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Akihiko Hasegawa, Tomo Yonezawa, Noboru Taniguchi, Koji Otabe, Yukio Akasaki, Tetsuya Matsukawa, Masahiko Saito, Masashi Neo, Lihua Y Marmorstein, Martin K Lotz
OBJECTIVES: The EFEMP1 gene encoding fibulin-3 is specifically expressed in the superficial zone of articular cartilage. This study examined fibulin-3 expression patterns in joint aging and osteoarthritis (OA) and the role of fibulin-3 in OA pathogenesis. METHODS: Immunohistochemical analysis was performed on normal and OA human and mouse knee cartilage. Experimental OA was induced in wild type and fibulin-3(-/-) mice and OA severity was evaluated by histological scoring...
October 25, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Riccardo Gottardi, Uwe Hansen, Roberto Raiteri, Marko Loparic, Marcel Düggelin, Daniel Mathys, Niklaus F Friederich, Peter Bruckner, Martin Stolz
Cartilage matrix is a composite of discrete, but interacting suprastructures, i.e. cartilage fibers with microfibrillar or network-like aggregates and penetrating extrafibrillar proteoglycan matrix. The biomechanical function of the proteoglycan matrix and the collagen fibers are to absorb compressive and tensional loads, respectively. Here, we are focusing on the suprastructural organization of collagen fibrils and the degradation process of their hierarchical organized fiber architecture studied at high resolution at the authentic location within cartilage...
2016: PloS One
Hangfei Gao, Jiancao Gui, Liming Wang, Yan Xu, Yiqiu Jiang, Mingyue Xiong, Yongguang Cui
Aquaporins (AQPs) have been found to be associated with a number of diseases. However, the role of AQP‑1 in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis remains unclear. We previously found that AQP‑1 expression was upregulated in osteoarthritic cartilage and strongly correlated with caspase‑3 expression and activity. The aim of this study was to further investigate the association of AQP‑1 expression with chondrocyte apoptosis in a rat model of osteoarthritis, using RNA interference to knock down AQP‑1. For this purspose, 72 male Sprague‑Dawley rats were randomly assigned to 3 groups as follows: the control group not treated surgically (n=24), the sham‑operated group (n=24), and the osteoarthritis group (n=24)...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Heather N Jacobs, Sona Rathod, Matthew Wolf, Jennifer H Elisseeff
Micronized porcine urinary bladder matrix (UBM) is an extracellular matrix biomaterial that has immunomodulatory and pro-regenerative properties. The objective of this study was to assess the ability of UBM to alter disease progression in a mouse model of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (OA). Ten-week-old wild-type C57BL/6 male mice underwent anterior cruciate ligament transection (ACLT) to induce OA. Two weeks after ACLT, UBM (50 mg/mL) or saline was injected into the mouse joint. At 4 and 8 weeks post-ACLT, cartilage integrity was assessed using OARSI scoring of histology, pain was evaluated, and joints were harvested for quantitative RT-PCR analysis of cartilage-specific and inflammatory gene expression...
October 24, 2016: AAPS Journal
Caroline Leclercq, Christophe Mathoulin
Background Wrist arthroscopy is now a routine procedure, regarded as safe. Complications are reported in the literature as being rare and mostly minor. Purpose The two goals of this study were to evaluate the incidence and nature of complications based on a very large multicenter retrospective study, and to investigate about a potential learning curve. Methods The authors sent a detailed questionnaire to all members of the European Wrist Arthroscopy Society (EWAS), inquiring about the number and types of complications encountered during their practice of wrist arthroscopy, and about their experience with the technique...
November 2016: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Zahab S Ahsan, Michael Rivlin, Jesse B Jupiter
Ulnar styloid impaction syndrome involves repetitive friction between an excessively long ulnar styloid and the carpus, resulting in chondromalacia, synovitis, and pain. The arthroscopic diagnosis, evaluation, and management of this syndrome are not well characterized. We present a patient with chronic wrist pain of unknown origin, culminating with arthroscopic findings demonstrating substantial loss of articular cartilage on both the lunate and triquetrum. The patient successfully underwent operative ulnar styloid excision, ultimately resolving chronic wrist pain symptomology...
