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  1. Intervertebral disc degeneration in dogs

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    Bergknut, Niklas

    2011-01-01

    Back pain is common in both dogs and humans, and is often associated with intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. The IVDs are essential structures of the spine and degeneration can ultimately result in diseases such as IVD herniation or spinal instability. In order to design new treatments halting

  2. MRI assessment of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration with lumbar degenerative disease using the Pfirrmann grading systems.

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    Li-Peng Yu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To evaluate by MRI intervertebral disc degeneration in patients with lumbar degenerative disease using the Pfirrmann grading system and to determine whether Modic changes correlated with the Pfirrmann grades and modified Pfirrmann grades of disc degeneration. METHODS: The clinical data of 108 surgical patients with lumbar degenerative disease were reviewed and their preoperative MR images were analyzed. Disc degeneration was evaluated using the Pfirrmann grading system. Patients were followed up and low back pain was evaluated using the visual analog scale (VAS and the effect of back pain on the daily quality of life was assessed using Oswestry disability index (ODI. RESULTS: Forty-four cases had normal anatomical appearance (Modic type 0 and their Pfirrmann grades were 3.77±0.480 and their modified Pfirrmann grades were of 5.81±1.006. Twenty-seven cases had Modic type I changes and their Pfirrmann grades were 4.79±0.557 and their modified Pfirrmann grades were 7.00±0.832. Thirty-six cases exhibited Modic type II changes and their Pfirrmann grades and modified Pfirrmann grades were 4.11±0.398 and 6.64±0.867, respectively. One case had Modic type III changes. Kruskal-Wallis test revealed significant difference in modified Pfirrmann grade among Modic type 0, I and II changes (P0.05. Binary regression analysis showed that Modic changes correlated most strongly with disc degeneration. Follow up studies indicated that the VAS and ODI scores were markedly improved postoperatively. However, no difference was noted in VAS and ODI scores among patients with different Modic types. CONCLUSION: Modic changes correlate with the Pfirrmann and modified Pfirrmann grades of disc degeneration in lumbar degenerative disease. There is no significant correlation between Modic types and surgical outcomes.

  3. Correlation of end plate shape on MRI and disc degeneration in surgically treated patients with degenerative disc disease and herniated nucleus pulposus.

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    Pappou, Ioannis P; Cammisa, Frank P; Girardi, Federico P

    2007-01-01

    The sagittal profile of the lumbar end plates on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has not been investigated in patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) or herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP). To examine the shape of the end plates in patients treated surgically for a) low back pain or b) radiculopathy with HNP. Furthermore, to investigate the correlation between end plate shape and disc degeneration on the one, and end plate shape and symptoms on the other. Retrospective review of charts and radiographs. The charts, operative reports, preoperative lateral plain radiographs, and MRI scans of 178 patients (85 with low back pain and 93 with HNP) were reviewed. End plate shape was determined on midsagittal MRI cuts, disc degeneration was graded on T2 sequences, and disc height was measured on lateral plain radiographs from L1 to S1 in all patients. Student t-test and chi(2) test were used to detect significant differences and associations. Flat and irregular levels were most common in the lower lumbar spine. The L5/S1 segment was flat in most cases, due to a flat sacral end plate. In DDD patients, disc degeneration on MRI and plain radiographs worsened from concave to flat, to irregular levels. In HNP patients, MRI demonstrated concave levels to be less degenerated, whereas no difference was detected between flat and irregular levels. Disc height of irregular levels was well preserved in HNP patients. Comparing the two groups, flat levels were more degenerated on MRI in HNP patients. Despite similar degrees of degeneration on MRI, concave and irregular levels in DDD patients had lower disc heights. A higher frequency of symptoms was found in flat and irregular levels for both patient groups. The sagittal profile of end plates in the lumbar spine was described for patients with DDD on the one and HNP on the other. A higher association with symptoms was observed for flat and irregular levels in both patient groups. In DDD patients, disck degeneration on both MRI and

  4. Gene expression profile analysis of human intervertebral disc degeneration

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    Kai Chen; Dajiang Wu; Xiaodong Zhu; Haijian Ni; Xianzhao Wei; Ningfang Mao; Yang Xie; Yunfei Niu; Ming Li

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we used microarray analysis to investigate the biogenesis and progression of intervertebral disc degeneration. The gene expression profiles of 37 disc tissue samples obtained from patients with herniated discs and degenerative disc disease collected by the National Cancer Institute Cooperative Tissue Network were analyzed. Differentially expressed genes between more and less degenerated discs were identified by significant analysis of microarray. A total of 555 genes were signi...

  5. Stem cell horizons in intervertebral disc degeneration

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    Joseph Ciacci

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Joseph Ciacci1, Allen Ho1,2, Christopher P Ames3, Rahul Jandial41Division of Neurosurgery, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA; 2Del E Webb Neurosciences, Aging and Stem Cell Research Center, The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, La Jolla, California, USA; 3Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA; 4Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, City of Hope Cancer Center, Duarte, CA, USAAbstract: Intervertebral disc degeneration remains a pervasive and intractable disease arising from a combination of aging and stress on the back and spine. The growing field of regenerative medicine brings the promise of stem cells in the treatment of disc disease. Scientists and physicians hope to employ stem cells not only to stop, but also reverse degeneration. However, there are many important outstanding issues, including the hostile avascular, apoptotic physiological environment of the intervertebral disc, and the difficulty of obtaining mesenchymal stem cells, and directing them towards chondrocytic differentiation and integration within the nucleus pulposus of the disc. Given the recent advances in minimally invasive spine surgery, and developing body of work on stem cell manipulation and transplantation, stem cells are uniquely poised to bring about large-scale improvements in treatment and outcomes for degenerative disc disease. In this review we will first discuss the cellular and molecular factors influencing degeneration, and then examine the efficacy and difficulties of stem cell transplantation.Keywords: intervertebral disc degeneration, stem cells, disc disease, mesenchymal stem cells, stem cell transplantation

  6. Disc degeneration: current surgical options

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    C Schizas

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Chronic low back pain attributed to lumbar disc degeneration poses a serious challenge to physicians. Surgery may be indicated in selected cases following failure of appropriate conservative treatment. For decades, the only surgical option has been spinal fusion, but its results have been inconsistent. Some prospective trials show superiority over usual conservative measures while others fail to demonstrate its advantages. In an effort to improve results of fusion and to decrease the incidence of adjacent segment degeneration, total disc replacement techniques have been introduced and studied extensively. Short-term results have shown superiority over some fusion techniques. Mid-term results however tend to show that this approach yields results equivalent to those of spinal fusion. Nucleus replacement has gained some popularity initially, but evidence on its efficacy is scarce. Dynamic stabilisation, a technique involving less rigid implants than in spinal fusion and performed without the need for bone grafting, represents another surgical option. Evidence again is lacking on its superiority over other surgical strategies and conservative measures. Insertion of interspinous devices posteriorly, aiming at redistributing loads and relieving pain, has been used as an adjunct to disc removal surgery for disc herniation. To date however, there is no clear evidence on their efficacy. Minimally invasive intradiscal thermocoagulation techniques have also been tried, but evidence of their effectiveness is questioned. Surgery using novel biological solutions may be the future of discogenic pain treatment. Collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists in this multidisciplinary field will undoubtedly shape the future of treating symptomatic disc degeneration.

  7. [Research advances in animal models of intervertebral disc degeneration].

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    Zhang, Wenli; Liu, Hao; Li, Tanzhu

    2007-11-01

    To review the research advances in animal models of human disc degeneration. The relative articles in recent years were extensively reviewed. Studies both at home and abroad were analyzed and classified. The advantages and disadvantages of each method were compared. Studies were classified as either experimentally induced models or spontaneous models. The induced models were subdivided as mechanical (alteration of forces on the normal disc), structural (injury or chemical alteration) and genetically induced models. Spontaneous models included those animals that naturally developed degenerative disc disease. Animal model of intervertebral disc degeneration is an important path for revealing the pathogenesis of human disc degeneration, and play an important role in testing novel interventions. With recent advances in the relevance of animal models and humans, it has a great prospect in study of human disc degeneration.

  8. Genetic association studies in lumbar disc degeneration

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    Eskola, Pasi J; Lemmelä, Susanna; Kjaer, Per

    2012-01-01

    Low back pain is associated with lumbar disc degeneration, which is mainly due to genetic predisposition. The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review to evaluate genetic association studies in lumbar disc degeneration as defined on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in humans....

  9. Disc degeneration-related clinical phenotypes.

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    Battié, Michele C; Lazáry, Aron; Fairbank, Jeremy; Eisenstein, Stephen; Heywood, Chris; Brayda-Bruno, Marco; Varga, Péter Pál; McCall, Iain

    2014-06-01

    The phenotype, or observable trait of interest, is at the core of studies identifying associated genetic variants and their functional pathways, as well as diagnostics. Yet, despite remarkable technological developments in genotyping and progress in genetic research, relatively little attention has been paid to the equally important issue of phenotype. This is especially true for disc degeneration-related disorders, and the concept of degenerative disc disease, in particular, where there is little consensus or uniformity of definition. Greater attention and rigour are clearly needed in the development of disc degeneration-related clinical phenotypes if we are to see more rapid advancements in knowledge of this area. When selecting phenotypes, a basic decision is whether to focus directly on the complex clinical phenotype (e.g. the clinical syndrome of spinal stenosis), which is ultimately of interest, or an intermediate phenotype (e.g. dural sac cross-sectional area). While both have advantages, it cannot be assumed that associated gene variants will be similarly relevant to both. Among other considerations are factors influencing phenotype identification, comorbidities that are often present, and measurement issues. Genodisc, the European research consortium project on disc-related clinical pathologies has adopted a strategy that will allow for the careful characterisation and examination of both the complex clinical phenotypes of interest and their components.

  10. Notochord Cells in Intervertebral Disc Development and Degeneration

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    Matthew R. McCann

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The intervertebral disc is a complex structure responsible for flexibility, multi-axial motion, and load transmission throughout the spine. Importantly, degeneration of the intervertebral disc is thought to be an initiating factor for back pain. Due to a lack of understanding of the pathways that govern disc degeneration, there are currently no disease-modifying treatments to delay or prevent degenerative disc disease. This review presents an overview of our current understanding of the developmental processes that regulate intervertebral disc formation, with particular emphasis on the role of the notochord and notochord-derived cells in disc homeostasis and how their loss can result in degeneration. We then describe the role of small animal models in understanding the development of the disc and their use to interrogate disc degeneration and associated pathologies. Finally, we highlight essential development pathways that are associated with disc degeneration and/or implicated in the reparative response of the tissue that might serve as targets for future therapeutic approaches.

  11. Magnetic resonance imaging of intervertebral disc degeneration

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    Maeda, Hiroshi; Noguchi, Masao (Kitakyushu City Yahata Hospital, Fukuoka (Japan)); Kira, Hideaki; Fujiki, Hiroshi; Shimokawa, Isao; Hinoue, Kaichi

    1993-02-01

    The aim of this study was to correlate the degree of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration with findings of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Seventeen autopsied (from 7 patients) and 21 surgical (from 20 patients) intervertebral discs were used as specimens for histopathological examination. In addition, 21 intervertebral discs were examined on T2-weighted images. Histopathological findings from both autopsied and surgical specimens were well correlated with MRI findings. In particular, T2-weighted images reflected increased collagen fibers and rupture within the fibrous ring accurately. However, when severely degenerated intervertebral discs and hernia protruding the posterior longitudinal ligament existed, histological findings were not concordant well with T2-weighted images. Morphological appearances of autopsy specimens, divided into four on T2-weighted images, were well consistent with histological degeneration. This morphological classification, as shown on T2-weighted images, could also be used in the evaluation of intervertebral disc degeneration. (N.K.).

  12. New treatment strategies for canine intervertebral disc degeneration

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    Smolders, L.A.

    2013-01-01

    Degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD) is a common problem in dogs and humans. IVD degeneration can lead to herniation of the IVD with subsequent compression of neural structures and various clinical signs, including back pain. Current treatment of IVD disease is conservative or surgical. How

  13. Biomechanical study of intervertebral disc degeneration

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    González Guitiérrez, Ramiro Arturo

    2012-01-01

    Degeneration and age affect the biomechanics of the intervertebral disc, by reducing its stiffness, flexibility and shock absorption capacities against daily movement and spinal load. The biomechanical characterization of intervertebral discs is achieved by conducting mechanical testing to vertebra-disc-vertebra segments and applying axial, shear, bend and torsion loads, statically or dynamically, with load magnitudes corresponding to the physiological range. However, traditional testing does...

  14. Biomechanical study of intervertebral disc degeneration

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    González Guitiérrez, Ramiro Arturo

    2012-01-01

    Degeneration and age affect the biomechanics of the intervertebral disc, by reducing its stiffness, flexibility and shock absorption capacities against daily movement and spinal load. The biomechanical characterization of intervertebral discs is achieved by conducting mechanical testing to vertebra-disc-vertebra segments and applying axial, shear, bend and torsion loads, statically or dynamically, with load magnitudes corresponding to the physiological range. However, traditional testing does...

  15. Degenerated human intervertebral discs contain autoantibodies against extracellular matrix proteins

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    S Capossela

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Degeneration of intervertebral discs (IVDs is associated with back pain and elevated levels of inflammatory cells. It has been hypothesised that discogenic pain is a direct result of vascular and neural ingrowth along annulus fissures, which may expose the avascular nucleus pulposus (NP to the systemic circulation and induce an autoimmune reaction. In this study, we confirmed our previous observation of antibodies in human degenerated and post-traumatic IVDs cultured in vitro. We hypothesised that the presence of antibodies was due to an autoimmune reaction against specific proteins of the disc. Furthermore we identified antigens which possibly trigger an autoimmune response in degenerative disc diseases. We demonstrated that degenerated and post-traumatic IVDs contain IgG antibodies against typical extracellular proteins of the disc, particularly proteins of the NP. We identified IgGs against collagen type II and aggrecan, confirming an autoimmune reaction against the normally immune privileged NP. We also found specific IgGs against collagens types I and V, but not against collagen type III. In conclusion, this study confirmed the association between disc degeneration and autoimmunity, and may open the avenue for future studies on developing prognostic, diagnostic and therapy-monitoring markers for degenerative disc diseases.

  16. Degenerated human intervertebral discs contain autoantibodies against extracellular matrix proteins.

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    Capossela, S; Schläfli, P; Bertolo, A; Janner, T; Stadler, B M; Pötzel, T; Baur, M; Stoyanov, J V

    2014-04-04

    Degeneration of intervertebral discs (IVDs) is associated with back pain and elevated levels of inflammatory cells. It has been hypothesised that discogenic pain is a direct result of vascular and neural ingrowth along annulus fissures, which may expose the avascular nucleus pulposus (NP) to the systemic circulation and induce an autoimmune reaction. In this study, we confirmed our previous observation of antibodies in human degenerated and post-traumatic IVDs cultured in vitro. We hypothesised that the presence of antibodies was due to an autoimmune reaction against specific proteins of the disc. Furthermore we identified antigens which possibly trigger an autoimmune response in degenerative disc diseases. We demonstrated that degenerated and post-traumatic IVDs contain IgG antibodies against typical extracellular proteins of the disc, particularly proteins of the NP. We identified IgGs against collagen type II and aggrecan, confirming an autoimmune reaction against the normally immune privileged NP. We also found specific IgGs against collagens types I and V, but not against collagen type III. In conclusion, this study confirmed the association between disc degeneration and autoimmunity, and may open the avenue for future studies on developing prognostic, diagnostic and therapy-monitoring markers for degenerative disc diseases.

  17. Height of lumbar discs measured from radiographs compared with degeneration and height classified from MR images

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    Frobin, W.; Brinckmann, P. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Experimentelle Biomechanik; Kramer, M.; Hartwig, E. [Ulm Univ. (Germany). Sektion fuer Unfallchirurgische Forschung und Biomechanik

    2001-02-01

    The relation between height of lumbar discs (measured from lateral radiographic views) and disc degeneration (classified from MR images) deserves attention in view of the wide, often parallel or interchanged use of both methods. The time sequence of degenerative signs and decrease of disc height is controversial. To clarify the issue, this cross-sectional study documents the relation between disc degeneration and disc height in a selected cohort. Forty-three subjects were selected at random from a cohort examined for potential disc-related disease caused by long-term lifting and carrying. From each subject a lateral radiographic view of the lumbar spine as well as findings from an MR investigation of (in most cases) levels T12/L1 to L5/S1 were available; thus, n = 237 lumbar discs were available for measurement and classification. Disc height was measured from the radiographic views with a new protocol compensating for image distortion and permitting comparison with normal, age- and gender-appropriate disc height. Degeneration as well as disc height were classified twice from MR images by independent observers in a blinded fashion. Disc degeneration classified from MR images is not related to a measurable disc height loss in the first stage of degeneration, whereas progressive degeneration goes along with progressive loss of disc height, though with considerable interindividual variation. Loss of disc height classified from MR images is on average compatible with loss of disc height measured from radiographs. In individual discs, however, classification of height loss from MR images is imprecise. The first sign of disc degeneration (a moderate loss of nucleus signal) precedes disc height decrease. As degeneration progresses, disc height decreases. Disc height decrease and progress of degeneration, however, appear to be only loosely correlated. (orig.)

  18. Axial T2* mapping in intervertebral discs: a new technique for assessment of intervertebral disc degeneration

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    Hoppe, Sven; Quirbach, Sebastian; Krause, Fabian G.; Benneker, Lorin M. [Inselspital, Berne University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Berne (Switzerland); Mamisch, Tallal C. [Inselspital, Berne University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Berne (Switzerland); Werlen, Stefan [Clinic Sonnenhof, Department of Radiology, Berne (Switzerland)

    2012-09-15

    To demonstrate the potential benefits of biochemical axial T2* mapping of intervertebral discs (IVDs) regarding the detection and grading of early stages of degenerative disc disease using 1.5-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a clinical setting. Ninety-three patients suffering from lumbar spine problems were examined using standard MRI protocols including an axial T2* mapping protocol. All discs were classified morphologically and grouped as ''healthy'' or ''abnormal''. Differences between groups were analysed regarding to the specific T2* pattern at different regions of interest (ROIs). Healthy intervertebral discs revealed a distinct cross-sectional T2* value profile: T2* values were significantly lower in the annulus fibrosus compared with the nucleus pulposus (P = 0.01). In abnormal IVDs, T2* values were significantly lower, especially towards the centre of the disc representing the expected decreased water content of the nucleus (P = 0.01). In herniated discs, ROIs within the nucleus pulposus and ROIs covering the annulus fibrosus showed decreased T2* values. Axial T2* mapping is effective to detect early stages of degenerative disc disease. There is a potential benefit of axial T2* mapping as a diagnostic tool, allowing the quantitative assessment of intervertebral disc degeneration. circle Axial T2* mapping effective in detecting early degenerative disc disease. (orig.)

  19. Protective Effect of Ligustrazine on Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Degeneration of Rats Induced by Prolonged Upright Posture

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    Qian-Qian Liang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Most chronic low back pain is the result of degeneration of the lumbar intervertebral disc. Ligustrazine, an alkaloid from Chuanxiong, reportedly is able to relieve pain, suppress inflammation, and treat osteoarthritis and it has the protective effect on cartilage and chondrocytes. Therefore, we asked whether ligustrazine could reduce intervertebral disc degeneration. To determine the effect of ligustrazine on disc degeneration, we applied a rat model. The intervertebral disc degeneration of the rats was induced by prolonged upright posture. We found that pretreatment with ligustrazine for 1 month recovered the structural distortion of the degenerative disc; inhibited the expression of type X collagen, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP-13, and MMP3; upregulated type II collagen; and decreased IL-1β, cyclooxygenase (COX-2, and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS expression. In conclusion, ligustrazine is a promising agent for treating lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration disease.

  20. Delivery systems for the treatment of degenerated intervertebral discs

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    Blanquer, S.B.G.; Grijpma, D.W.; Poot, A.A.

    2015-01-01

    The intervertebral disc (IVD) is the most avascular and acellular tissue in the body and therefore prone to degeneration. During IVD degeneration, the balance between anabolic and catabolic processes in the disc is deregulated, amongst others leading to alteration of extracellular matrix production,

  1. Delivery systems for the treatment of degenerated intervertebral discs

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    Blanquer, S. B. G.; Grijpma, D. W.; Poot, A. A.

    2015-01-01

    The intervertebral disc (ND) is the most avascular and acellular tissue in the body and therefore prone to degeneration. During IVD degeneration, the balance between anabolic and catabolic processes in the disc is deregulated, amongst others leading to alteration of extracellular matrix production,

  2. Pathophysiological basis of lumbar disc degeneration: imaging analysis.

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    Ostrum, B J; Romy, M; Swartz, J D

    1993-12-01

    This article provides a brief synopsis of the pathoanatomic basis of disc degeneration. An attempt is made to correlate CT, MR and CT discographic findings. The T2-weighted sagittal images are the most sensitive for evaluating disc degeneration. The contour changes on axial CT and MR scans are sensitive for abnormalities but not always specific. The CT discogram adds information unavailable by other imaging methods pertaining to the internal architecture of the disc. It additionally defines focal nuclear herniations and also is helpful in evaluating the stage of disc degeneration.

  3. Classification of the lumbar disc degeneration using MRI

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    Yoshida, Hirotoshi; Shinomiya, Kenichi; Okamoto, Akihiko; Muto, Naoko; Furuya, Kotaro (Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1992-11-01

    Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been performed in consecutive 114 patients with a chief complaint of lumbar pain. A retrospective review of MR images of a total of 570 lumbar vertebrae from these patients were done to examine lumbar disc degeneration. According to the MR intensity of nucleus pulposus on T2-wighted sagittal images, lumbar disc degeneration was graded on a scale of 0-4: 0=uniform hyperintensity; 1=slight hypointensity; 2=centrally band-like hypointensity with marginal hyperintensity; 3=irregular hypointensity in both the central and marginal sites; 4=uniform hypointensity. Lumbar disc degeneration was observed in 76%; and it was rapidly increased in frequency in the 30 or older age groups. Of 570 vertebrae, 51 (8.9%) had narrowing of intervertebral cavity. For these vertebrae, a mean score of lumbar disc degeneration was 3.1. Lumbar disc herniation was seen in 93 vertebrae, with a mean score of lumbar disc degeneration being 3.07. Changes in vertebral body marrow were seen in 14 vertebrae (2.5%), in which a mean score of intervertebral disc degeneration was 3.71. (N.K.).

  4. DSC Study of Collagen in Disc Disease

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    S. Skrzyński

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC has been used to estimate the effect of disc disease on the collagen helix-coil transition and morphology for tissue extracted from patients during surgical operation. Forty discs were obtained from patients with degenerative disc disease undergoing surgery for low back pain. The patients were in the age between 20 and 70 years old. The specimens were kept wet during DSC experiment. The data allow the comparison between thermal stability of collagen tissue from healthy patients and from patients suffering from disc disease. In the paper the comparison between thermal helix-coil transition for collagen fibers from patients suffering from disc disease and collagen fibers from healthy organisms has been discussed. The heating rate has an influence on the position on denaturation temperatures of collagen in disc tissues. Higher helix-coil transition temperature of collagen in degenerated disc suggests that additional intermolecular cross linking of collagen fibers occurs. Denaturation temperatures of collagen in degenerated male disc possess smaller values than in female ones. Disc disease induces changes in collagen structure and leads to formation of additional crosslinks between collagen fibers.

  5. Genetic association studies in lumbar disc degeneration: a systematic review.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Low back pain is associated with lumbar disc degeneration, which is mainly due to genetic predisposition. The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review to evaluate genetic association studies in lumbar disc degeneration as defined on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI in humans. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted in MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process, SCOPUS, ISI Web of Science, The Genetic Association Database and The Human Genome Epidemiology Network for information published between 1990-2011 addressing genes and lumbar disc degeneration. Two investigators independently identified studies to determine inclusion, after which they performed data extraction and analysis. The level of cumulative genetic association evidence was analyzed according to The HuGENet Working Group guidelines. RESULTS: Fifty-two studies were included for review. Forty-eight studies reported at least one positive association between a genetic marker and lumbar disc degeneration. The phenotype definition of lumbar disc degeneration was highly variable between the studies and replications were inconsistent. Most of the associations presented with a weak level of evidence. The level of evidence was moderate for ASPN (D-repeat, COL11A1 (rs1676486, GDF5 (rs143383, SKT (rs16924573, THBS2 (rs9406328 and MMP9 (rs17576. CONCLUSIONS: Based on this first extensive systematic review on the topic, the credibility of reported genetic associations is mostly weak. Clear definition of lumbar disc degeneration phenotypes and large population-based cohorts are needed. An international consortium is needed to standardize genetic association studies in relation to disc degeneration.

  6. Heme oxygenase-1 modulates degeneration of the intervertebral disc after puncture in Bach 1 deficient mice.

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    Ohta, Ryo; Tanaka, Nobuhiro; Nakanishi, Kazuyoshi; Kamei, Naosuke; Nakamae, Toshio; Izumi, Bunichiro; Fujioka, Yuki; Ochi, Mitsuo

    2012-09-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration is considered to be a major feature of low back pain. Furthermore, oxidative stress has been shown to be an important factor in degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis and is considered a cause of intervertebral disc degeneration. The purpose of this study was to clarify the correlation between oxidative stress and intervertebral disc degeneration using Broad complex-Tramtrack-Bric-a-brac and cap'n'collar homology 1 deficient (Bach 1-/-) mice which highly express heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). HO-1 protects cells from oxidative stress. Caudal discs of 12-week-old and 1-year-old mice were evaluated as age-related models. Each group and period, 5 mice (a total of 20 mice, a total of 20 discs) were evaluated as age-related model. C9-C10 caudal discs in 12-week-old Bach 1-/- and wild-type mice were punctured using a 29-gauge needle as annulus puncture model. Each group and period, 5 mice (a total of 60 mice, a total of 60 discs) were evaluated. The progress of disc degeneration was evaluated at pre-puncture, 1, 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks post-puncture. Radiographic, histologic and immunohistologic analysis were performed to compare between Bach 1-/- and wild-type mice. In the age-related model, there were no significant differences between Bach 1-/- and wild-type mice radiologically and histologically. However, in the annulus puncture model, histological scoring revealed significant difference at 8 and 12 weeks post-puncture. The number of HO-1 positive cells was significantly greater in Bach 1-/- mice at every period. The apoptosis rate was significantly lower at 1 and 2 weeks post-puncture in Bach 1-/- mice. Oxidative stress prevention may avoid the degenerative process of the intervertebral disc after puncture, reducing the number of apoptosis cells. High HO-1 expression may also inhibit oxidative stress and delay the process of intervertebral disc degeneration.

  7. Sensitization of the nociceptive system in patients with low back pain and sickness absence: Disc degeneration disease or pain syndrome

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    Jensen, Ole Kudsk; Nielsen, Claus Vinther; Stengaard-Pedersen, Kristian

    characterized by sensitization of the nociceptive system. Purpose: To assess sensitization of the nociceptive system in low back pain (LBP) patients by means of TP examination and measure of Pressure Pain Threshold (PPT) on the thumb nails. To search for associations between the number of TPs and structural...... patients had nerve root pain, most often caused by a herniated disc as shown by MRI. Non-specific LBP was found in 151 patients. Methods: All patients fulfilled a questionnaire including questions of leg pain, LBP pain (LBP score), psychological and social aspects. The number of TPs and PPT on the thumb...... = 1.35, p = 0.017) and mental distress (anxiety) in men (OR = 1.39, p = 0.003). After adjustment for age and sex, a positive association between LBP score and DDS was found only in patients with less than six TPs (OR = 1.21 (1.0-1.47), p = 0.043). Low PPT on the thumb nails was associated with DDS...

  8. Temporomandibular joint disc; a proposed histopathological degeneration grading score system

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    2010-01-01

    Summary. Aims: The purpose of this study was to draw up a TMJ disc histopathological score that is a semiquantitative transcription of the entire spectrum of TMJ disc degenerative diseases related to changes in disc tissue, and then validate the proposed grading, in order to contribute to a standardized histopathological diagnosis. Methods: Sections from sixty two temporomandibular joint disc specimens affected by tissue degenerative changes and stained with Hematox...

  9. Modic改变在腰椎间盘退变中的意义%The significance of Modic change in lumbar disc degeneration

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    马铮; 丁文元; 杨大龙; 孙亚澎; 张立军

    2013-01-01

    Concerning the Modic change of lumbar spinal endplate, the Modic change types, forming causes, and the relationship between Modic change and degenerative lumbar diseases have been studied from anatomy, pathology, molecular biology and many other aspects at present. The degeneration of lumbar disc is a high risk factor of the Modic change. The degeneration of lumbar disc usually starts from cartilage endplate degeneration. The injury of cartilage endplate could accelerate the degeneration of lumbar disc. This article reviews the significance of Modic change of lumbar spinal endplate in lumbar disc degeneration. The cause of Modic change of the endplate, pathological change, the influence of inflammatory mediators on the endplate and the significance of Modic change in the treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases are summarized to analyze the relationship between the degeneration of lumbar disc and Modic change of endplate and to describe the influence of Modic change in the treatment of degenerative lumbar disc diseases.

  10. Gender difference in genetic association between IL1A variant and early lumbar disc degeneration

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    Eskola, Pasi J; Kjær, Per; Sorensen, Joan S;

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to analyze the associations between specific genetic markers and early disc degeneration (DD) or early disc degeneration progression (DDP) defined by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)....

  11. Can vertebral density changes be explained by intervertebral disc degeneration?

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    Homminga, Jasper Johan; Aquarius, R.; Bulsink, Vera Elisabeth; Jansen, C.T.J.; Verdonschot, Nicolaas Jacobus Joseph

    2012-01-01

    One of the major problems facing the elderly spine is the occurrence of vertebral fractures due to low bone mass. Although typically attributed to osteoporosis, disc degeneration has also been suggested to play a role in vertebral fractures. Existing bone adaptation theories and simulations may

  12. Gender difference in genetic association between IL1A variant and early lumbar disc degeneration

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    Eskola, Pasi J; Kjær, Per; Sorensen, Joan S

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to analyze the associations between specific genetic markers and early disc degeneration (DD) or early disc degeneration progression (DDP) defined by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).......The purpose of the present study was to analyze the associations between specific genetic markers and early disc degeneration (DD) or early disc degeneration progression (DDP) defined by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)....

  13. Human Amniotic Tissue-derived Allograft, NuCel, in Posteriolateral Lumbar Fusions for Degenerative Disc Disease

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    2017-09-14

    Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease; Spinal Stenosis; Spondylolisthesis; Spondylosis; Intervertebral Disk Displacement; Intervertebral Disk Degeneration; Spinal Diseases; Bone Diseases; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Spondylolysis

  14. ROS: Crucial Intermediators in the Pathogenesis of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration

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    Chencheng Feng

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS generation in degenerative intervertebral disc (IVD indicates the contribution of oxidative stress to IVD degeneration (IDD, giving a novel insight into the pathogenesis of IDD. ROS are crucial intermediators in the signaling network of disc cells. They regulate the matrix metabolism, proinflammatory phenotype, apoptosis, autophagy, and senescence of disc cells. Oxidative stress not only reinforces matrix degradation and inflammation, but also promotes the decrease in the number of viable and functional cells in the microenvironment of IVDs. Moreover, ROS modify matrix proteins in IVDs to cause oxidative damage of disc extracellular matrix, impairing the mechanical function of IVDs. Consequently, the progression of IDD is accelerated. Therefore, a therapeutic strategy targeting oxidative stress would provide a novel perspective for IDD treatment. Various antioxidants have been proposed as effective drugs for IDD treatment. Antioxidant supplementation suppresses ROS production in disc cells to promote the matrix synthesis of disc cells and to prevent disc cells from death and senescence in vitro. However, there is not enough in vivo evidence to support the efficiency of antioxidant supplementation to retard the process of IDD. Further investigations based on in vivo and clinical studies will be required to develop effective antioxidative therapies for IDD.

  15. Advances in Susceptibility Genetics of Intervertebral Degenerative Disc Disease

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    Yin'gang Zhang, Zhengming Sun, Jiangtao Liu, Xiong Guo

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The traditional view that the etiology of lumbar disc herniation is primarily due to age, gender, occupation, smoking and exposure to vehicular vibration dominated much of the last century. Recent research indicates that heredity may be largely responsible for the degeneration as well as herniation of intervertebral discs. Since 1998, genetic influences have been confirmed by the identification of several genes forms associated with disc degeneration. These researches are paving the way for a better understanding of the biologic mechanisms. Now, many researchers unanimously agree that lumbar disc herniation appears to be similar to other complex diseases, whose etiology has both environmental and hereditary influence, each with a part of contribution and relative risk. Then addressing the etiological of lumbar disc herniation, it is important to integrate heredity with the environment factors. For the purpose of this review, we have limited our discussion to several susceptibility genes associated with disc degeneration.

  16. Intervertebral disc (IVD): Structure, degeneration, repair and regeneration

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    Whatley, Benjamin R.; Wen Xuejun, E-mail: xjwen@clemson.edu

    2012-02-01

    Low back pain affects a large portion of the population, resulting in high care costs for therapy and treatment. One primary cause of low back pain is the degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD) resulting in the compression of the spinal nerves and adjacent vertebrae. Exact causes of degeneration are unknown, but it is thought that natural aging, and both biological and genetic factors may play a significant role in the degenerative process. Conventional methods to alleviate low back pain include spinal fusion and artificial disc replacement. Traditional treatments through spinal fusion may eliminate pain yet do not restore disc function and lead to further degeneration of adjacent levels by altering disc biomechanics and natural kinematics. Recently, artificial IVD replacements have started to gain interest, with two IVD implants currently approved in the United States. Although these implants facilitate the preservation of motions and disc space height, they are unable to sustain compressive forces due to their lack of elasticity. In addition, the implants may produce wear debris that can cause osteolysis and other deleterious effects. As an alternative to these conventional approaches, tissue engineered IVD constructs offer the advantage of biointegration while preserving the essential attributes of natural motion and disc space restoration. There is a great need for the development of tissue engineered scaffolds that simulate the natural 3D morphology and microenvironment of the targeted tissue. Scaffolds should facilitate biological transport to satisfy nutrition and waste removal requirements within the IVD. The discrete tissue architectures of the nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF) have posed great challenges to IVD tissue engineering. Current attempts have not been able to satisfy the biological functions and/or mechanical properties of native tissue. Therefore, these current scaffolds are far from satisfactory. This review highlights the

  17. Genetic susceptibility of intervertebral disc degeneration among young Finnish adults

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    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Disc degeneration (DD) is a common condition that progresses with aging. Although the events leading to DD are not well understood, a significant genetic influence has been found. This study was undertaken to assess the association between relevant candidate gene polymorphisms and moderate DD in a well-defined and characterized cohort of young adults. Focusing on young age can be valuable in determining genetic predisposition to DD. Methods We investigated the associations...

  18. Endoscopic anterior decompression in cervical disc disease

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    Yad Ram Yadav

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Although microscopic anterior cervical discectomy with or without fusion are common surgical procedures for treatment of cervical herniated discs, loss of disc height, pseudarthrosis, and adjacent disc degeneration are some of the problems associated with it. This study is aimed to evaluate results of endoscopic microforaminotomy in cervical disc diseases. Materials and Methods: A prospective study of 50 patients of mono segmental soft or hard disc causing myeloradiculopathy was undertaken. A visual analogue scale (VAS for neck and arm pain and functional outcomes using the Nurick grading system were assessed. There were 28, 12, 8, and 2 patients at C5-6, C6-7, C4-5, and C3-4 levels disc diseases, respectively. Patients with two or more level disc, instabilities, disc extending more than half vertebral body height, and previous operation at the same segment were excluded. Results: Age ranged from 21 to 67 years. Average postoperative reduction in disc height, operating time, and blood loss was 1.1 mm, 110 minutes, and 30 ml, respectively. Average pre-operative VAS score for arm pain and Nurick grading was 7.6 and 2.7, which improved to 1.9 and 0.82, respectively. All patients improved; 1, 2, 3 grade improvement was seen in 10, 27, and 10 patients, respectively. There was no significant complication or any mortality. Conclusion: Although longer follow up of large number of patients is required, endoscopic microforaminotomy is a safe and an effective alternative to microscopic anterior discectomy with or without fusion.

  19. Calcium pentosan polysulfate and sodium pentosan polysulfate may be used to treat intervertebral disc degeneration.

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    Zhao, Jia-Guo; Wang, Jia; Xin, Qi; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Sheng-Fei; Qi, Feng; Mao, Dong; Zhang, Zhi-Cheng

    2011-04-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is a major health problem world-wide, and several spinal disorders are closely associated with it. Although people have invested a great deal of time and effort, how to prevent and reverse the IDD for the researchers is still a difficult and hot issue. Intervertebral disc belongs to cartilage tissue, and IDD also is the cartilage degeneration disease. A large quantity of studies have shown that Calcium pentosan polysulfate (CaPPS) and sodium pentosan polysulfate (NaPPS) possess chondroprotective activities and play an important role in maintaining cartilage integrity. We reasonably hypothesize that NaPPS and CaPPS may be used to treat IDD. The possible mechanism may include that: (1) the significant effects of NaPPS and CaPPS in improving capillary blood flow could maintain nutritional supply to intervertebral disc, and preserve intervertebral disc tissue against degeneration; (2) CaPPS and NaPPS preserve cartilage integrity, proteoglycan synthesis, and improve cartilage biomechanical properties; (3) as the multifaceted exosite inhibitors of proteinases NaPPS and CaPPS strongly impede the activity and production of proteinases; (4) promotion of the balance between proteinases and TIMPs also may be involved in treating IDD; (5) NaPPS and CaPPS exhibit potent anti-inflammatory effects, and then reduce inflammation-induced IDD. If the hypothesis were conformed, the symptoms caused by IDD and its related diseases would be a corresponding alleviation or even disappearance, which could greatly alleviate the suffering of patients from disc degeneration diseases. Certainly, many roles of CaPPS and NaPPS, such as effectiveness, safety and side effects, need to be tested, and further works such as animal model and clinical trial, need to be done to prove this hypothesis.

  20. Effects of controlled dynamic disc distraction on degenerated intervertebral discs: an in vivo study on the rabbit lumbar spine model.

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    Kroeber, Markus; Unglaub, Frank; Guehring, Thorsten; Guegring, Thorsten; Nerlich, Andreas; Hadi, Tamer; Lotz, Jeffrey; Carstens, Claus

    2005-01-15

    An in vivo study on the rabbit lumbar spine model. Effects of temporary dynamic distraction on intervertebral discs were studied on the lumbar spine rabbit model to characterize the changes associated with disc distraction and to evaluate feasibility of temporary disc distraction to previously compressed discs in order to stimulate disc regeneration. Studies have shown that accelerated degeneration of the intervertebral disc results from altered mechanical loading conditions. The development of methods for the prevention of disc degeneration and the restoration of disc tissue that has already degenerated are needed. New Zealand white rabbits (n = 32) were used for this study. The rabbits were randomly assigned to one of five groups. In 12 animals, the discs were first loaded for 28 days using a custom-made external loading device to stimulate disc degeneration. After 28 days loading time, the discs in six animals were distracted for 7 days and in six animals for 28 days using the same external device, however, modified as dynamic distraction device. In six animals, the discs were distracted for 28 days without previous loading; and in six animals, the discs were loaded for 28 days and afterwards the loading device removed for 28 days for recovery without distraction. Six animals were sham operated. The external device was situated; however, the discs remained undistracted and they also served as controls. After 28 to 56 days loading and distraction time, the animals were killed and the lumbar spine was harvested for examination. Disc height, disc morphology, cell viability, relative neutral zone, and tangent modulus were measured. After 28 days of loading, the discs demonstrated a significant decrease in disc space. Histologically, disorganization of the architecture of the anulus occurred. The number of dead cells increased significantly in the anulus and cartilage endplate. These changes were reversible after 28 days of distraction. The disc thickness increased

  1. Potential regenerative treatment strategies for intervertebral disc degeneration in dogs

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    Bach, Frances C|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/369494954; Willems, Nicole; Penning, Louis C|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/110369181; Ito, Keita; Meij, Björn P|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/164045805; Tryfonidou, Marianna A|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/24306599X

    Pain due to spontaneous intervertebral disc (IVD) disease is common in dogs. In chondrodystrophic (CD) dogs, IVD disease typically develops in the cervical or thoracolumbar spine at about 3-7 years of age, whereas in non-chondrodystrophic (NCD) dogs, it usually develops in the caudal cervical or

  2. Potential regenerative treatment strategies for intervertebral disc degeneration in dogs

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    Bach, Frances C; Willems, Nicole; Penning, Louis C; Ito, Keita; Meij, Björn P; Tryfonidou, Marianna A

    2014-01-01

    Pain due to spontaneous intervertebral disc (IVD) disease is common in dogs. In chondrodystrophic (CD) dogs, IVD disease typically develops in the cervical or thoracolumbar spine at about 3-7 years of age, whereas in non-chondrodystrophic (NCD) dogs, it usually develops in the caudal cervical or lum

  3. Wilson's disease (hepatolenticular degeneration).

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    Herron, B E

    1976-01-01

    Wilson's disease, or hepatolenticular degeneration, is a rare inherited disorder of copper metabolism which usually affects young people. Excess copper accumulates in the tissues, primarily in the liver, brain, and cornea. This copper deposition results in a wide range of hepatic and neurological symptoms, and may produce psychiatric illness. Hepatic involvement often occurs in childhood, while neurological deficits generally are detected at a later age. The disease is inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion. Ocular findings are of particular importance because the corneal copper deposition, forming the Kayser-Fleischer ring,is the only pathognomonic sign of the disease. The structure of the ring and the presence of copper have been well established. An anterior capsular deposition of copper in the lens results in a characteristic sunflower cataract in some of these patients. Other ocular abnormalities have been described but are much less common. The pathogenesis of the disease and the basic genetic defect remain obscure. It is clear that there is excess copper in the tissues, but the mechanism of its deposition is unknown. It is in some way associated with a failure to synthesize the serum copper protein ceruloplasmin normally. Another theory suggests that an abnormal protein with a high affinity for copper may bind the metal in the tissues. The diagnosis may be suggested by the clinical manifestations and confirmed by the presence of a Kayser-Fleischer ring. In the absence of these findings biochemical determinations are necessary. The most important of these are the serum ceruloplasmin, the urinary copper, and the hepatic copper concentration on biopsy. Treatment consists in the administration of the copper chelating agent, penicillamine, and the avoidance of a high copper intake. This usually results in marked clinical improvement if irreversible tissue damage has not occurred. Maintenance therapy for life is necessary in order to continue the negative

  4. Clinical Impact of Sagittal Spinopelvic Parameters on Disc Degeneration in Young Adults.

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    Oh, Young-Min; Eun, Jong-Pil

    2015-10-01

    The sagittal balance plays an important role in the determination of shear and compressive forces applied on the anterior (vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs) and posterior (facet joints) elements of the lumbar vertebral column. Many studies have also examined the effect of structural changes in the disc on the biomechanical characteristics of the spinal segment. Nevertheless, the relationship between sagittal balance and the degree of disc degeneration has not been extensively explored. Thus, here we investigated the relationships between various sagittal spinopelvic parameters and the degree of disc degeneration in young adults.A total of 278 young adult male patients were included in this study (age range: 18-24 years old). Multiple sagittal spinopelvic parameters, including pelvic incidence (PI), sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), lumbar lordosis (LL), sacral inclination (SI), lumbosacral angle (LSA), and sacral table angle (STA), were measured from standing lateral lumbosacral radiographs. The degree of intervertebral disc degeneration was classified using a modified Pfirrmann scale. To assess the pain intensity of each patient, the visual analogue scale (VAS) score for low back pain (LBP) was obtained from all the patients. Finally, the relationships between these spinopelvic parameters and the degree of disc degeneration in young adults were analyzed. Also, we performed multiple logistic regression study.Out of all the spinopelvic parameters measured in this study, a low STA and a low SI were the only significant risk factors that were associated with disc degeneration in young adults. It means that patients with disc degeneration tend to have more severe sacral kyphosis and vertical sacrum.We found that patients with disc degeneration showed a lower SI and lower STA compared with patients without disc degeneration in young adults. Therefore, we suggest that the patients with disc degeneration tend to have more vertical sacrum, more sacral kyphosis

  5. Experimental model of intervertebral disc degeneration by needle puncture in Wistar rats

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    Issy, A.C.; Castania, V.; Castania, M. [Departamento de Morfologia, Fisiologia e Patologia Básica, Faculdade de Odontologia de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Salmon, C.E.G. [Departamento de Física, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Nogueira-Barbosa, M.H. [Divisão de Radiologia, Departamento de Clínica Médica, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Bel, E. Del [Departamento de Morfologia, Fisiologia e Patologia Básica, Faculdade de Odontologia de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Defino, H.L.A. [Departamento de Biomecânica, Medicina e Reabilitação do Sistema Locomotor, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil)

    2013-03-15

    Animal models of intervertebral disc degeneration play an important role in clarifying the physiopathological mechanisms and testing novel therapeutic strategies. The objective of the present study is to describe a simple animal model of disc degeneration involving Wistar rats to be used for research studies. Disc degeneration was confirmed and classified by radiography, magnetic resonance and histological evaluation. Adult male Wistar rats were anesthetized and submitted to percutaneous disc puncture with a 20-gauge needle on levels 6-7 and 8-9 of the coccygeal vertebrae. The needle was inserted into the discs guided by fluoroscopy and its tip was positioned crossing the nucleus pulposus up to the contralateral annulus fibrosus, rotated 360° twice, and held for 30 s. To grade the severity of intervertebral disc degeneration, we measured the intervertebral disc height from radiographic images 7 and 30 days after the injury, and the signal intensity T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Histological analysis was performed with hematoxylin-eosin and collagen fiber orientation using picrosirius red staining and polarized light microscopy. Imaging and histological score analyses revealed significant disc degeneration both 7 and 30 days after the lesion, without deaths or systemic complications. Interobserver histological evaluation showed significant agreement. There was a significant positive correlation between histological score and intervertebral disc height 7 and 30 days after the lesion. We conclude that the tail disc puncture method using Wistar rats is a simple, cost-effective and reproducible model for inducing disc degeneration.

