity of mature IVD cells and lack of single cell based quality control measures is of concern. Bos taurus and human IVDs are histologically more similar than is Mus musculus. The mature bovine IVD is well suited as model system for technology development to be translated into therapeutic cell based regenerative medicine applications...
January 4, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052015/epoxyeicosanoids-prevent-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#4
Jing Li, Hanfeng Guan, Huiyong Liu, Libo Zhao, Li Li, Yong Zhang, Peng Tan, Baoguo Mi, Feng Li
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is considered a common cause of low back pain. In the degenerating IVD, the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including IL-1 and TNF-α, progressively increases, contributing to the degenerative process. Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs), synthesized from arachidonic acid by cytochrome P450 enzymes, act as autocrine and paracrine effectors in regulating inflammation, cardiovascular functions, and angiogenesis. EETs were shown to be especially potent promoters of tissue regeneration...
December 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050868/field-assessment-of-the-new-rapid-diagnostic-test-ebola-ezyscreen-%C3%A2
#5
F Gallais, F Gay-Andrieu, V Picot, N Magassouba, S Mély, C N Peyrefitte, L Bellanger
During the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014, the World Health Organization has pointed out the need for rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) affordable, sensitive, specific, user-friendly, rapid, equipment-free, and deliverable. The rapid diagnostic test (Lateral Flow Assay) Ebola eZYSCREEN(®) was developed in this emergency frame using monoclonal antibodies against the envelope glycoprotein of the virus. Two distinct versions have been industrialized, one for whole-blood samples and the other for serum/plasma samples...
January 3, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050750/a-novel-modality-for-functional-imaging-in-acute-intervertebral-disk-herniation-via-tracking-leukocyte-infiltration
#6
Li Xiao, Mengmeng Ding, Yi Zhang, Mahendra Chordia, Dongfeng Pan, Adam Shimer, Francis Shen, David Glover, Li Jin, Xudong Li
PURPOSE: Inflammation plays a key role in the progression of intervertebral disk (IVD) herniation and associated low back pain. However, real-time spatial diagnosis of inflammation associated with acute disk herniation has not been investigated. We sought to detect local neutrophil and macrophage infiltration near disk herniation via the formyl peptide receptor 1 (FPR1)-mediated molecular imaging in a disk puncture mouse model to elucidate pathophysiological process of disk herniation...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043032/kaempferol-slows-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-by-modifying-lps-induced-osteogenesis-adipogenesis-imbalance-and-inflammation-response-in-bmscs
#7
Jun Zhu, Haoyu Tang, Zhenhua Zhang, Yong Zhang, Chengfeng Qiu, Ling Zhang, Pinge Huang, Feng Li
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is a common disease that represents a significant cause of socio-economic problems. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are a potential autologous stem cell source for the nucleus pulposus regeneration. Kaempferol has been reported to exert protective effects against both osteoporosis and obesity. This study explored the effect of kaempferol on BMSCs differentiation and inflammation. The results demonstrated that kaempferol did not show any cytotoxicity at concentrations of 20, 60 and 100μM...
February 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012886/biomechanical-and-endplate-effects-on-nutrient-transport-in-the-intervertebral-disc
#8
Morgan B Giers, Bryce T Munter, Kyle J Eyster, George D Ide, Anna G U S Newcomb, Jennifer N Lehrman, Evgenii Belykh, Vadim A Byvaltsev, Brian P Kelly, Mark C Preul, Nicholas Theodore
BACKGROUND: Physical data are lacking on nutrient transport in human intervertebral discs (IVDs), which supports regeneration. Our objective was to study nutrient transport in porcine IVDs to determine the effects of biomechanical and physiological factors. METHODS: In vitro testing of whole porcine IVDs was performed under different loading conditions. Fifty cervical, thoracic, and lumbar discs with attached end plates were removed from 4 Yorkshire pigs (90-150 pounds)...
December 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011632/a-developmental-transcriptomic-analysis-of-pax1-and-pax9-in-embryonic-intervertebral-disc-development
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V Sivakamasundari, Petra Kraus, Wenjie Sun, Xiaoming Hu, Siew Lan Lim, Shyam Prabhakar, Thomas Lufkin
Pax1 and Pax9 play redundant, synergistic functions in the patterning and differentiation of the sclerotomal cells that give rise to the vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs (IVD) of the axial skeleton. They are conserved in mice and humans, whereby mutations/deficiency of human PAX1/PAX9 have been associated with kyphoscoliosis. By combining cell-type specific transcriptome and ChIP-sequencing data, we identified the roles of Pax1/Pax9 in cell proliferation, cartilage development and collagen fibrillogenesis, which are vital in early IVD morphogenesis...
