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Shaohong Cheng, Patrick Aghajanian, Sheila Pourteymoor, Catrina Alarcon, Subburaman Mohan
Endochondral ossification plays an important role in the formation of the primary ossification centers (POCs) and secondary ossification centers (SOCs) of mammalian long bones. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate POC and SOC formation are different. We recently demonstrated that Prolyl Hydroxylase Domain-containing Protein 2 (Phd2) is a key mediator of vitamin C effects on bone. We investigated the role of Phd2 on endochondral ossification of the epiphyses by conditionally deleting the Phd2 gene in osteoblasts and chondrocytes...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Heba M Ismail, Athanasios Didangelos, Tonia L Vincent, Jeremy Saklatvala
Objectives Mechanical injury to cartilage predisposes to osteoarthritis (OA). Wounding the articular cartilage surface causes rapid activation of MAP kinases and NFκB mimicking the response to inflammatory cytokines. Here, we identify the upstream signalling mechanisms involved. Methods Cartilage was injured by dissecting it from the articular surface of porcine metacarpophalangeal joints (MCP) or by avulsing murine proximal femoral epiphyses. Protein phosphorylation was assayed by Western blotting of cartilage lysates...
October 21, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Joseph Cadman, Chester Sutterlin, Danè Dabirrahmani, Richard Appleyard
BACKGROUND: Commercial fusion cages typically provide support in the central region of the endplate, failing to utilize the increased compressive strength around the periphery. This study demonstrates the increase in compressive strength that can be achieved if the bony periphery of the endplate is loaded. METHODS: Sixteen cadaveric lumbar vertebrae (L1-L5) were randomly divided into two even groups. A different commercial mass produced implant (MPI) was allocated to each group: (I) a Polyether-ether-ketone (PEEK) anterior lumber inter-body fusion (ALIF) MPI; and (II) a titanium ALIF MPI...
September 2016: J Spine Surg
Priyanka Srivastava, Himani Pandey, Divya Agarwal, Kausik Mandal, Shubha R Phadke
We describe three consanguineous Indian families with a distinct form of spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia (SED Omani type). It is an autosomal recessive disorder due to mutation in CHST3 gene. CHST3 gene encodes the enzyme chondroitin 6-O-sulfotransferase-1 (C6ST-1) which mediates the sulfation of proteoglycans, (chondroitin sulfate), in the extracellular matrix of cartilage. CHST3 gene was sequenced in probands from three different families with SED. In two families missense mutations (c.904G>C predicting the substitution D302H) and c...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Sherif Galal
: Developmental coxa vara (DCV) develops during early childhood between the age of independent walking and 6 years. The deformity includes a decrease in the neck-shaft angle and femoral retroversion. Recently, good results have been reported using external fixator systems for the correction of proximal femoral deformities secondary to slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Perthes' disease in children, and percutaneous proximal femoral osteotomy for coxa vara. This preliminary study was performed to evaluate the results of percutaneous subtrochanteric osteotomy in restoring the normal alignment and orientation (radiographic outcome), thereby restoring the normal mechanics of the hip joint, overcoming shortening of the limb, and re-establishing the length-tension relationship of the abductor muscles (functional outcome)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
Rohan A Ramasubbu, Benjamin M Ramasubbu
BACKGROUND: Management of open tibial fractures is well documented in adults, with existing protocols outlining detailed treatment strategies. No clear guidelines exist for children. Surgical stabilization of tibial fractures in the pediatric population requires implants that do not disrupt the open epiphyses (growth plate). Both elastic stable intramedullary nails and external fixation can be used. The objective of this study was to identify the optimal method of surgical stabilization in the treatment of open tibial fractures in children...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Ruken Yuksekkaya Celıkyay, Fatih Celikyay, Erkal Bilgic, Murat Ascı, Dogan Koseoglu
Dysplasia epiphysealis hemimelica (DEH) is a rare developmental disorder characterized by osteocartilaginous overgrowth in one or more epiphyses. The disease usually involves a single limb or is hemimelic (lateral or medial compartment), and lower extremities are more frequently affected than upper extremities. Here we present clinical and radiological findings for a male DEH patient at 1.5 and 3.5 years of age. The radiographs obtained at first presentation showed minimal osseous overgrowth and irregularity at the epiphyses around the left knee and ankle joints, respectively...