  6. Experimental model of intervertebral disc degeneration by needle puncture in Wistar rats

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    A.C. Issy

    Full Text Available Animal models of intervertebral disc degeneration play an important role in clarifying the physiopathological mechanisms and testing novel therapeutic strategies. The objective of the present study is to describe a simple animal model of disc degeneration involving Wistar rats to be used for research studies. Disc degeneration was confirmed and classified by radiography, magnetic resonance and histological evaluation. Adult male Wistar rats were anesthetized and submitted to percutaneous disc puncture with a 20-gauge needle on levels 6-7 and 8-9 of the coccygeal vertebrae. The needle was inserted into the discs guided by fluoroscopy and its tip was positioned crossing the nucleus pulposus up to the contralateral annulus fibrosus, rotated 360° twice, and held for 30 s. To grade the severity of intervertebral disc degeneration, we measured the intervertebral disc height from radiographic images 7 and 30 days after the injury, and the signal intensity T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Histological analysis was performed with hematoxylin-eosin and collagen fiber orientation using picrosirius red staining and polarized light microscopy. Imaging and histological score analyses revealed significant disc degeneration both 7 and 30 days after the lesion, without deaths or systemic complications. Interobserver histological evaluation showed significant agreement. There was a significant positive correlation between histological score and intervertebral disc height 7 and 30 days after the lesion. We conclude that the tail disc puncture method using Wistar rats is a simple, cost-effective and reproducible model for inducing disc degeneration.

  7. MR imaging of degenerative disc disease

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    Farshad-Amacker, Nadja A., E-mail: nadja.farshad@usz.ch [Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland); Farshad, Mazda [Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich (Switzerland); Winklehner, Anna; Andreisek, Gustav [Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • This systematic literature review summarizes the current knowledge on MR imaging in degenerative disc disease. • Different classification systems for segmental spine degeneration are summarized. • It outlines the diagnostic limitations of MR imaging. - Abstract: Magnet resonance imaging (MRI) is the most commonly used imaging modality for diagnosis of degenerative disc disease (DDD). Lack of precise observations and documentation of aspects within the complex entity of DDD might partially be the cause of poor correlation of radiographic findings to clinical symptoms. This literature review summarizes the current knowledge on MRI in DDD and outlines the diagnostic limitations. The review further sensitizes the reader toward awareness of potentially untended aspects of DDD and the interaction of DDD and endplate changes. A summary of the available classifications for DDD is provided.

  8. Spontaneous disc degeneration in the baboon model: magnetic resonance imaging and histopathologic correlation.

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    Platenberg, R C; Hubbard, G B; Ehler, W J; Hixson, C J

    2001-10-01

    Degenerative disc disease is a major source of disability in humans. The baboon model is an excellent natural disease model to study comparable human disease, because baboons are relatively large (adult males 20-26 kg, adult females 12-17 kg), long-lived (30-45 years), well defined, easy to use, and closely related to humans. Published investigations with plain radiographs of disc degeneration in baboons indicated vertebral anatomy and changes that were remarkably similar to those seen in humans, and it would be valuable to determine if magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and histopathologic evaluation would be useful methods for studying the model, as MRI allows multi-planar visualization of tissues without the use of intravenous contrast and it is superior for evaluating disc hydration, annulus tears, and herniations. The thoracolumbar junctions from 47 randomly selected baboons, ranging in age from 2 weeks to 34 years, were evaluated with MRI and histopathology. Excellent correlation with MRI was observed for changes in disc desiccation, height, and age (P discs seen by MRI were in baboons 14 years of age or older.

  9. Association of abdominal obesity with lumbar disc degeneration--a magnetic resonance imaging study.

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    Jani Takatalo

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate whether midsagittal (abdominal obesity in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, waist circumference (WC and body fat percentage are associated with lumbar disc degeneration in early adulthood. METHODS: We obtained the lumbar MRI (1.5-T scanner of 325 females and 233 males at a mean age of 21 years. Lumbar disc degeneration was evaluated using Pfirrmann classification. We analysed the associations of MRI measures of obesity (abdominal diameter (AD, sagittal diameter (SAD, ventral subcutaneous thickness (VST, and dorsal subcutaneous thickness (DST, WC and body fat percentage with disc degeneration sum scores using ordinal logistic regression. RESULTS: A total of 155 (48% females and 147 (63% males had disc degeneration. AD and SAD were associated with a disc degeneration sum score of ≥3 compared to disc degeneration sum score of 0-2 (OR 1.67; 95% confidence interval (CI 1.20-2.33 and OR 1.40; 95% CI 1.12-1.75, respectively among males, but we found no association among females. WC was also associated with disc degeneration among males (OR 1.03 per one cm; 95% CI 1.00-1.05, but not among females. CONCLUSION: Measures of abdominal obesity in MRI and waist circumference were associated with disc degeneration among 21-year-old males.

  10. Increased MMP-2 activity during intervertebral disc degeneration is correlated to MMP-14 levels

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    Rutges, J. P. H. J.; Kummer, J. A.; Oner, F. C.; Verbout, A. J.; Roestenburg, H. J. A.; Dhert, W. J. A.; Creemers, L. B.

    2008-01-01

    Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is associated with the increased expression of several matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), in particular MMP-2. However, little is known about the actual activity of MMP-2 in healthy and degenerated discs, or what mechanisms are involved in its activation. A majo

  11. The Incidence of Adjacent Segment Degeneration after Cervical Disc Arthroplasty (CDA): A Meta Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

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    Baohui Yang; Haopeng Li; Ting Zhang; Xijing He; Siyue Xu

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cervical disc arthroplasty is being used as an alternative degenerative disc disease treatment with fusion of the cervical spine in order to preserve motion. However, whether replacement arthoplasty in the spine achieves its primary patient centered objective of lowering the frequency of adjacent segment degeneration is not verified yet. METHODOLOGY: We conducted a meta-analysis according to the guidelines of the Cochrane Collaboration using databases including PubMed, Cochrane Ce...

  12. A computational study of intervertebral disc degeneration in relation to changes in regional tissue composition and disc nutrition

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    Up to 85% of the world population suffers from low back pain, a clinical condition often related to the intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration (DD). Altered disc cell nutrition affects cell viability and can generate catabolic cascades that degrade the extracellular matrix (ECM). Also, a major degenerative biochemical change in the disc is the proteoglycan (PG) loss, which affects the osmotic pressure and hydration that is critical for cell nutrition. However, the relationship between biochem...

  13. The effect of disc degeneration on anterior shear translation in the lumbar spine.

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    Melnyk, Angela D; Kelly, Adrienne; Chak, Jason D; Wen, Tian Lin; Cripton, Peter A; Dvorak, Marcel F; Oxland, Thomas R

    2015-04-01

    Many pathologies involving disc degeneration are treated with surgery and spinal implants. It is important to understand how the spine behaves mechanically as a function of disc degeneration. Shear loading is especially relevant in the natural and surgically stabilized lumbar spine. The objective of our study was to determine the effect of disc degeneration on anterior translation of the lumbar spine under shear loading. We tested 30 human cadaveric functional spinal units (L3-4 and L4-5) in anterior shear loading. First, the specimens were imaged in a 1.5 T magnetic resonance scanner. The discs were graded according to the Pfirrmann classification. The specimens were then loaded up to 250 N in anterior shear with an axial compression force of 300 N. Motion of the vertebrae was captured with an optoelectronic camera system. Inter- and intra-observer reliability for disc grading was determined (Cohen's and Fleiss' Kappa), and a non-parametric test was performed on the translation data to characterize the effect of disc degeneration on this parameter. We found fair to moderate agreement between and within observers for the disc grading. We found no significant effect of disc degeneration on anterior shear translation (Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA). Our results indicate that disc degeneration, as classified with the Pfirrmann scale, does not predict lumbar spinal motion in shear.

  14. Stem-cell treatment in disc degeneration: What is the evidence?

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    Manuela Peletti-Figueiró

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available To review the potential role of stem cells in treating degenerative disc disease of the intervertebral disc (IVD. A review was performed of articles from the Medline database concerning stem cells and degenerative disc disease (DDD. To discuss the data, the papers were classified as: review, in vitro, experimental, and clinical. The currently available treatments were basically for symptom reduction, not to revert the IVD degenerative process. The use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC is being proposed as an option of treatment for DDD. In vitro studies have shown that the MSC are able to differentiate into NP cells and that the MSC also reduce the inflammatory levels of the degenerated IVD. Besides, experimental studies demonstrated that the MSC remained viable when injected into the IVD, and that they were able to regenerate partially from the degenerated IVD and its structure. The few clinical studies found in the literature presented diverging results. The use of MSC is being widely studied and shows promising results for the treatment of DDD. Although many advances are being achieved in studies in vitro and experimental, there is a lack of clinical studies to prove the role of MSC in DDD management.

  15. Prosthetic Lumbar disc replacement for degenerative disc disease

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    Kulkarni Arvind

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical articulated device to replace intervertebral disc as a treatment for low back pain secondary to disc degeneration has emerged as a promising tool for selected patients. The potential advantages are prevention of adjacent segment degeneration, maintenance of mobility as well as avoidance of all the complications associated with fusion. The short-term results have been comparable to that of fusion, a few mid-term results have shown mixed outcome, but information on long-term results and performance are not available at present. The rationale for lumbar disc arthroplasty, indications, contraindications, the various artificial devices in the market and the concepts intrinsic to each of them, basic technique of insertion, complications are discussed and a brief summary of our experience with one of the devices is presented.

  16. Growth factor expression in degenerated intervertebral disc tissue. An immunohistochemical analysis of transforming growth factor beta, fibroblast growth factor and platelet-derived growth factor.

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    Tolonen, Jukka; Grönblad, Mats; Vanharanta, Heikki; Virri, Johanna; Guyer, Richard D; Rytömaa, Tapio; Karaharju, Erkki O

    2006-05-01

    Degenerated intervertebral disc has lost its normal architecture, and there are changes both in the nuclear and annular parts of the disc. Changes in cell shape, especially in the annulus fibrosus, have been reported. During degeneration the cells become more rounded, chondrocyte-like, whereas in the normal condition annular cells are more spindle shaped. These chondrocyte-like cells, often forming clusters, affect extracellular matrix turnover. In previous studies transforming growth factor beta (TGFbeta) -1 and -2, basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) have been highlighted in herniated intervertebral disc tissue. In the present study the same growth factors are analysed immunohistochemically in degenerated intervertebral disc tissue. Disc material was obtained from 16 discs operated for painful degenerative disc disease. Discs were classified according to the Dallas Discogram Description. Different disc regions were analysed in parallel. As normal control disc tissue material from eight organ donors was used. Polyclonal antibodies against different growth factors and TGFbeta receptor type II were used, and the immunoreaction was detected by the avidin biotin complex method. All studied degenerated discs showed immunoreactivity for TGFbeta receptor type II and bFGF. Fifteen of 16 discs were immunopositive for TGFbeta-1 and -2, respectively, and none showed immunoreaction for PDGF. Immunopositivity was located in blood vessels and in disc cells. In the nucleus pulposus the immunoreaction was located almost exclusively in chondrocyte-like disc cells, whereas in the annular region this reaction was either in chondrocyte-like disc cells, often forming clusters, or in fibroblast-like disc cells. Chondrocyte-like disc cells were especially prevalent in the posterior disrupted area. In the anterior area of the annulus fibrosus the distribution was more even between these two cell types. bFGF was expressed in the anterior annulus

  17. REHABILITATION THERAPY VERSUS DRUG THERAPY IN PATIENTS WITH LUMBAR DISC DEGENERATION

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    BROSCATEAN, Emanuela-Flavia

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar disc degeneration is a disorder whose clinical manifestations are represented by episodic pain in the lumbar spine, without lumbar blockage and minor muscle contraction. Because lumbalgia caused by lumbar disc degeneration is not always very high intensity pain, the easiest to apply treatment is drug therapy. The aim of this study was to analyze the potential role of rehabilitation treatment in the recovery of patients and the prevention of complications compared to drug therapy alone. The study included 28 patients (17 women and 11 men aged between 23-60 years, assigned to two groups: 20 patients who received rehabilitation treatment (consisting of massage, kinesiotherapy, hydrokinesiotherapy, electrotherapy and medication and 8 patients who received drug treatment consisting of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs. The treatment duration was 10 days. For the evaluation of pain, the visual analogue scale was used, for the degree of disability, the Oswestry questionnaire, and for joint mobility and muscle strength, articular and muscular testing. At the end of treatment, the study group compared to the control group had a statistically significant result for pain (p=0.001, as well as for the Oswestry score (p=0.030. The mean age of the patients was 35.51±3.026, which shows an increased incidence among young adults. A possible connection between the development of the disease in women and age less than 45 years was also investigated, but the result was not statistically significant, p=0.22. Our data suggest the fact that rehabilitation treatment plays an important role in the reduction of pain and the improvement of the quality of life of patients with lumbar disc degeneration by decreasing the degree of disability. In the future, it can be proposed to monitor patients with lumbar disc degeneration over a longer time period in order to see the effects of kinetic rehabilitation programs in relation to the delay of chronicization. As

  18. Prognosis of intervertebral disc loss from diagnosis of degenerative disc disease

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    Li, S.; Lin, A.; Tay, K.; Romano, W.; Osman, Said

    2015-03-01

    Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is one of the most common causes of low back pain, and is a major factor in limiting the quality of life of an individual usually as they enter older stages of life, the disc degeneration reduces the shock absorption available which in turn causes pain. Disc loss is one of the central processes in the pathogenesis of DDD. In this study, we investigated whether the image texture features quantified from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be appropriate markers for diagnosis of DDD and prognosis of inter-vertebral disc loss. The main objective is to use simple image based biomarkers to perform prognosis of spinal diseases using non-invasive procedures. Our results from 65 subjects proved the higher success rates of the combination marker compared to the individual markers and in the future, we will extend the study to other spine regions to allow prognosis and diagnosis of DDD for a wider region.

  19. Genetic susceptibility of intervertebral disc degeneration among young Finnish adults

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    Kelempisioti Anthi

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Disc degeneration (DD is a common condition that progresses with aging. Although the events leading to DD are not well understood, a significant genetic influence has been found. This study was undertaken to assess the association between relevant candidate gene polymorphisms and moderate DD in a well-defined and characterized cohort of young adults. Focusing on young age can be valuable in determining genetic predisposition to DD. Methods We investigated the associations of existing candidate genes for DD among 538 young adults with a mean age of 19 belonging to the 1986 Northern Finland Birth Cohort. Nineteen single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP in 16 genes were genotyped. We evaluated lumbar DD using the modified Pfirrmann classification and a 1.5-T magnetic resonance scanner for imaging. Results Of the 538 individuals studied, 46% had no degeneration, while 54% had DD and 51% of these had moderate DD. The risk of DD was significantly higher in subjects with an allele G of IL6 SNPs rs1800795 (OR 1.45, 95% CI 1.07-1.96 and rs1800797 (OR 1.37, 95% CI 1.02-1.85 in the additive inheritance model. The role of IL6 was further supported by the haplotype analysis, which resulted in an association between the GGG haplotype (SNPs rs1800797, rs1800796 and rs1800795 and DD with an OR of 1.51 (95% CI 1.11-2.04. In addition, we observed an association between DD and two other polymorphisms, SKT rs16924573 (OR 0.27 95% CI 0.07-0.96 and CILP rs2073711 in women (OR 2.04, 95% CI 1.07-3.89. Conclusion Our results indicate that IL6, SKT and CILP are involved in the etiology of DD among young adults.

  20. Glucosamine Supplementation Demonstrates a Negative Effect On Intervertebral Disc Matrix in an Animal Model of Disc Degeneration

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    Jacobs, Lloydine; Vo, Nam; Coehlo, J. Paulo; Dong, Qing; Bechara, Bernard; Woods, Barrett; Hempen, Eric; Hartman, Robert; Preuss, Harry; Balk, Judith; Kang, James; Sowa, Gwendolyn

    2013-01-01

    Study Design Laboratory based controlled in vivo study Objective To determine the in vivo effects of oral glucosamine sulfate on intervertebral disc degeneration Summary of Background Data Although glucosamine has demonstrated beneficial effect in articular cartilage, clinical benefit is uncertain. A CDC report from 2009 reported that many patients are using glucosamine supplementation for low back pain (LBP), without significant evidence to support its use. Because disc degeneration is a major contributor of LBP, we explored the effects of glucosamine on disc matrix homeostasis in an animal model of disc degeneration. Methods Eighteen skeletally mature New Zealand White rabbits were divided into four groups: control, annular puncture, glucosamine, and annular puncture+glucosamine. Glucosamine treated rabbits received daily oral supplementation with 107mg/day (weight based equivalent to human 1500mg/day). Annular puncture surgery involved puncturing the annulus fibrosus (AF) of 3 lumbar discs with a 16G needle to induce degeneration. Serial MRIs were obtained at 0, 4, 8, 12, and 20 weeks. Discs were harvested at 20 weeks for determination of glycosaminoglycan(GAG) content, relative gene expression measured by RT-PCR, and histological analyses. Results The MRI index and NP area of injured discs of glucosamine treated animals with annular puncture was found to be lower than that of degenerated discs from rabbits not supplemented with glucosamine. Consistent with this, decreased glycosaminoglycan was demonstrated in glucosamine fed animals, as determined by both histological and GAG content. Gene expression was consistent with a detrimental effect on matrix. Conclusions These data demonstrate that the net effect on matrix in an animal model in vivo, as measured by gene expression, MRI, histology, and total proteoglycan is anti-anabolic. This raises concern over this commonly used supplement, and future research is needed to establish the clinical relevance of these

  1. Human cells derived from degenerate intervertebral discs respond differently to those derived from non-degenerate intervertebral discs following application of dynamic hydrostatic pressure.

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    Le Maitre, Christine Lyn; Frain, Jennie; Fotheringham, Andrew P; Freemont, Anthony J; Hoyland, Judith Alison

    2008-01-01

    The intervertebral disc (IVD) is one of the body's most important load-bearing structures with the major mechanical force experienced in the nucleus pulposus (NP) being hydrostatic pressure (HP). Physiological levels of HP have an anabolic effect on IVD matrix metabolism in cells derived from non-degenerate animal and herniated IVD while excessive HP has a catabolic effect. However, no studies have investigated the response of non-degenerate and degenerate human disc cells derived from non-herniated discs to HP. Here we investigate the effect of physiological HP on such cells using a novel loading rig. Human IVD cells (both NP and AF) cultured in alginate were subjected to dynamic HP (0.8-1.7 MPa 0.5 Hz) for 2 h. Cell viability was assessed, RNA extracted and qRT-PCR for 18 s, c-fos, Sox-9, collagen type II, aggrecan and MMP-3 performed. Cell viability was unaffected by the loading regime. In non-degenerate NP cells, HP increased c-fos, aggrecan, Sox-9 and collagen type II (significantly so in the case of c-fos and aggrecan), but not MMP-3 gene expression. In contrast, application of HP to AF or degenerate NP cells had no effect on target gene expression. Our data shows that cells obtained from the healthy NP respond to dynamic HP by up-regulating genes indicative of healthy matrix homeostasis. However, responses differed in degenerate NP cells suggesting that an altered mechanotransduction pathway may be operational.

  2. [Research progress of cellular senescence and senescent secretary phenotype in intervertebral disc degeneration].

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    Wang, Feng; Zheng, Chenjingmei; Wu, Xiaotao

    2012-12-01

    To summarize the role of cellular senescence and senescent secretary phenotype in the intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. Relevant articles that discussed the roles of cellular senescence in the IVD degeneration were extensively reviewed, and retrospective and comprehensive analysis was performed. The senescent phenomenon during IVD degeneration, senescent secretary phenotype of the disc cells, senescent pathways within the IVD microenvironment, as well as the anti-senescent approaches for IVD regeneration were systematically reviewed. During aging and degeneration, IVD cells gradually and/or prematurely undergo senescence by activating p53-p21-retinoblastoma (RB) or p161NK4A-RB senescent pathways. The accumulation of senescent cells not only decreases the self-renewal ability of IVD, but also deteriorates the disc microenvironment by producing more inflammatory cytokines and matrix degrading enzymes. More specific senescent biomarkers are required to fully understand the phenotype change of senescent disc cells during IVD degeneration. Molecular analysis of the senescent disc cells and their intracellular signaling pathways are needed to get a safer and more efficient anti-senescence strategy for IVD regeneration. Cellular senescence is an important mechanism by which IVD cells decrease viability and degenerate biological behaviors, which provide a new thinking to understand the pathogenesis of IVD degeneration.

  3. Regional variations in the compressive properties of lumbar vertebral trabeculae. Effects of disc degeneration

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    Keller, T.S.; Hansson, T.H.; Abram, A.C.; Spengler, D.M.; Panjabi, M.M. (Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab, Nashville, TN (USA))

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    The compressive mechanical properties of human lumbar vertebral trabeculae were examined on the basis of anatomic origin, bone density, and intervertebral disc properties. Trabecular bone compressive strength and stiffness increased with increasing bone density, the latter proportional to strength and stiffness to the one-half power. Regional variations within each segment were found, the most prevalent differences occurring in regions of bone overlying the disc nucleus in comparison with bone overlying the disc anulus. For normal discs, the ratio of strength of bone overlying the disc nucleus to bone overlying the disc anulus was 1.25, decreasing to 1.0 for moderately degenerated discs. These results suggest that an interdependency of trabecular bone properties and intervertebral disc properties may exist.

  4. Treatment of the degenerated intervertebral disc; closure, repair and regeneration of the annulus fibrosus

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    Sharifi, Shahriar; Bulstra, Sjoerd K.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Kuijer, Roel

    2015-01-01

    Degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD) and disc herniation are two causes of low back pain. The aetiology of these disorders is unknown, but tissue weakening, which primarily occurs due to inherited genetic factors, ageing, nutritional compromise and loading history, is the basic factor causi

  5. Treatment of the degenerated intervertebral disc; closure, repair and regeneration of the annulus fibrosus

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    Sharifi, Shahriar; Bulstra, S.K.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Kuijer, R.

    2015-01-01

    Degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD) and disc herniation are two causes of low back pain. The aetiology of these disorders is unknown, but tissue weakening, which primarily occurs due to inherited genetic factors, ageing, nutritional compromise and loading history, is the basic factor

  6. Protective effects of cannabidiol on lesion-induced intervertebral disc degeneration.

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    João W Silveira

    Full Text Available Disc degeneration is a multifactorial process that involves hypoxia, inflammation, neoinnervation, accelerated catabolism, and reduction in water and glycosaminoglycan content. Cannabidiol is the main non-psychotropic component of the Cannabis sativa with protective and anti-inflammatory properties. However, possible therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on intervertebral disc degeneration have not been investigated yet. The present study investigated the effects of cannabidiol intradiscal injection in the coccygeal intervertebral disc degeneration induced by the needle puncture model using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and histological analyses. Disc injury was induced in the tail of male Wistar rats via a single needle puncture. The discs selected for injury were punctured percutaneously using a 21-gauge needle. MRI and histological evaluation were employed to assess the results. The effects of intradiscal injection of cannabidiol (30, 60 or 120 nmol injected immediately after lesion were analyzed acutely (2 days by MRI. The experimental group that received cannabidiol 120 nmol was resubmitted to MRI examination and then to histological analyses 15 days after lesion/cannabidiol injection. The needle puncture produced a significant disc injury detected both by MRI and histological analyses. Cannabidiol significantly attenuated the effects of disc injury induced by the needle puncture. Considering that cannabidiol presents an extremely safe profile and is currently being used clinically, these results suggest that this compound could be useful in the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration.

  7. Protective effects of cannabidiol on lesion-induced intervertebral disc degeneration.

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    Silveira, João W; Issy, Ana Carolina; Castania, Vitor A; Salmon, Carlos E G; Nogueira-Barbosa, Marcello H; Guimarães, Francisco S; Defino, Helton L A; Del Bel, Elaine

    2014-01-01

    Disc degeneration is a multifactorial process that involves hypoxia, inflammation, neoinnervation, accelerated catabolism, and reduction in water and glycosaminoglycan content. Cannabidiol is the main non-psychotropic component of the Cannabis sativa with protective and anti-inflammatory properties. However, possible therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on intervertebral disc degeneration have not been investigated yet. The present study investigated the effects of cannabidiol intradiscal injection in the coccygeal intervertebral disc degeneration induced by the needle puncture model using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and histological analyses. Disc injury was induced in the tail of male Wistar rats via a single needle puncture. The discs selected for injury were punctured percutaneously using a 21-gauge needle. MRI and histological evaluation were employed to assess the results. The effects of intradiscal injection of cannabidiol (30, 60 or 120 nmol) injected immediately after lesion were analyzed acutely (2 days) by MRI. The experimental group that received cannabidiol 120 nmol was resubmitted to MRI examination and then to histological analyses 15 days after lesion/cannabidiol injection. The needle puncture produced a significant disc injury detected both by MRI and histological analyses. Cannabidiol significantly attenuated the effects of disc injury induced by the needle puncture. Considering that cannabidiol presents an extremely safe profile and is currently being used clinically, these results suggest that this compound could be useful in the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration.

  8. Localization of cathepsins D, K, and L in degenerated human intervertebral discs.

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    Ariga, K; Yonenobu, K; Nakase, T; Kaneko, M; Okuda, S; Uchiyama, Y; Yoshikawa, H

    2001-12-15

    Localization of cathepsins D, K, and L in degenerated intervertebral discs was examined by immunohistochemistry. To determine the involvement of cathepsins in the pathomechanism of intervertebral disc degeneration by monitoring the immunolocalization of cathepsins in degenerated intervertebral disc tissue. Cathepsins D, K, and L are enzymes that contribute to the matrix destruction seen in the articular cartilage affected by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However, little is known about the contribution of these cathepsins to intervertebral disc degeneration. Paraffin-embedded sections of degenerated intervertebral disc tissue collected at the time of surgery (13 discs from 12 patients) were immunohistochemically stained with antibodies for cathepsins D, K, and L. For further characterization of the stained cells, immunohistochemical detection of CD68 and TRAP staining were performed. Hematoxylin and eosin staining revealed obvious signs of degeneration in all sections. Cathepsins D and L were immunolocalized in disc fibrochondrocytes at various sites exhibiting degeneration. Cathepsins K were found in tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase-positive multinucleated cells, in particular near the cleft within the cartilaginous endplate. However, few cells were positive for these cathepsins in anulus fibrosus that maintained the lamellar structure of collagen fibers. Marked expression of cathepsins D and L was observed at the site of degeneration. Cathepsins D and K localized in tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase-positive multinucleated cells existed at the cleft between the cartilaginous endplate and vertebral body. The site-specific localization of these cathepsins suggests the association of these proteinases with endplate separation and disorganization of the anulus fibrosus in degenerative spinal disorders.

  9. Transplantation of gene-modified nucleus pulposus cells reverses rabbit intervertebral disc degeneration

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    LIU Yong; LI Jian-min; HU You-gu

    2011-01-01

    Background Intervertebral disc degeneration is the main cause of low back pain. The purpose of this study was to explore potential methods for reversing the degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs by transplantation of gene-modified nucleus pulposus cells into rabbit degenerative lumbar intervertebral discs after transfecting rabbit nucleus pulposus cells with adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2)-mediated connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP1) genes in vitro.Methods Computer tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous annulus fibrosus injury was performed to build degenerative lumbar intervertebral disc models in 60 New Zealand white rabbits. rAAV2-CTGF-IRES-TIMP1-transfected rabbit nucleus pulposus cells were transplanted into degenerative lumbar intervertebral discs (transplantation group),phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) was injected into degenerative lumbar intervertebral discs (degeneration control group)and normal lumbar intervertebral discs served as a blank control group. After 6, 10 and 14 weeks, the disc height index (DHI) and signal intensity in intervertebral discs were observed by X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis.The expression of CTGF and TIMP1 in nucleus pulposus tissue was determined by Western blotting analysis, the synthesis efficiency of proteoglycan was determined by a 35S-sulfate incorporation assay, and the mRNA expression of type Ⅱ collagen and proteoglycan was detected by RT-PCR.Results MRI confirmed that degenerative intervertebral discs appeared two weeks after percutaneous puncture.Transgenic nucleus pulposus cell transplantation could retard the rapid deterioration of the DHI. MRI indicated that degenerative intervertebral discs were relieved in the transplantation group compared with the degeneration control group. The expression of collagen Ⅱ mRNA and proteoglycan mRNA was significantly higher in the transplantation group and the blank control group compared with the

  10. Degeneration of the cervical disc: histology compared with radiography and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Christe, A.; Vock, P. [University of Berne, Department of Radiology, Inselspital, Berne (Switzerland); Laeubli, R.; Berlemann, U. [University of Berne, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inselspital, Berne (Switzerland); Guzman, R.; Schroth, G. [University of Berne, Department of Neuroradiology, Inselspital, Berne (Switzerland); Moore, R.J. [Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide (Australia); Loevblad, K.O. [University of Berne, Department of Neuroradiology, Inselspital, Berne (Switzerland); Geneva University Hospital, Neuroradiology SRRI, Geneva 14 (Switzerland)

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    Decisions about the treatment of neck pain are largely made on the basis of information gained from plain X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which are used routinely as part of preliminary investigation. We performed a descriptive cadaveric study to compare histology with radiography and MRI. We correlated plain radiography, disc height [Farfan index (FI)] and MRI findings with histology to assess the ability of radiology to detect significant pathologic lesions. The study included 52 motion segments from nine subjects over the age of 50, who underwent routine hospital autopsy. Disc degeneration was assessed by histology, radiography, disc height (FI: anterior disc height plus posterior disc height divided by anterioposterior diameter) and MRI using established grading systems. Most of the discs were classified radiologically as grade 1 (19/52), grade 2 (13/52), grade 3 (9/52) or grade 4 (3/52). Eight of the discs were graded as normal. The distribution of MRI grades was grade 0 (9/36), grade 1 (9/36), grade 2 (7/36), grade 3 (8/36) and grade 4 (3/36). Half of the discs (26/52) showed advanced (grade 4) degeneration histologically. FI correlated with histological grade (P=0.013), MRI grade (P=0.02) and radiological grade (P<0.001) of degeneration. Radiological and histological grade of degeneration showed a weak correlation (r=0.3, P=0.033). MRI correlated with overall histological grade (r=0.41, P=0.015, n=34). Histological features (e.g., tears, rim lesions, prolapse of nucleus material) were poorly recognised by MRI, which had a sensitivity for disc material prolapse and annulus tears of less than 40%. Our study showed that discs from patients over 50 years are histologically severely degenerated; however, these changes may not be detected by conventional radiography and MRI. (orig.)

  11. Human MMP28 expression is unresponsive to inflammatory stimuli and does not correlate to the grade of intervertebral disc degeneration

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    Klawitter Marina

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background MMP28 (epilysin is a recently discovered member of the MMP (matrix metalloproteinase family that is, amongst others, expressed in osteoarthritic cartilage and intervertebral disc (IVD tissue. In this study the hypothesis that increased expression of MMP28 correlates with higher grades of degeneration and is stimulated by the presence of proinflammatory molecules was tested. Gene expression levels of MMP28 were investigated in traumatic and degenerative human IVD tissue and correlated to the type of disease and the degree of degeneration (Thompson grade. Quantification of MMP28 gene expression in human IVD tissue or in isolated cells after stimulation with the inflammatory mediators lipopolysaccharide (LPS, interleukin (IL-1β, tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α or the histondeacetylase inhibitor trichostatin A was performed by real-time RT PCR. Results While MMP28 expression was increased in individual cases with trauma or disc degeneration, there was no significant correlation between the grade of disease and MMP28 expression. Stimulation with LPS, IL-1β, TNF-α or trichostatin A did not alter MMP28 gene expression at any investigated time point or any concentration. Conclusions Our results demonstrate that gene expression of MMP28 in the IVD is not regulated by inflammatory mechanisms, is donor-dependent and cannot be positively or negatively linked to the grade of degeneration and only weakly to the occurrence of trauma. New hypotheses and future studies are needed to find the role of MMP28 in the intervertebral disc.

  12. New in vivo animal model to create intervertebral disc degeneration and to investigate the effects of therapeutic strategies to stimulate disc regeneration.

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    Kroeber, Markus W; Unglaub, Frank; Wang, Haili; Schmid, Carsten; Thomsen, Marc; Nerlich, Andreas; Richter, Wiltrud

    2002-12-01

    A new rabbit model was developed that produces disc degeneration through the application of controlled and quantified axial mechanical load. To characterize the changes associated with disc degeneration, and to evaluate the feasibility of local transfer of agents to the compressed discs to stimulate disc regeneration. Studies have shown that accelerated degeneration of the intervertebral disc results from altered mechanical loading conditions. The development of methods for the prevention of disc degeneration and the restoration of disc tissue that has already degenerated is needed. New Zealand white rabbits (n = 33) were used for this study. The discs in five animals remained unloaded and served as controls, whereas in 28 animals the discs were axially compressed using a custom-made external loading device. After 1 (n = 7), 14 (n = 7), and 28 (n = 7) days of dynamic loading, or 28 (n = 7) days of loading followed by 28 days of unloaded recovery time, the animals were killed and the lumbar spine was harvested for tissue preparation. Disc height, disc morphology, cell viability, disc stiffness, and load to failure were measured. Recombinant adenovirus encoding for two different marker genes (Ad-Luciferase and Ad-LacZ) was injected into the discs in loaded specimens and the gene expression was measured. The unloaded intervertebral discs of the rabbits consisted of a layered anulus fibrosus, a cartilaginous endplate, and a nucleus pulposus comparable with those of humans. After 14 and 28 days of loading, the discs demonstrated a significant decrease in disc space. Histologically, disorganization of the architecture of the anulus occurred. The number of dead cells increased significantly in the anulus and cartilage endplate. These changes were not reversible after 28 days of unloading. The stiffness and the load to failure did not change significantly in the discs after 28 days of loading, as compared with the unloaded control discs. Adenovirus-mediated gene transfer

  13. MRI quantification of human spine cartilage endplate geometry: Comparison with age, degeneration, level, and disc geometry.

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    DeLucca, John F; Peloquin, John M; Smith, Lachlan J; Wright, Alexander C; Vresilovic, Edward J; Elliott, Dawn M

    2016-08-01

    Geometry is an important indicator of disc mechanical function and degeneration. While the geometry and associated degenerative changes in the nucleus pulposus and the annulus fibrosus are well-defined, the geometry of the cartilage endplate (CEP) and its relationship to disc degeneration are unknown. The objectives of this study were to quantify CEP geometry in three dimensions using an MRI FLASH imaging sequence and evaluate relationships between CEP geometry and age, degeneration, spinal level, and overall disc geometry. To do so, we assessed the MRI-based measurements for accuracy and repeatability. Next, we measured CEP geometry across a larger sample set and correlated CEP geometric parameters to age, disc degeneration, level, and disc geometry. The MRI-based measures resulted in thicknesses (0.3-1 mm) that are comparable to prior measurements of CEP thickness. CEP thickness was greatest at the anterior/posterior (A/P) margins and smallest in the center. The CEP A/P thickness, axial area, and lateral width decreased with age but were not related to disc degeneration. Age-related, but not degeneration-related, changes in geometry suggest that the CEP may not follow the progression of disc degeneration. Ultimately, if the CEP undergoes significant geometric changes with aging and if these can be related to low back pain, a clinically feasible translation of the FLASH MRI-based measurement of CEP geometry presented in this study may prove a useful diagnostic tool. © 2016 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Orthop Res 34:1410-1417, 2016.

  14. A Novel Catechol-O-Methyltransferase Variant Associated with Human Disc Degeneration

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    Gruber, Helen E.; Sha, Wei; Brouwer, Cory R.; Steuerwald, Nury; Hoelscher, Gretchen L.; Hanley, Edward N. Jr.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Disc degeneration and its associated low back pain are a major health care concern causing disability with a prominent role in this country's medical, social and economic structure. Low back pain is devastating and influences the quality of life for millions. Low back pain lifetime prevalence approximates 80% with an estimated direct cost burden of $86 billion per year. Back pain patients incur higher costs, greater health care utilization, and greater work loss than patients without back pain. Methods: Research was performed following approval of our Institutional Review Board. DNA was isolated, processed and amplified using routine techniques. Amplified DNA was hybridized to Affymetrix Genome-Wide Human SNP Arrays. Quality control and genotyping analysis were performed using Affymetrix Genotyping Console. The Birdseed v2 algorithm was used for genotyping analysis. 2589 SNPs were selected a priori to enter statistical analysis using lotistic regression in SAS. Results: Our objective was to search for novel single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with disc degeneration. Four SNPs were found to have a significant relationship to disc degeneration; three are novel. Rs165656, a new SNP found to be associated with disc degeneration, was in catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), a gene with well-recognized pain involvement, especially in female subjects (p=0.01). Analysis confirmed the previously association between COMT SNP rs4633 and disc degeneration. We also report two novel disc degeneration-related SNPs (rs2095019 and rs470859) located in intergenic regions upstream to thrombospondin 2. Conclusions: Findings contribute to the challenging field of disc degeneration and pain, and are important in light of the high clinical relevance of low back pain and the need for improved understanding of its fundamental basis. PMID:24904231

  15. Effect of Electro-acupuncture on Matrix Metalloproteinase in Degenerated Cervical Intervertebral Disc of Rats

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    SHI Zheng; HUANG Qiang; MA Xiao-peng; LIU Shi-min; LIU Hui-rong; ZHU Zhong-chun

    2007-01-01

    To observe the effect of electro-acupuncture on matrix metalloproteinase in degenerated cervical intervertebral disc rats.Methods:The rat model of cervical intervertebral disc degeneration was induced by unbalanced dynamic and static forces,then the rats were randomly allocated to model group,electro-acupuncture groupⅠ(acupoints Dazhu(BL 11) and Tianzhu(BL 10) were electro-acupunctured),and electro-acupuncture group Ⅱ(acupoints Dazhu (BL 11),Tianzhu(BL 10)and Shenshu(BL 23) were electro-acupunctured),with the normal rats as control.then the HE staining method was adopted to observe the morphological change of cervical intervertebral disc and the immunohistochemical staining method was used to detect the marx metalloproteinases-1(MMP-1) and matrix metalloproteinases-3(MMP-3) in cervical intervertebral disc.Results:The morphological observation showed that after electro-acupuncture treatment,the degrees of cervical intervertebral disc degeneration in electro-acupuncture groupⅠand electro-acupuncture group Ⅱ were alleviated,and the electro-acupuncture group Ⅱ was superior to electro-acupuncture group Ⅰ.The expressions of MMP-1 and MMP-3 in degenerated cervical intervertebral disc were increased(P<0.01),and after electro-acupuncture treatment,the expressions of MMP-1 and MMP-3 in degenerated cervical intervertebral disc were decreased,especially the electro-acupuncture group Ⅱpresented the better effect as compared with electro-acupuncture group Ⅰ(P<0.05).Conclusions:Electro-acupuncture at acupoints Dazhu (BL 11) and Tianzhu (BL 10) had a certain therapeutic effect on cervical intervertebral disc degeneration,and in combination with acupoint Shenshu(BL 23),this therapeutic effect could be enhanced,its action mechanism might be that electro-acupuncture can reduce the expressions of MMP-l and MMP-3 in degenerated cervical intervertebral disc,inhibit the degradation of matrix in intervertebral disc.so as to relieve cervical intervertebral disc

  16. Aging and degeneration of the intervertebral disc: review of basic science

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    Josemberg da Silva Baptista

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Currently there is a growing interest in the study of intervertebral discs due to loss of manpower brought to society by low back and neck pains. These papers seek to delineate the difference between normal aging and disc degeneration, trying to understand what factor would be determining for the second condition. Thus, the morphology field was expanded and knowledge on the structure of intervertebral discs currently uses the research field of cell and molecular biology, and genetics. The results indicate that regardless of age or condition, the intervertebral disc undergoes long and extensive remodeling of its constituents, which are influenced by several factors: environmental, soluble, cell growth and extracellular matrix. In this literature review we describe the biological characteristics of the cervical and lumbar intervertebral disc with a focus on basic science of aging and degeneration, selecting the latest findings and discussions of the area, which influence future research and clinical thoughts.