December 23, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011039/the-direction-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-the-chondrogenic-lineage-is-influenced-by-the-features-of-hydrogel-carriers
#10
A Hansson, A Wenger, H Barreto Henriksson, S Li, B R Johansson, H Brisby
Low back pain is a major public health issue in the Western world, one main cause is believed to be intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. To halt/diminish IVD degeneration, cell therapy using different biomaterials e.g. hydrogels as cell carriers has been suggested. In this study, two different hydrogels were examined (in vitro) as potential cell carriers for human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) intended for IVD transplantation. The aim was to investigate cell-survival and chondrogenic differentiation of hMSCs when cultured in hydrogels Puramatrix(®) or Hydromatrix(®) and potential effects of stimulation with growth hormone (GH)...
December 13, 2016: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004013/aberrant-expression-of-interleukin-6-and-its-receptor-in-fallopian-tubes-bearing-an-ectopic-pregnancy-with-and-without-tubal-cytomegalovirus-infection
#11
Ahmed Mohamed Ashshi
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has recently been suggested as a potential risk factor for the development of ectopic pregnancy (EP) following upper genital tract infection in women. However, little is known about its associated underlying pathogenic mechanisms. This was a prospective case-control study that measured the prevalence of CMV infection in Fallopian tubes (FT) bearing an EP and its effects on the tubal expression of interleukin (IL)-6 and its signaling molecules, which are known to play significant roles in the immune response against CMV infection as well as embryo implantation...
December 2016: Virusdisease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003146/injectable-hyaluronic-acid-down-regulates-interferon-signaling-molecules-igfbp3-and-ifit3-in-the-bovine-intervertebral-disc
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Zepur Kazezian, Zhen Li, Mauro Alini, Sibylle Grad, Abhay Pandit
: Low back pain which is a major cause of disability for people aged between 20 and 50 years imposes a serious socio-economic burden. The current focus of regenerative medicine is on identifying molecular markers to facilitate the design of targeted therapeutics. Previously, we have demonstrated that expression of the anti-proliferative interferon-induced protein with tetratricopeptide repeats 3 (IFIT3) and pro-apoptotic insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 (IGFBP3), are up-regulated as downstream targets of the inflammatory cytokine interferon α (IFNα) signaling pathway in the human annulus fibrosus (AF)...
December 18, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997062/surgical-anatomy-radiological-features-and-molecular-biology-of-the-lumbar-intervertebral-discs
#13
REVIEW
Malik Ghannam, Fareed Jumah, Shaden Mansour, Amjad Samara, Saja Alkhdour, Muayad A Alzuabi, Loai Aker, Nimer Adeeb, Justin Massengale, RodJ Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
The intervertebral disc (IVD) is a joint unique in structure and functions. Lying between adjacent vertebrae, it provides both the primary support and the elasticity required for the spine to move stably. Various aspects of the IVD have long been studied by researchers seeking a better understanding of its dynamics, aging and subsequent disorders. In the present paper, we review the surgical anatomy, imaging modalities, and molecular biology of the lumbar IVD. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
December 20, 2016: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994557/intervertebral-disc-swelling-demonstrated-by-3d-and-water-content-magnetic-resonance-analyses-after-a-3-day-dry-immersion-simulating-microgravity
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Loïc Treffel, Karen Mkhitaryan, Stéphane Gellee, Guillemette Gauquelin-Koch, Claude Gharib, Stéphane Blanc, Catherine Millet
Background: Vertebral deconditioning is commonly experienced after space flight and simulation studies. Disc herniation is quadrupled after space flight. Purpose: The main hypothesis formulated by the authors is that microgravity results in intervertebral disc (IVD) swelling. Study Design: The aim of the study was to identify the morphological changes of the spine and their clinical consequences after simulated microgravity by 3-day dry immersion (DI). The experimental protocol was performed on 12 male volunteers using magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy before and after DI...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994225/comparison-of-circulating-tumour-cells-and-circulating-cell-free-epstein-barr-virus-dna-in-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-undergoing-radiotherapy
#15
Jess Honganh Vo, Wen Long Nei, Min Hu, Wai Min Phyo, Fuqiang Wang, Kam Weng Fong, Terence Tan, Yoke Lim Soong, Shie Lee Cheah, Kiattisa Sommat, Huiyu Low, Belinda Ling, Johnson Ng, Wan Loo Tan, Kian Sing Chan, Lynette Oon, Jackie Y Ying, Min-Han Tan