October 14, 2016: Skeletal Radiology
Maximilian Timme, Jürgen Michael Steinacker, Andreas Schmeling
To maintain the principle of sporting fairness and to protect the health of athletes, it is essential that age limits for youth sporting competitions are complied with. Forensic scientists have developed validated procedures for age estimation in living individuals. Methods have also been published for age estimation in competitive sports. These methods make use of the ossification stage of an epiphyseal plate to draw conclusions about an athlete's age. This article presents published work on the use of magnetic resonance imaging for age estimation in competitive sports...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Natalie R Langley, Sandra Cridlin
Secular changes refer to short-term biological changes ostensibly due to environmental factors. Two well-documented secular trends in many populations are earlier age of menarche and increasing stature. This study synthesizes data on maximum clavicle length and fusion of the medial epiphysis in 1840-1980 American birth cohorts to provide a comprehensive assessment of developmental and morphological change in the clavicle. Clavicles from the Hamann-Todd Human Osteological Collection (n = 354), McKern and Stewart Korean War males (n = 341), Forensic Anthropology Data Bank (n = 1,239), and the McCormick Clavicle Collection (n = 1,137) were used in the analysis...
January 2016: Human Biology
A Di Giancamillo, M E Andreis, P Taini, M C Veronesi, M Di Giancamillo, S C Modina
Cartilage canals (CCs) are microscopic structures involved in secondary ossification centers (SOCs) development. The features of CCs were investigated in the humeral and femoral proximal epiphyses of small-sized newborn dogs (from premature to 28 days after birth) with histochemical and immunohistochemical approaches. Masson's Trichrome revealed a ring-shaped area around CCs, which changes in colour from green (immature collagen) to red (mature collagen) as ossification progresses; perichondrium staining always matched the ring colour...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
Gabrielle Martel, Charles-André Couture, Guillaume Gilbert, Stéphane Bancelin, Hélène Richard, Thomas Moser, Sabrina Kiss, François Légaré, Sheila Laverty
Osteochondrosis is an ischemic chondronecrosis of epiphyseal growth cartilage that results in focal failure of endochondral ossification and osteochondritis dissecans at specific sites in the epiphyses of humans and animals, including horses. The upstream events leading to the focal ischemia remain unknown. The epiphyseal growth cartilage matrix is composed of proteoglycan and collagen macromolecules and encases its vascular tree in canals. The matrix undergoes major dynamic changes in early life that could weaken it biomechanically and predispose it to focal trauma and vascular failure...
October 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
A Ireland, R F Capozza, G R Cointry, L Nocciolino, J L Ferretti, J Rittweger
: Fibula response to disuse is unknown; we assessed fibula bone in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients and able-bodied counterparts. Group differences were smaller than in the neighbouring tibia which could not be explained by bone geometry. Differential adaptation of the shank bones may indicate previously unknown mechanoadaptive behaviours of bone. INTRODUCTION: The fibula supports only a small and highly variable proportion of shank compressive load (-8 to +19 %), and little is known about other kinds of stresses...
October 12, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Takashi Nishida, Satoshi Kubota, Eriko Aoyama, Nobuyasu Yamanaka, Karen M Lyons, Masaharu Takigawa
OBJECTIVE: CCN family protein 2/connective tissue growth factor (CCN2/CTGF) promotes cartilage regeneration in experimental osteoarthritis (OA) models. However, CCN2 production is very low in articular cartilage. The aim of this study was to investigate whether or not CCN2 was promoted by cultured chondrocytes treated with low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) and to clarify its mechanism. METHODS: Human chondrocytic cell line HCS-2/8, rat primary epiphyseal and articular cartilage cells, and Ccn2-deficient chondrocytes that impaired chondrocyte differentiation, were treated with LIPUS for 20 min at 3...