November 2016: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Mireia Esplugas, Alex Lluch-Bergada, Nathalie Mobargha, Manuel Llusa-Perez, Elisabet Hagert, Marc Garcia-Elias
Purpose In the presence of early osteoarthritis, changes to the trapeziometacarpal joint (TMJ) often result in pain and is associated with joint instability and a tendency of dorsoradial subluxation. In these instances, arthroscopy may be indicated to: (1) assess the extent of cartilage disease and the laxity of ligaments and to (2) treat TMJ instability. The purpose of our study was to biomechanically analyze which ligaments are the primary stabilizers of the TMJ. Methods Overall, 11 fresh-frozen human cadaver specimens were dissected and attached to a testing device with the thumb positioned in neutral abduction, neutral flexion, and neutral opposition...
November 2016: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Gregory I Bain, Simon B M MacLean, Wing-Lim Tse, Pak-Cheong Ho, David M Lichtman
The assessment and management of Kienböck Disease (KD) has always been a conundrum. The Lichtman classification has traditionally been used to guide treatment based on imaging. Arthroscopy provides a direct visualization of the articular surface, allows probing of the surfaces, and enables minimally invasive techniques to be performed. The Lichtman-Bain classification is a new classification that takes into account the osseous, vascular, and cartilage aspects of the lunate and the secondary effects on the wrist...
November 2016: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Denise Clavijo-Cornejo, Karina Martínez-Flores, Karina Silva-Luna, Gabriela Angélica Martínez-Nava, Javier Fernández-Torres, Yessica Zamudio-Cuevas, Mónica Guadalupe Santamaría-Olmedo, Julio Granados-Montiel, Carlos Pineda, Alberto López-Reyes
Osteoarthritis is characterized by the presence of proinflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species. We aimed to clarify the role of prooxidant enzyme content at the synovial membrane level and how it correlates with the inflammatory process in patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). In synovial membranes from KOA patients and control group, we analyzed the protein content of prooxidant enzymes such as Nox2, xanthine oxidase (XO), and prolidase as well as the proinflammatory NALP3. Results show that protein content of prolidase and Nox2 increased 4...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Ju Young Go, Bo Young Kang, Jin Hee Hwang, Kap Sung Oh
BACKGROUND: Efforts to prevent chest wall deformity after costal cartilage graft are ongoing. In this study, we introduce a new method to prevent donor site deformation using irradiated cadaver cartilage (ICC) and compare this method to the autogenous diced cartilage (ADC) technique. METHODS: Forty-two pediatric patients comprised the ADC group (n = 24) and the ICC group (n = 18). After harvesting costal cartilage, the empty perichondrial space was filled with autologous diced cartilage in the ADC group and cadaver cartilage in the ICC group...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
Marianne Abouyared, Mikhaylo Szczupak, Eric Barbarite, Zoukaa B Sargi, David E Rosow
PURPOSE: The purpose was to assess the success of open tracheal resection and re-anastomosis for non-malignant tracheal stenosis in adults. Successful operations were defined as T-tube or tracheostomy-free status by 6months post-operatively. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective chart review was performed and data were recorded in a de-identified manner. The primary outcome was T-tube or tracheostomy-free status by 6months following tracheal resection. Clinical and demographic characteristics were evaluated as potential prognostic variables...
September 7, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Edwin J W Geven, Martijn H J van den Bosch, Irene Di Ceglie, Giuliana Ascone, Shahla Abdollahi-Roodsaz, Annet W Sloetjes, Sven Hermann, Michael Schäfers, Fons A J van de Loo, Peter M van der Kraan, Marije I Koenders, Dirk Foell, Johannes Roth, Thomas Vogl, Peter L E M van Lent
BACKGROUND: Seronegative joint diseases are characterized by a lack of well-defined biomarkers since autoantibodies are not elevated. Calprotectin (S100A8/A9) is a damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) which is released by activated phagocytes, and high levels are found in seronegative arthritides. In this study, we investigated the biomarker potential of systemic and local levels of these S100 proteins to assess joint inflammation and joint destruction in an experimental model for seronegative arthritis...
October 24, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Niloofar Eslahi, Marjan Abdorahim, Abdolreza Arash Simchi
Stimuli responsive hydrogels (SRHs) are attractive bio-scaffolds for tissue engineering. The structural similarity of SRHs to the extracellular matrix (ECM) of many tissues offers great advantages for a minimally invasive tissue repair. Among various potential applications of SRHs, cartilage regeneration has attracted significant attention. The repair of cartilage damage is challenging in orthopedics owing to its low repair capacity. Recent advances include development of injectable hydrogels to minimize invasive surgery with nanostructured features and rapid stimuli-responsive characteristics...