  17. Running Exercise Alleviates Pain and Promotes Cell Proliferation in a Rat Model of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration

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    Shuo Luan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic low back pain accompanied by intervertebral disk degeneration is a common musculoskeletal disorder. Physical exercise, which is clinically recommended by international guidelines, has proven to be effective for degenerative disc disease (DDD patients. However, the mechanism underlying the analgesic effects of physical exercise on DDD remains largely unclear. The results of the present study showed that mechanical withdrawal thresholds of bilateral hindpaw were significantly decreased beginning on day three after intradiscal complete Freund’s adjuvant (CFA injection and daily running exercise remarkably reduced allodynia in the CFA exercise group beginning at day 28 compared to the spontaneous recovery group (controls. The hindpaw withdrawal thresholds of the exercise group returned nearly to baseline at the end of experiment, but severe pain persisted in the control group. Histological examinations performed on day 70 revealed that running exercise restored the degenerative discs and increased the cell densities of the annulus fibrosus (AF and nucleus pulposus (NP. Furthermore, immunofluorescence labeling revealed significantly higher numbers of 5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine (BrdU-positive cells in the exercise group on days 28, 42, 56 and 70, which indicated more rapid proliferation compared to the control at the corresponding time points. Taken together, these results suggest that running exercise might alleviate the mechanical allodynia induced by intradiscal CFA injection via disc repair and cell proliferation, which provides new evidence for future clinical use.

  18. Are the determinants of vertebral endplate changes and severe disc degeneration in the lumbar spine the same? A magnetic resonance imaging study in middle-aged male workers

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    Korpelainen Raija

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Modic changes are bone marrow lesions visible in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, and they are assumed to be associated with symptomatic intervertebral disc disease, especially changes located at L5-S1. Only limited information exists about the determinants of Modic changes. The objective of this study was to evaluate the determinants of vertebral endplate (Modic changes, and whether they are similar for Modic changes and severe disc degeneration focusing on L5-S1 level. Methods 228 middle-aged male workers (159 train engineers and 69 sedentary factory workers from northern Finland underwent sagittal T1- and T2-weighted MRI. Modic changes and disc degeneration were analyzed from the scans. The participants responded to a questionnaire including items of occupational history and lifestyle factors. Logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the associations between selected determinants (age, lifetime exercise, weight-related factors, fat percentage, smoking, alcohol use, lifetime whole-body vibration and Modic type I and II changes, and severe disc degeneration (= grade V on Pfirrmann's classification. Results The prevalences of the Modic changes and severe disc degeneration were similar in the occupational groups. Age was significantly associated with all degenerative changes. In the age-adjusted analyses, only weight-related determinants (BMI, waist circumference were associated with type II changes. Exposure to whole-body vibration, besides age, was the only significant determinant for severe disc degeneration. In the multivariate model, BMI was associated with type II changes at L5-S1 (OR 2.75 per one SD = 3 unit increment in BMI, and vibration exposure with severe disc degeneration at L5-S1 (OR 1.08 per one SD = 11-year increment in vibration exposure. Conclusion Besides age, weight-related factors seem important in the pathogenesis of Modic changes, whereas whole-body vibration was the only significant determinant

  19. Quantitative analysis of disc degeneration using axial T2 mapping in a percutaneous annular puncture model in rabbits

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    Chai, Jee Won; Kim, Su Jin [Dept. of Radiology, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Heung Sik; Lee, Joon Woo [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Sung Hwan [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-02-15

    To evaluate T2 relaxation time change using axial T2 mapping in a rabbit degenerated disc model and determine the most correlated variable with histologic score among T2 relaxation time, disc height index, and Pfirrmann grade. Degenerated disc model was made in 4 lumbar discs of 11 rabbits (n = 44) by percutaneous annular puncture with various severities of an injury. Lumbar spine lateral radiograph, MR T2 sagittal scan and MR axial T2 mapping were obtained at baseline and 2 weeks and 4 weeks after the injury in 7 rabbits and at baseline and 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6 weeks after the injury in 4 rabbits. Generalized estimating equations were used for a longitudinal analysis of changes in T2 relaxation time in degenerated disc model. T2 relaxation time, disc height index and Pfirrmann grade were correlated with the histologic scoring of disc degeneration using Spearman's rho test. There was a significant difference in T2 relaxation time between uninjured and injured discs after annular puncture. Progressive decrease in T2 relaxation time was observed in injured discs throughout the study period. Lower T2 relaxation time was observed in the more severely injured discs. T2 relaxation time showed the strongest inverse correlation with the histologic score among the variables investigated (r = -0.811, p < 0.001). T2 relaxation time measured with axial T2 mapping in degenerated discs is a potential method to assess disc degeneration.

  20. Prevalence of adjacent segment disc degeneration in patients undergoing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion based on pre-operative MRI findings.

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    Lundine, Kristopher M; Davis, Gavin; Rogers, Myron; Staples, Margaret; Quan, Gerald

    2014-01-01

    Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a widely accepted surgical treatment for symptomatic cervical spondylosis. Some patients develop symptomatic adjacent segment degeneration, occasionally requiring further treatment. The cause and prevalence of adjacent segment degeneration and disease is unclear at present. Proponents for motion preserving surgery such as disc arthroplasty argue that this technique may decrease the "strain" on adjacent discs and thus decrease the incidence of symptomatic adjacent segment degeneration. The purpose of this study was to assess the pre-operative prevalence of adjacent segment degeneration in patients undergoing ACDF. A database review of three surgeons' practice was carried out to identify patients who had undergone a one- or two-level ACDF for degenerative disc disease. Patients were excluded if they were operated on for recent trauma, had an inflammatory arthropathy (for example, rheumatoid arthritis), or had previous spine surgery. The pre-operative MRI of each patient was reviewed and graded using a standardised methodology. One hundred and six patient MRI studies were reviewed. All patients showed some evidence of intervertebral disc degeneration adjacent to the planned operative segment(s). Increased severity of disc degeneration was associated with increased age and operative level, but was not associated with sagittal alignment. Disc degeneration was more common at levels adjacent to the surgical level than at non-adjacent segments, and was more severe at the superior adjacent level compared with the inferior adjacent level. These findings support the theory that adjacent segment degeneration following ACDF is due in part to the natural history of cervical spondylosis.

  1. Effect of osteoporosis and intervertebral disc degeneration on endplate cartilage injury in rats

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    Lei Wang; Wei Cui; Jean Pierre Kalala; Tom Van Hoof; Bao-Ge Liu

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the effect of osteoporosis and intervertebral disc degeneration on the endplate cartilage injury in rats.Methods:A total of48 femaleSpragueDawley rats(3 months) were randomly divided intoGroupsA,B,C andD with12 rats in each group.Osteoporosis and intervertebral disc degeneration composite model, simple degeneration model and simple osteoporosis model were prepared inGroupsA,B andC respectively.After modeling, four rats of each group at12th,18th and24th week were sacrificed.Intervertebral height of cervical vertebra C6/C7 was measured.Micro-CT was used to image the endplate of cephalic and caudal cartilage atC6/C7 intervertebral disc.Abraded area rate ofC6 caudal andC7 cephalic cartilage endplate was calculated, and thenC6/C7 intervertebral disc was routinely embedded and sectioned, stained with safraninO to observe histological changes microscopically.Results:At12,18 and 24 weeks, intervertebral disc height ofC6/C7 were(0.58±0.09) mm,(0.53±0.04) mm and(0.04±0.06) mm inGroupA rats,(0.55±0.05) mm,(0.52±0.07) mm and(0.07±0.05) mm inGroupB rats.At24th week, intervertebral disc height ofGroupA rats was significantly lower than that ofGroupB rats (P0.05).At12 and18 weeks, the abraded rate ofC6 caudal andC7 cephalic cartilage endplate inGroupA rats were significantly higher than that inGroupsB,C andD rats(P0.05).Microscopic observation ofCT showed that ventral defects inC6 caudal orC7 cephalic cartilage endplate inGroupsA andB appeared after12 weeks of modeling;obvious cracks were found in front of theC6 andC7 vertebral body, and cartilage defect shown the trend of "repairing" at18 and24 weeks after modeling.Conclusions:Intervertebral disc degeneration and osteoporosis can cause damage to the cartilage endplate.Co-existence of these two factors can induce more serious damage to the endplate, which has possitive correlation with intervertebral disc degeneration.Osteoporosis plays a certain role in intervertebral disc degeneration process, and

  2. Herb formula "Fufangqishe-Pill" prevents upright posture-induced intervertebral disc degeneration at the lumbar in rats.

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    Liang, Qian-Qian; Xi, Zhi-Jie; Bian, Qin; Cui, Xue-Jun; Li, Chen-Guang; Hou, Wei; Shi, Qi; Wang, Yong-Jun

    2010-01-01

    Degeneration of the lumbar spine plays an important role in most chronic low back pain. Prevention of lumbar intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is therefore a high research priority. Both our previous multicenter clinical trials and pharmacological research showed that Fufangqishe-Pill (FFQSP), a newly patented traditional Chinese medicine, could effectively relieve the symptoms of neck pain and prevent cervical degeneration. To clarify the effect of FFQSP on lumbar IVD degeneration, we applied a lumbar IVD degeneration rat model induced by prolonged upright posture. Pretreatment of FFQSP for one month prevented the histological changes indicating IVD disorganization; increased type II-collagen level, decreased type X-collagen protein level, and increased Col2alpha1 mRNA expression at all time points; and decreased Col10alpha1, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, MMP13, and Interleukin (IL)-1beta mRNA expression induced by upright posture for 7 and 9 months. These results suggest that FFQSP prevents lumbar IVD degeneration induced by upright posture. FFQSP is a promising medicine for lumbar IVD degeneration disease.

  3. The relationship between disc degeneration and flexibility of the lumbar spine

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    Tanaka, Nobuhiro; Fujimoto, Yoshinori; Ochi, Mitsuo [Hiroshima Univ. (Japan). Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; An, H.S.; Lim, T.H.; Fujiwara, Atsushi [Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke' s Medical Center, Chicago, IL (United States)

    2003-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between grade of degeneration of intervertebral discs and 3-dimensional biomechanical characteristics of the motion segment under multidirectional loading conditions. The material used in this study consisted of 114 lumbar motion segments from T12-L1 to L5-S1 retrieved from 47 fresh cadaver spines (average age at death, 68 years; range, 39 to 87 years). The severity of degeneration (grades I to V according to Thomson's system) was determined by examining magnetic resonance (MR) images and cryomicrotome sections. Pure unconstrained moments with dead weights were applied to the motion segments in 6 load steps. The directions of loading included flexion, extension, right and left axial rotation, and right and left lateral bending. Segments from the upper lumbar levels (T12-L1 to L3-4) tended to have greater rotational movement in flexion, extension, and axial rotation with disc degeneration up to grade IV, but the motion decreased when the disc degeneration reached grade V. In the lower lumbar spine, motion in axial rotation and lateral bending at L4-5 and L5-S1 was increased in grade III. These results suggest that kinematic properties of the lumbar spine are related to disc degeneration. Disc degeneration, particularly in grades III and IV, in which radial tears of the anulus fibrosus are found, was generally associated with greater motion. Disc space collapse and osteophyte formation, as found in grade V, resulted in stabilization of the motion segments. (author)

  4. Effects of Tobacco Smoking on the Degeneration of the Intervertebral Disc: A Finite Element Study.

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    Elmasry, Shady; Asfour, Shihab; de Rivero Vaccari, Juan Pablo; Travascio, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    Tobacco smoking is associated with numerous pathological conditions. Compelling experimental evidence associates smoking to the degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD). In particular, it has been shown that nicotine down-regulates both the proliferation rate and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) biosynthesis of disc cells. Moreover, tobacco smoking causes the constriction of the vascular network surrounding the IVD, thus reducing the exchange of nutrients and anabolic agents from the blood vessels to the disc. It has been hypothesized that both nicotine presence in the IVD and the reduced solute exchange are responsible for the degeneration of the disc due to tobacco smoking, but their effects on tissue homeostasis have never been quantified. In this study, a previously presented computational model describing the homeostasis of the IVD was deployed to investigate the effects of impaired solute supply and nicotine-mediated down-regulation of cell proliferation and biosynthetic activity on the health of the disc. We found that the nicotine-mediated down-regulation of cell anabolism mostly affected the GAG concentration at the cartilage endplate, reducing it up to 65% of the value attained in normal physiological conditions. In contrast, the reduction of solutes exchange between blood vessels and disc tissue mostly affected the nucleus pulposus, whose cell density and GAG levels were reduced up to 50% of their normal physiological levels. The effectiveness of quitting smoking on the regeneration of a degenerated IVD was also investigated, and showed to have limited benefit on the health of the disc. A cell-based therapy in conjunction with smoke cessation provided significant improvements in disc health, suggesting that, besides quitting smoking, additional treatments should be implemented in the attempt to recover the health of an IVD degenerated by tobacco smoking.

  5. Pathology and possible mechanisms of nervous system response to disc degeneration.

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    Brisby, Helena

    2006-04-01

    Degeneration of the intervertebral disc is clinically considered to be an important source of pain in patients with low-back pain. Disc deterioration and/or degeneration may influence the nervous system by stimulation of nociceptors in the anulus fibrosus, causing nociceptive pain that is often referred to as discogenic pain. The stimulation of the nociceptors may be of mechanical or inflammatory origin. Deterioration of a disc with loss of normal structure and weight-bearing properties may lead to abnormal motions that cause mechanical stimulation. This theory is supported by the fact that patients commonly experience an increase in pain with weight-bearing and certain movements. In addition, an ingrowth of vessels and nerve fibers into deeper layers of the anulus fibrosus has been observed in degenerated discs. A large number of inflammatory and signaling substances, such as tumor necrosis factor and interleukins (interleukin-1beta, interleukin-6, and interleukin-8), may also play a role in the development of back pain. Independent of stimulus of the nociceptors, the pain impulses are conducted through myelinated A delta fibers and unmyelinated C fibers to the dorsal root ganglion and continue by way of the spinothalamic tract to the thalamus and the somatosensory cortex. In response to stimulation of the nociceptors in the disc, the somatosensory system may increase its sensitivity, resulting in a nonfunctional response; that is, normally innocuous stimuli may generate an amplified response (peripheral sensitization). When disc degeneration leads to a disc herniation, the adjacent nervous system structures, such as the nerve roots or the dorsal root ganglion, can be affected, causing neuropathic pain of mechanical or biochemical origin. Disc deterioration also influences other spinal structures, such as facet joints, ligaments, and muscles, which can also become pain generators. Thus, disc degeneration may be responsible for the development of chronic low

  6. DSC Study of Collagen in Disc Disease

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    S. Skrzyński; Sionkowska, A.; Marciniak, A.

    2009-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) has been used to estimate the effect of disc disease on the collagen helix-coil transition and morphology for tissue extracted from patients during surgical operation. Forty discs were obtained from patients with degenerative disc disease undergoing surgery for low back pain. The patients were in the age between 20 and 70 years old. The specimens were kept wet during DSC experiment. The data allow the comparison between thermal stability of collagen ti...

  7. Poroelastic behaviour of the degenerating human intervertebral disc: a ten-day study in a loaded disc culture system

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    KS Emanuel

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The intervertebral disc (IVD allows flexibility to the vertebral column, and transfers the predominant axial loads during daily activities. Its axial biomechanical behaviour is poroelastic, due to the water-binding and releasing capacity of the nucleus pulposus. Degeneration of the intervertebral disc presumably affects both the instantaneous elastic response to the load on the IVD and the subsequent interstitial flow of fluid. This study aims to quantify the poroelastic behaviour of the IVD and its change with degeneration, as defined by the magnetic resonance imaging-based Pfirrmann Score (PS. For a period of ten days, 36 human lumbar IVDs were loaded with a simulated physiological axial loading regime, while deformation was monitored. The IVDs responded to the loads with instantaneous elastic and slow poroelastic axial deformation. Several mechanical parameters changed throughout the first five days of the experiment, until the IVDs settled into a dynamic equilibrium. In this equilibrium, degeneration was significantly related to a decrease in disc height loss during the daytime high load phase (ρ = -0.49, and to a decrease in the rate of this deformation during the final half hour of each day (ρ = -0.53. These properties were related to the nucleus glycosaminoglycan/hydroxyproline (GAG/HYP ratio, rather than GAG content alone, indicating that remodelling of the extracellular matrix reduces poroelastic properties of the IVD. This implies that the degenerated discs have a reduced capacity to bind water and/or a reduced resistance against fluid flow. The resulting loss in hydrostatic pressure may further change cell behaviour in the nucleus pulposus.

  8. Association Between Lumbar Spine Sagittal Alignment and L4-L5 Disc Degeneration Among Asymptomatic Young Adults.

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    Menezes-Reis, Rafael; Bonugli, Gustavo Perazzoli; Dalto, Vitor Faeda; da Silva Herrero, Carlos Fernando Pereira; Defino, Helton Luiz Aparecido; Nogueira-Barbosa, Marcello Henrique

    2016-09-15

    Cross-sectional observational study on the relationship between the degrees of disc degeneration and sagittal alignment in asymptomatic healthy individuals. This study sought to determine whether the sagittal spine alignment subtype is related to the prevalence of lumbar disc degeneration. Sagittal balance and spinopelvic parameters might be risk factors for disc degeneration. A total of 70 asymptomatic participants (36 women and 34 men) without regular physical activity were categorized according to the four subtypes of sagittal alignment proposed by Roussouly. All participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine (1.5T) and panoramic radiography of the spine. The degree of disc degeneration was graded using T2-weighted images according to the Pfirrmann classification. Spinopelvic parameters and vertebral curvatures were measured on digital panoramic radiographs using Surgimap software. Interobserver analyses for the Pfirrmann classification and spinopelvic parameters were assessed using the weighted Kappa and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), respectively. The Kappa associated with disc degeneration classification was 0.79 (95% confidence intervals 0.72-0.87). The ICCs were excellent, with small confidence intervals for all spinopelvic parameters. The type II group (flat lordosis) showed a higher frequency of degenerated discs at L4-L5 (P = 0.03) than the type IV group (long and curved lumbar spine). No significant differences in disc degeneration were observed among the four subtypes at the other disc levels. We found a negative, moderate correlation between the spinopelvic parameters and the occurrence of disc degeneration in the type II group. The Roussouly subtype II sagittal alignment is significantly associated with disc degeneration at L4-L5 in asymptomatic young adults. Our results support the hypothesis that spinal sagittal alignment plays a role in early disc degeneration. 3.

  9. Hydrogen sulfide protects against endoplasmic reticulum stress and mitochondrial injury in nucleus pulposus cells and ameliorates intervertebral disc degeneration.

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    Xu, Daoliang; Jin, Haiming; Wen, Jianxia; Chen, Jiaoxiang; Chen, Deheng; Cai, Ningyu; Wang, Yongli; Wang, Jianle; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Xiaolei; Wang, Xiangyang

    2017-03-01

    It has been suggested that excessive apoptosis in intervertebral disc cells induced by inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin (IL)-1β, is related to the process of intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD). Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a gaseous signaling molecule, has drawn attention for its anti-apoptosis role in various pathophysiological processes in degenerative diseases. To date, there has been no investigation of the correlation of H2S production and IVDD or of the effects of H2S on IL-1β-induced apoptosis in nucleus pulposus (NP) cells. Here, we found that the expression levels of cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) and cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE), two key enzymes in the generation of H2S, were significantly decreased in human degenerate NP tissues as well as in IL-1β-treated NP cells. NaHS (H2S donor) administration showed a protective effect by inhibiting the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response and mitochondrial dysfunction induced by IL-1β stimulation in vitro, the effect was related to activation of the PI3K/Akt and ERK1/2 signaling pathways. Suppression of these pathways by specific inhibitors, LY294002 and PD98059, partially reduced the protective effect of NaHS. Moreover, in the percutaneous needle puncture disc degeneration rat tail model, disc degeneration was partially reversed by NaHS administration. Taken together, our results suggest that H2S plays a protective role in IVDD and the underlying mechanism involves PI3K/Akt and ERK1/2 signaling pathways-mediated suppression of ER stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in IL-1β-induced NP cells.

  10. Stem Cell Therapies for Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: Immune Privilege Reinforcement by Fas/FasL Regulating Machinery.

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    Ma, Chi-Jiao; Liu, Xu; Che, Lu; Liu, Zhi-Heng; Samartzis, Dino; Wang, Hai-Qiang

    2015-01-01

    As a main contributing factor to low back pain, intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is the fundamental basis for various debilitating spinal diseases. The pros and cons of current treatment modalities necessitate biological treatment strategies targeting for reversing or altering the degeneration process in terms of molecules or genes. The advances in stem cell research facilitate the studies aiming for possible clinical application of stem cell therapies for IDD. Human NP cells are versatile with cell morphology full of variety, capable of synthesizing extracellular matrix components, engulfing substances by autophagy and phagocytosis, mitochondrial vacuolization indicating dysfunction, expressing Fas and FasL as significant omens of immune privileged sites. Human discs belong to immune privilege organs with functional FasL expression, which can interact with invasive immune cells by Fas-FasL regulatory machinery. IDD is characterized by decreased expression level of FasL with dysfunctional FasL, which in turn unbalances the interaction between NP cells and immune cells. Certain modulation factors might play a role in the process, such as miR-155. Accumulating evidence indicates that Fas-FasL network expresses in a variety of stem cells. Given the expression of functional FasL and insensitive Fas in stem cells (we term as FasL privilege), transplantation of stem cells into the disc may regenerate the degenerative disc by not only differentiating into NP-like cells, increasing extracellular matrix, but also reinforce immune privilege via interaction with immune cells by Fas-FasL network.

  11. Novel genetic variants associated with lumbar disc degeneration in northern Europeans: A meta-analysis of 4600 subjects

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    F.M.K. Williams (Frances); A.T. Bansal (Aruna); J.B.J. van Meurs (Joyce); J.T. Bell (Jordana); I. Meulenbelt (Ingrid); P. Suri (Pradeep); F. Rivadeneira Ramirez (Fernando); P.N. Sambrook (Philip); A. Hofman (Albert); S.M. Bierma-Zeinstra (Sita); C. Menni (Cristina); M. Kloppenburg (Margreet); P.E. Slagboom (Eline); D. Hunter (David); A.J. MacGregor (Alex ); A.G. Uitterlinden (André); T.D. Spector (Timothy)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractObjective: Lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) is an important cause of low back pain, which is a common and costly problem. LDD is characterised by disc space narrowing and osteophyte growth at the circumference of the disc. To date, the agnostic search of the genome by genome-wide associati

  12. Degenerate Hopf bifurcation in a self-exciting Faraday disc dynamo

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    WEIQUAN PAN; LIJIE LI

    2017-06-01

    In order to further understand a self-exciting Faraday disc dynamo (Hide $\\it{et al}$, in $\\it{Proc. R. Soc}.$ A $\\bf{452}$, 1369 1996), showing chaotic attractors with very complicated topological structures, we present codimension one and two (degenerate) Hopf bifurcations and prove the existence of periodic solutions. In addition, numerical simulations are given for confirming the theoretical results.

  13. Class 3 semaphorins expression and association with innervation and angiogenesis within the degenerate human intervertebral disc

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    Binch, Abbie L A; Cole, Ashley A; Breakwell, Lee M; Michael, Anthony L R; Chiverton, Neil; Creemers, Laura B; Cross, Alison K; Le Maitre, Christine L

    2015-01-01

    Nerve and blood vessel ingrowth during intervertebral disc degeneration, is thought to be a major cause of low back pain, however the regulation of this process is poorly understood. Here, we investigated the expression and regulation of a subclass of axonal guidance molecules known as the class 3 s

  14. Does elite swimming accelerate lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration and increase low back pain?

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    Folkvardsen, Steffen; Magnussen, Erland; Karppinen, Jaro

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: The aim was to elucidate elite swimming's possible influence on lumbar disc degeneration (DD) and low back pain (LBP). METHODS: Lumbar spine MRI was performed on a group of elite swimmers and compared to a matched Finnish population-based no-sport group. RESULTS: One hundred elite swimmers...

  15. Protective effect of calcitonin on lumbar fusion-induced adjacent-segment disc degeneration in ovariectomized rat

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    Liu, Chang-Cheng; Tian, Fa-Ming; Zhou, Zhuang; Wang, Peng; Gou, Yu; Zhang, Heng; Wang, Wen-Ya; Shen, Yong; Zhang, Ying-Ze; Zhang, Liu

    2015-01-01

    Background Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration and pathological changes in the spinal cord are major causes of back pain. In addition to its well-established anti-resorptive effect on bone, calcitonin (CT) potentially exerts protective effects on IVD degeneration in ovariectomized rats. However, possible therapeutic effects of CT on lumbar fusion-induced adjacent-segment disc degeneration (ASDD) have not been investigated yet. In this study, we examined the effects of CT on IVD degeneratio...

  16. The incidence of adjacent segment degeneration after cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA: a meta analysis of randomized controlled trials.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cervical disc arthroplasty is being used as an alternative degenerative disc disease treatment with fusion of the cervical spine in order to preserve motion. However, whether replacement arthoplasty in the spine achieves its primary patient centered objective of lowering the frequency of adjacent segment degeneration is not verified yet. METHODOLOGY: We conducted a meta-analysis according to the guidelines of the Cochrane Collaboration using databases including PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and Embase. The inclusion criteria were: 1 Randomized, controlled study of degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine involving single segment or double segments using Cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF as controls; 2 A minimum of two-year follow-up using imaging and clinical analyses; 3 Definite diagnostic evidences for "adjacent segment degeneration" and "adjacent segment disease"; 4 At least a minimum of 30 patients per population. Two authors independently selected trials; assessed methodological quality, extracted data and the results were pooled. RESULTS: No study has specifically compared the results of adjacent segment degenerative; Two papers describing 140 patients with 162 symptomatic cervical segment disorders and compared the rate of postoperative adjacent segment disease development between CDA and ACDF treatments, three publications describing the rate of adjacent-segment surgery including 1273 patients with symptomatic cervical segments. The result of the meta-analysis indicates that there were fewer the rate of adjacent segment disease and the rate for adjacent-segment surgery comparing CDA with ACDF, but the difference was not statistically significant. CONCLUSIONS: Based on available evidence, it cannot be concluded, that CDA can significantly reduce the postoperative rate of the adjacent segment degenerative and adjacent segment disease. However, due

  17. Lack of association between lumbar disc degeneration and osteophyte formation in elderly japanese women with back pain.

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    Oishi, Y; Shimizu, K; Katoh, T; Nakao, H; Yamaura, M; Furuko, T; Narusawa, K; Nakamura, T

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    Our study was designed to assess the contributions of the physical and constitutional factors to osteophyte formation, disc degeneration, and bone mineral density (BMD) in lumbar vertebrae of elderly postmenopausal women. A total of 126 Japanese women with back pain, aged over 60 years, were invited to participate in the study. Then 80 subjects with a full set of data for physical examinations, radiographs, MRI, and DXA were examined. TaqI polymorphism of vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene was examined in 60 subjects. Prevalence rates of osteophytes (on radiographs) and disc degeneration (on MRI) were 61 and 68%, respectively. Body weight and BMI correlated significantly with anteroposterior (AP) and lateral (LAT) BMD (r = 0.354 for weight, r = 0.347 for BMI) and mean osteophyte area (r = 0.557 for weight, r = 0.486 for BMI), and body weight also correlated with number of discs with osteophytes. However, these did not correlate with the disc area or the number of degenerated discs. Stepwise regression analysis revealed that body weight and LAT-BMD values independently related to the osteophyte area. Disc area (r = 0.386 for AP view) and osteophyte area (r = 0.384 for AP view) significantly correlated with BMD. However, disc area and osteophyte area did not correlate with each other (r = 0.056). The proportion of degenerated discs was higher in the lower lumbar discs, but not the proportion of discs with osteophytes. Frequencies of T and t alleles of VDR did not correlate with disc degeneration, osteophyte formation, or osteoporosis. Our data showed that increases in osteophyte formation and BMD in the lumbar vertebrae are influenced by body weight and BMI, but did not correlate with disc area, which correlated inversely with BMD. Disc degeneration and osteophyte formation seem to represent two different factors that affect lumbar spine in elderly women.

  18. Correlation research on gene polymorphism of interleukin-1α, interleukin-6 and intervertebral disc degeneration disease%白细胞介素-1α和白细胞介素-6基因多态性与椎间盘退变症相关性研究

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    段雄; 安菊霞; 赵岩; 杨学军

    2013-01-01

    Objective To research the correlation on gene polymorphism of interleukin-1α,interleukin-6 and intervertebral disc degeneration disease.Methods 42 patients with intervertebral disc degeneration disease treated by surgery from June 2009 to January 2012 in Affiliated Hospital of Wulanchabu Medical College were selected as cases group,85 patients without intervertebral disc degeneration disease treated surgery because of the fracture and trauma were chosen as control group.Gene frequency distribution of IL-1α-rs1800587 and IL-6-rs1800797 were analyzed by PCT-RFLP; influence of gene polymorphism of IL-1α-rs1800587 and IL-6-rs1800797 on intervertebral disc degeneration were analyzed by multivariable Logistic regression analysis model.Results ①Distribution percentage of C/C,C/T,T/T genotype in IL-1α-rs1800587 were 52.4%,40.5%,7.1% respectively in cases group,corresponding genotype were 55.3%,38.8%,5.9% in control group,the differences were not statistically significant (P =0.87).Distribution percentage of A/A,A/G,G/G genotype in IL-6-rs1800797 were 50.0%,33.3%,16.7% respectively in cases group,corresponding genotype were 64.7%,28.2%,7.1% in control group,the differences were not statistically significant (P =0.17).②Gene polymorphism of IL-1α-rs1800587 was found no function in increasing the probability of intervertebral disc degeneration disease,the OR (95%CI) value in C/T,T/T genotype were 1.28 (0.18-7.27) and 1.43(0.27-8.06) in IL-1α-rs1800587.Correlationship was found between A/G gene polymorphism in IL-6-rs1800797 and intervertebral disc degeneration disease according to multivariable Logistic regression analysis.Probability of intervertebral disc degeneration disease in G/G genotype of IL-6-rs1800797 was higher than that in A/A genotype of IL-6-rs1800797,the OR (95%CI) value was 5.52 (1.24-18.21).Conclusion IL-6 rs1800797 gene polymorphism has obvious influence in intervertebral disc degeneration disease,the detection of gene

  19. Genetic Alterations in Intervertebral Disc Disease

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    Nikolay L. Martirosyan

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD is considered a multifactorial disease. 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 explores and presents updated information about the diversity of genetic factors in the inflammatory, degradative, homeostatic, and structural systems involved in the IVDD.Results: SNPs in the genes coding for structural proteins linked with IVDD or disc bulging include the Sp1 polymorphism of COL1A1, Trp3 polymorphism of COL9A3, several polymorphisms of COL11A1 and COL11A2, and a variable number tandem repeat polymorphism of ACAN. The rs4148941 SNP of CHST3 coding for an aggrecan sulfation enzyme is also associated with IVDD. The FokI, TaqI, and ApaI SNPs of the vitamin D receptor gene that is involved in chondrocyte functioning are also associated with IVDD. SNPs relevant to cytokine imbalance in IVDD include 889C/T of IL1a and 15T/A, as well as other SNPs (rs1800795, rs1800796, and rs1800797, of IL6, with effects limited to certain genders and populations. SNPs in collagenase genes include -1605G/D (guanine insertion/deletion of MMP1, -1306C/T of MMP2, -1562C/T and a 5-adenosine (5A variant (in the promotor region of MMP3, -1562C/T of MMP9, and -378T/C of MMP-14. SNPs in aggrecanase genes include 1877T/U of ADAMTS-4 and rs162509 of ADAMTS-5. Among the apoptosis-mediating genes, 1595T/C of the caspase 9 gene, 1525A/G and 1595T/C of the TRAIL gene, and 626C/G of the death receptor 4 gene (DR4 are SNPs associated with IVDD. Among the growth factors involved in disc homeostasis, the rs4871857 SNP of GDF5 was associated with IVDD. VEGF SNPs -2578C/A and -634G/C could foster neovascularization observed in IVDD.Conclusion: Improved understanding of the numerous genetic variants behind various

  20. Morphologic features of spontaneous annular tears and disc degeneration in the aging sand rat (Psammomys obesus obesus).

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    Gruber, H E; Hanley, E N

    2017-08-11

    The sand rat, a member of the gerbil family, is a valuable small animal model in which intervertebral disc degeneration occurs spontaneously as the animal ages. Radiographic features of cervical and lumbar degeneration resemble those in human spines. We conducted a retrospective analysis of spines of 140 animals 3-41 months old focusing specifically on the presence of annular tears that are not visible by radiography and have not been described previously in the sand rat disc. During degeneration of the nucleus pulposus, notochordal cell death occurs and granular material, which stains with Alcian blue for proteoglycans, accumulates. Lamellar architecture also deteriorates and annular tears occur that are morphologically similar to the concentric, radiating and transdiscal annular tears in human discs. These tears contain granular material that provides a "marker" that can be used to distinguish the annular tears from artefactual separations during sectioning. We observed lamellar degeneration and separation in the annulus fibrosus at 4 months with associated tears that contained granular material in the nucleus. Tears that contained granular material and displacement of the degenerating nucleus were common in cervical and lumbar discs of animals older than 9 months; some specimens showed tears at 4 and 5 months. With advanced degeneration, granular globules were displaced dorsally adjacent to and into the spinal cord area and also ventrally into regions where osteophytes formed. We present morphologic data that expand the utility of this rodent model of spontaneous age-related disc degeneration and provide novel information on annular tears and disc degeneration.

  1. The Effects of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Halting the Progression in Porcine Intervertebral Disc Degeneration.

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    Cho, Hongsik; Holt, David C; Smith, Richard; Kim, Song-Ja; Gardocki, Raymond J; Hasty, Karen A

    2016-02-01

    Disc degeneration and the subsequent herniation and/or rupture of the intervertebral disc (IVD) are due to a failure of the extracellular matrix of the annulus to contain the contents of the nucleus. This results from inadequate maintenance of the matrix components as well as the proteolytic activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) that degrade matrix molecules. Arresting progression of disc degeneration in the annulus holds greater clinical potential at this point than prevention of its onset in the nucleus. Therefore, in this study, we have therapeutic aims that would decrease levels of the cytokines and growth factors that indirectly lead to disc degeneration via stimulating MMP and increase levels of several beneficial growth factors, such as transforming growth factor-β, with the addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that would stimulate cell growth and matrix synthesis. For this study, we attempted to address these imbalances of metabolism by using tumor necrosis factor-α treated annulus fibrosus cells isolated from porcine IVD tissue and incubating the cells in a growth factor rich environment with PRP. These results indicate that the PRP in vitro increased the production of the major matrix components (type II collagen and aggrecan) and decreased the inhibitory collagenase MMP-1. This application will address a therapeutic approach for intervening early in the degenerative process.

  2. Class 3 semaphorins expression and association with innervation and angiogenesis within the degenerate human intervertebral disc.

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    Binch, Abbie L A; Cole, Ashley A; Breakwell, Lee M; Michael, Anthony L R; Chiverton, Neil; Creemers, Laura B; Cross, Alison K; Le Maitre, Christine L

    2015-07-30

    Nerve and blood vessel ingrowth during intervertebral disc degeneration, is thought to be a major cause of low back pain, however the regulation of this process is poorly understood. Here, we investigated the expression and regulation of a subclass of axonal guidance molecules known as the class 3 semaphorins, and their receptors; plexins and neuropilins within human NP tissue and their regulation by pro-inflammatory cytokines. Importantly this determined whether semaphorin expression was associated with the presence of nerves and blood vessels in tissues from human intervertebral discs. The study demonstrated that semaphorin3A, 3C, 3D, 3E and 3F and their receptors were expressed by native NP cells and further demonstrated their expression was regulated by IL-1β but to a lesser extent by IL-6 and TNFα. This is the first study to identify sema3C, sema3D and their receptors within the nucleus pulposus of intervertebral discs. Immunopositivity shows significant increases in semaphorin3C, 3D and their receptor neuropilin-2 in degenerate samples which were shown to contain nerves and blood vessels, compared to non-degenerate samples without nerves and blood vessels. Therefore data presented here suggests that semaphorin3C may have a role in promoting innervation and vascularisation during degeneration, which may go on to cause low back pain.

  3. A role for TNFα in intervertebral disc degeneration: A non-recoverable catabolic shift

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    Purmessur, D.; Walter, B.A. [Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029 (United States); Roughley, P.J. [Shriners Hospital for Children, Montreal, QC (Canada); Laudier, D.M.; Hecht, A.C. [Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029 (United States); Iatridis, James, E-mail: james.iatridis@mssm.edu [Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029 (United States)

    2013-03-29

    Highlights: ► TNFα induced catabolic changes similar to human intervertebral disc degeneration. ► The metabolic shift induced by TNFα was sustained following removal. ► TNFα induced changes suggestive of cell senescence without affecting cell viability. ► Interventions are required to stimulate anabolism and increase cell proliferation. -- Abstract: This study examines the effect of TNFα on whole bovine intervertebral discs in organ culture and its association with changes characteristic of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) in order to inform future treatments to mitigate the chronic inflammatory state commonly found with painful IDD. Pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNFα contribute to disc pathology and are implicated in the catabolic phenotype associated with painful IDD. Whole bovine discs were cultured to examine cellular (anabolic/catabolic gene expression, cell viability and senescence using β-galactosidase) and structural (histology and aggrecan degradation) changes in response to TNFα treatment. Control or TNFα cultures were assessed at 7 and 21 days; the 21 day group also included a recovery group with 7 days TNFα followed by 14 days in basal media. TNFα induced catabolic and anti-anabolic shifts in the nucleus pulposus (NP) and annulus fibrosus (AF) at 7 days and this persisted until 21 days however cell viability was not affected. Data indicates that TNFα increased aggrecan degradation products and suggests increased β-galactosidase staining at 21 days without any recovery. TNFα treatment of whole bovine discs for 7 days induced changes similar to the degeneration processes that occur in human IDD: aggrecan degradation, increased catabolism, pro-inflammatory cytokines and nerve growth factor expression. TNFα significantly reduced anabolism in cultured IVDs and a possible mechanism may be associated with cell senescence. Results therefore suggest that successful treatments must promote anabolism and cell proliferation in

  4. Ultrastructure of inclusion bodies in annulus cells in the degenerating human intervertebral disc.

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    Gruber, H E; Hanley, E N

    2009-06-01

    The rough endoplasmic reticulum (rER) of the cell has an architectural editing function that checks whether protein structure and three-dimensional assembly have occurred properly prior to export of newly synthesized material out of the cell. If these have been faulty, the material is retained within the rER as an inclusion body. Inclusion bodies have been identified previously in chondrocytes and osteoblasts in chondrodysplasias and osteogenesis imperfecta. Inclusion bodies in intervertebral disc cells, however, have only recently been recognized. Our objectives were to use transmission electron microscopy to analyze more fully inclusion bodies in the annulus pulposus and to study the extracellular matrix (ECM) surrounding cells containing inclusion bodies. ECM frequently encapsulated cells with inclusion bodies, and commonly contained prominent banded aggregates of Type VI collagen. Inclusion body material had several morphologies, including relatively smooth, homogeneous material, or a rougher, less homogeneous feature. Such findings expand our knowledge of the fine structure of the human disc cell and ECM during disc degeneration, and indicate the potential utility of ultrastructural identification of discs with intracellular inclusion bodies as a screening method for molecular studies directed toward identification of defective gene products in degenerating discs.

  5. Reconstitution of degenerated ovine lumbar discs by STRO-3-positive allogeneic mesenchymal precursor cells combined with pentosan polysulfate.

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    Oehme, David; Ghosh, Peter; Goldschlager, Tony; Itescu, Silviu; Shimon, Susan; Wu, Jiehua; McDonald, Courtney; Troupis, John M; Rosenfeld, Jeffrey V; Jenkin, Graham

    2016-05-01

    OBJECTIVE Disc degeneration and associated low-back pain are major causes of suffering and disability. The authors examined the potential of mesenchymal precursor cells (MPCs), when formulated with pentosan polysulfate (PPS), to ameliorate disc degeneration in an ovine model. METHODS Twenty-four sheep had annular incisions made at L2-3, L3-4, and L4-5 to induce degeneration. Twelve weeks after injury, the nucleus pulposus of a degenerated disc in each animal was injected with ProFreeze and PPS formulated with either a low dose (0.1 million MPCs) or a high dose (0.5 million MPCs) of cells. The 2 adjacent injured discs in each spine were either injected with PPS and ProFreeze (PPS control) or not injected (nil-injected control). The adjacent noninjured L1-2 and L5-6 discs served as noninjured control discs. Disc height indices (DHIs) were obtained at baseline, before injection, and at planned death. After necropsy, 24 weeks after injection, the spines were subjected to MRI and morphological, histological, and biochemical analyses. RESULTS Twelve weeks after the annular injury, all the injured discs exhibited a significant reduction in mean DHI (low-dose group 17.19%; high-dose group 18.01% [p PPS formulation recovered disc height, and their mean DHI was significantly greater than the DHI of PPS- and nil-injected discs (p PPS-injected discs was lower than that for the nil- and PPS-injected discs, the differences were not significant. The disc morphology scores for the nil- and PPS-injected discs were significantly higher than the normal control disc scores (p PPS-injected disc scores were not significantly different from those of the normal controls. The mean glycosaminoglycan content of the nuclei pulposus of the low-dose MPC+PPS-injected discs was significantly higher than that of the PPS-injected controls (p PPS-injected discs were lower than those for the PPS- and Nil-injected discs. The corresponding high-dose MPC+PPS-injected discs failed to show significant

  6. Association between intervertebral disc degeneration and disturbances of blood supply to the vertebrae

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    TIAN Wei; QI Hui

    2010-01-01

    @@ Low back pain is a common public health problem in western industrialized societies and the world as well. Studies indicate that the prevalence rate ranges from 12% to 35%, with around 10% of patients becoming chronically disabled. It also places an enormous economic burden on society. Although the exact cause of low back pain has yet to be defined, intervertebral disc degeneration is considered a major source of it. Since patients with degenerative discs are often asymptomatic, the mechanisms of it are still unclear.

  7. Stimulation of gene expression and loss of anular architecture caused by experimental disc degeneration--an in vivo animal study.