October 8, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Connie Y Chang, Daniel I Rosenthal, Deborah M Mitchell, Atsuhiko Handa, Susan V Kattapuram, Ambrose J Huang
Metabolic bone diseases are a diverse group of diseases that result in abnormalities of (a) bone mass, (b) structure mineral homeostasis, (c) bone turnover, or (d) growth. Osteoporosis, the most common metabolic bone disease, results in generalized loss of bone mass and deterioration in the bone microarchitecture. Impaired chondrocyte development and failure to mineralize growth plate cartilage in rickets lead to widened growth plates and frayed metaphyses at sites of greatest growth. Osteomalacia is the result of impaired mineralization of newly formed osteoid, which leads to characteristic Looser zones...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Nelly Mauras, Judith L Ross, Priscila Gagliardi, Y Miles Yu, Jobayer Hossain, Joseph Permuy, Ligeia Damaso, Debbie Merinbaum, Ravinder J Singh, Ximena Gaete, Veronica Mericq
CONTEXT: Growth of short children in puberty is limited by estrogen's effect on epiphyseal fusion. OBJECTIVES: To compare: (1) efficacy and safety of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) vs. GH vs. AI/GH on increasing adult height potential in pubertal boys with severe idiopathic short stature (ISS); and (2) body composition among groups. DESIGN: Randomized 3 arms open-label comparator Setting: Outpatient clinical research Patients: 76 pubertal boys, mean (SE) age: 14...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Rupesh Kumar, Anjana, Meghraj Kundan
INTRODUCTION: Osteochondroma is the most common benign tumour of the bone and is considered as developmental lesion of the bone. Common site of osteochondroma presentation is around the knee but calcaneal osteochondroma as such is a rare entity. Osteochondromas grow during childhood through adolescence, but usually the growth of osteochondroma ends when the epiphyseal plates close. In an adult, growth of an osteochondroma suggests the diagnosis of a malignant transformation. However, it can also present as pressure symptom in later phase of life...
April 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
M E Boeyer, S D Ousley
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to conduct an analysis of ossification patterns in the distal femoral, proximal tibial, and proximal fibular epiphyses, and the patella. The results generated from this analysis will be compared with previous standards published by Elgenmark () and Garn et al. () to determine if clinical and skeletal age assessment standards should be updated for contemporary Americans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using the Pediatric Radiology Interactive Atlas (Patricia), a total of 1,317 epiphyses were scored for presence or absence from radiographs of 1,056 white individuals born in or after 1990...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Sophie Legrève
OBJECTIVE: Multifocal osteonecrosis is rare. A zone of epiphyseal bone-marrow necrosis of three or more joints characterizes it. The most common risk factors are glucocorticoids intake and alcoholism. However, there is a series of other causes that could be incriminated in osteonecrosis, among which antiphospholipid syndrome. This case report, illustrates a primary antiphospholipid syndrome with only one clinical manifestation: multifocal osteonecrosis. OBSERVATIONS: A 30-year-old woman, with a medical history of left total hip replacement (THR), presents with severe right coxalgia and pain in both knees and shoulders...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
William Z Morris, Joshua K Napora, Keegan T Conry, Raymond W Liu
BACKGROUND: Factors including obesity and morphologic parameters around the hip that increase physeal stress are associated with an increased risk of slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). Recent evidence suggests that superior epiphyseal extension may confer stability to the physis and help protect against SCFE. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between epiphyseal extension and SCFE using an age-matched and sex-matched cohort study. METHODS: We generated 2 separate cohorts for comparison: 89 patients with unilateral SCFE and 89 healthy subjects with no evidence of hip disease or deformity...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
D Charisi, Z Laffranchi, S A Jiménez-Brobeil
Sexual dimorphism in humans is mainly observed as a difference in the anatomy of genitals and breasts. There are also some differences in the stature and metric or morphological traits of the skeleton. Degree of sexual dimorphism varies among populations and depends on their genetic composition and various cultural and environmental factors. In this study, two Mediaeval Muslim populations from Granada, Spain, were compared, testing whether differences in living environment (urban vs. rural) would result in distinct degrees of sexual dimorphism of long bones...
October 2016: Homo: Internationale Zeitschrift Für die Vergleichende Forschung Am Menschen
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