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Bone development

Julian Bejarano, Rainer Detsch, Aldo R Boccaccini, Humberto Palza
Novel multifunctional scaffolds for bone regeneration can be developed by incorporation of bioactive glasses doped with therapeutic and antibacterial metal ions, such as copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn), into a biodegradable polymer. In this context, porous composite materials of biodegradable poly(D, L-lactide) (PDLLA) mixed with sol-gel bioactive glasses (BG) of chemical composition 60SiO2 ; 25CaO; 11Na2 O; and 4P2 O5 (mol.%) doped with either 1 mol% of CuO or ZnO, and with both metals, were prepared. The cytocompatibility of the scaffolds on bone marrow stromal cells (ST-2) depended on both, the amount of glass filler and the concentration of metal ion, as evaluated by lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity, cell viability (water-soluble tetrazolium salt (WST-8)), and by cell morphology (scanning electron microscopy (SEM)) tests...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Siham Bibi, Yanyan Zhang, Caroline Hugonin, Mallorie Depond Mangean, Liang He, Ghaith Wedeh, Jean-Marie Launay, Sjoerd Van Rijn, Thomas Würdinger, Fawzia Louache, Michel Arock
Systemic mastocytosis are rare neoplasms characterized by accumulation of mast cells in at least one internal organ. The majority of systemic mastocytosis patients carry KIT D816V mutation, which activates constitutively the KIT receptor. Patient with advanced forms of systemic mastocytosis, such as aggressive systemic mastocytosis or mast cell leukemia, are poorly treated to date. Unfortunately, the lack of in vivo models reflecting KIT D816V+ advanced disease hampers pathophysiological studies and preclinical development of new therapies for such patients...
October 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Mohammed Badrul Amin, Naoyuki Miura, Mohammad Khaja Mafij Uddin, Mohammod Johirul Islam, Nobuaki Yoshida, Sachiko Iseki, Tsutomu Kume, Paul Trainor, Hirotomo Saitsu, Kazushi Aoto
Foxc2, a member of the winged helix transcription factor family, is essential for eye, calvarial bone, cardiovascular and kidney development in mice. Nevertheless, how Foxc2-expressing cells and their descendent cells contribute to the development of these tissues and organs has not been elucidated. Here, we generated a Foxc2 knock-in (Foxc2(CreERT2) ) mouse, in which administration of estrogen receptor antagonist tamoxifen induces nuclear translocation of Cre recombinase in Foxc2-expressing cells. By crossing with ROSA-LacZ reporter mice (Foxc2(CreERT2) ; R26R), the fate of Foxc2 positive (Foxc2(+) ) cells was analyzed through LacZ staining at various embryonic stages...
October 26, 2016: Congenital Anomalies
Lei Dong, Wen-Mei Yu, Hong Zheng, Mignon L Loh, Silvia T Bunting, Melinda Pauly, Gang Huang, Muxiang Zhou, Hal E Broxmeyer, David T Scadden, Cheng-Kui Qu
Germline activating mutations of the protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP2 (encoded by PTPN11), a positive regulator of the RAS signalling pathway, are found in 50% of patients with Noonan syndrome. These patients have an increased risk of developing leukaemia, especially juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia (JMML), a childhood myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN). Previous studies have demonstrated that mutations in Ptpn11 induce a JMML-like MPN through cell-autonomous mechanisms that are dependent on Shp2 catalytic activity...
October 26, 2016: Nature
Prerak Gupta, Mimi Adhikary, Joseph Christakiran M, Manishekhar Kumar, Nandana Bhardwaj, Biman B Mandal
Composite biomaterials as artificial bone graft materials are pushing the present frontiers of bioengineering. In this study, a biomimetic, osteoconductive tricomposite scaffold made of hydroxyapatite (HA) embedded in non-mulberry Antheraea assama (A. assama) silk fibroin fibers and its fibroin solution is explored for osteogenic potential. Scaffolds were physico-chemically characterized for morphology, porosity, secondary structure conformation, water retention ability, biodegradability and mechanical property...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Elie El Agha, Werner Seeger, Saverio Bellusci
Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) constitute a large family of polypeptides that are involved in many biological processes, ranging from prenatal cell-fate specification and organogenesis to hormonal and metabolic regulation in postnatal life. During embryonic development, these growth factors are important mediators of the crosstalk among ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm-derived cells and they instruct the spatial and temporal growth of organs and tissues such as the brain, bone, lung, gut etc. The involvement of FGFs in postnatal lung homeostasis is a growing field and there is emerging literature about their roles in lung pathophysiology...