October 24, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Dengkui DU, Shirong Chen, Gang Yi, Pan Wang, Ying Tang, Liwen Zheng, Junnan Chen
Objective To investigate the effect of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) on the extracellular matrix synthesis of human osteoarthritis (OA) chondrocytes and explore the underlying mechanism. Methods Human osteoarthritis chondrocytes were collected from abandoned articular cartilage. Then the cells were cultured and identified by toluidine blue staining and immunocytochemical staining of type 2 collagen. The passage 2 cells were randomly divided into 3 groups: control OA group, 30 mW/cm(2) LIPUS-treated OA group, 30 mW/cm(2) LIPUS combined with 5 μmol/L LY294002-treated OA group...
November 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Jung-Won Cho, Jung-Hyun Park, Jin-Woo Kim, Sun-Jong Kim
BACKGROUND: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) ankylosis in children often leads to facial deformity, functional deficit, and negative influence of the psychosocial development, which worsens with growth. The treatment of TMJ ankylosis in the pediatric patient is much more challenging than in adults because of a high incidence of recurrence and unfavorable growth of the mandible. CASE REPORT: This is a case report describing sequential management of the left TMJ ankylosis resulted from trauma in early childhood...
December 2016: Maxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Egil Karlsbakk, Árni Kristmundsson, Marco Albano, Paul Brown, Mark A Freeman
Myxobolus aeglefini Auerbach, 1906 was originally described from cranial cartilage of North sea haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus), but has subsequently been recorded from cartilaginous tissues of a range of other gadoid hosts, from pleuronectids and from lumpsucker (Cyclopterus lumpus) in the North Atlantic and from a zoarcid fish in the Japan Sea (Pacific). We obtained partial small-subunit rDNA sequences of Myxobolus 'aeglefini' from gadoids and pleuronectids from Norway and Iceland. The sequences from gadoids and pleuronectids represented two different genotypes, showing 98...
October 20, 2016: Parasitology International
Cynthia A Kahlenberg, Benedict U Nwachukwu, Kamran S Hamid, Michael E Steinhaus, Riley J Williams
PURPOSE: To evaluate reported medium- to long-term outcomes after high tibial osteotomy (HTO) with associated cartilage restoration procedures. METHODS: A review of the MEDLINE database was performed. The inclusion criteria were English language, clinical outcome study with HTO as the primary procedure, use of a form of cartilage repair included, and the mean follow-up period of at least 2 years. Each identified study was reviewed for study design, patient demographics, type of procedures performed, clinical outcomes, progression to total knee arthroplasty, and complications...
October 20, 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Aarti Sharma, Dai Rees, Sally Roberts, Nicola J Kuiper
BACKGROUND: Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) has been used to treat cartilage defects in thousands of patients worldwide with good clinical effectiveness 10-20years after implantation. Information concerning the quality of the repair cartilage is still limited because biopsies are small and rare. Glycosaminoglycan structure influences physiological function and is likely to be important in the long term stability of the repair tissue. The aim of this study was to assess glycosaminoglycans in ACI tissue over a two year period...
October 20, 2016: Knee
Jingyu Yang, Xuening Chen, Tun Yuan, Xiao Yang, Yujiang Fan, Xingdong Zhang
In the latest decade, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have wildly considered as a source of seeded cells in tissue engineering, not only because of its multi-differentiation potentials, but also due to its immunoregulation ability. The main immunoregulatory features of MSCs could be divided into low self-immunogenicity and secretion of soluble factors. In this study, we explored how scaffold structures modulated the secretion of soluble immunoregulatory factors in MSCs under an allogeneic cartilage tissue engineering background...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Wei Liu, Daming Wang, Jianghong Huang, You Wei, Jianyi Xiong, Weimin Zhu, Li Duan, Jielin Chen, Rong Sun, Daping Wang
Developed in recent years, low-temperature deposition manufacturing (LDM) represents one of the most promising rapid prototyping technologies. It is not only based on rapid deposition manufacturing process but also combined with phase separation process. Besides the controlled macropore size, tissue-engineered scaffold fabricated by LDM has inter-connected micropores in the deposited lines. More importantly, it is a green manufacturing process that involves non-heating liquefying of materials. It has been employed to fabricate tissue-engineered scaffolds for bone, cartilage, blood vessel and nerve tissue regenerations...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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