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    Guehring, Thorsten; Omlor, Georg W; Lorenz, Helga; Bertram, Helge; Steck, Eric; Richter, Wiltrud; Carstens, Claus; Kroeber, Markus

    2005-11-15

    An external compression model was used to evaluate gene and protein expression in intervertebral discs with moderate disc degeneration. To determine messenger ribonucleic acid and protein expression levels of relevant disc components. An animal model of mechanically induced disc degeneration was developed and characterized histologically. However, little is known at the molecular level in moderate disc degeneration. There were 8 New Zealand white rabbits subjected to monosegmental posterior compression to induce moderate disc degeneration. Twelve animals served as controls or sham controls. Discs were analyzed using immunohistochemistry for collagen type 1 (COL1), COL2, aggrecan, and bone morphogenetic protein-2/4 (BMP-2/4). For gene analysis, conventional and quantitative polymerase chain reactions were used for COL1A2, COL2A1, aggrecan, BMP-2, biglycan, decorin, osteonectin, fibromodulin, fibronectin, matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13), and tissue inhibitor of MMP-1. Gene expression for nontreated, sham-treated, and compressed discs was quantified in relation to the housekeeping gene glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase. Immunohistochemistry of compressed discs showed a loss of anular architecture, and a significant reduction of BMP-2/4 and COL2 positive cells. Gene expression analysis showed a significant up-regulation of COL1A2, osteonectin, decorin, fibronectin, tissue inhibitor of MMP-1, BMP-2, and MMP-13 in compressed discs. Experimental moderate disc degeneration is characterized by a loss of BMP-2/4 and COL2 positive cells, although gene expression of disc constituents, catabolic enzymes, and growth factors is stimulated to reestablish disc integrity.

  8. Impact of T1 slope on surgical and adjacent segment degeneration after Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty.

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    Yang, Peng; Li, Yongqian; Li, Jia; Shen, Yong

    2017-01-01

    This retrospective study investigated an association between preoperative T1 slope and surgical and adjacent segment degeneration (SASD) after Bryan cervical disc arthroplasty (BCDA) in patients with cervical degenerative disc disease. Based on preoperative standing lateral radiographs, 90 patients were classified according to T1 slope that was higher or lower than the 50th percentile (high T1 or low T1, 28 and 62 patients, respectively). Patients were also classified as SASD or non-SASD (38 and 52 patients, respectively) determined by radiographs at final follow-up. Visual analog scale (VAS) and Neck Disability Index (NDI) scores for neck and arm pain were noted, and changes in the sagittal alignment of the cervical spine (SACS), functional spinal unit (FSU) angle, and FSU range of motion (ROM) were also noted. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to determine the risk factors for SASD. The overall rate of SASD was 42.2% (38/90). The SACS, FSU angle, FSU ROM, and SASD rates of the high T1 and low T1 slope groups were significantly different at the last follow-up. The NDI and VAS scores of the high T1 slope group were significantly greater than those of the low T1 slope. The multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that high T1 slope and endplate coverage discrepancy (ie, residual space behind the prosthesis) were significant risk factors for SASD after BCDA. High T1 slope and endplate coverage discrepancy were associated with SASD after BCDA. Patients with a high preoperative T1 slope have a smaller FSU angle and more neck pain after BCDA.

  9. Genetic risk factors of disc degeneration among 12-14-year-old Danish children

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    Eskola, Pasi J.; Kjær, Per; Daavittila, Iita M.

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to examine the associations between eleven putative predisposing single nucleotide polymorphisms (COL9A3, COL11A2, IL1A, IL1B, IL6 and VDR) and early disc degeneration (DD). The population consisted of 12 to 14-year-old Danish children (N=352). DD was evalua......The objective of the present study was to examine the associations between eleven putative predisposing single nucleotide polymorphisms (COL9A3, COL11A2, IL1A, IL1B, IL6 and VDR) and early disc degeneration (DD). The population consisted of 12 to 14-year-old Danish children (N=352). DD...

  10. Hyaluronic Acid (HA)-Polyethylene glycol (PEG) as injectable hydrogel for intervertebral disc degeneration patients therapy

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    Putri Kwarta, Cityta; Widiyanti, Prihartini; Siswanto

    2017-05-01

    Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) is one health problem that is often encountered in a community. Inject-able hydrogels are the newest way to restore the disc thickness and hydration caused by disc degeneration by means of minimally invasive surgery. Thus, polymers can be combined to improve the characteristic properties of inject-able hydrogels, leading to use of Hyaluronic Acid (a natural polymer) and Polyethylene glycol (PEG) with Horse Radish Peroxide (HRP) cross linker enzymes. The swelling test results, which approaches were the ideal disc values, were sampled with variation of enzyme concentrations of 0.25 µmol/min/mL. The enzyme concentrations were 33.95%. The degradation test proved that the sample degradation increased along with the decrease of the HRP enzyme concentration. The results of the cytotoxicity assay with MTT assay method showed that all samples resulted in the 90% of living cells are not toxic. In vitro injection, models demonstrated that higher concentration of the enzymes was less state of gel which would rupture when released from the agarose gel. The functional group characterization shows the cross linking bonding in sample with enzyme adding. The conclusion of this study is PEG-HA-HRP enzyme are safe polymer composites which have a potential to be applied as an injectable hydrogel for intervertebral disc degeneration.

  11. Lumbar disc degeneration below a long arthrodesis (performed for scoliosis in adults) to L4 or L5.

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    Harding, Ian J; Charosky, Sebastian; Vialle, Raphael; Chopin, Daniel H

    2008-02-01

    A retrospective analysis of adults treated with long instrumented fusion for scoliosis from the thoracic spine proximally to L4 or L5. To evaluate the long-term clinical outcomes as well as radiological changes in distal unfused mobile segments and to evaluate factors that may predispose to distal disc degeneration and/or poor outcome. A total of 151 mobile segments in 85 patients (65 female), mean age 43.2 (range 21-68), were studied. Curve type, number of fused levels and pelvic incidence were recorded. Clinical outcome was measured using the Whitecloud function scale and disc degeneration using the UCLA disc degeneration score. Spinal balance, local segmental angulations and lumbar lordosis were measured pre- and post-operatively as well as at the most recent follow up--mean 9.3 years (range 7-19). A total of 62% of patients had a good or excellent outcome. Eleven had a poor outcome of which ten underwent extension of fusion--five for pain alone, three for pain with stenosis and two for pseudarthroses. Pre-operative disc degeneration was often asymmetric and was slightly greater in older patients. Overall, there was a significant deterioration in disc degeneration (P < 0.0001) that did not correlate with clinical outcome. Disc degeneration correlated with the recent sagittal balance (Anova F = 14.285, P < 0.001) and the most recent lordosis (Anova F = 4.057, P = 0.048). The post-operative sagittal balance and local L5-S1 sagittal angulation correlated to L4 and L5 degeneration, respectively. There was no correlation between degeneration and age, pre-operative degenerative score, pelvic incidence, sacral slope, number of fused levels or distal level of fusion. Disc degeneration does occur below an arthrodesis for scoliosis in adults which does not correlate with clinical outcome. The correlation of loss of sagittal balance with disc degeneration may be as a result of degeneration causing the loss of balance or vice versa, i.e. sagittal imbalance causing

  12. Intervertebral disc degeneration and bone density in degenerative lumbar scoliosis: a comparative study between patients with degenerative lumbar scoliosis and patients with lumbar stenosis

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    DING Wen-yuan; YANG Da-long; CAO Lai-zhen; SUN Ya-peng; ZHANG Wei; XU Jia-xin; ZHANG Ying-ze; SHEN Yong

    2011-01-01

    Background Degenerative lumbar scoliosis is common in older patients.Decreased bone density and the degeneration of intervertebral discs are considered to be correlated with degenerative lumbar scoliosis.A means of quantifying the relative signal intensity for degenerative disc disease has not been previously discussed.The purpose of this study was to compare bone mineral density and intervertebral disc degeneration between degenerative lumbar scoliosis and lumbar spinal stenosis patients in a nine-year retrospective study.Methods From January 2001 to August 2010,96 patients with degenerative lumbar scoliosis were retrospectively enrolled and 96 patients with lumbar spinal stenosis were selected as controls.Cobb angle,height of the apical disc and the contiguous disc superiorly and inferiorly on convex and concave sides,the height of the convex and concave side of the apical and the contiguous vertebral body superiorly and inferiorly were measured in the scoliosis group.The height of L2/L3,L3/L4,L4/L5 discs and the height of L2/L4 vertebral body was measured in the control group.The grade of intervertebral disc degeneration was evaluated using T2WI sagittal images in both groups.The bone density of lumbar vertebrae was measured with dual-energy X-ray.Results In scoliosis group,the intervertebral disc height on the convex side was greater than the height on the concave side (P <0.001 ).The vertebral body height on the convex side was greater than the height on the concave side (P=0.016).There was a significant difference between the scoliosis group and the control group (P=0.003),and between T-value and the rate of osteoporosis between the two groups (both P <0.001).Results were verified using multiple linear regression analysis.Conclusions Degenerative lumbar scoliosis is accompanied by height asymmetry between the intervertebral disc and vertebral body regarding the convex and concave surfaces.There is a positive correlation between the angle of scoliosis and

  13. Upper thoracic-spine disc degeneration in patients with cervical pain

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    Arana, Estanislao; Marti-Bonmati, Luis; Costa, Salvador [Department of Radiology, Clinica Quiron, Avda Blasco Ibanez 14, 46010, Valencia (Spain); Molla, Enrique [Department of Radiology, Clinica Quiron, Avda Blasco Ibanez 14, 46010, Valencia (Spain); Department of Morphological Sciences, University of Valencia, Valencia (Spain)

    2004-01-01

    To study the relationship of upper thoracic spine degenerative disc contour changes on MR imaging in patients with neck pain. The relation between upper thoracic and cervical spine degenerative disc disease is not well established. One hundred and fifty-six patients referred with cervical pain were studied. There were 73 women and 77 men with a mean age of 48.6{+-}14.6 years (range, 19 to 83 years). All MR studies were performed with a large 23-cm FOV covering at least from the body of T4 to the clivus. Discs were coded as normal, protrusion/bulge or extrusion. Degenerative thoracic disc contour changes were observed in 13.4% of patients with cervical pain. T2-3 was the most commonly affected level of the upper thoracic spine, with 15 bulge/protrusions and one extrusion. Upper degenerative thoracic disc contour changes presented in older patients than the cervical levels (Student-Newman-Keuls test, P<0.001). Degenerative disc contour changes at the C7-T1, T1-2, T2-3 and T3-4 levels were significantly correlated (P=0.001), but unrelated to any other disc disease, patient's gender or age. Degenerative cervical disc disease was closely related together (P<0.001), but not with any thoracic disc. A statistically significant relation was found within the upper thoracic discs, reflecting common pathoanatomical changes. The absence of relation to cervical segments is probably due to differences in their pathomechanisms. (orig.)

  14. Histological analysis of surgical lumbar intervertebral disc tissue provides evidence for an association between disc degeneration and increased body mass index

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    Weiler Christoph

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although histopathological grading systems for disc degeneration are frequently used in research, they are not yet integrated into daily care routine pathology of surgical samples. Therefore, data on histopathological changes in surgically excised disc material and their correlation to clinical parameters such as age, gender or body mass index (BMI is limited to date. The current study was designed to correlate major physico-clinical parameters from a population of orthopaedic spine center patients (gender, age and BMI with a quantitative histologic degeneration score (HDS. Methods Excised lumbar disc material from 854 patients (529 men/325 women/mean age 56 (15-96 yrs. was graded based on a previously validated histologic degeneration score (HDS in a cohort of surgical disc samples that had been obtained for the treatment of either disc herniation or discogenic back pain. Cases with obvious inflammation, tumor formation or congenital disc pathology were excluded. The degree of histological changes was correlated with sex, age and BMI. Results The HDS (0-15 points showed significantly higher values in the nucleus pulposus (NP than in the annulus fibrosus (AF (Mean: NP 11.45/AF 7.87, with a significantly higher frequency of histomorphological alterations in men in comparison to women. Furthermore, the HDS revealed a positive significant correlation between the BMI and the extent of histological changes. No statistical age relation of the degenerative lesions was seen. Conclusions This study demonstrated that histological disc alterations in surgical specimens can be graded in a reliable manner based on a quantitative histologic degeneration score (HDS. Increased BMI was identified as a positive risk factor for the development of symptomatic, clinically significant disc degeneration.

  15. The early stage adjacent disc degeneration after percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty in the treatment of osteoporotic VCFs.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The purpose of this paper is to determine the early incidence of disc de- generation adjacent to the vertebral body of osteoporotic fracture treated with percutaneous vertebroplasty or balloon kyphoplasty and whether adjacent disc degeneration is accelerated by this two procedures. METHODS: 182 patients with painful vertebral compression fractures were treated. A total of 97 patients were enrolled in this prospective study. 97 patients with a mean age of 65.3 years were classified into control group and surgical treatment group of non-random. 35 patients were in control group and 62 patients who were performed percutaneous vertebroplasty or balloon kyphoplasty in treatment group. X-ray and Magnetic resonance imaging were done at the first and final visit. The grade of disc degeneration above the fractured vertebral was confirmed by evaluation of bony oedema in the fat suppressed sequences and T2-weighted image of magnetic resonance imaging. The height of degenerative disc was measured on X-ray film. RESULTS: All patients were followed up two years after the first visit and the follow-up rate was 90.7% (88/97. The incidence of degeneration of adjacent disc above the fractured vertebral was 29.0% (9/31 in control group and 52.6% (30/57 in treatment group. It presented a statistically significant difference between two groups about the incidence of adjacent disc degeneration (P=0.033. The percentage of adjacent disc height reduction in control group was 13.5% and 17.6% in treatment group. Statistically significant difference of VAS score and ODI was not found between the first evaluation postoperatively and the final follow-up in treatment group (P>0.05. CONCLUSIONS: Disc degeneration adjacent to the fractured vertebral is accelerated by VP and BK procedures in the early stage, but clinical outcomes has not been weakened even in the presence of accelerated disc degeneration.

  16. Vertebral degenerative disc disease severity evaluation using random forest classification

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    Munoz, Hector E.; Yao, Jianhua; Burns, Joseph E.; Pham, Yasuyuki; Stieger, James; Summers, Ronald M.

    2014-03-01

    Degenerative disc disease (DDD) develops in the spine as vertebral discs degenerate and osseous excrescences or outgrowths naturally form to restabilize unstable segments of the spine. These osseous excrescences, or osteophytes, may progress or stabilize in size as the spine reaches a new equilibrium point. We have previously created a CAD system that detects DDD. This paper presents a new system to determine the severity of DDD of individual vertebral levels. This will be useful to monitor the progress of developing DDD, as rapid growth may indicate that there is a greater stabilization problem that should be addressed. The existing DDD CAD system extracts the spine from CT images and segments the cortical shell of individual levels with a dual-surface model. The cortical shell is unwrapped, and is analyzed to detect the hyperdense regions of DDD. Three radiologists scored the severity of DDD of each disc space of 46 CT scans. Radiologists' scores and features generated from CAD detections were used to train a random forest classifier. The classifier then assessed the severity of DDD at each vertebral disc level. The agreement between the computer severity score and the average radiologist's score had a quadratic weighted Cohen's kappa of 0.64.

  17. Relationship of modic type 1 change with disc degeneration: a prospective MRI study

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    Luoma, Katariina [Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki and Uudenmaa District University Hospitals, Helsinki (Finland)]|[Peijas Hospital, Helsinki University Central Hospitals, Department of Radiology, Vantaa (Finland); Vehmas, Tapio [Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki (Finland); Groenblad, Mats; Kaeaepae, Eeva [Helsinki and Uudenmaa District University Hospitals, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Helsinki (Finland); Kerttula, Liisa [Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki and Uudenmaa District University Hospitals, Helsinki (Finland)

    2009-03-15

    The objective was to study the natural course of Modic type 1 change (M1) in relation to lumbar disc degeneration. Twenty-four chronic low back pain (LBP) patients with M1 on lumbar spine were selected from 1,015 patients with magnetic resonance imaging from a follow-up study lasting for 18-74 months. Exclusion criteria were any other specific back disorder, age {>=}60 years, or a recent spine operation. The association between the development of M1 and degenerative disc changes was studied using multivariate modeling (complex samples logistic regression). At baseline, 20 of 28 (71%) disc spaces with M1 had a decreased disc height (DH) and 16 of 28 (57%) a dark nucleus pulposus, but ten of 28 (36%) a very dark annulus fibrosus and a paradoxically bright nucleus pulposus albeit decreased DH. During follow-up, DH decreased in 13 of 28 (46%) and signal intensity of nucleus pulposus (DSI) in eight of 28 (29%) disc spaces with M1, but it increased in four (14%) discs. In those without M1, only few changes occurred. The larger the M1, the more likely was the DH low or decreased further. Both the presence and changes in M1 were associated with a decrease in DH and changes in DSI and bulges. The degenerative process in discs with adjacent M1 seems to be accelerated and leads to advanced and deforming changes with special morphologic features. M1 may be a sign of a pathologic degenerative process in the discovertebral unit. (orig.)

  18. [Standardized terminology for disc disease].

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    Sánchez Pérez, M; Gil Sierra, A; Sánchez Martín, A; Gallego Gómez, P; Pereira Boo, D

    2012-01-01

    This article reviews the terminology used to describe morphological alterations in the intervertebral discs. Radiologists must be able to communicate information about the type, location, and severity of these alterations to medical and surgical clinicians. It is crucial to use simple, standard, and unified terminology to ensure comprehension not only among radiologists but also with professionals from the different specialties for whom the radiology reports are written (fundamentally traumatologists and neurosurgeons). This terminology will help ensure a more accurate diagnosis and better patient management.

  19. Acid-sensing ion channel 1a regulates the survival of nucleus pulposus cells in the acidic environment of degenerated intervertebral discs

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    Feng Cai

    2016-08-01

    Conclusion: The present findings suggest that further understanding of ASIC1a functionality may provide not only a novel insight into intervertebral disc biology but also a novel therapeutic target for intervertebral disc degeneration.

  20. ADAMTS-4 and ADAMTS-5 expression in human temporomandibular joint discs with internal derangement, correlates with degeneration.

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    Leonardi, Rosalia; Crimi, Salvatore; Almeida, Luis Eduardo; Pannone, Giuseppe; Musumeci, Giuseppe; Castorina, Sergio; Rusu, Mugurel Constantin; Loreto, Carla

    2015-11-01

    Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) internal derangement (ID) is one of the most common form of temporomandibular disorders. There is evidence showing the increased expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the cells from degenerated TMJ disc. ADAMTS are a large family of metalloproteases which are responsible for proteoglycans degradation. The present study aimed to evaluate ADAMTS-4 and ADAMTS-5 immunohistochemical expression in human TMJ discs from patients affected by ID, and to find out if there is any correlation with the degree of histopathological changes. Eighteen temporomandibular displaced disc specimens and sixteen TMJ disc control were used for the present study. Specimens were immunohistochemically processed and ADAMTS-4 and ADAMTS-5 expression were obtained respectively for the anterior (AB), intermediate (IB) and posterior (PB) bands and compared to the histopathological degeneration score (HDS). Immunoreactivity for ADAMTS-4 and -5, was observed in both not degenerated and degenerated human TMJ discs. Both the percentage of ADAMTS-4 and -5 immunostained cells (ES) and the intensity of staining (IS) were significantly greater in affected specimens compared with those in control discs. The ADAMTS-5 ES and IS of the 3 bands of the disc correlated to the TMJ disc HDS (0.001 < P < 0.05), on the other hand only AB and IB, ADAMTS-4 immunostaining scores correlated to HDS. According to these findings it can be assumed in that the more histopathological changes in the disc are detected, the higher levels of ADAMTS are produced. This in turn can lead to ECM breakdown and in turn to a more advanced disc displacement. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. Cell and molecular biology of intervertebral disc degeneration: current understanding and implications for potential therapeutic strategies.

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    Wang, S Z; Rui, Y F; Lu, J; Wang, C

    2014-10-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is a chronic, complex process associated with low back pain; mechanisms of its occurrence have not yet been fully elucidated. Its process is not only accompanied by morphological changes, but also by systematic changes in its histological and biochemical properties. Many cellular and molecular mechanisms have been reported to be related with IDD and to reverse degenerative trends, abnormal conditions of the living cells and altered cell phenotypes would need to be restored. Promising biological therapeutic strategies still rely on injection of active substances, gene therapy and cell transplantation. With advanced study of tissue engineering protocols based on cell therapy, combined use of seeding cells, bio-active substances and bio-compatible materials, are promising for IDD regeneration. Recently reported progenitor cells within discs themselves also hold prospects for future IDD studies. This article describes the background of IDD, current understanding and implications of potential therapeutic strategies.

  2. Disc distraction shows evidence of regenerative potential in degenerated intervertebral discs as evaluated by protein expression, magnetic resonance imaging, and messenger ribonucleic acid expression analysis.

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    Guehring, Thorsten; Omlor, Georg W; Lorenz, Helga; Engelleiter, Karl; Richter, Wiltrud; Carstens, Claus; Kroeber, Markus

    2006-07-01

    An animal model of degeneration was used to determine the effects of disc distraction, and was evaluated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as well as gene and protein expression levels. To investigate gene expression and MRI effects of distraction. Disc degeneration can result from hyper-physiologic loading. Distracted discs with degeneration showed histologic signs of tissue recovery. There were 18 rabbits that underwent 28 days of compression (200 N) to induce moderate disc degeneration followed by 28 days of distraction (120 N; attached and loaded distraction device) or sham distraction (attached but unloaded distraction device). Comparison was performed with 56 days of compressed discs without distraction. Quantitative outcome measures were MRI signal intensity and gene expression analysis to determine: messenger ribonucleic acid levels for extracellular matrix genes, including collagen 1, collagen 2, biglycan, decorin, aggrecan, fibromodulin, and osteonectin; and matrix-regulative genes, including matrix metalloproteinase-13, tissue-inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1, and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2. Immunohistology was performed for collagen 2 and BMP-2 to label cells semiquantitatively by staining of the cell-surrounding matrix. A total of 28 days of compression decreased signal intensity. Distraction over the same period reestablished physiologic signal intensity, however, a persistent reduction was found in sham distraction. Distraction resulted in gene expression up-regulation of collagen 1 (5.4-fold), collagen 2 (5.5-fold), biglycan (7.7-fold), and decorin (3.4-fold), while expression of fibromodulin (0.16-fold), tissue-inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (0.05-fold), and BMP-2 (0.15-fold) was decreased, as compared with 56 days compression. Distracted discs showed more BMP-2 (19.67 vs. 3.67 in 56 days compression) and collagen 2 (18.67 vs. 11.33 in 56 days compression) positive cells per field. Distraction results in disc rehydration

  3. A rat tail temporary static compression model reproduces different stages of intervertebral disc degeneration with decreased notochordal cell phenotype.

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    Hirata, Hiroaki; Yurube, Takashi; Kakutani, Kenichiro; Maeno, Koichiro; Takada, Toru; Yamamoto, Junya; Kurakawa, Takuto; Akisue, Toshihiro; Kuroda, Ryosuke; Kurosaka, Masahiro; Nishida, Kotaro

    2014-03-01

    The intervertebral disc nucleus pulposus (NP) has two phenotypically distinct cell types-notochordal cells (NCs) and non-notochordal chondrocyte-like cells. In human discs, NCs are lost during adolescence, which is also when discs begin to show degenerative signs. However, little evidence exists regarding the link between NC disappearance and the pathogenesis of disc degeneration. To clarify this, a rat tail disc degeneration model induced by static compression at 1.3 MPa for 0, 1, or 7 days was designed and assessed for up to 56 postoperative days. Radiography, MRI, and histomorphology showed degenerative disc findings in response to the compression period. Immunofluorescence displayed that the number of DAPI-positive NP cells decreased with compression; particularly, the decrease was notable in larger, vacuolated, cytokeratin-8- and galectin-3-co-positive cells, identified as NCs. The proportion of TUNEL-positive cells, which predominantly comprised non-NCs, increased with compression. Quantitative PCR demonstrated isolated mRNA up-regulation of ADAMTS-5 in the 1-day loaded group and MMP-3 in the 7-day loaded group. Aggrecan-1 and collagen type 2α-1 mRNA levels were down-regulated in both groups. This rat tail temporary static compression model, which exhibits decreased NC phenotype, increased apoptotic cell death, and imbalanced catabolic and anabolic gene expression, reproduces different stages of intervertebral disc degeneration.

  4. Construction of recombinant baculovirus Ac-CMV-hSox9 for gene therapy of intervertebral disc degeneration

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    LIU Xiao-yun; YANG Shu-hua; LIANG Chang-yong; SONG Jian-hua; LI Kang-hua; CHEN Xin-wen

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To construct the recombinant baculovirus Ac-cytomegalovirus (CMV)-hSox9 for gene therapy of intervertebral disc degeneration. Methods: Bac-to-Bac system was used for the construction of baculovirus Ac-CMV-hSox9. The cDNA of hSox9 was first cloned into a plasmid vector under the control of CMV promotor to generate the donor plasmid pFastBacDul-green fluorescene protein (GFP)-CMV (pFGC)-hSox9.The resultant plasmid was transformed into DH10Bac cells and then the transformation mixture was spread on Luria-Bertani (LB) agarose culture medium containing isopropyl-β-D-thiogalactoside (IPTG), X-gal, gentamicin, kanamycin and tetracycline.The white colonies were selected and cultured for amplification, and the hSox9Bacmid DNA was extracted. After verification, recombinant baculovirus Ac-CMV-hSox9 was obtained through transfecting Sf 21 cells.The expression of hSox9 gene in the intervertebral disc cells in rabbits was determined by Western blotting and immunohistochemical staining.Results: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) confirmed the presence of hSox9 gene in the recombinant baculovirus and the Sf 21 cells transfected by the baculovirus showed the expression of fluorescence protein.Western blotting and immunohistochemical staining analysis indicated that exogenous hSox9 gene was expressed in the disc cells.Conclusions: The successful construction of the recombinant baculovirus Ac-CMV-hSox9 and the confirmation of the target gene expression provides a novel expression vector system for basic research and clinical treatment of intervertebral degenerative disc disease.

  5. Low back pain and degenerative disc disease

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    Jandrić Slavica

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Various clinical conditions can cause low back pain, and in most cases it is of a degenerative origin. Degenerative disc disease is a common condition which affects young to middle-aged men and women equally. Changes in the mechanical properties of the disc lead to degenerative arthritis in the intervertebral joints, osteophytes, and narrowing the intervertebral foramen or the spinal canal. Pathophysiology. Degenerative cascade, described by Kirkaldy-Willis, is the widely accepted pathophysiologic model describing the degenerative process as it affects the lumbar spine in 3 phases. Diagnosis. There are two forms of low back pain secondary to degenerative disc disease: a lumbalgia and b lumbar radiculopathy. Limitation of movement, problems with balance, pain, loss of reflexes in the extremities, muscle weakness, loss of sensation or other signs of neurological damage can be found on physical examination. For accurate diagnosis, it is often necessary to combine clinical examination and sophisticated technology. Treatment. Coservative treatment consists of rest, physical therapy, pharmacological therapy and injection therapy. Physical rehabilitation with active patient participation is a key approach to treatment of patients with discogenic pain. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and kinesitherapy are important for improving muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility. Disc surgery is performed if surgical intervention is required. .

  6. Lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration associated with axial and radiating low back pain in ageing SPARC-null mice.

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    Millecamps, Magali; Tajerian, Maral; Naso, Lina; Sage, E Helene; Stone, Laura S

    2012-06-01

    Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a complex, multifactorial disorder with unclear underlying mechanisms. In humans and rodents, decreased expression of secreted protein acidic rich in cysteine (SPARC) is associated with intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration and signs of LBP. The current study investigates the hypothesis that IVD degeneration is a risk factor for chronic LBP. SPARC-null and age-matched control mice ranging from 6 to 78 weeks of age were evaluated in this study. X-ray and histologic analysis revealed reduced IVD height, increased wedging, and signs of degeneration (bulging and herniation). Cutaneous sensitivity to cold, heat, and mechanical stimuli were used as measures of referred (low back and tail) and radiating pain (hind paw). Region specificity was assessed by measuring icilin- and capsaicin-evoked behaviour after subcutaneous injection into the hind paw or upper lip. Axial discomfort was measured by the tail suspension and grip force assays. Motor impairment was determined by the accelerating rotarod. Physical function was evaluated by voluntary activity after axial strain or during ambulation with forced lateral flexion. SPARC-null mice developed (1) region-specific, age-dependent hypersensitivity to cold, icilin, and capsaicin (hind paw only), (2) axial discomfort, (3) motor impairment, and (4) reduced physical function. Morphine (6 mg/kg, i.p.) reduced cutaneous sensitivity and alleviated axial discomfort in SPARC-null mice. Ageing SPARC-null mice mirror many aspects of the complex and challenging nature of LBP in humans and incorporate both anatomic and functional components of the disease. The current study supports the hypothesis that IVD degeneration is a risk factor for chronic LBP.

  7. The relationship between apoptosis of endplate chondrocytes and aging and degeneration of the intervertebral disc.

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    Ariga, K; Miyamoto, S; Nakase, T; Okuda, S; Meng, W; Yonenobu, K; Yoshikawa, H

    2001-11-15

    Apoptosis in cervical intervertebral disc cells and cartilaginous endplate cells was examined by the nick end labeling (TUNEL) technique during the process of natural aging and in a mouse experimental spondylosis model. To determine the role of apoptosis in aging and degeneration of intervertebral discs by monitoring chronologic changes in the quantity and localization of apoptotic cells. Apoptosis occurs within human intervertebral discs, but little is known about the pathologic significance of this process. On the other hand, the cartilaginous endplate is known to decrease in thickness and to disappear with aging and degeneration. The cause of this age-related change remains unclear. A mouse spondylosis model was prepared via surgical resection of the posterior spinal element in 12 mice to examine the experimentally induced spondylosis process. Eighteen naturally aged mice were also used to examine the influence of aging. Paraffin-embedded midsagittal sections of the cervical spine were obtained 2, 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery in the spondylosis model and in the age-matched naturally aged mice, as well as in 4-week-old and 18-month-old naturally aged mice. Sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin, safranin-O, and the TUNEL procedure. The number of apoptotic cells and vital cells were counted in the cartilaginous endplate of the intervertebral disc excluding the growth cartilage, and the degree of disappearance of the cartilaginous endplate was evaluated. Apoptosis, particularly noticeable in the cartilaginous endplate, increased with age and resulted in a marked decrease in cell density. Subsequently, the structure of the cartilaginous endplate began to disappear. Apoptosis was more evident and the structure of the cartilaginous endplate began to disappear more rapidly in the surgically treated group than in the naturally aged group. TUNEL-positive cells in the cartilaginous endplate increased with age, with destruction of the cartilaginous endplate

  8. Imbalanced protein expression patterns of anabolic, catabolic, anti-catabolic and inflammatory cytokines in degenerative cervical disc cells: new indications for gene therapeutic treatments of cervical disc diseases.

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    Demissew S Mern

    Full Text Available Degenerative disc disease (DDD of the cervical spine is common after middle age and can cause loss of disc height with painful nerve impingement, bone and joint inflammation. Despite the clinical importance of these problems, in current publications the pathology of cervical disc degeneration has been studied merely from a morphologic view point using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, without addressing the issue of biological treatment approaches. So far a wide range of endogenously expressed bioactive factors in degenerative cervical disc cells has not yet been investigated, despite its importance for gene therapeutic approaches. Although degenerative lumbar disc cells have been targeted by different biological treatment approaches, the quantities of disc cells and the concentrations of gene therapeutic factors used in animal models differ extremely. These indicate lack of experimentally acquired data regarding disc cell proliferation and levels of target proteins. Therefore, we analysed proliferation and endogenous expression levels of anabolic, catabolic, ant-catabolic, inflammatory cytokines and matrix proteins of degenerative cervical disc cells in three-dimensional cultures. Preoperative MRI grading of cervical discs was used, then grade III and IV nucleus pulposus (NP tissues were isolated from 15 patients, operated due to cervical disc herniation. NP cells were cultured for four weeks with low-glucose in collagen I scaffold. Their proliferation rates were analysed using 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazolyl-2-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide. Their protein expression levels of 28 therapeutic targets were analysed using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. During progressive grades of degeneration NP cell proliferation rates were similar. Significantly decreased aggrecan and collagen II expressions (P<0.0001 were accompanied by accumulations of selective catabolic and inflammatory cytokines (disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs 4

  9. Research Advances in Intervertebal Disc Degeneration Models%椎间盘退变模型的研究进展

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    王凯

    2013-01-01

    目前国内外关于椎间盘退变的病因和发病机制尚无定论,构建能模拟人退变椎间盘的动物模型是研究的关键.常用于研究椎间盘退行性疾病的模型可分为体内、体外模型.目前已成功建立的椎间盘动物模型均具有一定的局限性,尚无公认的能够完全模拟人类椎间盘退变的标准模型.随着大型动物与灵长类动物模型的建立,动物椎间盘退变模型与人类椎间盘退变之间的相关性和可比性逐渐明确,其在椎间盘退变疾病的研究中具有广阔的前景.%The etiology and pathogenesis of intervertebal disc degeneration is still not clear at home and abroad, and an animal model which can simulate the human intervertebral disc degeneration is the key to the study. Presently,the intervertebral disc degeneration model can be divided into two kinds:in vivo and ex vivo models. The established intervertebral disc animal models have certain limitations, and there is no acknowledged standard model which can completely simulate human intervertebral disc degeneration. With the large animal and primate animal models established,the relativity and comparability between animal and human intervertebal disc degeneration are gradually clear, and the animal models have broad prospects in the research.

  10. 腰椎间盘退变的分子病理学变化及发病机制%Molecular pathological changes and pathogenesis of lumbar disc degeneration

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    徐宝山; 杨强; 夏群

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The lumbar disc degeneration is a common reason of low back pain. Pathological changes and pathogenesis of lumbar disc degeneration, but has not yet entirely clear.OBJECTIVE: To introduce the research progress on molecular pathological changes and pathogenesis of lumbar disc degeneration.METHODS: Taking "disc histology, disc degenerative disease, disc gene" as search terms, PubMed database was retrieved from 2005 to 2010. Literature about the histological changes and pathogenesis of lumbar disc degeneration was screened. Research progress and results of lumbar disc degeneration were summarized and generalized.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: A total of 118 literatures related to lumbar disc degeneration were retrieved and 30 of them were included. The results showed that the lumbar disc degeneration is influenced by many factors, including gene hereditary factors,natural aging, accumulative injuries, etc. Gene polymorphism is an important prepositive factor of induced degeneration.Intervertebral disc degeneration can induce degenerative disc disease (DDD) by immunological reaction, mechanical compression or instability, blood circulation disorders, inflammatory mediators and other factors. It is difficult to differentiate aging and degeneration on imageology and pathology, so the reasonable treatment should be adopted according to specific circumstances of DDD. Biological therapy provides a new treatment idea, but research is still in experimental stage.%背景:腰椎间盘退变是引起腰腿痛的常见原因,椎间盘退变的病理改变及发病机制至今仍未完全明确.目的:介绍腰椎间盘退变的分子病理改变及其发病机制的研究进展.方法:以"disc histology,disc degenerative disease,disc gene"等主题词检索PubMed 数据库,检索时间为2005/2010年,筛选与腰椎间盘组织学变化和发病机制相关的文献,总结归纳腰椎间盘退变的研究进展和研究结果.结果与结论:共检索到与腰

  11. lncRNAs: novel players in intervertebral disc degeneration and osteoarthritis.

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    Chen, Wen-Kang; Yu, Xiao-Hua; Yang, Wei; Wang, Cheng; He, Wen-Si; Yan, Yi-Guo; Zhang, Jian; Wang, Wen-Jun

    2017-02-01

    The term long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) refers to a group of RNAs with length more than 200 nucleotides, limited protein-coding potential, and having widespread biological functions, including regulation of transcriptional patterns and protein activity, formation of endogenous small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and natural microRNA (miRNA) sponges. Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) and osteoarthritis (OA) are the most common chronic, prevalent and age-related degenerative musculoskeletal disorders. Numbers of lncRNAs are differentially expressed in human degenerative nucleus pulposus tissue and OA cartilage. Moreover, some lncRNAs have been shown to be involved in multiple pathological processes during OA, including extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation, inflammatory responses, apoptosis and angiogenesis. In this review, we summarize current knowledge concerning lncRNAs, from their biogenesis, classification and biological functions to molecular mechanisms and therapeutic potential in IDD and OA.

  12. Effect of Lumbar Disc Degeneration and Low-Back Pain on the Lumbar Lordosis in Supine and Standing

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    Hansen, Bjarke B; Bendix, Tom; Grindsted, Jacob

    2015-01-01

    of position from supine to standing and is known as an essential contributor to dynamic changes. However, the lordosis may be affected by disc degeneration and pain. METHODS: Patients with LBP >40 on a 0 to 100 mm Visual Analog Scale (VAS) both during activity and rest and a sex and age-decade matching...

  13. Magnetic resonance imaging on disc degeneration changes after implantation of an interspinous spacer and fusion of the adjacent segment.

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    Liu, Xiaokang; Liu, Yingjie; Lian, Xiaofeng; Xu, Jianguang

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the changes of the lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) after the implantation of interspinous device and the fusion of the adjacent segment. A total of 62 consecutive patients suffering L5/S1 lumbar disc herniation (LDH) with concomitant disc space narrowing or low-grade instability up to 5 mm translational slip in L5/S1 level were treated with lumbar interbody fusion (LIF) via posterior approach. Thirty-four of these patients (Coflex group) received an additional implantation of the interspinous spacer device (Coflex™) in the level L4/L5, while the rest of 28 patients (fusion group) underwent the fusion surgery alone. Clinical and radiographic examinations were performed at pre- and postoperative visits to compare the clinical outcomes and the changes of the L4/L5 vertebral disc degeneration on MRI in both Coflex and fusion group. Although both Coflex and fusion group showed improvements of the clinical outcomes assessed by the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) after surgery, patients in Coflex group had more significant amelioration (P degeneration changes in Coflex group assessed by the relative signal intensity (RSI) differed from those in fusion group (P degeneration of the adjacent segment.

  14. Posteriorly Directed Shear Loads and Disc Degeneration Affect the Torsional Stiffness of Spinal Motion Segments A Biomechanical Modeling Study

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    Homminga, Jasper; Lehr, Anne M.; Meijer, Gerdine J. M.; Janssen, Michiel M. A.; Schlosser, Tom P. C.; Verkerke, Gijsbertus J.; Castelein, Rene M.

    2013-01-01

    Study Design. Finite element study. Objective. To analyze the effects of posterior shear loads, disc degeneration, and the combination of both on spinal torsion stiffness. Summary of Background Data. Scoliosis is a 3-dimensional deformity of the spine that presents itself mainly in adolescent girls

  15. Posteriorly directed shear loads and disc degeneration affect the torsional stiffness of spinal motion segments; a biomechanical modeling study

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    Homminga, J.J.; Lehr, A.M.; Meijer, G.J.M.; Janssen, M.M.A.; Schlösser, T.P.C.; Verkerke, G.J.; Castelein, R.M.

    2013-01-01

    Objective. To analyze the effects of posterior shear loads, disc degeneration, and the combination of both on spinal torsion stiffness. Summary of Background Data. Scoliosis is a 3-dimensional deformity of the spine that presents itself mainly in adolescent girls and elderly patients. Our concept o

  16. Organ culture bioreactors--platforms to study human intervertebral disc degeneration and regenerative therapy.

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    Gantenbein, Benjamin; Illien-Jünger, Svenja; Chan, Samantha C W; Walser, Jochen; Haglund, Lisbet; Ferguson, Stephen J; Iatridis, James C; Grad, Sibylle

    2015-01-01

    In recent decades the application of bioreactors has revolutionized the concept of culturing tissues and organs that require mechanical loading. In intervertebral disc (IVD) research, collaborative efforts of biomedical engineering, biology and mechatronics have led to the innovation of new loading devices that can maintain viable IVD organ explants from large animals and human cadavers in precisely defined nutritional and mechanical environments over extended culture periods. Particularly in spine and IVD research, these organ culture models offer appealing alternatives, as large bipedal animal models with naturally occurring IVD degeneration and a genetic background similar to the human condition do not exist. Latest research has demonstrated important concepts including the potential of homing of mesenchymal stem cells to nutritionally or mechanically stressed IVDs, and the regenerative potential of "smart" biomaterials for nucleus pulposus or annulus fibrosus repair. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge about cell therapy, injection of cytokines and short peptides to rescue the degenerating IVD. We further stress that most bioreactor systems simplify the real in vivo conditions providing a useful proof of concept. Limitations are that certain aspects of the immune host response and pain assessments cannot be addressed with ex vivo systems. Coccygeal animal disc models are commonly used because of their availability and similarity to human IVDs. Although in vitro loading environments are not identical to the human in vivo situation, 3D ex vivo organ culture models of large animal coccygeal and human lumbar IVDs should be seen as valid alternatives for screening and feasibility testing to augment existing small animal, large animal, and human clinical trial experiments.

  17. The effect of training on lumbar spine posture and intervertebral disc degeneration in active-duty Marines.

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    Rodriguez-Soto, Ana E; Berry, David B; Jaworski, Rebecca; Jensen, Andrew; Chung, Christine B; Niederberger, Brenda; Qadir, Aziza; Kelly, Karen R; Ward, Samuel R

    2017-08-01

    Military training aims to improve load carriage performance and reduce risk of injuries. Data describing the lumbar spine (LS) postural response to load carriage throughout training are limited. We hypothesised that training would reduce the LS postural response to load. The LS posture of 27 Marines was measured from upright MR images: with and without load (22.6 kg) at the beginning, middle, and end of School of Infantry (SOI) training. Disc degeneration was graded at L5-S1. No changes in posture and disc degeneration were found throughout training. During load carriage the LS became less lordotic and the sacrum more horizontal. Marines with disc degeneration had larger sacral postural perturbations in response to load. Our findings suggest that the postural response to load is defined more by the task needs than by the physical condition of the Marine. Practitioner Summary: The effect of military training on lumbar spine posture is unknown. The lumbar posture of 27 Marines was measured from upright MR images, with and without load throughout infantry training. No changes in posture or IVD degeneration were found across training. Marines with degeneration at the L5-S1 level had larger sacral postural perturbations in response to load.