Quantification of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is commonly used in clinical settings as a circulating biomarker in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), but there has been no comparison with circulating tumour cells (CTCs). Our study aims to compare the performance of CTC enumeration against EBV cfDNA quantitation through digital PCR (dPCR) and quantitative PCR. 74 plasma samples from 46 NPC patients at baseline and one month after radiotherapy with or without concurrent chemotherapy were analysed...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986604/cell-therapy-for-the-degenerating-intervertebral-disc
#16
REVIEW
Wei Tong, Zhouyu Lu, Ling Qin, Robert L Mauck, Harvey E Smith, Lachlan J Smith, Neil R Malhotra, Martin F Heyworth, Franklin Caldera, Motomi Enomoto-Iwamoto, Yejia Zhang
Spinal conditions related to intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration cost billions of dollars in the US annually. Despite the prevalence and soaring cost, there is no specific treatment that restores the physiological function of the diseased IVD. Thus, it is vital to develop new treatment strategies to repair the degenerating IVD. Persons with IVD degeneration without back pain or radicular leg pain often do not require any intervention. Only patients with severe back pain related to the IVD degeneration or biomechanical instability are likely candidates for cell therapy...
November 28, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968705/efficient-nonviral-transfection-of-primary-intervertebral-disc-cells-by-electroporation-for-tissue-engineering-application
#17
Rahel D May, Adel Tekari, Daniela A Frauchiger, Anna Krismer, Lorin M Benneker, Benjamin Gantenbein
Low back pain (LBP) is an increasing global health problem associated with intervertebral disc (IVD) trauma and degeneration. Current treatment options include surgical interventions with partial unsatisfactory outcomes reported such as failure to relieve LBP, nonunions, nerve injuries, or adjacent segment disease. Cell-based therapy and tissue engineered IVD constructs supplemented with transfected disc cells that incorporate factors enhancing matrix synthesis represent an appealing approach to regenerate the IVD...
January 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943659/the-fabrication-and-characterization-of-a-multi-laminate-angle-ply-collagen-patch-for-annulus-fibrosus-repair
#18
Rachel McGuire, Ryan Borem, Jeremy Mercuri
One major limitation of intervertebral disc (IVD) repair is that no ideal biomaterial has been developed that effectively mimics the angle-ply collagen architecture and mechanical properties of the native annulus fibrosus (AF). Furthermore, it would be beneficial to devise a simple, scalable process by which to manufacture a biomimetic biomaterial that could function as a mechanical repair patch to be secured over a large defect in the outer AF that will support AF tissue regeneration. Such a biomaterial would: (1) enable the employment of early-stage interventional strategies to treat IVD degeneration (i...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917384/genetic-alterations-in-intervertebral-disc-disease
#19
REVIEW
Nikolay L Martirosyan, Arpan A Patel, Alessandro Carotenuto, M Yashar S Kalani, Evgenii Belykh, Corey T Walker, Mark C Preul, Nicholas Theodore
BACKGROUND: Intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD) is considered a multifactorial disease that is influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. The last two decades of research strongly demonstrate that genetic factors contribute about 75% of the IVDD etiology. Recent total genome sequencing studies have shed light on the various single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are associated with IVDD. AIM: This review presents comprehensive and updated information about the diversity of genetic factors in the inflammatory, degradative, homeostatic, and structural systems involved in the IVDD...
2016: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913258/an-experimental-study-on-the-effects-of-smoking-in-the-perinatal-period-and-during-lactation-on-the-intervertebral-discs-of-newborns
#20
Idiris Altun, Kasım Z Yuksel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the histopathological effects of smoking before, during and after pregnancy on the intervertebral disc structure of the newborns in an experimental rat model. METHODS: Seven adult female Wistar Albino rats were randomly allocated into 7 groups. Nicotine (2 mg/kg/day) was intraperitoneally introduced to these rats in 6 groups before, during and after pregnancy, while the rat in the control group received isotonic saline intraperitoneally. Fourteen newborns delivered by each rat were sacrificed at the end of 9 weeks after being breastfed for 3 weeks after birth...
November 29, 2016: World Neurosurgery
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