October 26, 2016: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
F G A Silva, M F S F de Moura, N Dourado, J Xavier, F A M Pereira, J J L Morais, M I R Dias, P J Lourenço, F M Judas
Fracture characterization of human cortical bone under mode II loading was analyzed using a miniaturized version of the end-notched flexure test. A data reduction scheme based on crack equivalent concept was employed to overcome uncertainties on crack length monitoring during the test. The crack tip shear displacement was experimentally measured using digital image correlation technique to determine the cohesive law that mimics bone fracture behavior under mode II loading. The developed procedure was validated by finite element analysis using cohesive zone modeling considering a trapezoidal with bilinear softening relationship...
October 25, 2016: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
J Schmolders, S Koob, P Schepers, P H Pennekamp, S Gravius, D C Wirtz, R Placzek, A C Strauss
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE: Bone resection regarding adequate surgical margins is the treatment of choice for malignant bone tumors. In the case of metastasis-related complications, so-called skeletal-related events, it is highly important to achieve pain relief and a stable joint situation to re-mobilize the patients immediately following surgery. To bridge the often large osseous defect zones after tumor resection, both cemented and uncemented modular endoprosthetic systems are widely used...
October 25, 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
A A Suriawati, Hazreen Abdul Majid, Nabilla Al-Sadat, Mohd Nahar Azmi Mohamed, Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin
BACKGROUND: Dietary calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone development. Apart from diet, physical activity may potentially improve and sustain bone health. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between the dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, and bone mineral content (BMC) in 13-year-old Malaysian adolescents. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Selected public secondary schools from the central and northern regions of Peninsular Malaysia...
October 24, 2016: Nutrients
Nick A van Alphen, Mohamed Morsy, Alexis T Laungani, Assaf Kadar, Andrew J Vercnocke, Nirusha Lachman, Erik L Ritman, Steven L Moran
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to use micro-computed tomography to demonstrate the intraosseous vascularity of the lunate within a three-dimensional orientation to identify areas of greatest perfusion and define vascular "safe zones" for surgical intervention. METHODS: Fourteen upper extremities were injected with a lead-based contrast agent. The lunates were harvested and scanned using a micro-computed tomography scanner. The intraosseous vascularity was incorporated into a three-dimensional image...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Arno K Kumagai, Brittani Jackson, Saleem Razack
Learning the societal roles and responsibilities of the physician may involve difficult, contentious conversations about topics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and class, as well as violence, inequities, sexual assault, and child abuse. If not done well, these discussions may be deeply traumatizing to learners for whom these subjects "cut close to the bone." Equally traumatizing is exposure to injustice and mistreatment, as well as to the sights, sounds, and smells of suffering and pain in the clinical years...
October 25, 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Alexander Pfeil, Laura Krojniak, Diane M Renz, Lisa Reinhardt, Marcus Franz, Peter Oelzner, Gunter Wolf, Joachim Böttcher
BACKGROUND: BoneXpert (BX) is a newly developed medical device based on digital X-ray radiogrammetry to measure human cortical bone thickness. The aim of this study was to quantify cortical bone loss of the metacarpals in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and compare these findings with other radiological scoring methods. METHODS: The study includes 104 patients with verified PsA. The BX method was used to measure the Metacarpal Index (MCI) at the metacarpal bones (II-IV)...
October 25, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Jennifer Xu, Alejandro Sisniega, Wojciech Zbijewski, Hao Dang, J Webster Stayman, Michael Mow, Xiaohui Wang, David H Foos, Vassillis E Koliatsos, Nafi Aygun, Jeffrey H Siewerdsen
PURPOSE: A cone-beam CT scanner has been developed for detection and monitoring of traumatic brain injury and acute intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) at the point of care. This work presents a technical assessment of imaging performance and dose for the scanner in phantom and cadaver studies as a prerequisite to clinical translation. METHODS: The scanner incorporates a compact, rotating-anode x-ray source and a flat-panel detector (43 × 43 cm(2)) on a mobile U-arm gantry with source-axis distance = 550 mm and source-detector distance = 1000 mm...