  18. Nucleoplasty as a therapeutic option for lumbar disc degeneration related pain: a retrospective study of 396 cases

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    José Lourenço Kallás

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To make a retrospective analysis and evaluate a clinical response to the control of disc degeneration related pain of 396 patients submitted to percutaneous lumbar nucleoplasty; and to make a record of visual analogical scale (VAS up to a three-year follow-up after the surgical procedure. METHODS: Analysis of VAS score in 396 patients with lumbar disc degeneration related pain, according to anamnesis, clinical examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, without improvement of previous clinical treatment, submitted to percutaneous nucleoplasty. RESULTS: A total of 26% of the patients presented 100% remission of pain or paresthesia, of whom 75% showed at least 50% of pain improvement. The median VAS pain improvement was about 67%. CONCLUSIONS: The median VAS improvement in inferior disc levels was higher than four points. The VAS showed improvement of the pain and paresthesia up to a three-year follow up after the surgical procedure.

  19. Lumbar disc degeneration was not related to spine and hip bone mineral densities in Chinese: facet joint osteoarthritis may confound the association.

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    Pan, Jianjiang; Lu, Xuan; Yang, Ge; Han, Yongmei; Tong, Xiang; Wang, Yue

    2017-12-01

    A sample of 512 Chinese was studied and we observed that greater disc degeneration on MRI was associated with greater spine DXA BMD. Yet, this association may be confounded by facet joint osteoarthritis. BMD may not be a risk factor for lumbar disc degeneration in Chinese. Evidence suggested that lumbar vertebral bone and intervertebral disc interact with each other in multiple ways. The current paper aims to determine the association between bone mineral density (BMD) and lumbar disc degeneration using a sample of Chinese. We studied 165 patients with back disorders and 347 general subjects from China. All subjects had lumbar spine magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and dual- energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) spine BMD studies, and a subset of general subjects had additional hip BMD measurements. On T2-weighted MR images, Pfirrmann score was used to evaluate the degree of lumbar disc degeneration and facet joint osteoarthritis was assessed as none, slight-moderate, and severe. Regression analyses were used to examine the associations between lumbar and hip BMD and disc degeneration, adjusting for age, gender, body mass index (BMI), lumbar region, and facet joint osteoarthritis. Greater facet joint osteoarthritis was associated with greater spine BMD (P  0.05). No statistical association was observed between spine BMD and lumbar disc degeneration in patients with back disorders (P > 0.05), and between hip BMD and disc degeneration in general subjects (P > 0.05). BMD may not be a risk factor for lumbar disc degeneration in Chinese. Facet joint osteoarthritis inflates DXA spine BMD measurements and therefore, may confound the association between spine BMD and disc degeneration.

  20. Adjacent segment degeneration after single-level anterior cervical decompression and fusion: disc space distraction and its impact on clinical outcomes.

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    Li, Jia; Li, Yongqian; Kong, Fanlong; Zhang, Di; Zhang, Yingze; Shen, Yong

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to find whether excessive distraction of the disc space for cage insertion was a risk factor for adjacent segment degeneration (ASD) after anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF). One hundred and sixteen consecutive patients who underwent ACDF for single-level cervical disc herniation between June 2006 and November 2008 were retrospectively reviewed. Preoperative, postoperative and final follow-up disc height (DH), sagittal segmental alignment (SSA), and sagittal alignment of the cervical spine (SACS) were measured and compared between the ASD group and non-ASD group. In 116 patients, ASD was radiographically proven in 28 (24.1%) patients. The clinical outcomes were significantly improved compared to the preoperative scores in both groups. However, the postoperative and final follow-up DH of the ASD group were significantly higher than in the non-ASD group (p<0.05). In addition, the postoperative DH was significantly correlated with the postoperative or final follow-up SSA (p<0.05). However, postoperative DH was not found to significantly correlate with postoperative or final follow-up SACS (p=0.072 and p=0.096, respectively). Multivariate analysis showed that postoperative DH was the most significant risk factor for ASD. The clinical outcomes of ACDF for single-level degenerative cervical disc disease were satisfactory. Postoperative DH (the distracted distance) had the greatest impact on the incidence of ASD. Excessive disc space distraction is a considerable risk factor for the development of radiographic ASD.

  1. 椎间盘退变生物治疗进展%The recent advances in biological therapy for intervertebral disc degeneration

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    石志远; 张超; 阮狄克

    2012-01-01

    @@ 临床上椎间盘退行性疾病在保守治疗基础上,大多数需要通过外科干预达到长期缓解局部疼痛的目的.但由于椎间盘生物力学上的特殊地位,使得如何在保持椎间盘完整性的基础上,促进椎间盘细胞外基质再生的生物治疗方法成为椎间盘退变预防和治疗的研究热点.椎间盘髓核基质数量和成分的改变被认为是椎间盘退变的一个重要原因,目前许多学者试图通过引入各种外源性生长因子、种子细胞、基因以及基因转染的细胞,以期增加髓核细胞外基质含量,恢复II型胶原和蛋白多糖比例,逆转或延缓椎间盘退变的发展进程.%With the continuous exploration of basic research for the pathogeny of intervertebral disc degenerative disease, the causes of intervertebral disc degeneration (the anabolic imbalance initiated by cells, extracellular matrix, growth factors and inflammatory factors) have gradually become explicit. Combining with the ceaseless extending of tissue engineering in the field of orthopedics, more and more clinical and basic researchers attempt to treat the discogenic disease through the exogenous interference in the process of intervertebral disc degeneration, including molecular therapy, cell therapy and gene therapy. In molecular therapy, stimulating endogenous cell activity and delaying the process of intervertebral disc degeneration, researchers attempt to increase the anabolic growth factors through reducing the inflammatory factors such as TNF-a, IL-8 and so on. Exogenous growth factors BMP7, BMP2 and BM14 (GDF5) have also been proved to have the effects of restraining intervertebral disc degeneration. In cell therapy, the researches are mainly on the introduction of exogenous cells and the expansion and replantation of autologous nucleus pulposus cells in vitro. A randomized controlled trial in clinic preliminarily confirms that the transplantation of autologous nucleus pulposus cells plays a role

  2. Disc degeneration and chronic low back pain: an association which becomes nonsignificant when endplate changes and disc contour are taken into account

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    Kovacs, Francisco M. [Fundacion Kovacs, Departamento Cientifico, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Fundacion Kovacs, Spanish Back Pain Research Network, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Arana, Estanislao [Fundacion Kovacs, Spanish Back Pain Research Network, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Fundacion Instituto Valenciano de Oncologia, Servicio de Radiologia, Valencia (Spain); Royuela, Ana [CIBER Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP), Madrid (Spain); Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Unidad de Bioestadistica Clinica, IRYCIS, Madrid (Spain); Estremera, Ana; Amengual, Guillermo; Sarasibar, Helena; Martinez, Carmen [Fundacion Kovacs, Spanish Back Pain Research Network, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Hospital Son Llatzer, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Asenjo, Beatriz [Fundacion Kovacs, Spanish Back Pain Research Network, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Hospital Carlos Haya, Malaga (Spain); Galarraga, Isabel [Fundacion Kovacs, Spanish Back Pain Research Network, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Hospital de Manacor, Manacor, Mallorca (Spain); Alonso, Ana [Fundacion Kovacs, Spanish Back Pain Research Network, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, Madrid (Spain); Casillas, Carlos [Fundacion Kovacs, Spanish Back Pain Research Network, Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Instituto de Traumatologia Union de Mutuas, Castellon (Spain); Muriel, Alfonso; Abraira, Victor [Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Unidad de Bioestadistica Clinica, IRYCIS, Madrid (Spain); CIBER Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP), Madrid (Spain)

    2014-01-15

    The objective of this study was to assess the association between severe disc degeneration (DD) and low back pain (LBP). A case-control study was conducted with 304 subjects, aged 35-50, recruited in routine clinical practice across six hospitals; 240 cases (chronic LBP patients with a median pain duration of 46 months) and 64 controls (asymptomatic subjects without any lifetime history of significant LBP). The following variables were assessed once, using previously validated methods: gender, age, body mass index (BMI), lifetime smoking exposure, degree of physical activity, severity of LBP, disability, and findings on magnetic resonance (MRI) (disc degeneration, Modic changes (MC), disc protrusion/hernia, annular tears, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis). Radiologists who interpreted MRI were blinded to the subjects' characteristics. A multivariate logistic regression model assessed the association between severe DD and chronic LBP, adjusting for gender, age, BMI, physical activity, MC, disc protrusion/hernia, and spinal stenosis. Severe DD at ≥1 level was found in 46.9 % of the controls and 65.8 % of the cases. Crude odds ratio (95 % CI), for suffering chronic LBP when having severe DD, was 2.06 (1.05; 4.06). After adjusting for ''MC'' and ''disc protrusion/hernia,'' it was 1.81 (0.81; 4.05). The association between severe DD and LBP ceases to be significant when adjusted for MC and disc protrusion/hernia. These results do not support that DD as a major cause of chronic LBP. (orig.)

  3. Changes in gene expression and protein distribution at different stages of mechanically induced disc degeneration--an in vivo study on the New Zealand white rabbit.

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    Omlor, Georg W; Lorenz, Helga; Engelleiter, Karl; Richter, Wiltrud; Carstens, Claus; Kroeber, Markus W; Guehring, Thorsten

    2006-03-01

    The objective of the study was to improve the biological understanding of degenerative disc disease using a rabbit model in which different stages of disc degeneration are induced by variation of the duration of loading with an external compression-device applying 2.4 MPa. Gene expression and protein distribution were analyzed in controls and after 1, 28, and 56 days of hyperphysiologic loading. To evaluate extracellular matrix genes, quantitative real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction was applied for collagen I, collagen II, biglycan, decorin, fibromodulin, fibronectin, aggrecan, and osteonectin. As representatives of catabolic, anticatabolic, and anabolic factors, matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13), tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), and bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) were chosen. To evaluate protein distribution, immunohistochemistry was performed for collagen I, collagen II, and BMP-2/4. Matrix gene expression was characterized by two major developments: collagen I and II, biglycan, and decorin showed early elevation followed by later downregulation to control levels, whereas fibromodulin, fibronectin, aggrecan, and osteonectin showed continuous upregulation or remained at similar levels. Induction of MMP-13 gene expression was found in degenerated discs. TIMP-1 and BMP-2 were elevated immediately after hyperphysiologic loading and presented highest levels in the 56-day group. Immunohistochemistry showed less collagen II and BMP-2/4 positive cells after compression. In conclusion, elevated matrix gene expression represents an early cellular response to hyperphysiologic loading. As degeneration progresses, some matrix genes increase upregulation, whereas others start downregulation. Continuous upregulation of catabolic, anticatabolic, and anabolic factors indicates their important role in the degeneration process. Copyright 2005 Orthopaedic Research Society.

  4. Effect of Degeneration on Fluid-Solid Interaction within Intervertebral Disc under Cyclic Loading – A Meta-Model Analysis of Finite Element Simulations

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    Mohammad eNikkhoo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The risk of low back pain resulted from cyclic loadings is greater than that resulted from prolonged static postures. Disc degeneration results in degradation of disc solid structures and decrease of water contents, which is caused by activation of matrix digestive enzymes. The mechanical responses resulted from internal solid-fluid interactions of degenerative discs to cyclic loadings are not well studied yet. The fluid-solid interactions in discs can be evaluated by mathematical models, especially the poroelastic finite element models. We developed a robust disc poroelastic FE model to analyze the effect of degeneration on solid-fluid interactions within disc subjected to cyclic loadings at different loading frequencies. A backward analysis combined with in-vitro experiments were used to find the elastic modulus and hydraulic permeability of intact and enzyme-induced degenerated porcine discs. The results showed that the averaged peak-to-peak disc deformations during the in-vitro cyclic tests were well fitted with limited FE simulations and a quadratic response surface regression for both disc groups. The results showed that higher loading frequency increased the intradiscal pressure, decreased the total fluid loss, and slightly increased the maximum axial stress within solid matrix. Enzyme-induced degeneration decreased the intradiscal pressure and total fluid loss, and barely changed the maximum axial stress within solid matrix. The increase of intradiscal pressure and total fluid loss with loading frequency was less sensitive after the frequency elevated to 0.1 Hz for the enzyme-induced degenerated disc. Based on this study, it is found that enzyme-induced degeneration decreases energy attenuation capability of disc, but less change the strength of disc.

  5. The Effect of Electroacupuncture on the Extracellular Matrix Synthesis and Degradation in a Rabbit Model of Disc Degeneration

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    Guo-fu Huang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study was aimed at determining if the electroacupuncture (EA is able to protect degenerated disc in vivo. New Zealand white rabbits (n=40 were used for the study. The rabbits were randomly assigned to four groups. EA intervention was applied to one of the four groups. Magnetic resonance imaging and Pfirrmann’s classification were obtained for each group to evaluate EA treatment on the intervertebral disc degeneration. Discs were analyzed using immunofluorescence for the labeling of collagens 1 and 2, bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2, matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13, and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1. For protein expression analysis, western blot was used for biglycan and decorin. Outcomes indicated that EA intervention decreased the grades compared with the compressed disc. Immunofluorescence analysis showed a significant increase of collagens 1 and 2, TIMP-1, and BMP-2 positive cells, in contrast to MMP-13 after EA treatment for 28 days. The protein expression showed a sign of regeneration that decorin and biglycan were upregulated. It was concluded that EA contributed to the extracellular matrix (ECM anabolic processes and increased the ECM components. MMPs and their inhibitors involved in the mechanism of EA intervention on ECM decreased disc. It kept a dynamic balance between ECM synthesis and degradation.

  6. In vitro assessment of biomaterial-induced remodeling of subchondral and cancellous bone for the early intervention of joint degeneration with focus on the spinal disc

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    McCanless, Jonathan D.

    Osteoarthritis-associated pain of the spinal disc, knee, and hip derives from degeneration of cartilagenous tissues in these joints. Traditional therapies have focused on these cartilage (and disc specific nucleus pulposus) changes as a means of treatment through tissue grafting, regenerative synthetic implants, non-regenerative space filling implants, arthroplasty, and arthrodesis. Although such approaches may seem apparent upon initial consideration of joint degeneration, tissue pathology has shown changes in the underlying bone and vascular bed precede the onset of cartilaginous changes. It is hypothesized that these changes precedent joint degeneration and as such may provide a route for early prevention. The current work proposes an injectable biomaterial-based therapy within these subchondral and cancellous bone regions as a means of preventing or reversing osteoarthritis. Two human concentrated platelet releasate-containing alginate hydrogel/beta-tricalcium phosphate composites have been developed for this potential biomaterial application. The undertaking of assessing these materials through bench-, in vitro, and ex vivo work is described herein. These studies showed the capability of the biomaterials to initiate a wound healing response in monocytes, angiogenic and differentiation behavior in immature endothelial cells, and early osteochondral differentiation in mesenchymal stem cells. These cellular activities are associated with fracture healing and endochondral bone formation, demonstrating the potential of the biomaterials to induce osseous and vascular tissue remodeling underlying osteoarthritic joints as a novel therapy for a disease with rapidly growing healthcare costs.

  7. Kaempferol slows intervertebral disc degeneration by modifying LPS-induced osteogenesis/adipogenesis imbalance and inflammation response in BMSCs.

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    Zhu, Jun; Tang, Haoyu; Zhang, Zhenhua; Zhang, Yong; Qiu, Chengfeng; Zhang, Ling; Huang, Pinge; Li, Feng

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    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. Kaempferol enhanced cell viability by counteracting the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced cell apoptosis and increasing cell proliferation. Western blot analysis of mitosis-associated nuclear antigen (Ki67) and proliferation cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) further confirmed the increased effect of kaempferol on LPS-induced decreased viability of BMSCs. Besides, kaempferol elevated LPS-induced reduced level of chondrogenic markers (SOX-9, Collagen II and Aggrecan), decreased the level of matrix-degrading enzymes, i.e., matrix metalloprotease (MMP)-3 and MMP-13, suggesting the osteogenesis of BMSC under kaempferol treatment. On the other hand, kaempferol enhanced LPS-induced decreased expression of lipid catabolism-related genes, i.e., carnitine palmitoyl transferase-1 (CPT-1). Kaempferol also suppressed the expression of lipid anabolism-related genes, i.e., peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ). The Oil red O staining further convinced the inhibition effect of kaempferol on BMSCs adipogenesis. In addition, kaempferol alleviated inflammatory by reducing the level of pro-inflammatory cytokines (i.e., interleukin (IL)-6) and increasing anti-inflammatory cytokine (IL-10) via inhibiting the nucleus translocation of nuclear transcription factor (NF)-κB p65. Taken together, our research indicated that kaempferol may serve as a novel target for treatment of IVD degeneration.

  8. Interleukin 1 Polymorphisms Contribute to Intervertebral Disc Degeneration Risk: A Meta-Analysis.

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    Zheng Wang

    Full Text Available We performed a meta-analysis to assess association between interleukin 1 (IL-1 polymorphisms and the risk of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration (IDD.A series of studies have investigated the association between common single nucleotide polymorphisms in IL-1 and IDD risk; however, the overall results are inconclusive.Two independent investigators conducted a systematic search for relevant available studies. Allele frequencies were extracted from each study. The association between the IL-1α (+889C/T or IL-1β (+3954C/T polymorphism and IDD risk was measured by odds ratios (OR with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI.Five and six studies, respectively, were ultimately included in the meta-analysis for the IL-1α (+889C/T and IL-1β (+3954C/T polymorphism. The combined results showed that the IL-1α (+889C/T polymorphism was significantly associated with increased susceptibility to IDD, particularly in Caucasians (TT versus CC: OR = 2.95, 95% CI: 1.45, 6.04; Pheterogeneity = 0.82; TT versusOR = 2.29, 95% CI: 1.18, 4.47; Pheterogeneity = 0.20. In contrast, the IL-1β (+3954C/T polymorphism showed a trend towards increased risk in Caucasians but no association in Asians.This meta-analysis suggested that the IL-1α (+889C/T polymorphism is significantly associated with risk of IDD, especially in Caucasian populations.

  9. Genetic Polymorphisms of Interleukin-1 Alpha and the Vitamin D Receptor in Mexican Mestizo Patients with Intervertebral Disc Degeneration

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    Cervin Serrano, Salvador; González Villareal, Dalia; Aguilar-Medina, Maribel; Romero-Navarro, Jose Guillermo; Romero Quintana, Jose Geovanni; Arámbula Meraz, Eliakym; Osuna Ramírez, Ignacio; Picos-Cárdenas, Veronica; Granados, Julio; Estrada-García, Iris; Sánchez-Schmitz, Guzman; Ramos-Payán, Rosalío

    2014-01-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is the most common diagnosis in patients with back pain, a leading cause of musculoskeletal disability worldwide. Several conditions, such as occupational activities, gender, age, and obesity, have been associated with IDD. However, the development of this disease has strong genetic determinants. In this study, we explore the possible association between rs1800587 (c.-949C>T) of interleukin-1 alpha (IL1A) and rs2228570 (c.2T>V) and rs731236 (c.1056T>C) of vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms and the development of IDD in northwestern Mexican Mestizo population. Gene polymorphisms were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction followed by restriction fragment length polymorphism, in two groups matched by age and gender: patients with symptomatic lumbar IDD (n = 100) and subjects with normal lumbar-spine MRI-scans (n = 100). Distribution of the mutated alleles in patients and controls was 27.0% versus 28.0% (P = 0.455) for T of rs1800587 (IL1A); 53.0% versus 58.0% (P = 0.183) for V of rs2228570 (VDR); and 18.0% versus 21.0% (P = 0.262) for C of rs731236 (VDR). Our results showed no association between the studied polymorphisms and IDD in this population. This is the first report on the contribution of gene polymorphisms on IDD in a Mexican population. PMID:25506053

  10. Genetic Polymorphisms of Interleukin-1 Alpha and the Vitamin D Receptor in Mexican Mestizo Patients with Intervertebral Disc Degeneration

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    Salvador Cervin Serrano

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD is the most common diagnosis in patients with back pain, a leading cause of musculoskeletal disability worldwide. Several conditions, such as occupational activities, gender, age, and obesity, have been associated with IDD. However, the development of this disease has strong genetic determinants. In this study, we explore the possible association between rs1800587 (c.-949C>T of interleukin-1 alpha (IL1A and rs2228570 (c.2T>V and rs731236 (c.1056T>C of vitamin D receptor (VDR gene polymorphisms and the development of IDD in northwestern Mexican Mestizo population. Gene polymorphisms were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction followed by restriction fragment length polymorphism, in two groups matched by age and gender: patients with symptomatic lumbar IDD n=100 and subjects with normal lumbar-spine MRI-scans n=100. Distribution of the mutated alleles in patients and controls was 27.0% versus 28.0% P=0.455 for T of rs1800587 (IL1A; 53.0% versus 58.0% P=0.183 for V of rs2228570 (VDR; and 18.0% versus 21.0% P=0.262 for C of rs731236 (VDR. Our results showed no association between the studied polymorphisms and IDD in this population. This is the first report on the contribution of gene polymorphisms on IDD in a Mexican population.

  11. Genetic polymorphisms of interleukin-1 alpha and the vitamin d receptor in mexican mestizo patients with intervertebral disc degeneration.

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    Cervin Serrano, Salvador; González Villareal, Dalia; Aguilar-Medina, Maribel; Romero-Navarro, Jose Guillermo; Romero Quintana, Jose Geovanni; Arámbula Meraz, Eliakym; Osuna Ramírez, Ignacio; Picos-Cárdenas, Veronica; Granados, Julio; Estrada-García, Iris; Sánchez-Schmitz, Guzman; Ramos-Payán, Rosalío

    2014-01-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is the most common diagnosis in patients with back pain, a leading cause of musculoskeletal disability worldwide. Several conditions, such as occupational activities, gender, age, and obesity, have been associated with IDD. However, the development of this disease has strong genetic determinants. In this study, we explore the possible association between rs1800587 (c.-949C>T) of interleukin-1 alpha (IL1A) and rs2228570 (c.2T>V) and rs731236 (c.1056T>C) of vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms and the development of IDD in northwestern Mexican Mestizo population. Gene polymorphisms were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction followed by restriction fragment length polymorphism, in two groups matched by age and gender: patients with symptomatic lumbar IDD (n = 100) and subjects with normal lumbar-spine MRI-scans (n = 100). Distribution of the mutated alleles in patients and controls was 27.0% versus 28.0% (P = 0.455) for T of rs1800587 (IL1A); 53.0% versus 58.0% (P = 0.183) for V of rs2228570 (VDR); and 18.0% versus 21.0% (P = 0.262) for C of rs731236 (VDR). Our results showed no association between the studied polymorphisms and IDD in this population. This is the first report on the contribution of gene polymorphisms on IDD in a Mexican population.

  12. Mechanisms of axon degeneration: from development to disease.

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    Saxena, Smita; Caroni, Pico

    2007-10-01

    Axon degeneration is an active, tightly controlled and versatile process of axon segment self-destruction. Although not involving cell death, it resembles apoptosis in its logics. It involves three distinct steps: induction of competence in specific neurons, triggering of degeneration at defined axon segments of competent neurons, and rapid fragmentation and removal of the segments. The mechanisms that initiate degeneration are specific to individual settings, but the final pathway of pruning is shared; it involves microtubule disassembly, axon swellings, axon fragmentation, and removal of the remnants by locally recruited phagocytes. The tight regulatory properties of axon degeneration distinguish it from passive loss phenomena, and confer significance to processes that involve it. Axon degeneration has prominent roles in development, upon lesions and in disease. In development, it couples the progressive specification of neurons and circuits to the removal of defined axon branches. Competence might involve transcriptional switches, and local triggering can involve axon guidance molecules and synaptic activity patterns. Lesion-induced Wallerian degeneration is inhibited in the presence of Wld(S) fusion protein in neurons; it involves early local, and later, distal degeneration. It has recently become clear that like in other settings, axon degeneration in disease is a rapid and specific process, which should not be confused with a variety of disease-related pathologies. Elucidating the specific mechanisms that initiate axon degeneration should open up new avenues to investigate principles of circuit assembly and plasticity, to uncover mechanisms of disease progression, and to identify ways of protecting synapses and axons in disease.

  13. Degenerative disc disease as a cause of back pain in the thalassaemic population: a case-control study using MRI and plain radiographs

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    Desigan, S.; Hall-Craggs, M.A.; Ho, C.-P. [Department of Imaging, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London (United Kingdom); Eliahoo, J. [University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, Research and Development Directorate, London (United Kingdom); Porter, J.B. [University College Hospital, Department of Haematology, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, London (United Kingdom)

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    The aim of this study was to test our observation that back pain in thalassemic patients could be caused by premature and extensive lumbar degenerative disc disease, when compared to non-thalassemic patients with back pain. Sixteen thalassemic patients with their sex- and age-matched controls were recruited into the study, 12 with thalassemia major, and 4 with thalassemia intermedia. Both the thalassemia patients and control subjects suffered from back pain, which was subjective rather than measured/pain scored. All subjects underwent magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the lumbar spine, and 11 of the cases and 8 controls had lumbar spine radiographs. Each lumbar disc was scored for radiographic appearances and MR features of disc degeneration and disc protrusion. Proportion values for these parameters and median scores were derived at each disc level, and were analyzed and compared. There was a statistically-significant difference between proportion values of cases and controls for the MR features (P value=0.01, n=16) and the radiographic features (P value=0.01, n=11 cases, n=8 controls) of disc degeneration. The median disc level scores for the thalassemic group were uniformly high across all lumbar discs, and at all levels except at L 4/5. The control group conversely demonstrated a predilection for disc degeneration at L4/5 level. The distribution of lumbar disc degeneration in thalassemic patients with back pain is more extensive, severe and multi-level in nature compared to matched controls, and disc degeneration should be considered as a significant cause of back pain in this population group. (orig.)

  14. Vitamin D Receptor Gene, Matrix Metalloproteinase 3 Polymorphisms and the Risk of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration Susceptibility: Meta-Analysis

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    Huang, Yongjing; Zhao, Shujie; Xu, Nanwei

    2016-01-01

    Several studies have evaluated the association between vitamin D receptor, matrix metalloproteinase 3 (MMP-3) polymorphisms and the risk of intervertebral disc degeneration susceptibility. The findings were inconsistent. This meta-analysis aimed to systematically assess the association between vitamin D receptor, MMP-3 polymorphisms and the risk of intervertebral disc degeneration susceptibility. A search of various databases was done covering all papers published until December 31th, 2014. Eight, 4, 3 studies were finally included that addressed the risk of intervertebral disc degeneration susceptibility and vitamin D receptor FokI (rs2228570), ApaI (rs7975232), and MMP-3 (rs731236) polymorphisms, respectively. FokI (f vs. F: summary odds ratio [OR], 1.13; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.76–1.69; ff vs. FF: OR, 1.02; 95% CI, 0.59–1.77; ff vs. Ff/FF: OR, 1.05; 95% CI, 0.70–1.58), ApaI (a vs. A: OR, 0.73; 95% CI, 0.45–1.19; aa vs. AA: OR, 0.53; 95% CI, 0.22–1.25 p=0.14; aa vs. AA/Aa: OR, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.53–0.89) in the vitamin D receptor gene and MMP3 polymorphisms (5A vs. 6A: OR, 1.92; 95% CI, 0.77–4.80; 5A5A vs. 6A6A: OR, 2.17; 95% CI, 0.75–6.24; 5A5A vs. 5A6A/6A6A: OR, 1.58; 95% CI, 0.72–3.44) were not obviously associated with risk of intervertebral disc degeneration susceptibility. FokI, ApaI polymorphisms in the vitamin D receptor gene and MMP-3 polymorphism are not obvious risk factors for intervertebral disc degeneration susceptibility.

  15. Population average T2 MRI maps reveal quantitative regional transformations in the degenerating rabbit intervertebral disc that vary by lumbar level.

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    Martin, John T; Collins, Christopher M; Ikuta, Kensuke; Mauck, Robert L; Elliott, Dawn M; Zhang, Yeija; Anderson, D Greg; Vaccaro, Alexander R; Albert, Todd J; Arlet, Vincent; Smith, Harvey E

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with T2-weighting is routinely performed to assess intervertebral disc degeneration. Standard clinical evaluations of MR images are qualitative, however, and do not focus on region-specific alterations in the disc. Utilizing a rabbit needle puncture model, T2 mapping was performed on injured discs to develop a quantitative description of the degenerative process following puncture. To do so, an 18G needle was inserted into four discs per rabbit (L3/L4 to L6/L7) and T2 maps were generated pre- and 4 weeks post-injury. Individual T2 maps were normalized to a disc-specific coordinate system and then averaged for pre- and post-injury population composite T2 maps. We also developed a method to automatically segment the nucleus pulposus by fitting the NP region of the T2 maps with modified 2-D and 3-D Gaussian distribution functions. Puncture injury produced alterations in MR signal intensity in a region-specific manner mirroring human degeneration. Population average T2 maps provided a quantitative representation of the injury response, and identified deviations of individual degenerate discs from the pre-injury population. We found that the response to standardized injury was modest at lower lumbar levels, likely as a result of increased disc dimensions. These tools will be valuable for the quantitative characterization of disc degeneration in future clinical and pre-clinical studies. © 2014 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Development and Kinematic Verification of a Finite Element Model for the Lumbar Spine: Application to Disc Degeneration

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    Elena Ibarz

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The knowledge of the lumbar spine biomechanics is essential for clinical applications. Due to the difficulties to experiment on living people and the irregular results published, simulation based on finite elements (FE has been developed, making it possible to adequately reproduce the biomechanics of the lumbar spine. A 3D FE model of the complete lumbar spine (vertebrae, discs, and ligaments has been developed. To verify the model, radiological images (X-rays were taken over a group of 25 healthy, male individuals with average age of 27.4 and average weight of 78.6 kg with the corresponding informed consent. A maximum angle of 34.40° is achieved in flexion and of 35.58° in extension with a flexion-extension angle of 69.98°. The radiological measurements were 33.94 ± 4.91°, 38.73 ± 4.29°, and 72.67°, respectively. In lateral bending, the maximum angles were 19.33° and 23.40 ± 2.39, respectively. In rotation a maximum angle of 9.96° was obtained. The model incorporates a precise geometrical characterization of several elements (vertebrae, discs, and ligaments, respecting anatomical features and being capable of reproducing a wide range of physiological movements. Application to disc degeneration (L5-S1 allows predicting the affection in the mobility of the different lumbar segments, by means of parametric studies for different ranges of degeneration.

  17. [Controlled distraction as a therapeutic option in moderate degeneration of the intervertebral disc -- an in vivo study in the rabbit-spine model].

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    Unglaub, F; Guehring, T; Omlor, G; Lorenz, H; Carstens, C; Kroeber, M W

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of temporary distraction on a degenerated intervertebral disc to characterize regenerative changes associated with disc distraction. New Zealand white rabbits (n = 32) were used for this experimental animal study. The rabbits were randomly assigned to one of five groups. 6 animals were loaded for 28 days using a custom-made external loading device to stimulate disc degeneration (G2). In 6 animals the discs were first loaded for 28 days and after 28 days loading time the discs in six animals were treated as dynamic distraction with an external distraction device (G1). In six animals the discs were distracted for 28 days without previous loading (G5) and in six animals the discs were loaded for 28 days and afterwards the loading device was removed for 28 days for recovery without distraction (G3). Six animals were sham operated (G4) without application of axial load. After 28 to 56 days loading and distraction time, the animals were sacrificed and the lumbar spine was harvested for histological and radiographic analysis. Histology was performed according to a degeneration score and disc height was calculated radiographically. For the cell viability examination, the number of apoptotic cells was determined. After 28 days of loading (G2), the discs showed a significant decrease in disc space of the treated segment. Histologically, a disorganization of the architecture of the annulus occurred. The number of dead cells increased significantly in the annulus and cartilage endplate. These changes were reversible after 28 days of distraction (G1). The disc thickness increased significantly to physiological levels as compared to the specimens from the 28 days loading group without distraction. Histologically, the discs showed signs of tissue regeneration after 28 days of distraction (G1). The number of apoptotic cells decreased significantly in comparison to the loaded discs without distraction (G2). The results of this

  18. Thoracal flat back is a risk factor for lumbar disc degeneration after scoliosis surgery.

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    Bernstein, Peter; Hentschel, Susanne; Platzek, Ivan; Hühne, Sebastian; Ettrich, Uwe; Hartmann, Albrecht; Seifert, Jens

    2014-06-01

    Lumbar segments below fused scoliotic spines are thought to be exposed to extraordinary stress. Although positive sagittal imbalance has come into focus, reports about factors influencing the outcome of these segments remain inconclusive. Our study aimed at identifying spinal risk factors for the development of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) in surgically treated patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Retrospective comparative prognostic study (Level III) was conducted. Thirty-three patients were seen at an average follow-up of 7.5 years after either isolated selective anterior (n=18) or long combined anterior-posterior fusion (n=15) for AIS. Self-reported Scoliosis Research Society 22 questionnaire, physical examination including the detection of segmental pain and unspecific back pain, preoperative and postoperative whole-spine standing radiographs, and magnetic resonance imaging were obtained. Radiographic evaluation included the measurement of regional, coronal, and sagittal curve parameters and the assessment of spinal balance. Magnetic resonance imaging evaluation was done for preoperative and postoperative lumbar discs, according to the classification of Pfirrmann. Patients with low DDD (Pfirrmann grading flat-type lumbar lordosis in patients with severe DDD. Positive sagittal imbalance was associated with advanced DDD. Follow-up coronal parameters, trunk imbalance, instrumentation length, and lowest instrumented vertebra selection had no influence on DDD. Specific segmental pain could be attributed to a significantly higher coronal trunk imbalance (21 vs. 11 mm). This study establishes thoracal flat back as a risk factor for lumbar DDD after spinal fusion and supports the pathogenetic role of positive sagittal imbalance in this process. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Disc space distraction is a potent risk factor for adjacent disc disease after PLIF.

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    Kaito, Takashi; Hosono, Noboru; Fuji, Takeshi; Makino, Takahiro; Yonenobu, Kazuo

    2011-11-01

    We reported that excessive disc space distraction caused by insertion of large cages during posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) combined with pedicle screws (PS) induces adjacent segment disease (ASD). Spinous process plate (SPP) is known to allow cage subsidence when used in PLIF, since they cannot share vertical loads. We therefore hypothesize that the incidence of ASD after PLIF with SPP should be lower than that after PLIF with PS due to this loss of disc space distraction. Radiographic ASD is defined as development of spondylolisthesis > 3 mm, decrease in disc height > 3 mm, or intervertebral angle at flexion lesser than -5°. Symptomatic ASD is defined by a decrease of ≥ 4 points in Japanese Orthopedic Association score. One hundred and thirty patients with L4 spondylolisthesis were treated with either PLIF with SPP (n = 45) or PLIF with PS (n = 85) and followed up for a minimum of 2 years (mean, 39.0 months). L4-5 disc space distraction in the SPP group was significantly smaller (0.4 mm) as compared to the PS group (1.8 mm). The incidence of clinical ASD in the SPP group (2%, 1/45) was also significantly less than that in the PS group (15%, 13/85). Multivariate analysis showed that disc space distraction was the most significant risk factor. Among various risk factors for ASD after PLIF, the excessive distraction of disc space proved to be a potent risk factor for ASD.

  20. Computer aided vertebral visualization and analysis: a methodology using the sand rat, a small animal model of disc degeneration

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    Hanley Edward N

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of this study is to present an automated system that analyzes digitized x-ray images of small animal spines identifying the effects of disc degeneration. The age-related disc and spine degeneration that occurs in the sand rat (Psammomys obesus has previously been documented radiologically; selected representative radiographs with age-related changes were used here to develop computer-assisted vertebral visualization/analysis techniques. Techniques presented here have the potential to produce quantitative algorithms that create more accurate and informative measurements in a time efficient manner. Methods Signal and image processing techniques were applied to digitized spine x-ray images the spine was segmented, and orientation and curvature determined. The image was segmented based on orientation changes of the spine; edge detection was performed to define vertebral boundaries. Once vertebrae were identified, a number of measures were introduced and calculated to retrieve information on the vertebral separation/orientation and sclerosis. Results A method is described which produces computer-generated quantitative measurements of vertebrae and disc spaces. Six sand rat spine radiographs illustrate applications of this technique. Results showed that this method can successfully automate calculation and analysis of vertebral length, vertebral spacing, vertebral angle, and can score sclerosis. Techniques also provide quantitative means to explore the relation between age and vertebral shape. Conclusions This method provides a computationally efficient system to analyze spinal changes during aging. Techniques can be used to automate the quantitative processing of vertebral radiographic images and may be applicable to human and other animal radiologic models of the aging/degenerating spine.

  1. Rabbit model of intervertebral disc degeneration by external compression device characterized by X-ray, MRI, histology, and cell viability

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    Ismail Ismail

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Appropriate experimental animal models, which mimic the degenerative process occurring in human intervertebral disc (IVD breakdown and can be used for new treatment studies such as tissue engineering or disc distraction are lacking. We studied the external compression device that used by Kroeber et al to create intervertebral disc degeneration in rabbit model characterized by X-ray, MRI, Histology, and Cell Viability. Ten NZW rabbit were randomly assigned to one of five groups. Intervertebral disc VL4-L5 are compressed using an external loading device, 1.9 MPa. First group rabbit are loaded for 14 days, second loaded for 28 days, thirth group are loaded for 14 days, and unloaded for 14 days, fourth group loaded for 28 days and unloaded for 28 days. The fifth group, rabbits underwent a sham operation. Additional, rabbits were used as sample for cell viability study. In disc height : sample in group one have biggest decreasing of disc height, that is 23.9 unit. In MRI assessment, the worst grade is grade 3. In histological score, the worst group is group three (58.69, and the best is group 4 (45.69. Group one have the largest dead cell, that are 403.5, and the smallest is group four (124.75. Trypan blue staining showed that group four have better viable cell (91.1 compare than group three (86.4. The study conclude disc degeneration can be created by external axial loading for 14 days in rabbit intervertebral disc. Duration of 28 days unloading gave better result for cells to recover. (Med J Indones 2006; 15:199-207  Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Keywords: Rabbit model –intervertebral disc degeneration- external compression device-X-ray, MRI, Histology, and Cell viabilty /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso

  2. Analysis of crucial molecules involved in herniated discs and degenerative disc disease

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    Zhigang Qu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Herniated discs and degenerative disc disease are major health problems worldwide. However, their pathogenesis remains obscure. This study aimed to explore the molecular mechanisms of these ailments and to identify underlying therapeutic targets. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using the GSE23130 microarray datasets downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, differentially co-expressed genes and links were identified using the differentially co-expressed gene and link method with a false discovery rate ,0.25 as a significant threshold. Subsequently, the underlying molecular mechanisms of the differential co-expression of these genes were investigated using Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway enrichment analysis. In addition, the transcriptional regulatory relationship was also investigated. RESULTS: Through the analysis of the gene expression profiles of different specimens from patients with these diseases, 539 differentially co-expressed genes were identified for these ailments. The ten most significant signaling pathways involving the differentially co-expressed genes were identified by enrichment analysis. Among these pathways, apoptosis and extracellular matrix-receptor interaction pathways have been reported to be related to these diseases. A total of 62 pairs of regulatory relationships between transcription factors and their target genes were identified as critical for the pathogenesis of these diseases. CONCLUSION: The results of our study will help to identify the mechanisms responsible for herniated discs and degenerative disc disease and provides a theoretical basis for further therapeutic study.

  3. Reproducible long-term disc degeneration in a large animal model

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    Hoogendoorn, R.J.W.; Helder, M.N.; Kroeze, R.J.; Bank, R.A.; Smit, T.H.; Wuisman, P.I.J.M.

    2008-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN. Twelve goats were chemically degenerated and the development of the degenerative signs was followed for 26 weeks to evaluate the progression of the induced degeneration. The results were also compared with a previous study to determine the reproducibility. OBJECTIVES. The purpose of th

  4. 白细胞介素-17与椎间盘退变相关性的研究进展%Progress of correlation between interleukin-17 and intervertebral disc degeneration

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    罗元一; 殷明; 何丁文; 魏强强

    2013-01-01

    The mechanism of intervertebral disc degeneration is very complex and related to many factors.In recent years,studies have indicated that intervertebral disc degeneration is closely related to immune inflammation,in which immune cells and many kinds of inflammatory cytokines are involved.As proinflammatory cytokine,interleukin-17 plays a very important role in autoimmune disease and chronic inflammation,which is associated with inflammatory cytokines and cells apoptosis.These secreted inflammation cytokines and increased intervertebral disc cells apoptosis will promote the intervertebral disc degeneration.In the disc cells,IL-17 will promote synthesis of inflammation mediator,thereby induce extracellular matrix metabolic imbalances and accelerate apoptosis.These factors further interacted with each other and promote the intervertebral disc degeneration.This article reviews the biological characteristics of interleukin-17 and its role in the intervertebral disc degeneration.%椎间盘退变机制非常复杂与多种因素相关,近年来研究认为椎间盘退变与免疫炎症密切相关,椎间盘退变机制中有免疫细胞和多种炎症介质的参与,炎症细胞因子在椎间盘的退变中扮演者重要角色,而白细胞介素-17(interleukin-17,IL-17)在自身免疫性疾病和慢性炎症中发挥着重要作用,是非常重要的促炎细胞因子,与许多炎症介质有关,也与细胞凋亡等有很大关系.在椎间盘细胞中,IL-17将促进椎间盘细胞合成炎症介质、椎间盘细胞外基质代谢失衡和椎间盘细胞的过快凋亡.这些因素相互作用从而加速了椎间盘的退变 本文主要对IL-17的生物学特性及在椎间盘退变中的作用进行综述.

  5. Comparison of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy and open lumbar surgery for adjacent segment degeneration and recurrent disc herniation.

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    Chen, Huan-Chieh; Lee, Chih-Hsun; Wei, Li; Lui, Tai-Ngar; Lin, Tien-Jen

    2015-01-01

    Objective. The goal of the present study was to examine the clinical results of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) and open lumbar surgery for patients with adjacent segment degeneration (ASD) and recurrence of disc herniation. Methods. From December 2011 to November 2013, we collected forty-three patients who underwent repeated lumbar surgery. These patients, either received PELD (18 patients) or repeated open lumbar surgery (25 patients), due to ASD or recurrence of disc herniation at L3-4, L4-5, or L5-S1 level, were assigned to different groups according to the surgical approaches. Clinical data were assessed and compared. Results. Mean blood loss was significantly less in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group (P < 0.0001). Hospital stay and mean operating time were shorter significantly in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group (P < 0.0001). Immediate postoperative pain improvement in VAS was 3.5 in the PELD group and -0.56 in the open lumbar surgery group (P < 0.0001). Conclusion. For ASD and recurrent lumbar disc herniation, PELD had more advantages over open lumbar surgery in terms of reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stay, operating time, fewer complications, and less postoperative discomfort.

  6. Comparison of Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy and Open Lumbar Surgery for Adjacent Segment Degeneration and Recurrent Disc Herniation

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    Huan-Chieh Chen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The goal of the present study was to examine the clinical results of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD and open lumbar surgery for patients with adjacent segment degeneration (ASD and recurrence of disc herniation. Methods. From December 2011 to November 2013, we collected forty-three patients who underwent repeated lumbar surgery. These patients, either received PELD (18 patients or repeated open lumbar surgery (25 patients, due to ASD or recurrence of disc herniation at L3-4, L4-5, or L5-S1 level, were assigned to different groups according to the surgical approaches. Clinical data were assessed and compared. Results. Mean blood loss was significantly less in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group P<0.0001. Hospital stay and mean operating time were shorter significantly in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group P<0.0001. Immediate postoperative pain improvement in VAS was 3.5 in the PELD group and −0.56 in the open lumbar surgery group P<0.0001. Conclusion. For ASD and recurrent lumbar disc herniation, PELD had more advantages over open lumbar surgery in terms of reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stay, operating time, fewer complications, and less postoperative discomfort.

  7. 2D segmentation of intervertebral discs and its degree of degeneration from T2-weighted magnetic resonance images

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    Castro-Mateos, Isaac; Pozo, José Maria; Lazary, Aron; Frangi, Alejandro F.

    2014-03-01

    Low back pain (LBP) is a disorder suffered by a large population around the world. A key factor causing this illness is Intervertebral Disc (IVD) degeneration, whose early diagnosis could help in preventing this widespread condition. Clinicians base their diagnosis on visual inspection of 2D slices of Magnetic Resonance (MR) images, which is subject to large interobserver variability. In this work, an automatic classification method is presented, which provides the Pfirrmann degree of degeneration from a mid-sagittal MR slice. The proposed method utilizes Active Contour Models, with a new geometrical energy, to achieve an initial segmentation, which is further improved using fuzzy C-means. Then, IVDs are classified according to their degree of degeneration. This classification is attained by employing Adaboost on five specific features: the mean and the variance of the probability map of the nucleus using two different approaches and the eccentricity of the fitting ellipse to the contour of the IVD. The classification method was evaluated using a cohort of 150 intervertebral discs assessed by three experts, resulting in a mean specificity (93%) and sensitivity (83%) similar to the one provided by every expert with respect to the most voted value. The segmentation accuracy was evaluated using the Dice Similarity Index (DSI) and Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) of the point-to-contour distance. The mean DSI ± 2 standard deviation was 91:7% ±5:6%, the mean RMSE was 0:82mm and the 95 percentile was 1:36mm. These results were found accurate when compared to the state-of-the-art.

  8. Matrix stiffness promotes cartilage endplate chondrocyte calcification in disc degeneration via miR-20a targeting ANKH expression.

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    Liu, Ming-Han; Sun, Chao; Yao, Yuan; Fan, Xin; Liu, Huan; Cui, You-Hong; Bian, Xiu-Wu; Huang, Bo; Zhou, Yue

    2016-05-04

    The mechanical environment is crucial for intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). However, the mechanisms underlying the regulation of cartilage endplate (CEP) calcification by altered matrix stiffness remain unclear. In this study, we found that matrix stiffness of CEP was positively correlated with the degree of IDD, and stiff matrix, which mimicked the severe degeneration of CEP, promoted inorganic phosphate-induced calcification in CEP chondrocytes. Co-expression analysis of the miRNA and mRNA profiles showed that increasing stiffness resulted in up-regulation of miR-20a and down-regulation of decreased ankylosis protein homolog (ANKH) during inorganic phosphate-induced calcification in CEP chondrocytes. Through a dual luciferase reporter assay, we confirmed that miR-20a directly targets 3'-untranslated regions of ANKH. The inhibition of miR-20a attenuated the calcium deposition and calcification-related gene expression, whereas the overexpression of miR-20a enhanced calcification in CEP chondrocytes on stiff matrix. The rescue of ANKH expression restored the decreased pyrophosphate efflux and inhibited calcification. In clinical samples, the levels of ANKH expression were inversely associated with the degeneration degree of CEP. Thus, our findings demonstrate that the miR-20a/ANKH axis mediates the stiff matrix- promoted CEP calcification, suggesting that miR-20a and ANKH are potential targets in restraining the progression of IDD.

  9. Is the transport of a gadolinium-based contrast agent decreased in a degenerated or aged disc? A post contrast MRI study.

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    Marta Tibiletti

    Full Text Available A post contrast magnetic resonance imaging study has been performed in a wide population of low back pain patients to investigate which radiological and phenotypic characteristics influence the penetration of the contrast agent in lumbar discs in vivo. 37 patients affected by different pathologies (disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, foraminal stenosis, central canal stenosis were enrolled in the study. The selected population included 26 male and 11 female subjects, with a mean age of 42.4 ± 9.3 years (range 18-60. Magnetic resonance images of the lumbar spine were obtained with a 1.5 T scanner (Avanto, Siemens, Erlangen, Germany with a phased-array back coil. A paramagnetic non-ionic contrast agent was injected with a dose of 0.4 ml/kg. T1-weighted magnetic resonance images were subsequently acquired at 5 time points, 5 and 10 minutes, 2, 4 and 6 hours after injection. Endplates presented clear enhancement already 5 minutes after injection, and showed an increase in the next 2 hours followed by a decrease. At 5 and 10 minutes, virtually no contrast medium was present inside the intervertebral disc; afterwards, enhancement significantly increased. Highly degenerated discs showed higher enhancement in comparison with low and medium degenerated discs. Discs classified as Pfirrmann 5 showed a statistically significant higher enhancement than Pfirrmann 1, 2 and 3 at all time points but the first one, possibly due to vascularization. Disc height collapse and Modic changes significantly increased enhancement. Presence of endplate defects did not show any significant influence on post contrast enhancement, but the lack of a clear classification of endplate defects as seen on magnetic resonance scans may be shadowing some effects. In conclusion, disc height, high level of degeneration and presence of Modic changes are factors which increase post contrast enhancement in the intervertebral disc. The effect of age could not be demonstrated.

  10. 腰椎间盘退变CT表现及分期探讨%CT manifestation and staging investigation of lumbar disc degeneration

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    吴涛; 贺才标

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the CT features and necessity of staging of lumbar disc degeneration, in order to enhance understanding of CT manifestations of lumbar disc. Methods There were 550 patients with lumbar disc degeneration receiving CT scanning for diagnosis, and a retrospective analysis was made on their clinical data. Results There were 82 cases with lumbar disc degeneration, 123 cases with lumbar disc bulge, 211 cases with lumbar disc herniation, 45 cases with herniated lumbar disc (with sguestration), 5 cases with lumbar disc calcification, and 84 cases with lumbar disc compound change. Conclusion CT is the preferred method in diagnosis of lumbar disc degeneration. Different manifestations in degeneration staging have closely internal link with each other. Manifestation degree is correlated with clinical symptom, and its staging can provide guidance for the best choice of treatment method.%目的:探讨腰椎间盘退变的CT特点及分期的必要性,以提高对腰椎间盘CT各种表现的认识。方法550例腰椎间盘退变患者,均经CT扫描确诊,对其临床资料进行回顾性分析。结果腰椎间盘变性82例,腰椎间盘膨出123例,腰椎间盘突出211例,腰椎间盘脱出(含髓核游离)45例,腰椎间盘钙化5例,腰椎间盘复合性改变84例。结论 CT是诊断腰椎间盘退变的首选方法,退变分期CT表现各不相同,彼此存在密不可分的内在联系,表现程度与临床症状呈一定的相关性,分期可以指导临床选择最佳的治疗方案。

  11. Cervical Total Disc Arthroplasty

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    Basho, Rahul; Hood, Kenneth A.

    2012-01-01

    Symptomatic adjacent segment degeneration of the cervical spine remains problematic for patients and surgeons alike. Despite advances in surgical techniques and instrumentation, the solution remains elusive. Spurred by the success of total joint arthroplasty in hips and knees, surgeons and industry have turned to motion preservation devices in the cervical spine. By preserving motion at the diseased level, the hope is that adjacent segment degeneration can be prevented. Multiple cervical disc...

  12. Does elite swimming accelerate lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration and increase low back pain? A cross-sectional comparison.

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    Folkvardsen, Steffen; Magnussen, Erland; Karppinen, Jaro; Auvinen, Juha; Larsen, Rasmus Hertzum; Wong, Christian; Bendix, Tom

    2016-09-01

    The aim was to elucidate elite swimming's possible influence on lumbar disc degeneration (DD) and low back pain (LBP). Lumbar spine MRI was performed on a group of elite swimmers and compared to a matched Finnish population-based no-sport group. One hundred elite swimmers and 96 no-sport adults, mean age 18.7/20.8, respectively, participated. Overall, the two groups had similar prevalence of DD. Swimmers had more DD in the upper lumbar spine but tended to have less DD at the lowest level. Prevalence of bulges and disc herniations were similar, but swimmers had significantly more bulges at L4-5. The swimmers reported less LBP, although not significantly (N.S.). If degenerative findings were present, the association between them and LBP was stronger in the no-sport group. Elite swimmers and controls had similar prevalence of DD and LBP, although the pattern of DD differed between the groups. In case of DD, swimmers reported less LBP, although N.S.

  13. Pain and disability correlated with disc degeneration via magnetic resonance imaging in scoliosis patients

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    Buttermann, Glenn R.; Mullin, William J.

    2007-01-01

    Prior imaging studies of scoliosis patients attempted to demonstrate a relationship between plain radiographic curve patterns and curve progression and pain, or used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to focus on spinal cord abnormalities. Pain in scoliosis patients may differ from nondeformity patients, yet may still be discogenic. The purpose of this study was to assess the possible relationship of degenerative disc findings on MRI to scoliosis patients’ pain. This prospective study enrolled ...

  14. Enhancement of Lumbar Fusion and Alleviation of Adjacent Segment Disc Degeneration by Intermittent PTH(1-34) in Ovariectomized Rats.

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    Zhou, Zhuang; Tian, Fa-Ming; Gou, Yu; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Heng; Song, Hui-Ping; Shen, Yong; Zhang, Ying-Ze; Zhang, Liu

    2016-04-01

    Osteoporosis, which is prevalent in postmenopausal or aged populations, is thought to be a contributing factor to adjacent segment disc degeneration (ASDD), and the incidence and extent of ASDD may be augmented by osteopenia. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) (1-34) has already been shown to be beneficial in osteoporosis, lumbar fusion and matrix homeostasis of intervertebral discs. However, whether PTH(1-34) has a reversing or retarding effect on ASDD in osteopenia has not been confirmed. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of intermittent PTH(1-34) on ASDD in an ovariectomized (OVX) rat model. One hundred 3-month-old female Sprague-Dawley rats underwent L4 -L5 posterolateral lumbar fusion (PLF) with spinous-process wire fixation 4 weeks after OVX surgery. Control groups were established accordingly. PTH(1-34) was intermittently administered immediately after PLF surgery and lasted for 8 weeks using the following groups (n = 20) (V = vehicle): Sham+V, OVX+V, Sham+PLF+V, OVX+PLF+V, OVX+PLF+PTH. The fused segments showed clear evidence of eliminated motion on the fusion-segment based on manual palpation. Greater new bone formation in histology was observed in PTH-treated animals compared to the control group. The extent of ASDD was significantly increased by ovariotomy. Intermittent PTH(1-34) significantly alleviated ASDD by preserving disc height, microvessel density, relative area of vascular buds, endplate thickness and the relative area of endplate calcification. Moreover, protein expression results showed that PTH(1-34) not only inhibited matrix degradation by decreasing MMP-13, ADAMTS-4 and Col-I, but also promote matrix synthesis by increasing Col-II and Aggrecan. In conclusion, PTH(1-34), which effectively improves lumbar fusion and alleviates ASDD in ovariectomized rats, may be a potential candidate to ameliorate the prognosis of lumbar fusion in osteopenia.

  15. Dysregulated miR-127-5p contributes to type II collagen degradation by targeting matrix metalloproteinase-13 in human intervertebral disc degeneration.

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    Hua, Wen-Bin; Wu, Xing-Huo; Zhang, Yu-Kun; Song, Yu; Tu, Ji; Kang, Liang; Zhao, Kang-Cheng; Li, Shuai; Wang, Kun; Liu, Wei; Shao, Zeng-Wu; Yang, Shu-Hua; Yang, Cao

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    Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is a chronic disease associated with the degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM). Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-13 is a major enzyme that mediates the degradation of ECM components. MMP-13 has been predicted to be a potential target of miR-127-5p. However, the exact function of miR-127-5p in IDD is still unclear. We designed this study to evaluate the correlation between miR-127-5p level and the degeneration of human intervertebral discs and explore the potential mechanisms. miR-127-5p levels and MMP-13 mRNA levels were detected by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). To determine whether MMP-13 is a target of miR-127-5p, dual luciferase reporter assays were performed. miR-127-5p mimic and miR-127-5p inhibitor were used to overexpress or downregulate miR-127-5p expression in human NP cells, respectively. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) was used to knock down MMP-13 expression in human NP cells. Type II collagen expression in human NP cells was detected by qPCR, western blotting, and immunofluorescence staining. We confirmed that miR-127-5p was significantly downregulated in nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue of degenerative discs and its expression was inversely correlated with MMP-13 mRNA levels. We reveal that MMP-13 may act as a target of miR-127-5p. Expression of miR-127-5p was inversely correlated with type II collagen expression in human NP cells. Moreover, suppression of MMP-13 expression by siRNA blocked downstream signaling and increased type II collagen expression. Dysregulated miR-127-5p contributed to the degradation of type II collagen by targeting MMP-13 in human IDD. Our findings highlight that miR-127-5p may serve as a new therapeutic target in IDD. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. and Société Française de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire (SFBBM). All rights reserved.

  16. Cell-Based Therapies Used to Treat Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease: A Systematic Review of Animal Studies and Human Clinical Trials

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    David Oehme

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Low back pain and degenerative disc disease are a significant cause of pain and disability worldwide. Advances in regenerative medicine and cell-based therapies, particularly the transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells and intervertebral disc chondrocytes, have led to the publication of numerous studies and clinical trials utilising these biological therapies to treat degenerative spinal conditions, often reporting favourable outcomes. Stem cell mediated disc regeneration may bridge the gap between the two current alternatives for patients with low back pain, often inadequate pain management at one end and invasive surgery at the other. Through cartilage formation and disc regeneration or via modification of pain pathways stem cells are well suited to enhance spinal surgery practice. This paper will systematically review the current status of basic science studies, preclinical and clinical trials utilising cell-based therapies to repair the degenerate intervertebral disc. The mechanism of action of transplanted cells, as well as the limitations of published studies, will be discussed.

  17. Cell-Based Therapies Used to Treat Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease: A Systematic Review of Animal Studies and Human Clinical Trials.

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    Oehme, David; Goldschlager, Tony; Ghosh, Peter; Rosenfeld, Jeffrey V; Jenkin, Graham

    2015-01-01

    Low back pain and degenerative disc disease are a significant cause of pain and disability worldwide. Advances in regenerative medicine and cell-based therapies, particularly the transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells and intervertebral disc chondrocytes, have led to the publication of numerous studies and clinical trials utilising these biological therapies to treat degenerative spinal conditions, often reporting favourable outcomes. Stem cell mediated disc regeneration may bridge the gap between the two current alternatives for patients with low back pain, often inadequate pain management at one end and invasive surgery at the other. Through cartilage formation and disc regeneration or via modification of pain pathways stem cells are well suited to enhance spinal surgery practice. This paper will systematically review the current status of basic science studies, preclinical and clinical trials utilising cell-based therapies to repair the degenerate intervertebral disc. The mechanism of action of transplanted cells, as well as the limitations of published studies, will be discussed.

  18. Análise radiológica da degeneração discal experimental em coelhos Radiological analysis of experimental disc degeneration in rabbits

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    Emiliano Vialle

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Validar a avaliação radiográfica da degeneração discal experimental em coelhos. MÉTODOS: Os discos intervertebrais lombares de coelhos New Zealand foram puncionados três vezes com uma agulha 18G com profundidade limitada de 5mm, através de abordagem lateral. Foram realizadas radiografias seriadas pré e pós-operatórias imediatas, e depois de quatro, oito e 12 semanas do procedimento, com posterior análise da altura discal, formação de osteófito, esclerose da placa vertebral e presença de degeneração discal. A análise estatística dos dados foi validada pelo coeficiente de concordância Kappa, com intervalo de confiança (IC de 95%. RESULTADOS: Observou-se diminuição significativa do espaço discal nas radiografias em AP após 12 semanas de pós-operatório, com Kappa = 0,489 para IC 95% (0,25-0,72 com p OBJECTIVE: To validate radiographic evaluation of a rabbit model for disc degeneration. METHODS: Lumbar intervertebral discs of New Zealand rabbits were stabbed three times with a 18G needle at a limited depth of 5mm, through lateral approach. Serial radiographic images were taken on the early pre-and postoperative periods, and after four, eight and 12 weeks of the procedure, with subsequent analysis of disc height, osteophyte formation, endplate sclerosis, and presence of disc degeneration. The statistical analysis of data was validated by the Kappa coefficient, with a confidence interval (CI of 95%. RESULTS: A significant reduction of disc space was found on AP X-ray images after 12 postoperative weeks, with Kappa = 0.489 for CI 95% (0.25-0.72 with p < 0.001. X-ray signs of disc degeneration also presented Kappa = 0.63 for CI 95% (0.39-0.86 with p < 0.001. The remaining assessed criteria showed positive results, but with a lower Kappa value. CONCLUSION: The disc degeneration model using rabbits as proposed in this study was shown to be feasible, with positive X-ray correlation between pre- and postoperative images

  19. Induction of early degeneration of the adjacent segment after posterior lumbar interbody fusion by excessive distraction of lumbar disc space.

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    Kaito, Takashi; Hosono, Noboru; Mukai, Yoshihiro; Makino, Takahiro; Fuji, Takeshi; Yonenobu, Kazuo

    2010-06-01

    Spinal fusion at the L4-5 disc space alters the normal biomechanics of the spine, and the loss of motion at the fused level is compensated by increased motion and load at the other unfused segments. This may lead to deterioration of the adjacent segments of the lumbar spine, called adjacent-segment disease (ASD). In this study, the authors investigate the distracted disc height of the fused segment, caused by cage or bone insertion during surgery, as a novel risk factor for ASD after posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF). Radiographic L3-4 ASD is defined by development of spondylolisthesis greater than 3 mm, a decrease in disc height of more than 3 mm, or intervertebral angle at flexion smaller than -5 degrees . Symptomatic ASD is defined by a decrease of 4 points or more on the Japanese Orthopaedic Association scale. Eighty-five patients with L-4 spondylolisthesis treated by L4-5 PLIF underwent follow-up for more than 2 years (mean 38.8 +/- 17.1 months). The patients were divided into 3 groups according to the final outcome. Group A comprised those patients without ASD (58), Group B patients had radiographic ASD (14), and Group C patients had symptomatic ASD (13). The L4-5 disc space distraction by cage insertion was 3.1 mm in the group without ASD, 4.4 mm in the group with radiographic ASD, and 6.2 mm in the group with symptomatic ASD, as measured using lateral spinal radiographs just after surgery. Multivariate analysis showed that distraction was the most significant risk factor. The excessive distraction of the L4-5 disc space during PLIF surgery is a significant and potentially avoidable risk factor for the development of radiographic, symptomatic ASD.

  20. Is there a role for endothelial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of lumbar disc degeneration? A hypothesis that needs to be tested.

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    Papalia, Rocco; Albo, Erika; Vadalà, Gianluca; D'Adamio, Stefano; Lanotte, Angela; Di Martino, Alberto; Denaro, Vincenzo

    2015-03-01

    Low back pain is a painful condition affecting most people at least once in their life. It can be the expression of lumbar disc degeneration, a condition whose progression is influenced by environmental, individual and genetic factors. The pathogenesis of this condition implies the reduction of sustenance for the tissues within the intervertebral disc (ID) due to a decreased blood flow in the local microcirculation. In fact, it is known that the ID is an avascular structure that receives nutritive molecules and exchanges waste products through a process of osmotic diffusion from the capillaries located at the ID-vertebral body interface. The maintenance of a correct oxygen supply is essential for the health of disc cells also because ID is subjected to continuous compression stress due to its bearing function between vertebral bodies. This vital condition is guaranteed by proper dilation of blood vessels in response to mechanical stress, thanks to a finely balanced homeostasis between vasodilatory factors, such as nitric oxide, and vasoconstrictive substances produced by the endothelium. Endothelial dysfunction may disrupt this delicate equilibrium, causing a reduced oxygen supply eventually resulting in ID degeneration. Our hypothesis is that endothelial dysfunction, a systemic condition of reduced vessel dilation in response to mechanical stress, should be considered as an important pathological factor implicated intervertebral disc degeneration. This relationship may pave the way for a change in therapeutic approach to low back pain, especially in the early stages.

  1. The role of TGF-β1/Smad2/3 pathway in platelet-rich plasma in retarding intervertebral disc degeneration.

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    Yang, Huilin; Yuan, Chenxi; Wu, Chunshen; Qian, Jiale; Shi, Qing; Li, Xuefeng; Zhu, Xuesong; Zou, Jun

    2016-08-01

    Recent studies have suggested that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are an effective way to retard intervertebral disc degeneration, but the mechanism of action is unclear. Activated platelets release some growth factors, such as transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), which positively modulate the extracellular matrix of nucleus pulposus cells. The purpose of this study was to explore the mechanism underlying the PRP-mediated inhibition of intervertebral disc degeneration. In an in vitro study, we found that the proliferation of nucleus pulposus cells was greatly enhanced with 2.5% PRP treatment. The TGF-β1 concentration was much higher after PRP treatment. PRP administration effectively increased the collagen II, aggrecan and sox-9 mRNA levels and decreased collagen X levels. However, Western blotting demonstrated that specifically inhibiting TGF-β1 signalling could significantly prevent nucleus pulpous cellular expression of Smad2/3 and matrix protein. In a rabbit study, magnetic resonance imaging revealed significant recovery signal intensity in the intervertebral discs of the PRP injection group compared with the very low signal intensity in the control groups. Histologically, the PRP plus inhibitor injection group had significantly lower expression levels of Smad2/3 and collagen II than the PRP group. These results demonstrated that a high TGF-β1 content in the platelets retarded disc degeneration in vitro and in vivo. Inhibiting the TGF-β1/Smad2/3 pathway could prevent this recovery by inactivating Smad2/3 and down-regulating the extracellular matrix. Therefore, the TGF-β1/Smad2/3 pathway might play a critical role in the ability of PRP to retard intervertebral disc degeneration.

  2. Segmental mobility, disc height and patient-reported outcomes after surgery for degenerative disc disease: a prospective randomised trial comparing disc replacement and multidisciplinary rehabilitation.

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    Johnsen, L G; Brinckmann, P; Hellum, C; Rossvoll, I; Leivseth, G

    2013-01-01

    This prospective multicentre study was undertaken to determine segmental movement, disc height and sagittal alignment after total disc replacement (TDR) in the lumbosacral spine and to assess the correlation of biomechanical properties to clinical outcomes.A total of 173 patients with degenerative disc disease and low back pain for more than one year were randomised to receive either TDR or multidisciplinary rehabilitation (MDR). Segmental movement in the sagittal plane and disc height were measured using distortion compensated roentgen analysis (DCRA) comparing radiographs in active flexion and extension. Correlation analysis between the range of movement or disc height and patient-reported outcomes was performed in both groups. After two years, no significant change in movement in the sagittal plane was found in segments with TDR or between the two treatment groups. It remained the same or increased slightly in untreated segments in the TDR group and in this group there was a significant increase in disc height in the operated segments. There was no correlation between segmental movement or disc height and patient-reported outcomes in either group.In this study, insertion of an intervertebral disc prosthesis TDR did not increase movement in the sagittal plane and segmental movement did not correlate with patient-reported outcomes. This suggests that in the lumbar spine the movement preserving properties of TDR are not major determinants of clinical outcomes.

  3. 颈椎人工椎间盘置换后对相邻节段退变的影响%Effect of cervical disc arthroplasty on adjacent segment degeneration

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    孙宇; 赵衍斌; 周非非; 张凤山; 潘胜发; 周方; 刘忠军

    2011-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the adjacent segment degeneration after single level cervical disc arthroplasty. Method : Patients received single level cervical arthroplasty in our institute were reviewed retrospectively. Up to October 2010,a total of 80 patients gained at least 20 months' follow-up.There were 8 cases of C3/4,15 C4/5,49 C5/6 and 8 C6/7.41 patents received Bryan Disc cervical prosthesis and 39 received ProDisc-C prosthesis. Adjacent segment degeneration was evaluated on X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at preoperative and final follow-up.X-ray based adjacent segment degeneration included the presence of aoy of the following parameters:narrowing of disc space>10%,new anterior or/and extended osteophyte formation,calcification of anterior longitudinal ligament. Cervical disc degeneration was evaluated according to Miyazaki's grading system based on T2-weighted MRI.Result:The mean follow-up period was 38 months (range,20-64 months).Of 160 segments at final follow-up,8 distal adjacent segments were excluded due to unavailability of X-ray,adjacent segment degeneration was observed in 21 of 152 segments(13.8%) based on X-ray findings.The rate of adjacent segment degeneration for Bryan disc group was 10.0%,which was lower than that of ProDisc-C group (18.1%).47 patients gained MRI follow-up,and adjacent segment degeneration was observed in 14 of 94 segments (14.9%).The rate of MRI-based adjacent segment degeneration for Bryan Disc group was 12.5%,which was also lower than that of ProDisc-C group (22.7%).No adjacent segment disease developed at final follow-up. Conclusion:Less than 15% cases develop adjacent segment degeneration 38 months after cervical disc arthroplasty,and the effect may vary between different prosthesis.%目的:观察单节段颈椎人工椎间盘置换术后相邻节段退变情况.方法:截止到2010年10月在我院行单节段颈椎人工椎间盘置换术后随访20个月以上且资料完整、既

  4. The Relation Between Sacral Angle and Vertical Angle of Sacral Curvature and Lumbar Disc Degeneration: A Case-Control Study.

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    Ghasemi, Ahmad; Haddadi, Kaveh; Khoshakhlagh, Mohammad; Ganjeh, Hamid Reza

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine the reliability and validity of a goniometric measurement of the vertical angle of the sacrum and sacral angle (SA), and their relationships to lumbar degeneration.A herniated lumbar disc is one of the most frequent medical issues. Investigators in a number of studies have reported associated risk factors for prevalent disc degeneration. Atypical lumbosacral angles and curvature are thought to contribute to the degradation of the spine by many researchers. This study analyzed 360 patients referred to our clinic from 2013 to 2015 due to low back pain. A cross-sectional case-control study was designed in order to compare the sagittal alignment of the lumbosacral area in 3 groups of patients suffering from LBP. A total 120 patients were in a control group with a normal lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 120 patients had lumbar disk herniation (LDH), and 120 patients had spinal stenosis. From the sagittal plan of lumbar MRI, SA and vertical angle of sacral curvature (VASC) were determined and then analyzed.The means of VASC in these groups were: 38.98 (SD: 6.36 ± 0.58), 40.89 (SD: 7.69 ± 0.69), and 40.54 (SD: 7.13 ± 0.92), respectively (P = 0.089). Moreover, studies of SA in 3 groups showed that the means of SA were: 39.30 (SD: 6.69 ± 0.63), 40.52 (SD: 7.47 ± 0.65), and 35.63 (SD: 6.07 ± 0.79), respectively. Relation between SA and spinal stenosis was just statistically significant (P ≤ 0.05).One significant limitation of our study is the lack of standing MRI for increased accuracy of measurement. However, we were reluctant to give patients needless exposure to radiation from conventional X-ray, and instead used MRI scans. We did not find any significant correlation between the VASC and LDH in lumbar MRI. Also, SA is not an independent risk factor for LDH in men and women. We suggested that there are several biomechanical factors involved in LDH.

  5. Degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine: Another cause for focally reduced activity on marrow scintigraphy

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    Cooper, M. (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Radiology); Miles, K.A. (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Radiology Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine); Wraight, E.P. (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine); Dixon, A.K. (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom). Dept. of Radiology Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom))

    1992-05-01

    A patient is presented in whom a focal reduction in marrow activity in the lumbar spine on both leucocyte and nanocolloid marrow scintigraphy was subsequently shown to be due to fatty infiltration of marrow in association with disc degeneration. Degenerative disease in the lumbar spine has not been previously described as a cause of abnormal bone marrow distribution by such means and needs to be distinguished from a more serious pathology, such as malignant infiltration and vertebral infection, which it may mimic. In a retrospective review of 33 nanocolloid bone marrow and 117 leucocyte scintigrams, 8 showed a degree of reduced marrow activity in the lumbar spine consistent with that caused by degenerative changes. (orig.).

  6. Hybrid Surgery Versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion in Multilevel Cervical Disc Diseases: A Meta-Analysis.

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    Zhang, Jianfeng; Meng, Fanxin; Ding, Yan; Li, Jie; Han, Jian; Zhang, Xintao; Dong, Wei

    2016-05-01

    To investigate the outcomes and reliability of hybrid surgery (HS) versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) for the treatment of multilevel cervical spondylosis and disc diseases.Hybrid surgery, combining cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) with fusion, is a novel treatment to multilevel cervical degenerated disc disease in recent years. However, the effect and reliability of HS are still unclear compared with ACDF.To investigate the studies of HS versus ACDF in patients with multilevel cervical disease, electronic databases (Medline, Embase, Pubmed, Cochrane library, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials) were searched. Studies were included when they compared HS with ACDF and reported at least one of the following outcomes: functionality, neck pain, arm pain, cervical range of motion (ROM), quality of life, and incidence of complications. No language restrictions were used. Two authors independently assessed the methodological quality of included studies and extracted the relevant data.Seven clinical controlled trials were included in this study. Two trials were prospective and the other 5 were retrospective. The results of the meta-analysis indicated that HS achieved better recovery of NDI score (P = 0.038) and similar recovery of VAS score (P = 0.058) compared with ACDF at 2 years follow-up. Moreover, the total cervical ROM (C2-C7) after HS was preserved significantly more than the cervical ROM after ACDF (P = 0.000) at 2 years follow-up. Notably, the compensatory increase of the ROM of superior and inferior adjacent segments was significant in ACDF groups at 2-year follow-up (P multilevel cervical spondylosis to preserve cervical ROM and reduce the risk of adjacent disc degeneration. Nonetheless, more well-designed studies with large groups of patients are required to provide further evidence for the benefit and reliability of HS for the treatment of cervical disk diseases.

  7. Effect of Lumbar Disc Degeneration and Low-Back Pain on the Lumbar Lordosis in Supine and Standing: A Cross-Sectional MRI Study.

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    Hansen, Bjarke B; Bendix, Tom; Grindsted, Jacob; Bliddal, Henning; Christensen, Robin; Hansen, Philip; Riis, Robert G C; Boesen, Mikael

    2015-11-01

    Cross-sectional study. To examine the influence of low-back pain (LBP) and lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) on the lumbar lordosis in weight-bearing positional magnetic resonance imaging (pMRI). The lumbar lordosis increases with a change of position from supine to standing and is known as an essential contributor to dynamic changes. However, the lordosis may be affected by disc degeneration and pain. Patients with LBP >40 on a 0 to 100 mm Visual Analog Scale (VAS) both during activity and rest and a sex and age-decade matching control group without LBP were scanned in the supine and standing position in a 0.25-T open MRI unit. LDD was graded using Pfirrmann's grading-scale. Subsequently, the L2-to-S1 lumbar lordosis angle (LA) was measured. Thirty-eight patients with an average VAS of 58 (±13.8) mm during rest and 75 (±5.0) mm during activities, and 38 healthy controls were included. MRI findings were common in both groups, whereas, the summation of the Pfirrmann's grades (LDD-score) was significantly higher in the patients [(MD 1.44; 95% confidence intervals (CI) 0.80 to 2.10; P lordosis between the positions may be independent of pain. Decreasing lordosis change seems to be associated with age-related increasing disc degeneration in healthy individuals. 2.

  8. Striatal degeneration impairs language learning: evidence from Huntington's disease.

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    De Diego-Balaguer, R; Couette, M; Dolbeau, G; Dürr, A; Youssov, K; Bachoud-Lévi, A-C

    2008-11-01

    Although the role of the striatum in language processing is still largely unclear, a number of recent proposals have outlined its specific contribution. Different studies report evidence converging to a picture where the striatum may be involved in those aspects of rule-application requiring non-automatized behaviour. This is the main characteristic of the earliest phases of language acquisition that require the online detection of distant dependencies and the creation of syntactic categories by means of rule learning. Learning of sequences and categorization processes in non-language domains has been known to require striatal recruitment. Thus, we hypothesized that the striatum should play a prominent role in the extraction of rules in learning a language. We studied 13 pre-symptomatic gene-carriers and 22 early stage patients of Huntington's disease (pre-HD), both characterized by a progressive degeneration of the striatum and 21 late stage patients Huntington's disease (18 stage II, two stage III and one stage IV) where cortical degeneration accompanies striatal degeneration. When presented with a simplified artificial language where words and rules could be extracted, early stage Huntington's disease patients (stage I) were impaired in the learning test, demonstrating a greater impairment in rule than word learning compared to the 20 age- and education-matched controls. Huntington's disease patients at later stages were impaired both on word and rule learning. While spared in their overall performance, gene-carriers having learned a set of abstract artificial language rules were then impaired in the transfer of those rules to similar artificial language structures. The correlation analyses among several neuropsychological tests assessing executive function showed that rule learning correlated with tests requiring working memory and attentional control, while word learning correlated with a test involving episodic memory. These learning impairments significantly

  9. Nitroxide Pharmaceutical Development for Aging-Related Degeneration & Disease

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    Jacob A. Zarling

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Nitroxide small molecule agents are in development as preventative or therapeutic pharmaceutical drugs for age-related macular degeneration and cardiovascular disease, which are two major diseases of aging. These aging diseases are associated with patient genetics, smoking, diet, oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. Nitroxide drugs preventing aging-, smoking-, high sugar or high fat diet-, or radiation- and other environmental-induced pathophysiological conditions in aging disease are reviewed. Tempol (TP, Tempol Hydroxylamine (TP-H, and TP-H prodrug (OT-551 are evaluated in (1 nonsmokers versus smokers with cutaneous microvascular dysfunction, rapidly reversed by cutaneous TP; (2 elderly cancer patients at risk for radiation-induced skin burns or hair loss, prevented by topical TP; and (3 elderly smoker or nonsmoker Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD patients at risk for vision loss, prevented by daily eye drops of OT-551. The human data indicates safety and efficacy for these nitroxide drugs. Both TP and TP-H topically penetrate and function in skin or mucosa, protecting and treating radiation burns and hair loss or smoking-induced cutaneous vascular dysfunction. TP and TP-H do not penetrate the cornea, while OT-551 does effectively penetrate and travels to the back of the eye, preserving visual acuity and reducing low luminance deficit and night vision loss in dry AMD smokers and non-smoker patients. Topical, oral or injectable drug formulations are discussed.

  10. Comparison of MR myelography with conventional myelography lumbar disc diseases

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    Jung, Kyung Jae; Youn, Eun Kyung; Kim, Jung Hyeon; Lee, Seung Hee; Lee, Young Uk; Kim, Dong Joo [Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-02-01

    To compare MR myelography(MRM) using heavily T2 weighted fast spin echo(FSE) with conventional myelography in the evaluation of lumbar degenerative disc diseases. A total of 50 patients with lumbar degenerative disc diseases underwent both MRM and conventional myelography. A 1.5 T Sigma MR system was used. For MRM, heavily T2 weighted FSE pulse sequences were performed in sagittal, coronal and both oblique planes. The images of MRM and conventional myelography were analyzed retrospectively and compared, focusing on the pattern of compression of the cal sac and nerve roots. MRM yielded comparable images to conventional myelography in 68% (34/50). MRM was superior to conventional myelography in 11 cases (22%), and the opposite resulted in 5 cases(10%). MRM could visualize the spinal canal below the level of complete block in 6 patients, provided better contrast in the cases of dural ectasia in 3 cases and better delineation of individual nerve roots with source images in 1 case. Additional informations such as incidental retroperitoneal vascular malformation and extravasation of the CSF could be obtained by MRM in 1 case each. Disadvantages of MRM were poor contrast in the cases of multiple spinal stenosis, obscuration of the nerve roots by engorged paraspinal vessels, and occasional difficulty in defining the levels due to vanishment of the bony background image. MRM is a safe, noninvasive, nonionizing which in very effective in evaluating the lumbosacral disc disease. Use of FSE-MRM in addition to the routine MR imaging could be very helpful not only for better evaluation of nerve roots but also for the additional informations.

  11. ISSLS PRIZE IN CLINICAL SCIENCE 2017: Is infection the possible initiator of disc disease? An insight from proteomic analysis.

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    Rajasekaran, S; Tangavel, Chitraa; Aiyer, Siddharth N; Nayagam, Sharon Miracle; Raveendran, M; Demonte, Naveen Luke; Subbaiah, Pramela; Kanna, Rishi; Shetty, Ajoy Prasad; Dharmalingam, K

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    Proteomic and 16S rDNA analysis of disc tissues obtained in vivo. To address the controversy of infection as an aetiology for disc disorders through protein profiling. There is raging controversy over the presence of bacteria in human lumbar discs in vivo, and if they represent contamination or infection. Proteomics can provide valuable insight by identifying proteins signifying bacterial presence and, also host defence response proteins (HDRPs), which will confirm infection. 22 discs (15-disc herniations (DH), 5-degenerate (DD), 2-normal in MRI (NM) were harvested intraoperatively and immediately snap frozen. Samples were pooled into three groups and proteins extracted were analysed with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Post identification, data analysis was performed using Uniprotdb, Pantherdb, Proteome discoverer and STRING network. Authentication for bacterial presence was performed by PCR amplification of 16S rDNA. LC-MS/MS analysis using Orbitrap showed 1103 proteins in DH group, compared to 394 in NM and 564 in DD. 73 bacterial specific proteins were identified (56 specific for Propionibacterium acnes; 17 for Staphylococcus epidermidis). In addition, 67 infection-specific HDRPs, unique or upregulated, such as Defensin, Lysozyme, Dermcidin, Cathepsin-G, Prolactin-Induced Protein, and Phospholipase-A2, were identified confirming presence of infection. Species-specific primers for P. acnes exhibited amplicons at 946 bp (16S rDNA) and 515 bp (Lipase) confirming presence of P. acnes in both NM discs, 11 of 15 DH discs, and all five DD discs. Bioinformatic search for protein-protein interactions (STRING) documented 169 proteins with close interactions (protein clustering co-efficient 0.7) between host response and degenerative proteins implying that infection may initiate degradation through Ubiquitin C. Our study demonstrates bacterial specific proteins and host defence proteins to infection which strengthen the hypothesis of infection

  12. Quantitative T2 magnetic resonance imaging compared to morphological grading of the early cervical intervertebral disc degeneration: an evaluation approach in asymptomatic young adults.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of quantitative T2 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI for quantifying early cervical intervertebral disc (IVD degeneration in asymptomatic young adults by correlating the T2 value with Pfirrmann grade, sex, and anatomic level. METHODS: Seventy asymptomatic young subjects (34 men and 36 women; mean age, 22.80±2.11 yr; range, 18-25 years underwent 3.0-T MRI to obtain morphological data (one T1-fast spin echo (FSE and three-plane T2-FSE, used to assign a Pfirrmann grade (I-V and for T2 mapping (multi-echo spin echo. T2 values in the nucleus pulposus (NP, n = 350 and anulus fibrosus (AF, n = 700 were obtained. Differences in T2 values between sexes and anatomic level were evaluated, and linear correlation analysis of T2 values versus degenerative grade was conducted. FINDINGS: Cervical IVDs of healthy young adults were commonly determined to be at Pfirrmann grades I and II. T2 values of NPs were significantly higher than those of AF at all anatomic levels (P0.05. T2 values decreased linearly with degenerative grade. Linear correlation analysis revealed a strong negative association between the Pfirrmann grade and the T2 values of the NP (P = 0.000 but not the T2 values of the AF (P = 0.854. However, non-degenerated discs (Pfirrmann grades I and II showed a wide range of T2 relaxation time. T2 values according to disc degeneration level classification were as follows: grade I (>62.03 ms, grade II (54.60-62.03 ms, grade III (<54.60 ms. CONCLUSIONS: T2 quantitation provides a more sensitive and robust approach for detecting and characterizing the early stage of cervical IVD degeneration and to create a reliable quantitative in healthy young adults.

  13. Innervation of ''painful'' lumbar discs

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    Coppes, MH; Marani, E; Thomeer, RTWM; Groen, GJ

    1997-01-01

    Study Design. The authors investigated the innervation of discographically confirmed degenerated and ''painful'' human intervertebral discs. Objective. To determine the type and distribution patterns of nerve fibers present in degenerated human intervertebral discs. Summary of Background Data. The i

  14. Mid- to Long-Term Outcomes of Cervical Disc Arthroplasty versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion for Treatment of Symptomatic Cervical Disc Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Eight Prospective Randomized Controlled Trials.