October 2016: Medical Physics
D L Bones, J C Gómez Martín, C J Empson, J D Carrillo Sánchez, A D James, T P Conroy, J M C Plane
On entering the Earth's atmosphere, micrometeoroids partially or completely ablate, leaving behind layers of metallic atoms and ions. The relative concentration of the various metal layers is not well explained by current models of ablation. Furthermore, estimates of the total flux of cosmic dust and meteoroids entering the Earth's atmosphere vary over two orders of magnitude. To better constrain these estimates and to better model the metal layers in the mesosphere, an experimental Meteoric Ablation Simulator (MASI) has been developed...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Vincent Kuek, Zhifan Yang, Shek Man Chim, Sipin Zhu, Huazi Xu, Siu To Chow, Jennifer Tickner, Vicki Rosen, Wendy Erber, Xiucheng Li, Qin An, Yu Qian, Jiake Xu
Angiogenesis plays an important role in bone development and remodeling and is mediated by a plethora of potential angiogenic factors. However, data regarding specific angiogenic factors that are secreted within the bone microenvironment to regulate osteoporosis is lacking. Here, we report that Nephronectin (NPNT), a member of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) repeat superfamily proteins and a homologue of EGFL6, is expressed in osteoblasts. Intriguingly, the gene expression of NPNT is reduced in the bone of C57BL/6J ovariectomised mice and in osteoporosis patients...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Carrie S Shemanko, Yingying Cong, Amanda Forsyth
The normal developmental program that prolactin generates in the mammary gland is usurped in the cancerous process and can be used out of its normal cellular context at a site of secondary metastasis. Prolactin is a pleiotropic peptide hormone and cytokine that is secreted from the pituitary gland, as well as from normal and cancerous breast cells. Experimental and epidemiologic data suggest that prolactin is associated with mammary gland development, and also the increased risk of breast tumors and metastatic disease in postmenopausal women...
October 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
C H Zhang, R M DeSouza, J S B Kho, S Vundavalli, G Critchley
Kernohan-Woltman notch phenomenon (KWNP) is a false localising sign which may still cause diagnostic confusion. It was first described by Kernohan and Woltman in 1929, through post-mortem studies on 297 patients following cases of false localisation. They proposed that raised intracranial pressure causes uncal herniation, which can compress the contralateral cerebral peduncle against the tough tentorium, manifesting as hemiparesis ipsilateral to the primary brain lesion. A number of case reports have been written since the original description of this phenomenon, primarily secondary to intracranial bleeds, and little has been written about long-term outcome of patients who develop KNWP...
October 26, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Zheng Li, Jianxiong Shen, Matthew T V Chan, William Ka Kei Wu
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumour. Increasing evidence has demonstrated the pathogenic role of microRNA (miRNAs) dysregulation in tumour development. miR-379 was previously reported to function as an oncogenic or tumour-suppressing miRNA in a tissue-dependent manner. However, its function in osteosarcoma remains unknown. In this study, we found that the expression of miR-379 was downregulated in osteosarcoma tissues and cell lines. Further functional characterization revealed that miR-379 suppressed osteosarcoma cell proliferation and invasion in vitro and retarded the growth of osteosarcoma xenografts in vivo...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Sarah G Mitchell, Silvia T Bunting, Debra Saxe, Thomas Olson, Frank G Keller
An activating point mutation of the c-KIT tyrosine kinase receptor gene, D816H, has been described in germ cell tumors (GCTs). We report an adolescent diagnosed with an ovarian mixed GCT and systemic mastocytosis with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (SM-CMML). The teratoma and dysgerminoma differed by copy number aberrations via single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray, but were inclusive of the same c-KIT D816H point mutation (c.2446G>C) also identified in blood and bone marrow mast cells. These findings indicate not only a clonal origin of the GCT and hematologic malignancy, but also suggest a rare KIT mutation may be playing a fundamental role in malignancy development...
October 26, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
John Garcia, Claire Mennan, Helen S McCarthy, Sally Roberts, James B Richardson, Karina T Wright
Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) is a cell-based therapy that has been used clinically for over 20 years to treat cartilage injuries more efficiently in order to negate or delay the need for joint replacement surgery. In this time, very little has changed in the ACI procedure, but now many centres are considering or using alternative cell sources for cartilage repair, in particular mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). In this study, we have tested the chondrogenic potential of donor-matched MSCs derived from bone marrow (BM), infrapatellar fat pad (FP), and subcutaneous fat (SCF), compared to chondrocytes...
2016: Stem Cells International
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