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    Yan Hu

    Full Text Available This study aimed to investigate the mid- to long-term outcomes of cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF for the treatment of 1-level or 2-level symptomatic cervical disc disease.Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases were searched to identify relevant randomized controlled trials that reported mid- to long-term outcomes (at least 48 months of CDA versus ACDF. All data were analyzed by Review Manager 5.3 software. The relative risk (RR and 95% confidence intervals (CIs were calculated for dichotomous variables. The weighted mean difference (WMD and 95%CIs were calculated for continuous variables. A random effect model was used for heterogeneous data; otherwise, a fixed effect model was used.Eight prospective randomized controlled trials (RCTs were retrieved in this meta-analysis, including 1317 and 1051 patients in CDA and ACDF groups, respectively. Patients after an ACDF had a significantly lower rate of follow-up than that after CDA. Pooled analysis showed patients in CDA group achieved significantly higher rates of overall success, Neck Disability Index (NDI success, neurological success and significantly lower rates of implant/surgery-related serious adverse events and secondary procedure compared with that in ACDF group. The long-term functional outcomes (NDI, Visual Analog Scale (VAS neck and arm pain scores, the Short Form 36 Health Survey physical component score (SF-36 PCS, patient satisfaction and recommendation, and the incidence of superior adjacent segment degeneration also favored patients in CDA group with statistical difference. Regarding inferior adjacent segment degeneration, patients in CDA group had a lower rate without statistical significance.This meta-analysis showed that cervical disc arthroplasty was superior over anterior discectomy and fusion for the treatment of symptomatic cervical disc disease in terms of overall success, NDI

  15. Fatores genéticos e ambientais envolvidos na degeneração do disco intervertebral Genetic and environmental factors involved on intervertebral disc degeneration

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    Francine Teresa Brioni Nunes

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A etiologia da degeneração do disco intervertebral (DDI ainda não está totalmente esclarecida. O gene do receptor da vitamina D (VDR tem sido apontado como um dos possíveis envolvidos no surgimento das discopatias. Por outro lado, este estudo relaciona pela primeira vez, a participação dos genes das glutatião transferases M1 e T1 (GSTT1 e GSTM1, responsáveis pela inativação dos componentes do cigarro, na DDI. Foi extraído DNA de leucócitos de 66 pacientes e 88 controles, pareados por gênero e idade. O polimorfismo VDR-FokI foi amplificado por reação em cadeia da polimerase (PCR seguido de restrição com a enzima FokI. Os polimorfismos das GSTT1/M1 foram determinados por meio da PCR multiplex. A história familial e a gravidade da doença se destacaram nos pacientes portadores do alelo f do gene VDR-FokI (P=0,000 e 0,0012, respectivamente. A idade de surgimento da doença mostrou-se precoce nos indivíduos com genótipo _/f (média de 26 anos. Foi encontrada associação do polimorfismo FokI com a degeneração precoce e gravidade da DDI, sendo que o hábito de fumar também interferiu nesse processo, independente da presença ou não do genótipo favorável para GSTT1/M1.The etiology of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD has not been fully clarified yet. Vitamin D receptor’s gene (VDR has been suggested as one of the potential entities involved in disc pathologies onset. On the other hand, this study correlates, for the first time, glutathione transferases M1 and T1 genes (GSTT1 and GSTM1 participation, which are responsible for cigarette components’ inactivation, in IDD. DNA was extracted from leukocytes of 66 patients and 88 controls, paired by gender and age. The VDR-Fokl polymorphism was amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR followed by restriction with Fokl enzyme. GSTT1/M1 polymorphisms were determined by means of PCR multiplex. Family history and disease severity were highlighted in patients carrying the f

  16. Analysis of trace element in intervertebral disc by Atomic Absorption Spectrometry techniques in degenerative disc disease in the Polish population

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    Andrzej Nowakowski

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Although trace elements are regarded crucial and their content has been determined in number of tissue there are only few papers addressing this problem in intervertebral disc in humans. Most of the trace elements are important substrates of enzymes influencing metabolism and senescence process. Others are markers of environmental pollution. Therefore the aim of the research was to analyzed of the trace element content in the intervertebral disc, which may be a vital argument recognizing the background of degenerative changes to be the effect of the environment or metabolic factors. Materials and methods. Material consist of 18 intervertebral disc from 15 patients, acquired in surgical procedure of due to the degenerative disease with Atomic Absorption Spectrometry content of Al, Cd, Co, Pb, Cu, Ni, Mo, Mg, Zn was evaluated. Results. Only 4 of the trace elements were detected in all samples. The correlation analysis showed significant positive age correlation with Al and negative in case of Co. Among elements significant positive correlation was observed between Al/Pb, Co/Mo, Al/Mg, Al/Zn Pb/Zn and Mg/Zn. Negative correlation was observed in Al/Co, Cd/Mg, Co/Mg, Mo/Mg, Co/Zn and Mo/Zn. Conclusions. This study is the first to our knowledge that profiles the elements in intervertebral disc in patients with degenerative changes. We have confirmed significant differences between the trace element contents in intervertebral disc and other tissue. It can be ground for further investigation.

  17. 腰椎间盘退变与COL9A2基因单核苷酸多态性的相关性%Correlation between lumbar disc degeneration and COL9A2 gene single nucleotide polymorphisms

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    陈涛; 黎观保; 梁科友; 贾世青

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that lumbar disc degeneration is closely related to genes. OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between COL9A2 gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (rsl2722877, rs3737820 and rs209914) and lumbar disc degeneration. METHODS: 280 patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease were selected, and 268 age- and sex-matched patients without lumbar degenerative disc disease were selected as control group. Al the patients came from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The blood samples were col ected from the patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease and without lumbar degenerative disc disease to extract the genomic DNA and to design PCR primers and TaqMan probe for the rsl2722877 rs3737820 and rs209914 sites of COL9A2 gene. The al ele frequency and genotype frequency were analyzed with SPSS17.0 software. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The differences of genotype and the al ele frequency distribution of rsl2722877 rs3737820 and rs209914 sites were statistical y significant (P < 0.05). The COL9A2 gene single nucleotide polymorphisms rsl2722877, rs3737820 and rs209914 were closely related with susceptibility of lumbar degenerative disc disease in Guangxi Zhuang population.%  背景:有研究证实,腰椎间盘退变与基因有密切关系。目的:探讨 COL9A2基因单核苷酸多态性(rsl2722877、rs3737820和 rs209914)与腰椎间盘退变性疾病的关系。方法:腰椎间盘退变性疾病患者280例,年龄、性别匹配的268例非腰椎间盘退变性疾病患者作为正常对照组,均来自广西壮族。收集腰椎间盘退变性疾病患者、非腰椎间盘退变性疾病患者的血液样本,提取基因组 DNA,设计针对 COL9A2基因 rsl2722877、rs3737820和 rs209914位点的 PCR 引物、TaqMan 探针,利用 TaqMan 探针技术对 rsl2722877、rs3737820和 rs209914位点进行 PCR 荧光分型。采用 SPSS17.0软件进行等位基因频率及基因型频率分析。结果与结论:rsl2722877

  18. Nitroxide pharmaceutical development for age-related degeneration and disease.

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    Zarling, Jacob A; Brunt, Vienna E; Vallerga, Anne K; Li, Weixing; Tao, Albert; Zarling, David A; Minson, Christopher T

    2015-01-01

    Nitroxide small molecule agents are in development as preventative or therapeutic pharmaceutical drugs for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cardiovascular disease, which are two major diseases of aging. These aging diseases are associated with patient genetics, smoking, diet, oxidative stress, and chronic inflammation. Nitroxide drugs preventing aging-, smoking-, high sugar or high fat diet-, or radiation- and other environmental-induced pathophysiological conditions in aging disease are reviewed. Tempol (TP), Tempol Hydroxylamine (TP-H), and TP-H prodrug (OT-551) are evaluated in (1) non-smokers versus smokers with cutaneous microvascular dysfunction, rapidly reversed by cutaneous TP; (2) elderly cancer patients at risk for radiation-induced skin burns or hair loss, prevented by topical TP; and (3) elderly smoker or non-smoker AMD patients at risk for vision loss, prevented by daily eye drops of OT-551. The human data indicates safety and efficacy for these nitroxide drugs. Both TP and TP-H topically penetrate and function in skin or mucosa, protecting and treating radiation burns and hair loss or smoking-induced cutaneous vascular dysfunction. TP and TP-H do not penetrate the cornea, while OT-551 does effectively penetrate and travels to the back of the eye, preserving visual acuity and preserving normal and low light luminance in dry AMD smokers and non-smoker patients. Topical, oral, or injectable drug formulations are discussed.

  19. Three-level cervical disc herniation

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    St. Iencean Andrei

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Multilevel cervical degenerative disc disease is well known in the cervical spine pathology, with radicular syndromes or cervical myelopathy. One or two level cervical herniated disc is common in adult and multilevel cervical degenerative disc herniation is common in the elderly, with spinal stenosis, and have the same cause: the gradual degeneration of the disc. We report the case of a patient with two level cervical disc herniation (C4 – C5 and C5 – C6 treated by anterior cervical microdiscectomy both levels and fusion at C5 – C6; after five years the patient returned with left C7 radiculopathy and MRI provided the image of a left C6 – C7 disc herniation, he underwent an anterior microsurgical discectomy with rapid relief of symptoms. Three-level cervical herniated disc are rare in adults, and the anterior microdiscectomy with or without fusion solve this pathology.

  20. On the development of an artificial intervertebral disc

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    Eijkelkamp, Marcus Franciscus

    2002-01-01

    Degenerative disc disease is one of the causes of low back pain. There are two major surgical interventions: spinal fusion and implantation of an artificial intervertebral disc. Spinal fusion alters the biomechanics of the spine, which may lead to further degeneration of the surrounding tissues and

  1. The presence of local mesenchymal progenitor cells in human degenerated intervertebral discs and possibilities to influence these in vitro: a descriptive study in humans.

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    Brisby, Helena; Papadimitriou, Nikolaos; Brantsing, Camilla; Bergh, Peter; Lindahl, Anders; Barreto Henriksson, Helena

    2013-03-01

    Low back pain is common and degenerated discs (DDs) are believed to be a major cause. In non-degenerated intervertebral discs (IVDs) presence of stem/progenitor cells was recently reported in different mammals (rabbit, rat, pig). Understanding processes of disc degeneration and regenerative mechanisms within DDs is important. The aim of the study was to examine the presence of local stem/progenitor cells in human DDs and if these cell populations could respond to paracrine stimulation in vitro. Tissue biopsies from the IVD region (L3-S1) were collected from 15 patients, age 34-69 years, undergoing surgery (spinal fusion) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) (iliac crest) from 2 donors. Non-DD cells were collected from 1 donor (scoliosis) and chordoma tissue was obtained from (positive control, stem cell markers) 2 donors. The IVD biopsies were investigated for gene and protein expression of: OCT3/4, CD105, CD90, STRO-1, and NOTCH1. DD cell cultures (pellet mass) were performed with conditioned media from MSCs and non-degenerated IVD cells. Pellets were investigated after 7, 14, 28 days for the same stem cell markers as above. Gene expression of OCT3/4 and STRO-1 was detected in 13/15 patient samples, CD105 in 14/15 samples, and CD90 and NOTCH1 were detected 15/15 samples. Immunohistochemistry analysis supported findings on the protein level, in cells sparsely distributed in DDs tissues. DDs cell cultures displayed more undifferentiated appearance with increased expression of CD105, CD90, STRO-1, OCT3/4, NOTCH1, and JAGGED1, which was observed when cultured in conditioned cell culture media from MSCs compared to cell cultures cultured with conditioned media from non-DD cells. Expression of OCT3/4 (multipotency marker) and NOTCH1 (regulator of cell fate), MSC-markers, CD105, CD90, and STRO-1, indicate that primitive cell populations are present within DDs. Furthermore, the possibility to influence cells from DDs by paracrine signaling /soluble factors from MSCs and from

  2. ADJACENT SEGMENT DEGENERATION AFTER CERVICAL ARTIFICIAL DISC REPLACEMENT AT EARLY MID-TERM FOLLOW-UP%人工颈椎间盘置换术后邻近节段退变情况的早中期随访

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    刘雅普; 夏虹; 艾福志; 石林; 隋文渊

    2012-01-01

    Objective To study the effectiveness of artificial disc replacement for cervical diseases and the adjacent segment degeneration. Methods Between January 2008 and October 2010, 39 cases of cervical spondylosis underwent cervical disc replacement. Of them, there were 20 males and 19 females with an average age of 45.7 years (range, 32-60 years) and an average disease duration of 30 months (range, 1 month to 10 years), including 26 cases of cervical myelopathy, 11 cases of nerve root cervical spondylosis, and 2 cases of mixed cervical spondylosis. Single level disc lesion was observed in 27 cases while bi-level lesion in 12 cases. Prestige disc prosthesis was used in 9 patients, Prodisc-C prosthesis in 4 patients, and Discover disc prosthesis in 26 patients. The neurological functional recovery was assessed after operation by Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score. The range of motion of replaced segment and adjacent segments was measured (Cobb angle), and Kellgren's X-ray assessment was used to evaluate the degree of adjacent segment degeneration. Results The operation was successfully performed in all cases, with primary healing of all the incisions. All patients were followed up from 12 to 36 months with an average of 23.1 months. JOA score was significantly improved at last follow-up when compared with preoperative score (P 0.05). According to the Kellgren's X-ray assessment, degeneration of the adjacent segments occurred in 5 cases at last follow-up, including 3 cases of degeneration from grade 0 to grade 1 or 2, 1 from grade 1 to grade 2, and 1 from grade 2 to grade 3, with a degeneration rate of 12.8%, but no significant difference was found in degeneration degree when compared with preoperative value (X2=1.793, P=0.406). No degeneration of adjacent segments occurred in 32 patients at 15 months after operation. Conclusion Artificial disc replacement has a good effectiveness in treating cervical spondylosis, which can maintain the range of motion of the

  3. CSF neurofilament concentration reflects disease severity in frontotemporal degeneration

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    Scherling, Carole S.; Hall, Tracey; Berisha, Flora; Klepac, Kristen; Karydas, Anna; Coppola, Giovanni; Kramer, Joel H.; Rabinovici, Gil; Ahlijanian, Michael; Miller, Bruce L.; Seeley, William; Grinberg, Lea T.; Rosen, Howard; Meredith, Jere; Boxer, Adam L.

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    Objective Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) neurofilament light chain (NfL) concentration is elevated in neurological disorders including frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). We investigated the clinical correlates of elevated CSF NfL levels in FTD. Methods CSF NfL, amyloid-β42 (Aβ42), tau and phosphorylated tau (ptau) concentrations were compared in 47 normal controls (NC), 8 asymptomatic gene carriers (NC2) of FTD-causing mutations, 79 FTD (45 behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia [bvFTD], 18 progressive nonfluent aphasia [PNFA], 16 semantic dementia [SD]), 22 progressive supranuclear palsy, 50 Alzheimer’s disease, 6 Parkinson’s disease and 17 corticobasal syndrome patients. Correlations between CSF analyte levels were performed with neuropsychological measures and the Clinical Dementia Rating scale sum of boxes (CDRsb). Voxel-based morphometry of structural MR images determined the relationship between brain volume and CSF NfL. Results Mean CSF NfL concentrations were higher in bvFTD, SD and PNFA than other groups. NfL in NC2 was similar to NC. CSF NfL, but not other CSF measures, correlated with CDRsb and neuropsychological measures in FTD, and not in other diagnostic groups. Analyses in two independent FTD cohorts and a group of autopsy verified or biomarker enriched cases confirmed the larger group analysis. In FTD, gray and white matter volume negatively correlated with CSF NfL concentration, such that individuals with highest NfL levels exhibited the most atrophy. Interpretation CSF NfL is elevated in symptomatic FTD and correlates with disease severity. This measurement may be a useful surrogate endpoint of disease severity in FTD clinical trials. Longitudinal studies of CSF NfL in FTD are warranted. PMID:24242746

  4. Correlation of lumbar disc degeneration and spinal-pelvic sagittal balance%腰椎间盘退变与脊柱-骨盆矢状面平衡的相关性

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    刘辉; 希腊本大; 郑召民; 王建儒; 杨豪; 李泽民; 王太平; 王华; 乌扎布

    2013-01-01

    椎间盘退变程度有重要影响;L5/S1椎间盘退变程度对骨盆姿势性参数(PT、SS)有显著影响,L5/S1的退变是引起骨盆后旋机制参与代偿过程的重要因素;L5/Sl椎间盘退变对脊柱-骨盆整体参数(SVA、SPA、C7T)有重要影响,L5/S1的退变是引起躯干失衡的重要因素.%Objective To elucidate the relationship between spino-pelvic sagittal balance parameters and lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration of each segment through retrospective analysis in lumbar degeneration patients.Methods Retrospective analysis was conducted for the follow-up data in 126 patients with lumbar degenerative disease from July 2009 to June 2012.There were 38 cases with whole spine plates and 88 cases with lumbar plates.All of them received magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)scans.Through software Image J,the following spino-pelvic sagittal balance parameters were measured:sagittal vertical axis (SVA,distance between C7 plumb line and posterior upper corner of S1 endplate),thoracic kyphosis (TK,T5-T12 Cobb angle),thoracolumbar kyphosis (TLK,T10-L2 Cobb angle),lumbar lordosis (LL,L1-L5 Cobb angle),pelvic incidence (PI),pelvic tilt (PT),sacral slope (SS),T1 spinopelvic inclination (T1-SPI),T9 spino-pelvic inclination (T9-SPI),spino-sacral angle (SSA),spino-pelvic angle (SPA) and C7 tilt (C7T).Based on the grading system of Pfirrmann et al,the intervertebral disc degeneration grades were acquired for each lumbar segment.According to the normal range of previous studies,each spino-pelvic sagittal balance parameter was classified into 3 groups,i.e.Group A (less than normal),Group B (normal) and Group C (more than normal).All statistical analyses were performed to compare the differences of each lumbar segment/intervertebral disc degeneration among groups by one-way ANOVA test via SPSS 18.0.And P-value < 0.05 was deemed significant.Results PI had a significant impact on the L5/S1 disc degeneration.And L5/S1 disc degeneration had a significant

  5. Clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Aesculap Activ-L™ artificial disc in the treatment of degenerative disc disease

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    Mo Fred F

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The objective of this clinical study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Activ-L Artificial Disc for treatment of single-level degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine in patients who have been unresponsive to at least six months of prior conservative care. The hypothesis of the study is that the Activ-L Disc is non-inferior to the control (the Charité® Artificial Disc [DePuy Spine] or ProDisc-L® Total Disc Replacement [Synthes Spine] with respect to the rate of individual subject success at 24 months. Individual subject success is a composite of effectiveness and safety. Methods/Design The study proposed is a prospective, randomized, single-masked, controlled, multi-center clinical trial consisting of an estimated 414 subjects with single-level DDD of the lumbar spine (L4/L5, or L5/S1 who have failed to improve with conservative treatment for at least six months prior to enrollment. After enrollment, subjects will be randomized in a 2:1 ratio to either the Activ-L Disc (investigational device or the control (Charité or ProDisc-L. Radiographic endpoints will be evaluated by an independent reviewer at an imaging core laboratory. Each subject will be followed for 5 years post-treatment. Discussion The safety and effectiveness of the Activ-L Artificial Disc for treatment of single-level degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine will be equivalent to Charité® Artificial Disc [DePuy Spine] or ProDisc-L® Total Disc Replacement [Synthes Spine] at 24 months. Trial Registration Current Controlled Trials NCT00589797.

  6. Clinical outcome of monosegmental total disc replacement for lumbar disc disease with ball-and-socket prosthesis (Maverick): prospective study with four-year follow-up.

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    Van de Kelft, Erik; Verguts, Leo

    2012-01-01

    Arthrodesis is considered to be the reference treatment for degenerative disc disease (DDD), if the symptoms are refractory to conservative management. The drawback of arthrodesis is, besides a percentage of non-union, the reduced mobility that might generate an increased load and risk for degeneration of the adjacent levels. Total disc replacement (TDR) implants may overcome this problem. The long-term clinical effect and radiographic evaluation of motion preservation after implantation, however, have been subject to several nonconclusive studies. This study evaluated the long-term clinical and radiographic results and the safety of TDR with the Maverick prosthesis for surgical treatment of monosegmental DDD. TDR was performed in 50 consecutive patients with monosegmental DDD using the Maverick device. Patients were followed prospectively for disability, quality of life, pain intensity and frequency, as well as working status and return to sports, during 48 months. Motion preservation was assessed on neutral and dynamic radiographs at 48 months. The disability, pain intensity and frequency, and quality of life improved significantly at the 6-week follow-up, which was maintained over the full 48 months following Maverick implantation. Preoperatively, 80% of the patients stopped working and 86% halted sports activities. Four years after surgery, 85% of patients were again working and 79% took up their normal sports activities. Radiographic assessment showed that motion at the index level is maintained 48 months after TDR. No major complications were encountered. In this study, TDR with the Maverick prosthesis at one lumbar segment reduced pain and disability and improved quality of life as well as the general condition. Motion was preserved at the operated level, 48 months after surgery. The long-term effect on adjacent levels needs further follow-up. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Discover cervical disc arthroplasty versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in symptomatic cervical disc diseases: A meta-analysis

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    Shangguan, Lei; Ning, Guang-Zhi; Tang, Yu; Wang, Zhe; Luo, Zhuo-Jing; Zhou, Yue

    2017-01-01

    Objective Symptomatic cervical disc disease (SCDD) is a common degenerative disease, and Discover artificial cervical disc, a new-generation nonconstrained artificial disk, has been developed and performed gradually to treat it. We performed this meta-analysis to compare the efficacy and safety between Discover cervical disc arthroplasty (DCDA) and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) for SCDD. Methods An exhaustive literature search of PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library was conducted to identify randomized controlled trials that compared DCDA with ACDF for patients suffering SCDD. A random-effect model was used. Results were reported as standardized mean difference or risk ratio with 95% confidence interval. Results Of 33 articles identified, six studies were included. Compared with ACDF, DCDA demonstrated shorter operation time (P 0.05). Subgroup analyses did not demonstrated significant differences. Conclusion In conclusion, DCDA presented shorter operation time, and better ROM at the operative level. However, no significant differences were observed in blood loss, NDI scores, neck and arm pain scores, JOA scores, secondary surgery procedures and adverse events between the two groups. Additionally, more studies of high quality with mid- to long-term follow-up are required in future. PMID:28358860

  8. Collagen turnover in normal and degenerate human intervertebral discs as determined by the racemization of aspartic acid

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    Sivan, S.-S.; Wachtel, E.; Tsitron, E.; Sakkee, N.; Ham, F. van der; Groot, J.de; Roberts, S.; Maroudas, A.

    2008-01-01

    Knowledge of rates of protein turnover is important for a quantitative understanding of tissue synthesis and catabolism. In this work, we have used the racemization of aspartic acid as a marker for the turnover of collagen obtained from healthy and pathological human intervertebral disc matrices. We

  9. Collagen turnover in normal and degenerate human intervertebral discs as determined by the racemization of aspartic acid

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    Sivan, S.-S.; Wachtel, E.; Tsitron, E.; Sakkee, N.; Ham, F. van der; Groot, J.de; Roberts, S.; Maroudas, A.

    2008-01-01

    Knowledge of rates of protein turnover is important for a quantitative understanding of tissue synthesis and catabolism. In this work, we have used the racemization of aspartic acid as a marker for the turnover of collagen obtained from healthy and pathological human intervertebral disc matrices. We

  10. Influence of degenerative changes of intervertebral disc

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    WANG Yi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: To investigate the material properties of normal and degenerated intervertebral discs (IVDs and examine the effect of degenerative changes on IVD pathology. Methods: A computer-based online search was under-taken to identify English articles about material properties of IVDs published from January 1950 to 2011 in PubMed database. The retrieved keywords included material properties, intervertebral disc and degeneration. Based on the principles of reliability, advancement and efficiency, the obtained data were primarily examined, and the original source was retrieved to read the full-text. Repetitive articles were excluded. The data of material properties of normal and degenerated IVDs were summarized and analyzed by meta-analysis. Results: The data of Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, shear modulus, hydraulic permeability and intradiscal pres-sure of normal and degenerated IVDs were obtained. Com-pared with normal IVDs, the Young's modulus and shear modulus of annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus were higher in degenerated IVDs, the Poisson's ratio was lower while the hydraulic permeability and intradiscal pressure were higher. Besides, the degeneration-related alterations in IVDs had an influence both on itself and other spinal structures, leading to diseases such as bulging disc, discogenic pain and spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, the heavy mechanical loading and injury indicated important pathways to IVD degeneration. Conclusions: To a certain extent, the degenerative changes of IVD influence its material properties. And the degeneration-related alterations of composition can cause structural failure of IVDs, leading to injuries and diseases. Key words: Intervertebral disc; Mechanical phenomena; Degeneration; Elastic modulus; Permeability; Pathology

  11. Functional communication ability in frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Alzheimer's disease

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    Isabel Albuquerque M. de Carvalho

    Full Text Available Abstract Functional communication is crucial for independent and efficient communicative behavior in response to every day activities. In the course of dementia progression, cognitive losses may impair these abilities. For this reason, functional communication assessment should be part of a formal assessment to quantify and qualify the impact of deficiency on patients' lives. Objective: To compare functional communication abilities in fronto-temporal lobar degeneration (FLTD and Alzheimer's disease (AD. Methods: Six AD patients (mean age: 82.50±2.66 years; mean education: 5.67±3.61 years, and eight FTLD patients (mean age: 57.13±9.63 years; mean education: 10.86±6.91 years had their close relatives answer the Functional Assessment of Communication Skills for Adults (Asha-facs . Statistical analyses correlated the performance on each of the Asha-facs domains (social communication, communication of basic needs; reading, writing, number concept and daily planning between both groups. Results: Analyses showed that functional communication was similar for AD and FTLD patients. Only two items had statistical difference, namely 'Comprehension of inference' (AD 6.7±1.33; FTLD 2.43±2.30, p=0.017 and 'capacity to make basic money transactions' (AD 2.17±2.04; FTLD 4.00±0.90, p=0.044. Comparison among the four domains' mean scores revealed no significant difference. Conclusion: The Asha-facs is a useful instrument to characterize functional communication abilities in both FTLD and AD. Nevertheless, the analysis presented for this sample showed that the Asha-facs could not discriminate which aspects of the FTLD and AD differed.

  12. Neuropsychological differences between frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Alzheimer's disease

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    Claudia Sellitto Porto

    Full Text Available Abstract Memory impairment is the main clinical feature in Alzheimer disease (AD, whereas in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD behavioral and language disorders predominate. Objectives: To investigate possible differences between the neuropsychological performance in FTLD and AD. Methods: Fifty-six AD patients (mean age=72.98±7.43; mean schooling=9.62±4.68; 35 women and 21 men, 17 FTLD patients (mean age=67.64±7.93; mean schooling=12.12±4.77; 9 women and 8 men, and 60 controls (mean age=68.90±7.48; mean schooling=10.72±4.74; 42 women and 18 men were submitted to a Dementia Rating Scale (DRS and a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation composed of tasks assessing attention, visuoperceptual abilities, constructive abilities, executive functions, memory and language. Results: DRS total score and subscales were not able to differentiate FTLD from AD patients. However, FTLD and AD patients showed statistically significant differences in performance in tests of verbal (Logical Memory, Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test and visual (Visual Reproduction, recall of the Rey Complex Figure episodic memory, verbal immediate memory (Logical Memory, attention with interference (Trail Making Test - Part B, verbal fluency (semantic and phonemic and concept formation (WCST. Conclusion: Contrary to expectations, only a few tasks executive function tasks (Trail Making Test - Part B, F.A.S. and WCST and two memory tests (verbal and visual episodic memory tests were able to differentiate between FTLD and AD patients.

  13. [Stimulation of degenerative changes in the intervertebral disc through axial compression. Radiologic, histologic and biomechanical research in an animal model].

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    Unglaub, F; Lorenz, H; Nerlich, A; Richter, W; Kroeber, M W

    2003-01-01

    Degeneration of the intervertebral disc is a common disease in the adults, especially at advanced age. A causal therapy is not known, but the progress in new therapeutic strategies, for example in tissue engineering, shows new possibilities. The goal of our study was to develop a new animal model that stimulates a load induced degeneration of the disc. We used the New Zealand rabbit, because morphology is similar to the human intervertebral disc. The degeneration was induced by axial compression of the disc L4 - L5 with an external fixateur. After different loading intervals, the animals were sacrified and the discs examined by radiology, histology, apoptosis and biomechanical testing. Radiography showed a significant decrease of the disc thickness in all loaded groups. Morphologically the intervertebral discs of loaded rabbits showed degenerative changes which were comparable to those in humans. A significantly increased number of dead cells in the annulus occurred after 14 and 28 days loading compared to the controls. The bending stress measured as the load to failure was not significantly different between the unloaded discs and the 28 days loaded discs. The results show that our animal modell can create degeneration. Four weeks compression leads to significant degeneration. Degeneration of the discs persisted in animals that were allowed a recovery time of 28 days after 28 days of loading.

  14. X-82 to Treat Age-related Macular Degeneration

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    Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD); Macular Degeneration; Exudative Age-related Macular Degeneration; AMD; Macular Degeneration, Age-related, 10; Eye Diseases; Retinal Degeneration; Retinal Diseases

  15. Fat/water separation in MRI. Detection of bone marrow reactions in patients with degenerative disc disease

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    Assheuer, J.; Lenz, G.; Lenz, W.; Gottschlich, K.W.; Schulitz, K.P.

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    We examined 410 patients with lumbar disc degeneration. In 23% fat suppressing IR sequences and phase contrast techniques displayed marrow reactions in subchondral bone adjacent to the affected discs. Only in some cases conventional MRI sequences were able to depict these marrow reactions. CT, plain X-ray and scintigraphy did not show marrow changes. Bacterial infection was excluded. Histological analysis showed substitution of haematopoietic marrow by fatty tissue, necrobiosis and increase in mucoid extracellular fluid.

  16. Finite element simulation of the healthy and degenerated lumbar spine : interplay between muscle activity and intervertebral disc multiphysics

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    Toumanidou, Themis

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    The human spine provides mechanical support to the trunk while it protects the spinal cord and nerves from the external loads transferred during daily activities. Such loads are largely controlled by the spine muscles and influence the biophysical regulation of the intervertebral discs (IVD). Numerical models have been important tools for the translation of the external forces into internal loads that otherwise cannot be easily measured directly. This PhD thesis used the predictive ability of...

  17. Effects of single injection of local anesthetic agents on intervertebral disc degeneration: ex vivo and long-term in vivo experimental study.

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    Koji Iwasaki

    Full Text Available Analgesic discography (discoblock can be used to diagnose or treat discogenic low back pain by injecting a small amount of local anesthetics. However, recent in vitro studies have revealed cytotoxic effects of local anesthetics on intervertebral disc (IVD cells. Here we aimed to investigate the deteriorative effects of lidocaine and bupivacaine on rabbit IVDs using an organotypic culture model and an in vivo long-term follow-up model.For the organotypic culture model, rabbit IVDs were harvested and cultured for 3 or 7 days after intradiscal injection of local anesthetics (1% lidocaine or 0.5% bupivacaine. Nucleus pulposus (NP cell death was measured using confocal microscopy. Histological and TUNEL assays were performed. For in vivo study, each local anesthetic was injected into rabbit lumbar IVDs under a fluoroscope. Six or 12 months after the injection, each IVD was prepared for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and histological analysis.In the organotypic culture model, both anesthetic agents induced time-dependent NP cell death; when compared with injected saline solution, significant effects were detected within 7 days. Compared with the saline group, TUNEL-positive NP cells were significantly increased in the bupivacaine group. In the in vivo study, MRI analysis did not show any significant difference. Histological analysis revealed that IVD degeneration occurred to a significantly level in the saline- and local anesthetics-injected groups compared with the untreated control or puncture-only groups. However, there was no significant difference between the saline and anesthetic agents groups.In the in vivo model using healthy IVDs, there was no strong evidence to suggest that discoblock with local anesthetics has the potential of inducing IVD degeneration other than the initial mechanical damage of the pressurized injection. Further studies should be performed to investigate the deteriorative effects of the local injection of analgesic agents

  18. Thoracic spine disc-related abnormalities: longitudinal MR imaging assessment

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    Girard, Charles J.; Schweitzer, Mark E.; Morrison, William B.; Parellada, Joan A. [TJUH Radiology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States); Carrino, J.A. [Department of Radiology ASB-1, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women' s Hospital, L1, Room 002B, 75 Francis Street, MA 02115, Boston (United States)

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    To describe and characterize the temporal changes in disc-related disorders of the thoracic spine using MR imaging. A retrospective longitudinal cohort study was carried out of 40 patients with two sequential thoracic spine MR images at variable intervals. The images were assessed for baseline presence of, new incidence of and changes in disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, endplate marrow signal alteration and Schmorl nodes. The range of follow-up was 4-149 weeks. Baseline presence was: disc herniation, 10% (49/480); degenerative disc disease, 14% (66/480); endplate marrow signal alteration, 2.3% (11/480); Schmorl nodes 9.6% (46/480). Most pre-existing lesions tended to remain unchanged. Herniations showed the most change, tending to improve in 27%. New incidence was: disc herniation, 1.5% (7/480), degenerative disc disease, 2% (10/480); endplate marrow signal alteration, 1.6% (8/480); Schmorl nodes, 2.1% (10/480). Disc degeneration was first visible at an 11-week interval and once established almost never changed over many weeks to months. Endplate signal alterations (Modic changes) were uncommon. Schmorl nodes show no change from baseline for up to 2 1/2 years. All findings predominated in the lower intervertebral levels from T6 to T10. The most prevalent thoracic spine disc-related findings are degeneration and herniation. Disc herniations predominate in the lower segments and are a dynamic phenomenon. Disc degeneration can be rapidly evolving but tends to remain unchanged after occurrence. Endplate marrow signal changes were an uncommon manifestation of thoracic disc disease. Schmorl nodes showed the least change over time. (orig.)

  19. TRAIL, DR5 and caspase 3-dependent apoptosis in vessels of diseased human temporomandibular joint disc. An immunohistochemical study

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate the apoptosis involvement in the angiogenesis as a self-limiting process in patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ degenerated disc vessels, we assessed, by immunohistochemistry, the detection of TRAIL, its death receptor DR5 and caspase 3. TRAIL, its death receptor DR5 and caspase 3 expression were studied by immunohistochemistry in 15 TMJ discs displaced without reduction and in 4 unaffected discs. These apoptosis molecules were detected in the intima and media layers of newly formed vessels affected discs. In conclusion, vessels apoptosis activation in TMJ disc with ID could be regarded as a self-limiting process that try to leads to vessel regression; in this way an inhibition of angiogenic vessels may prove a key strategy in limiting pathological angiogenesis, by cutting off blood supply to tumors, or by reducing harmful inflammation.

  20. 腰椎间盘退变中椎体终板骨软骨炎的低场MRI表现%Low field MRI findings of vertebral end-plate osteochondritis in lumbar disc degeneration

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    许思祥

    2011-01-01

    lumbar disc degeneration , and satisfaction for the lesions .which is the best way to check the disease.

  1. Aggregation of scaffolding protein DISC1 dysregulates phosphodiesterase 4 in Huntington's disease.

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    Tanaka, Motomasa; Ishizuka, Koko; Nekooki-Machida, Yoko; Endo, Ryo; Takashima, Noriko; Sasaki, Hideyuki; Komi, Yusuke; Gathercole, Amy; Huston, Elaine; Ishii, Kazuhiro; Hui, Kelvin Kai-Wan; Kurosawa, Masaru; Kim, Sun-Hong; Nukina, Nobuyuki; Takimoto, Eiki; Houslay, Miles D; Sawa, Akira

    2017-04-03

    Huntington's disease (HD) is a polyglutamine (polyQ) disease caused by aberrant expansion of the polyQ tract in Huntingtin (HTT). While motor impairment mediated by polyQ-expanded HTT has been intensively studied, molecular mechanisms for nonmotor symptoms in HD, such as psychiatric manifestations, remain elusive. Here we have demonstrated that HTT forms a ternary protein complex with the scaffolding protein DISC1 and cAMP-degrading phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) to regulate PDE4 activity. We observed pathological cross-seeding between DISC1 and mutant HTT aggregates in the brains of HD patients as well as in a murine model that recapitulates the polyQ pathology of HD (R6/2 mice). In R6/2 mice, consequent reductions in soluble DISC1 led to dysregulation of DISC1-PDE4 complexes, aberrantly increasing the activity of PDE4. Importantly, exogenous expression of a modified DISC1, which binds to PDE4 but not mutant HTT, normalized PDE4 activity and ameliorated anhedonia in the R6/2 mice. We propose that cross-seeding of mutant HTT and DISC1 and the resultant changes in PDE4 activity may underlie the pathology of a specific subset of mental manifestations of HD, which may provide an insight into molecular signaling in mental illness in general.

  2. 颈椎前路融合致邻近节段椎间盘退变的原因探讨%Causes of adjacent segments disc degeneration caused by anterior cervical fusion

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    张克非; 刘伟; 于长水; 袁绍辉; 潘琦

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨颈椎前路融合后邻近节段椎间盘退变的原因及其防治办法.方法 对实施颈椎前路融合术的126例颈椎间盘突出症患者进行回顾性分析,归纳可能导致颈椎前路融合术后临近椎间盘退变突出的原因.结果 随访时间最短10个月,最长10年,平均7.8年.37例颈椎间盘突出症患者发生临近节段椎间盘退变加重,其中7例患者再次手术.结论 颈椎前路融合后邻近节段椎间盘退变的原因可能为临近节段原有退变加重,椎间融合后生物力学改变,临近节段应力集中.%To investigate the causes of the adjacent intervertebral disc degeneration after anterior decompression and interbody fusion of C-spine and search for the way of prevention.Methods A retrospective study was given to 126 patients who underwent an anterior decompression and interbody fusion of C-spine, the causes of the adjacent intervertebral disc degeneration after anterior decompression and interbody fusion of C-spine were analyzed. Results The follow-up time was from 10 months to 10 years, average 7.8 years. Thirty-seven patients occurred the aggravation of adjacent intervertebral discs degeneration, in which 7 patients underwent reoperation. Conclusion The possible causes of the adjacent intervertebral disc degeneration after anterior decompression and interbody fusion of C-spine is that the aggravation of original degeneration of adjacent intervertebral disc, the alteration of biomechanics after anterior decompression and interbody fusion of C-spine induces the stress concentration of the adjacent intervertebral disc.

  3. Clinical and radiological outcome of anterior–posterior fusion versus transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for symptomatic disc degeneration: a retrospective comparative study of 133 patients

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    Schwender, James D.; Safriel, Yair; Gilbert, Thomas J.; Mehbod, Amir A.; Denis, Francis; Transfeldt, Ensor E.; Wroblewski, Jill M.

    2009-01-01

    Abundant data are available for direct anterior/posterior spine fusion (APF) and some for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), but only few studies from one institution compares the two techniques. One-hundred and thirty-three patients were retrospectively analyzed, 68 having APF and 65 having TLIF. All patients had symptomatic disc degeneration of the lumbar spine. Only those with one or two-level surgeries were included. Clinical chart and radiologic reviews were done, fusion solidity assessed, and functional outcomes determined by pre- and postoperative SF-36 and postoperative Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), and a satisfaction questionnaire. The minimum follow-up was 24 months. The mean operating room time and hospital length of stay were less in the TLIF group. The blood loss was slightly less in the TLIF group (409 vs. 480 cc.). Intra-operative complications were higher in the APF group, mostly due to vein lacerations in the anterior retroperitoneal approach. Postoperative complications were higher in the TLIF group due to graft material extruding against the nerve root or wound drainage. The pseudarthrosis rate was statistically equal (APF 17.6% and TLIF 23.1%) and was higher than most published reports. Significant improvements were noted in both groups for the SF-36 questionnaires. The mean ODI scores at follow-up were 33.5 for the APF and 39.5 for the TLIF group. The patient satisfaction rate was equal for the two groups. PMID:19125304

  4. Design and fabrication of 3D-printed anatomically shaped lumbar cage for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration treatment.

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    Serra, T; Capelli, C; Toumpaniari, R; Orriss, I R; Leong, J J H; Dalgarno, K; Kalaskar, D M

    2016-07-19

    Spinal fusion is the gold standard surgical procedure for degenerative spinal conditions when conservative therapies have been unsuccessful in rehabilitation of patients. Novel strategies are required to improve biocompatibility and osseointegration of traditionally used materials for lumbar cages. Furthermore, new design and technologies are needed to bridge the gap due to the shortage of optimal implant sizes to fill the intervertebral disc defect. Within this context, additive manufacturing technology presents an excellent opportunity to fabricate ergonomic shape medical implants. The goal of this study is to design and manufacture a 3D-printed lumbar cage for lumbar interbody fusion. Optimisations of the proposed implant design and its printing parameters were achieved via in silico analysis. The final construct was characterised via scanning electron microscopy, contact angle, x-ray micro computed tomography (μCT), atomic force microscopy, and compressive test. Preliminary in vitro cell culture tests such as morphological assessment and metabolic activities were performed to access biocompatibility of 3D-printed constructs. Results of in silico analysis provided a useful platform to test preliminary cage design and to find an optimal value of filling density for 3D printing process. Surface characterisation confirmed a uniform coating of nHAp with nanoscale topography. Mechanical evaluation showed mechanical properties of final cage design similar to that of trabecular bone. Preliminary cell culture results showed promising results in terms of cell growth and activity confirming biocompatibility of constructs. Thus for the first time, design optimisation based on computational and experimental analysis combined with the 3D-printing technique for intervertebral fusion cage has been reported in a single study. 3D-printing is a promising technique for medical applications and this study paves the way for future development of customised implants in spinal

  5. Degeneration of dopaminergic neurons due to metabolic alterations and Parkinson’s disease

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The rates of metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, markedly increase with age. In recent years, studies have reported an association between metabolic changes and various pathophysiological mechanisms in the central nervous system (CNS in patients with metabolic diseases. Oxidative stress and hyperglycemia in metabolic diseases lead to adverse neurophysiological phenomena, including neuronal loss, synaptic dysfunction, and improper insulin signaling, resulting in Parkinson’s disease (PD. In addition, several lines of evidence suggest that alterations of CNS environments by metabolic changes influence the dopamine neuronal loss, eventually affecting the pathogenesis of PD. Thus, we reviewed recent findings relating to degeneration of dopaminergic neurons during metabolic diseases. We highlight the fact that using a metabolic approach to manipulate degeneration of dopaminergic neurons can serve as a therapeutic strategy to attenuate pathology of PD.

  6. Clinical outcome of stand-alone ALIF compared to posterior instrumentation for degenerative disc disease

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    Udby, Peter M.; Bech-Azeddine, Rachid

    2015-01-01

    low back pain resulting from degenerative disc disease. ALIF surgery has previously been linked with certain high risk complications and unfavorable long term fusion results. Newer studies suggest that stand-alone ALIF can possibly be advantageous compared to other types of posterior instrumented...

  7. Imaging techniques for diagnosis after surgery for degenerative disc disease. Bildgebende Diagnostik nach spinaler Diskushernienoperation

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    Trattnig, S. (Abt. fuer Osteologie, MR-Inst., Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria)); Kramer, J. (Abt. fuer Osteologie, MR-Inst., Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria)); Muehlbauer, M. (Neurochirurgische Univ.-Klinik, Vienna (Austria)); Kainberger, F. (Abt. fuer Osteologie, MR-Inst., Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria)); Imhof, H. (Abt. fuer Osteologie, MR-Inst., Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria))

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    The magnetic resonance imaging findings recorded in patients after surgery for degenerative disc disease in the lumbar and cervical spine are discussed in comparison with conventional radiographs and computed tomography findings. In the lumbar spine normal postoperative findings in the immediate postoperative period can be demonstrated by MR imaging. Contrast-enhanced MR imaging can differentiate disc herniation from postoperative scar formation with a greater degree of confidence than other imaging modalities. MR imaging improves differentiation between other causes of failed back syndrome such as postoperative hematoma and infection, lateral spinal stenosis and arachnoiditis. In the cervical spine types of operative approaches, the appearance of bony stenosis and disc herniations by MR imaging are discussed. Computer tomography still has a role in the assessment of osseous complications such as central or foraminal stenosis. (orig.)

  8. Oculomotor Function in Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration, Related Disorders and Alzheimer's Disease

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    Garbutt, Siobhan; Matlin, Alisa; Hellmuth, Joanna; Schenk, Ana K.; Johnson, Julene K.; Rosen, Howard; Dean, David; Kramer, Joel; Neuhaus, John; Miller, Bruce L.; Lisberger, Stephen G.; Boxer, Adam L.

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    Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) often overlaps clinically with corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), both of which have prominent eye movement abnormalities. To investigate the ability of oculomotor performance to differentiate between FTLD, Alzheimer's disease, CBS and PSP, saccades and smooth pursuit were…

  9. Oculomotor Function in Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration, Related Disorders and Alzheimer's Disease

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    Garbutt, Siobhan; Matlin, Alisa; Hellmuth, Joanna; Schenk, Ana K.; Johnson, Julene K.; Rosen, Howard; Dean, David; Kramer, Joel; Neuhaus, John; Miller, Bruce L.; Lisberger, Stephen G.; Boxer, Adam L.

    2008-01-01

    Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) often overlaps clinically with corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), both of which have prominent eye movement abnormalities. To investigate the ability of oculomotor performance to differentiate between FTLD, Alzheimer's disease, CBS and PSP, saccades and smooth pursuit were…

  10. Patterns of cortical degeneration in an elderly cohort with cerebral small vessel disease.

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    Reid, A.T.; Norden, A.G.W. van; Laat, K.F. de; Oudheusden, L.J. van; Zwiers, M.P.; Evans, A.C.; Leeuw, F.E. de; Kotter, R.

    2010-01-01

    Emerging noninvasive neuroimaging techniques allow for the morphometric analysis of patterns of gray and white matter degeneration in vivo, which may help explain and predict the occurrence of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. A single center prospective follow-up study (Radboud

  11. Expression of Alzheimer's disease risk genes in ischemic brain degeneration.

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    Ułamek-Kozioł, Marzena; Pluta, Ryszard; Januszewski, Sławomir; Kocki, Janusz; Bogucka-Kocka, Anna; Czuczwar, Stanisław J

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    We review the Alzheimer-related expression of genes following brain ischemia as risk factors for late-onset of sporadic Alzheimer's disease and their role in Alzheimer's disease ischemia-reperfusion pathogenesis. More recent advances in understanding ischemic etiology of Alzheimer's disease have revealed dysregulation of Alzheimer-associated genes including amyloid protein precursor, β-secretase, presenilin 1 and 2, autophagy, mitophagy and apoptosis. We review the relationship between these genes dysregulated by brain ischemia and the cellular and neuropathological characteristics of Alzheimer's disease. Here we summarize the latest studies supporting the theory that Alzheimer-related genes play an important role in ischemic brain injury and that ischemia is a needful and leading supplier to the onset and progression of sporadic Alzheimer's disease. Although the exact molecular mechanisms of ischemic dependent neurodegenerative disease and neuronal susceptibility finally are unknown, a downregulated expression of neuronal defense genes like alfa-secretase in the ischemic brain makes the neurons less able to resist injury. The recent challenge is to find ways to raise the adaptive reserve of the brain to overcome such ischemic-associated deficits and support and/or promote neuronal survival. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the association of these genes with risk for Alzheimer's disease will provide the most meaningful targets for therapeutic development to date. Copyright © 2016 Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.

  12. Characteristics of virus and virus-like rose degeneration and dieback diseases

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    Marek S. Szyndel

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Presented review of rose diseases, associated with the plant degeneration symptoms, includes rose streak, rose colour break, rose rosette or rose witches' broom, rose dieback, rose wilt, rose stunt, rose leaf curl, rose spring dwarf, rose little leaf, rose "frisure", rose bud proliferation and rose flower proliferation. Most of these disorders are characterized by stunting or dwarfing of plants accompanied by a partial wilt and dieback of shoots. Proliferation and epinasty often occurred. Apart from detected viruses (TSV. SLRSV parts of degeneration syndrome have been transmitted by grafting other have failed to achieve any transmission of the causal agent. It seems likely that rose degeneration disorders in spite of symptom similarities are due to a complex of interacting factors including probably viruses.

  13. MR imaging of degenerative lumbar disc disease emphasizing on signal intensity changes in vertebral body

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    Toyoda, Keiko; Ida, Masahiro; Murakami, Yoshitaka; Harada, Junta; Tada, Shimpei (Jikei Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine)

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    Magnetic resonance imaging was performed in 400 patients with degenerative disc disease. Signal changes and their sites in the vertebral body were classified and referred to narrowing of the intervertebral disc space. MR findings were compared with those of plain roentgenograms of the lumbar spine. Signal changes in the vertebral body were noted in 83 cases (102 vertebral bodies). Low-intensity abnormality on both T1- and T2-weighted images (WI) was the most common finding, and was most frequently seen at the end plate and/or the angle. These changes were correlated with narrowing of the disc space and osteosclerosis on the plain roentgenogram of the lumbar spine. Signal changes occasionally occurred in the inner region of the vertebral body, and these lesions tended to show a high-intensity abnormality on T1-WI. We conclude that signal changes in degenerative disc disease are not specific, but are sometimes difficult to distinguish from the signal changes in other conditions such as spinal tumor or bone marrow disorder. (author).

  14. Intervertebral Fusion with Mobile Microendoscopic Discectomy for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease.

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    Xu, Bao-Shan; Liu, Yue; Xu, Hai-Wei; Yang, Qiang; Ma, Xin-Long; Hu, Yong-Cheng

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this article is to introduce a technique for lumbar intervertebral fusion that incorporates mobile microendoscopic discectomy (MMED) for lumbar degenerative disc disease. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is frequently performed to treat degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine; however, the scope of such surgery and vision is limited by what the naked eye can see through the expanding channel system. To expand the visual scope and reduce trauma, we perform lumbar intervertebral fusion with the aid of a MMED system that provides a wide field through freely tilting the surgical instrument and canals. We believe that this technique is a good option for treating lumbar degenerative disc disease that requires lumbar intervertebral fusion.

  15. Research progress of mesenchymal stem cell therapy for regeneration of degenerated intervertebral discs%间充质干细胞治疗椎间盘退变的研究进展

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    毕松超; 杨建东; 冯新民; 陈涛; 黄泽楠; 张亮

    2016-01-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration (IVD) represents the main cause of the low-back pain that affects the majority of the adult population, and causes major social and economic costs. Physical therapy and spinal fusion as the major treatment for IVD degeneration only can relieve symptoms, but can not reverse IVD degeneration. People had begun to pay attention to the number and functional recovery of intervertebral disc cells, to achieve the goal of reversing the degeneration of intervertebral disc. Adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) can be differentiated into nucleus pulposus like cells, which provide seed cells for the treatment of IVD. MSC and intervertebral disc cells co-culture technology also provides a feasible method. At present, the use of MSC for IVD degeneration is limited to pre-clinical research, and many problems need to be solved. For example, how to determine the phenotype of nucleus pulposus cells, how to avoid the leakage of stem cells and tumor formation.%下腰痛已严重影响了人们的工作和生活,带来了严重的经济负担和社会负担。下腰痛主要是由椎间盘退变性疾病引起,保守治疗和手术治疗是目前临床上治疗椎间盘退变的常用方法,但这些方法仅限于缓解症状,而无法从根本上扭转椎间盘退变。人们已经开始关注通过恢复椎间盘细胞的数量和功能,从而实现生物学修复椎间盘退变的目的。间充质干细胞可分化为髓核样细胞,这为利用干细胞治疗椎间盘退变提供了种子细胞。间充质干细胞与椎间盘细胞的共培养技术也为此提供了可行的方法。目前这种方法也仅限于临床前研究,还有许多问题需要解决,例如:如何确定髓核细胞表型、如何避免干细胞的渗漏和肿瘤形成等。

  16. 磁共振测量腰骶椎矢状面参数与L5/S1椎间盘退变的关系%Lumbosacral sagittal parameters measured by magnetic resonance in association to L5/S1 intervertebral disc degeneration

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    丁慕晨; 石志才; 卢春闻; 吴锦辉; 王超; 袁佳滨; 周振

    2016-01-01

    背景:以往已有一些关于腰骶椎矢状面参数与腰椎间盘退变性疾病相关性的报道,但试验对象多是笼统的椎间盘突出的患者,试验数据也多是在X射线片或CT上测得,而从磁共振成像得的腰骶段矢状面参数与出现腰骶椎间盘脱出的手术病例的相关性报道则较少见。  目的:磁共振测量和评价出现腰骶椎间盘脱出患者的腰骶矢状面参数变化,分析腰骶矢状面参数与椎间盘退变性疾病之间的关系。  方法:回顾性分析自2014年9月至2016年4月间上海第二军医大学附属长海医院骨科18-35岁腰痛患者90例,按有无L5/S1椎间盘突出分为无椎间盘突出组69例和脱出组21例,其中因L5/S1椎间盘脱出并行手术治疗的21例,其他69例为无椎间盘突出组;无椎间盘突出组按有无L5/S1椎间盘退变又分为退变组和对照组,其中仅有L5/S1椎间盘退变的35例作为退变组,剩余34例无椎间盘病变的作为对照组。测量的腰骶矢状面参数包括腰椎前凸角、骶骨平台角、腰骶关节角。  结果与结论:与对照组相比,退变组腰椎前凸角虽有减小但差异并不显著(P>0.05),而骶骨平台角及腰骶关节角均有明显减小(P OBJECTIVE:To measure and compare the lumbosacral sagittal parameters in L5/S1 disc extrusion patients, and to investigate the relationship between the lumbosacral sagittal parameters and L5/S1 disc degeneration diseases. METHODS:A total of 90 lumbago patients aged 18 to 35 years old were included from the Department of Orthopedics, Changhai Hospital Affiliated to The Second Military Medical University from September 2014 to April 2016 for retrospective analysis. According to with or without L5/S1 intervertebral disc protrusion, they were divided into intervertebral disc herniation group (69 cases) and disc extrusion group (21 cases received surgery). The intervertebral disc herniation group was

  17. Measuring Hemoglobin Levels in the Optic Disc of Parkinson's Disease Patients Using New Colorimetric Analysis Software

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    Bambo, Maria Pilar; Garcia-Martin, Elena; Satue, Maria; Perez-Olivan, Susana; Alayon, Silvia; Gonzalez-Hernandez, Marta; Polo, Vicente; Larrosa, Jose Manuel; Gonzalez-De la Rosa, Manuel

    2014-01-01

    Objective. To evaluate a new method of measuring hemoglobin (Hb) levels and quantifying the color changes in the optic nerve head of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. We also compared differences in retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thicknesses obtained using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) device between PD group and healthy group. Methods. One hundred and fifty-five PD patients and 91 sex- and age-matched healthy subjects were included in this cross-sectional study. OCT examinations and one photograph of the optic disc were performed. The Laguna ONhE (“optic nerve hemoglobin”; Insoft SL, Tenerife, Spain) software was used to analyze the Hb level on the acquired optic disc photographs. Results. PD patients exhibited significantly reduced mean optic disc Hb percentages (57.56% in PD, 67.63% in healthy subjects; P = 0.001) as well as reduced Hb in almost all analyzed sectors, with the largest differences detected in the inferior and nasal sectors. RNFL parameters were significantly reduced in PD patients compared with healthy subjects, especially in the inferior quadrant. Conclusions. Measurements of optic disc Hb levels obtained with the Laguna ONhE software had good ability to detect optic nerve color changes (more papillary paleness and consequently this could suggest optic atrophy and axonal loss) in PD patients. PMID:25587487

  18. Cells and Biomaterials for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration

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    Grad, Sibylle

    2010-01-01

    Disorders related to the intervertebral disc (IVD) are common causes of morbidity and of severe life quality deterioration. IVD degeneration, although in many cases asymptomatic, is often the origin of painful neck and back diseases. In Western societies IVD related pain and disability account for enormous health care costs as a result of work absenteeism and thus lost production, disability benefits, medical and insurance expenses. Although only a small percentage of patients with disc disorders finally will undergo surgery, spinal surgery has been one of the fastest growing disciplines in th

  19. Electromagnetic fields in the treatment of chronic lower back pain in patients with degenerative disc disease

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    Arneja, Amarjit S; Kotowich, Alan; Staley, Doug; Summers, Randy; Tappia, Paramjit S

    2016-01-01

    Aim: To examine the effects of low-amplitude, low frequency electromagnetic field therapy (EMF) therapy in patients with persistent chronic lower back pain associated with degenerative disc disease. Design: Double-blind, randomized and placebo controlled. Intervention: EMF using a medical device resonator; control group underwent same procedures, except the device was turned off. Outcome measures: Pain reduction and mobility. Results: Improvements in overall physical health, social functionin...

  20. Nutritional cerebellar degeneration, with comments on its relationship to Wernicke disease and alcoholism.

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    Laureno, Robert

    2012-01-01

    Nutritional cerebellar degeneration occurs in alcoholism and other states that predispose to malnutrition, such as gastric bypass surgery. Gait ataxia is the principal clinical manifestation. Ataxia of the lower limbs is not uncommon, but upper extremity ataxia and nystagmus are rare. Atrophy of the anterior superior vermis is the primary pathological manifestation in established disease. Typically, the onset is subacute. This cerebellar disease is part of the spectrum of the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, i.e. the cerebellar manifestation of Wernicke disease. It may occur with other lesions of Wernicke disease or in isolation. Rarely, with florid disease, lesions may be hemorrhagic. Active disease should be treated with thiamine in the same way that one treats Wernicke disease. Clinicopathologic correlation in this disease has provided the best evidence that the anterior superior vermis is important in coordinating bipedal locomotion.

  1. Music recognition in frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Alzheimer disease.

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    Johnson, Julene K; Chang, Chiung-Chih; Brambati, Simona M; Migliaccio, Raffaella; Gorno-Tempini, Maria Luisa; Miller, Bruce L; Janata, Petr

    2011-06-01

    To compare music recognition in patients with frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia, Alzheimer disease, and controls and to evaluate the relationship between music recognition and brain volume. Recognition of familiar music depends on several levels of processing. There are few studies about how patients with dementia recognize familiar music. Subjects were administered tasks that assess pitch and melody discrimination, detection of pitch errors in familiar melodies, and naming of familiar melodies. There were no group differences on pitch and melody discrimination tasks. However, patients with semantic dementia had considerable difficulty naming familiar melodies and also scored the lowest when asked to identify pitch errors in the same melodies. Naming familiar melodies, but not other music tasks, was strongly related to measures of semantic memory. Voxel-based morphometry analysis of brain magnetic resonance imaging showed that difficulty in naming songs was associated with the bilateral temporal lobes and inferior frontal gyrus, whereas difficulty in identifying pitch errors in familiar melodies correlated with primarily the right temporal lobe. The results support a view that the anterior temporal lobes play a role in familiar melody recognition, and that musical functions are affected differentially across forms of dementia.

  2. Word recognition in Alzheimer's disease: Effects of semantic degeneration.

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    Cuetos, Fernando; Arce, Noemí; Martínez, Carmen; Ellis, Andrew W

    2017-03-01

    Impairments of word recognition in Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been less widely investigated than impairments affecting word retrieval and production. In particular, we know little about what makes individual words easier or harder for patients with AD to recognize. We used a lexical selection task in which participants were shown sets of four items, each set consisting of one word and three non-words. The task was simply to point to the word on each trial. Forty patients with mild-to-moderate AD were significantly impaired on this task relative to matched controls who made very few errors. The number of patients with AD able to recognize each word correctly was predicted by the frequency, age of acquisition, and imageability of the words, but not by their length or number of orthographic neighbours. Patient Mini-Mental State Examination and phonological fluency scores also predicted the number of words recognized. We propose that progressive degradation of central semantic representations in AD differentially affects the ability to recognize low-imageability, low-frequency, late-acquired words, with the same factors affecting word recognition as affecting word retrieval. © 2015 The British Psychological Society.

  3. RESEARCH PROGRESS OF CELLULAR SENESCENCE AND SENESCENT SECRETARY PHENOTYPE IN INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DEGENERATION%细胞老化及老化表型改变在椎间盘退行性变中的研究进展

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    王锋; 郑陈静美; 吴小涛

    2012-01-01

    Objective To summarize the role of cellular senescence and senescent secretary phenotype in the intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. Methods Relevant articles that discussed the roles of cellular senescence in the IVD degeneration were extensively reviewed, and retrospective and comprehensive analysis was performed. The senescent phenomenon during IVD degeneration, senescent secretary phenotype of the disc cells, senescent pathways within the IVD microenvironment, as well as the anti-senescent approaches for IVD regeneration were systematically reviewed. Results During aging and degeneration, IVD cells gradually and/or prematurely undergo senescence by activating p53-p21-retinoblastoma (RB) or pl6INK4A-RB senescent pathways. The accumulation of senescent cells not only decreases the self-renewal ability of IVD, but also deteriorates the disc microenvironment by producing more inflammatory cytokines and matrix degrading enzymes. More specific senescent biomarkers are required to fully understand the phenotype change of senescent disc cells during IVD degeneration. Molecular analysis of the senescent disc cells and their intracellular signaling pathways are needed to get a safer and more efficient anti-senescence strategy for IVD regeneration. Conclusion Cellular senescence is an important mechanism by which IVD cells decrease viabil ity and degenerate biological behaviors, which provide a new thinking to understand the pathogenesis of IVD degeneration.%目的 综述细胞老化及老化表型改变在椎间盘退行性变中的研究进展. 方法 查阅椎间盘退行性变领域细胞老化相关的国内外文献并回顾分析,综述椎间盘细胞的老化现象、老化表型改变、老化信号激活与椎间盘退行性变的相互关系,评价抗老化治疗对椎间盘退行性变的修复作用. 结果 随着机体衰老与椎间盘退行性变,椎间盘细胞通过选择性地激活p53-p21-视网膜母细胞瘤(retinoblastoma,RB)或p16INK4A-RB信号

  4. Callosal degeneration topographically correlated with cognitive function in amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease dementia.

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    Wang, Pei-Ning; Chou, Kun-Hsien; Chang, Ni-Jung; Lin, Ker-Neng; Chen, Wei-Ta; Lan, Gong-Yau; Lin, Ching-Po; Lirng, Jiing-Feng

    2014-04-01

    Degeneration of the corpus callosum (CC) is evident in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the correlation of microstructural damage in the CC on the cognitive performance of patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and AD dementia is undetermined. We enrolled 26 normal controls, 24 patients with AD dementia, and 40 single-domain aMCI patients with at least grade 1 hippocampal atrophy and isolated memory impairment. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) with fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (DA), and radial diffusivity (DR) were measured. The entire CC was parcellated based on fiber trajectories to specific cortical Brodmann areas using a probabilistic tractography method. The relationship between the DTI measures in the subregions of the CC and cognitive performance was examined. Although the callosal degeneration in the patients with aMCI was less extended than in the patients with AD dementia, degeneration was already exhibited in several subregions of the CC at the aMCI stage. Scores of various neuropsychological tests were correlated to the severity of microstructural changes in the subregional CC connecting to functionally corresponding cortical regions. Our results confirm that CC degeneration is noticeable as early as the aMCI stage of AD and the disconnection of the CC subregional fibers to the corresponding Brodmann areas has an apparent impact on the related cognitive performance. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Exosomes as potential alternatives to stem cell therapy for intervertebral disc degeneration: in-vitro study on exosomes in interaction of nucleus pulposus cells and bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.

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    Lu, Kang; Li, Hai-Yin; Yang, Kuang; Wu, Jun-Long; Cai, Xiao-Wei; Zhou, Yue; Li, Chang-Qing

    2017-05-10

    The stem cell-based therapies for intervertebral disc degeneration have been widely studied. However, the mechanisms of mesenchymal stem cells interacting with intervertebral disc cells, such as nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs), remain unknown. Exosomes as a vital paracrine mechanism in cell-cell communication have been highly focused on. The purpose of this study was to detect the role of exosomes derived from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) and NPCs in their interaction with corresponding cells. The exosomes secreted by BM-MSCs and NPCs were purified by differential centrifugation and identified by transmission electron microscope and immunoblot analysis of exosomal marker proteins. Fluorescence confocal microscopy was used to examine the uptake of exosomes by recipient cells. The effects of NPC exosomes on the migration and differentiation of BM-MSCs were determined by transwell migration assays and quantitative RT-PCR analysis of NPC phenotypic genes. Western blot analysis was performed to examine proteins such as aggrecan, sox-9, collagen II and hif-1α in the induced BM-MSCs. Proliferation and the gene expression profile of NPCs induced by BM-MSC exosomes were measured by Cell Counting Kit-8 and qRT-PCR analysis, respectively. Both the NPCs and BM-MSCs secreted exosomes, and these exosomes underwent uptake by the corresponding cells. NPC-derived exosomes promoted BM-MSC migration and induced BM-MSC differentiation to a nucleus pulposus-like phenotype. BM-MSC-derived exosomes promoted NPC proliferation and healthier extracellular matrix production in the degenerate NPCs. Our study indicates that the exosomes act as an important vehicle in information exchange between BM-MSCs and NPCs. Given a variety of functions and multiple advantages, exosomes alone or loaded with specific genes and drugs would be an appropriate option in a cell-free therapy strategy for intervertebral disc degeneration.

  6. The relationship between obesity, low back pain, and lumbar disc degeneration when genetics and the environment are considered: a systematic review of twin studies.

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    Dario, Amabile B; Ferreira, Manuela L; Refshauge, Kathryn M; Lima, Thais S; Ordoñana, Juan R; Ferreira, Paulo H

    2015-05-01

    The relationships between obesity and low back pain (LBP) and lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) remain unclear. It is possible that familial factors, including genetics and early environment, affect these relationships. To investigate the relationship between obesity-related measures (eg, weight, body mass index [BMI]) and LBP and LDD using twin studies, where the effect of genetics and early environment can be controlled. A systematic review with meta-analysis. MEDLINE, CINAHL, Scopus, Web of Science, and EMBASE databases were searched from the earliest records to August 2014. All cross-sectional and longitudinal observational twin studies identified by the search strategy were considered for inclusion. Two investigators independently assessed the eligibility, conducted the quality assessment, and extracted the data. Metaanalyses (fixed or random effects, as appropriate) were used to pool studies' estimates of association. In total, 11 articles met the inclusion criteria. Five studies were included in the LBP analysis and seven in the LDD analysis. For the LBP analysis, pooling of the five studies showed that the risk of having LBP for individuals with the highest levels of BMI or weight was almost twice that of people with a lower BMI (odds ratio [OR] 1.8; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.6-2.0; I(2)=0%). A dose-response relationship was also identified. When genetics and the effects of a shared early environment were adjusted for using a within-pair twin case-control analysis, pooling of three studies showed a reduced but statistically positive association between obesity and prevalence of LBP (OR 1.5; 95% CI 1.1-2.1; I(2)=0%). However, the association was further diminished and not significant (OR 1.4; 95% CI 0.8-2.3; I(2)=0%) when pooling included two studies on monozygotic twin pairs only. Seven studies met the inclusion criteria for LDD. When familial factors were not controlled for, body weight was positively associated with LDD in all five cross

  7. MRI observation of hippocampal degeneration in Alzheimer's disease: a forgotten case.

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    D'Angelo, Egidio; Mazzarello, Paolo

    2013-01-01

    At the beginning of the 1990s, as part of work being done for a master's degree thesis in physics, an important observation of hippocampal degeneration in Alzheimer's disease was made in Pavia. However this result was never published in a full scientific paper. This case gives an idea of how an isolated observation can, in the right setting, develop into a real scientific achievement.

  8. Aging Is Not a Disease: Distinguishing Age-Related Macular Degeneration from Aging

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    Ardeljan, Daniel; Chan, Chi-Chao

    2013-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease of the outer retina, characterized most significantly by atrophy of photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium accompanied with or without choroidal neovascularization. Development of AMD has been recognized as contingent on environmental and genetic risk factors, the strongest being advanced age. In this review, we highlight pathogenic changes that destabilize ocular homeostasis and promote AMD development. With normal aging, photorecept...

  9. A Non-Degenerate Code of Deleterious Variants in Mendelian Loci Contributes to Complex Disease Risk

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    Blair, David R.; Lyttle, Christopher S.; Mortensen, Jonathan M.; Bearden, Charles F.; Jensen, Anders Boeck; Khiabanian, Hossein; Melamed, Rachel; Rabadan, Raul; Bernstam, Elmer V.; Brunak, Søren; Jensen, Lars Juhl; Nicolae, Dan; Shah, Nigam H.; Grossman, Robert L.; Cox, Nancy J.; White, Kevin P.; Rzhetsky, Andrey

    2013-01-01

    Summary Whereas countless highly penetrant variants have been associated with Mendelian disorders, the genetic etiologies underlying complex diseases remain largely unresolved. Here, we examine the extent to which Mendelian variation contributes to complex disease risk by mining the medical records of over 110 million patients. We detect thousands of associations between Mendelian and complex diseases, revealing a non-degenerate, phenotypic code that links each complex disorder to a unique collection of Mendelian loci. Using genome-wide association results, we demonstrate that common variants associated with complex diseases are enriched in the genes indicated by this “Mendelian code.” Finally, we detect hundreds of comorbidity associations among Mendelian disorders, and we use probabilistic genetic modeling to demonstrate that Mendelian variants likely contribute non-additively to the risk for a subset of complex diseases. Overall, this study illustrates a complementary approach for mapping complex disease loci and provides unique predictions concerning the etiologies of specific diseases. PMID:24074861

  10. Artificial cervical disc replacement: range of motion of replacement segment and degeneration of adjacent segments%人工颈椎间盘置换:置换节段活动度及相邻节段退变分析

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    陈渲宇; 初冬; 伍骥; 郑超; 黄蓉蓉; 崔玉明; 尚咏; 范恒华; 虞攀峰; 赵旭红

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:In recent years,artificial cervical disc replacement surgery as a new method for the treatment of cervical disease has gradualy been accepted and understood,but relevant complications have gradualy attracted attention.OBJECTIVE:To investigate the clinical outcomes of artificial cervical disc replacement in the treatment of cervical disease and the range of motion of the replacement segment.METHODS: A total of 25 patients with artificial cervical disc replacement in the treatment of cervical spondylosis,who were treated in the Department of Orthopedics,Air Force General Hospital of Chinese PLA from August 2006 to April 2012,were enroled in this study,including 15 males and 10 females,aged 31-76 years,averagely 51.04 years.There were 6 cases of double segments and 19 cases of single segment.They were folowed up for 24 to 93 months.Clinical results were assessed using the Japanese Orthopaedic Association score,cervical dysfunction index and pain visual analog scale scores.Imaging was used to observe range of motion,cervical curvature,heterotopic ossification,and degeneration of adjacent segments.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Neurological function in al patients was improved to different degrees.One case suffered from mild heterotopic ossification,but no clinical symptoms were found.No significant difference in range of motion of surgical segment,and range of motion of upper and lower adjacent segments was detected between pre-replacement and final folow-up results (P>0.05).No significant difference in range of motion of C2-C7 was found between pre-replacement and final folow-up results (P>0.05).Japanese Orthopaedic Association score,cervical dysfunction index and pain visual analog scale scores were significantly improved during final folow-up compared with pre-replacement (P<0.05).These results indicated that artificial cervical disc replacement in the treatment of cervical disease can achieve better clinical efficacy,can keep the range of motion of

  11. Wallerian degeneration demonstrated by MRI and functional outcome in patients suffering from supratentorial cerebrovascular disease

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    Shirotani, Toshiki; Takahara, Takashi; Arimoto, Hirohiko; Inohara, Masashi; Ono, Kenichiro; Shimizu, Akira [Self-Defense Force Central Hospital, Tokyo (Japan)

    2002-07-01

    An early diagnosis of the outcome of patients with cerebrovascular disease is important for selecting the optimal treatment strategy. The purpose of this study was to estimate the prognosis of Wallerian degeneration on MRI in stroke patients with hemiparesis. The subjects consisted of 87 stroke patients, 50 hemorrhagic patients and 37 ischemic patients, who were evaluated by MRI at 1 to 6,275 days after stroke onset. Among the 36 patients who were evaluated by consecutive MRI, 161 films were obtained and analyzed. Wallerian degeneration was diagnosed when a small prolonged T2 lesion was seen in the corticospinal tract of the brainstem on at least two contiguous slices. The atrophic rate of the midbrain was calculated as: (the area of the unaffected side of the midbrain - the area of the affected side of the midbrain)/2 x (the area of the unaffected side of the midbrain). The patients' ability to perform the activities of daily living was scored by the Barthel index (BI). Wallerian degeneration in the ipsilateral brainstem was seen for two to three months in 32 cases (37%) and in 58 films (36%) and disappeared about 3 years after the onset of stroke. Wallerian degeneration correlated with the BI scores from 2 to 6 months after stroke (p<0.05), although no relationship was observed at 7 months or later. From 2 to 6 months after stroke, the shrinkage of the midbrain on MRI correlated with the BI scores (p<0.001), although no relationship was observed at 7 months or later. It was therefore both Wallerian degeneration and a shrunken midbrain observed on MRIs, evaluated from 2 to 6 months after stroke were thus suggested to indicate a poor outcome in such patients. (author)

  12. Study of correlation between Schmorl’s node and degeneration of lumbar disc%许莫结节与腰椎间盘退变的相关性研究

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    刘璞

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To study the correlation between Schmorl’s node and degeneration of lumbar disc and evaluate the distribution of Schmorl’s node in patients with low back pain .Method:1115 patients with low back pain were divided into the Schmorl’s node group (284 cases) and the control group (731cases) .Demographic char‐acteristics and level of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration of the two groups were compared .Results:Schmorl’ s node located in L1‐2 、L2‐3 、L3‐4 、L4‐5 、L5‐S1 according to the incidence rate;age of the Schmorl’s node group was sta‐tistically higher than that of the control group (P<0 .05) ,multivariate analysis showed that age was an independent risk factor for the occurrence of Schmorl’s node (P<0 .05);level of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration of the Schmorl’s node group was statistically worse than that of the control group (P<0 .05);level of lumbar interverte‐bral disc degeneration in non‐acute phase intervertebral discs was statistically worse than those in non‐acute phase (P<0 .05) .Conclusion:There’s some relationship between Schmorl’s node and degeneration of lumbar disc ,but dee‐per relationship need more in‐depth case studies and long‐term follow‐up .%目的:探讨许莫结节与腰椎间盘退变的相关性及其在腰腿痛患者中的分布情况。方法:将1115例腰腿痛患者分为许莫结节组(284例)与对照组(731例)。比较两组的人口学特征及腰椎间盘的退变情况。结果:许莫结节发生率从高到低分布在L1‐2、L2‐3、L3‐4、L4‐5、L5‐S1;许莫结节组患者的平均年龄要显著高于对照组(P <0.05),进一步的多因素分析显示:年龄是许莫结节发生的独立危险因素(P <0.05);许莫结节组椎间盘的退变程度要显著高于对照组(P <0.05);许莫结节组非急性期椎间盘的退变程度要明显重于急性炎症水肿期( P<0.05)。结论:

  13. 人颈椎间盘退变与细胞凋亡及基质金属蛋白酶11的表达%Matrix metalloproteinase 11 expression and cell apoptosis in human cervical disc degeneration

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    郭团茂; 刘淼; 张银刚; 张小卫; 武世勋

    2011-01-01

    背景:前期研究发现基质金属蛋白酶11基因在人退变颈、腰椎间盘组织中明显上调.目的:观察人退变颈椎间盘髓核组织中基质金属蛋白酶11的表达与细胞凋亡的关系.方法:纳入30个经MRI确认的退变颈椎间盘髓核组织和20个因颈椎创伤治疗获得的正常颈椎间盘髓核组织.结果与结论:苏木精-伊红染色显示退变的颈椎间盘髓核组织中髓核细胞较正常髓核组织明显减少(P < 0.01),而凋亡细胞较正常髓核组织明显增多(P < 0.01).免疫组化染色显示退变的颈椎间盘髓核组织中基质金属蛋白酶11的表达明显高于正常髓核组织(P < 0.01),且基质金属蛋白酶11表达与TUNEL染色检测到的细胞凋亡正相关(r=0.44,P < 0.05).说明高表达的基质金属蛋白酶11不仅可直接破坏细胞外基质尚可诱导髓核细胞凋亡,在椎间盘退变的过程中发挥重要作用.%BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that matrix metalloproteinase 11 gene is obviously upregulated in humandegenerated cervical and lumbar disc tissues.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between matrix metalloproteinase 11 expression in human cervical intervertebraldiscs and cell apoptosis.METHODS: Thirty discs from patients with cervical spondylosis diagnosed by MRI, and 20 discs of individuals with cervical spinaltrauma but without anamnesis evidence for disc degeneration or previous spine-ralated operations were included.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Hematoxylin-eosin staining showed that nucleus pulposus cells were signifcantly reduced(P < 0.01), but apoptotic cells were significantly increased (P < 0.01) in the degenerated nucleus pulposus tissue of cervicalintervertebral discs than in the normal nucleus pulposis tissue. Immunohistochemical staining showed that matrixmetalloproteinase 11 expression was significantly greater (P < 0.01) in the degenerated nucleus pulposus tissue of cervicalintervertebral discs than in the normal nucleus

  14. Effect of comprehensive rehabilitative treatment on prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc in 120 cases%综合康复治疗腰椎间盘出症120例疗效分析

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    梁君

    2002-01-01

    Background:Lumbar spine connects thorax and pelvis,its physiological structure and kinetics confer susceptibility to injury and degeneration.Prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc often coexist with other diseases or is secondary to them.

  15. Posterior Transpedicular Dynamic Stabilization versus Total Disc Replacement in the Treatment of Lumbar Painful Degenerative Disc Disease: A Comparison of Clinical Results

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    Tunc Oktenoglu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Study Design. Prospective clinical study. Objective. This study compares the clinical results of anterior lumbar total disc replacement and posterior transpedicular dynamic stabilization in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. Summary and Background Data. Over the last two decades, both techniques have emerged as alternative treatment options to fusion surgery. Methods. This study was conducted between 2004 and 2010 with a total of 50 patients (25 in each group. The mean age of the patients in total disc prosthesis group was 37,32 years. The mean age of the patients in posterior dynamic transpedicular stabilization was 43,08. Clinical (VAS and Oswestry and radiological evaluations (lumbar lordosis and segmental lordosis angles of the patients were carried out prior to the operation and 3, 12, and 24 months after the operation. We compared the average duration of surgery, blood loss during the surgery and the length of hospital stay of both groups. Results. Both techniques offered significant improvements in clinical parameters. There was no significant change in radiologic evaluations after the surgery for both techniques. Conclusion. Both dynamic systems provided spine stability. However, the posterior dynamic system had a slight advantage over anterior disc prosthesis because of its convenient application and fewer possible complications.

  16. Sarcomatous degeneration of Pagets disease in the calcaneus: a case report; Degeneracao sarcomatosa de doenca de Paget do calcaneo: relato de caso

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    Matiotti, Simone Berwig; Tramunt, Conrado Silva; Duarte, Rogerio Dias; Duarte, Rodrigo Dias; Duarte, Wolmir Lourenco [Clinica Serdil, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)]. E-mail: smat2@hotmail.com; Soder, Janine Bernardi [Fundacao Saint Pastous, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Clinica Serdil

    2009-01-15

    Neoplastic degeneration in Paget's disease is a rare complication (approximately 1% of cases) and, despite the treatment, presents a poor prognosis. The authors report a case of a male, 82-year-old patient with long standing Paget's disease who presented imaging findings of malignant degeneration in the calcaneus histopathologically diagnosed as sarcomatous degeneration (author)

  17. Kinematic MR imaging in surgical management of cervical disc disease, spondylosis and spondylotic myelopathy

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    Muhle, C.; Metzner, J.; Brinkmann, G.; Heller, M. [Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology; Weinert, D.; Schoen, R.; Rautenberg, E.; Mehdorn, H.M. [Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany). Dept. of Neurosurgery; Falliner, A. [Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany). Dept. of Orthopedics; Resnick, D. [Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States). Dept. of Radiology

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    Purpose: To estimate the clinical value and influence of kinematic MR imaging in patients with degenerative diseases of the cervical spine. Material and methods: Eighty-one patients were examined with a 1.5 T whole body magnet using a positioning device. Cervical disc disease was classified according to clinical and radiographic findings into 4 stages: stage I=cervical disc disease (n=13); stage II=spondylosis (n=42); stage III=spondylosis with restricted motion (n=11); and stage IV-cervical spondylotic myelopathy (n=15). Findings on kinematic MR images were compared to those on flexion and extension radiographs, myelography, CT-myelography and static MR imaging. Furthermore, the influence of kinematic MR imaging on surgical management and intra-operative patient positioning was determined. Results: Additional information obtained by kinematic MR imaging changed the therapeutic management in 7 of 11 (64%) patients with stage III disease, and in 13 of 15 (87%) patients with stage IV disease. Instead of an anterior approach, a posterior surgical approach was chosen in 3 of 11 patients (27%) with stage III disease and in 6 of 15 patients (40%) with stage IV disease. Hyperextension of the neck was avoided intra-operatively in 4 patients (27%) with cervical spondylotic myelopathy, and in 1 patient with stage II (2%) and in 1 patient with stage III (9%) disease. Kinematic MR imaging provided additional information in all patients with stages III and IV disease except in 1 patient with stage III disease, when compared to flexion and extension radiographs, myelography, CT-myelography and static MR examination. Conclusion: Kinematic MR imaging adds additional information when compared to conventional imaging methods in patients with advanced stages of degenerative disease of the cervical spine. (orig.)

  18. Morphological and functional abnormalities in mitochondria associated with synaptic degeneration in prion disease.

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    Sisková, Zuzana; Mahad, Don Joseph; Pudney, Carianne; Campbell, Graham; Cadogan, Mark; Asuni, Ayodeji; O'Connor, Vincent; Perry, Victor Hugh

    2010-09-01

    Synaptic and dendritic pathology is a well-documented component of prion disease. In common with other neurodegenerative diseases that contain an element of protein misfolding, little is known about the underlying mechanisms of synaptic degeneration. In particular, in prion disease the relationship between synaptic malfunction, degeneration, and mitochondria has been neglected. We investigated a wide range of mitochondrial parameters, including changes in mitochondrial density, inner membrane ultrastructure, functional properties and nature of mitochondrial DNA from hippocampal tissue of mice with prion disease, which have ongoing synaptic pathology. Our results indicate that despite a lack of detectable changes in either mitochondrial density or expression of the mitochondrial proteins, mitochondrial function was impaired when compared with age-matched control animals. We observed changes in mitochondrial inner membrane morphology and a reduction in the cytochrome c oxidase activity relative to a sustained level of mitochondrial proteins such as porin and individual, functionally important subunits of complex II and complex IV. These data support the idea that mitochondrial dysfunction appears to occur due to inhibition or modification of respiratory complex rather than deletions of mitochondrial DNA. Indeed, these changes were seen in the stratum radiatum where synaptic pathology is readily detected, indicating that mitochondrial function is impaired and could potentially contribute to or even initiate the synaptic pathology in prion disease.

  19. 大鼠颈椎间盘退行性变后软骨细胞凋亡及形态学改变%Chondrocyte apoptosis and morphological changes of degenerated cervical intervertebral disc in rats

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    王拥军; 施杞; 李家顺; 贾连顺; 周重建; 刘梅; 周泉

    2004-01-01

    背景:椎间盘软骨终板是椎间盘营养渗透的主要途径,又是维持脊柱生物力学的重要结构之一.对其重要性的认识及相关研究日益深入,但对椎间盘退行性变的确切原因仍不清楚.目的:动态观察大鼠颈部动静力失去平衡后颈椎间盘软骨细胞凋亡的形态学改变以及凋亡率.设计:采用完全随机对照设计.地点和对象:实验在上海中医药大学脊柱病研究所完成,对象为8月龄清洁级SD大鼠60只,雌雄各30只.干预:将雌雄大鼠分别按随机数字表法分为3,5,7月对照组与模型组,每组10只,雌雄各5只.取大鼠颈背部正中纵向切口,切开皮肤后,充分游离各层肌肉,横向切断深群颈夹肌和头、颈、寰最长肌,完全切除颈髂肋肌与头半棘肌,然后再依次切断C2~C7棘上和棘间韧带,建立的动静力失衡性颈椎间盘退行性变模型.主要观察指标:3,5,7月后椎间盘软骨细胞凋亡程度.结果:退行性变椎间盘内有典型凋亡的软骨细胞.与对照组比较,各个模型组软骨细胞凋亡指数明显升高(P<0.01);模型组间比较,TUNEL法5,7月软骨细胞凋亡指数分别为36.59±5.93和36 36±5.13较3月(27.73±4.12)明显升高(P<0.01),流式细胞仪PI法5,7月细胞凋亡指数分别为37.56±3.82和28.02±3.48较3月(21.45±2.23)明显升高(P<0.01).结论:退行性变椎间盘软骨终板内软骨细胞凋亡数目增多,这可能是椎间盘退行性变的重要机制之一.%BACKGROUND: The cartilage endplate of intervertebral disc, the main way of the nutrition pervasion in intervertebral disc, is also one of the important structures in maintaining the biodynamics of spine. Though its importance and related researches were recognized further, the actual reasons for degeneration of intervertebral disc still remains unclear.OBJECTIVE: To dynamically observe the morphological changes of the chondyrocyte apoptosis and the apoptotic rate of chondyrocytes in the degenerated

  20. Finite element analysis of the effects of disc degeneration on the biomechanical behavior of the cervical spine%颈椎间盘退变对颈椎生物力学影响的有限元研究

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    王诗成; 潘磊; 黄必留; 孔抗美; 王新家

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of disc degeneration on the biomechanical behavior of the cervical spinal motion segment,an anatomic detailed finite element model of the lower cervical spine (C4-C5-C6) and three finite element models of lower cervical spine (C4-C5-C6) with three different grades of progressive disc degeneration (lightly,moderately,severely) at the (C5-6) level were developed. Methods Three finite element models with progressive grades of disc degeneration(lightly,moderately,severely) at the (C5-6) level were established by modify-ing the material properties and height of the disc according to normal finite element model. The biomechanical parameters such as the displacement of disc,Von Mises stresses in the annulus fi-brosus,intradiscal-pressure in the nucleus pulposus and the forces in the facet joints were mea-sured under 45 N axial compressive loading. Results Three finite element models of lower cer-vical spine(C4-C5-C6)with three different grades of progressive disc degeneration at (C5-6) level have been developed. According to the models,both disc axial displacement and disc bulge ob-viously decreased in MD and SD under axial pressure (45 N),but increased in LD. It was showed that compressive pressure on outer annular fibrosus were increasing but the pressure on nucleus pulposus was decreasing. The compressive stress and von mises stress of facets in-creased in LD under axial pressure,but decreased in MD and SD. Conclusion The stability of spine was decreased on spinal motion segment with slight disc degeneration. The conditions were opposite with moderate and severe disc degeneration. This is likely a compensatory mechanism to maintain the stability of spine.%目的:建立人体颈椎C4-C5-C6节段颈椎间盘退变三维有限元模型,分析椎间盘退变对颈椎运动节段生物力学的影响。方法通过改变椎间盘材料特性和高度等参数,建立椎间盘轻度退变模型(LD)、中度退变模型(MD)

  1. The species-specific regenerative effects of notochordal cell-conditioned medium on chondrocyte-like cells derived from degenerated human intervertebral discs

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    Bach, F C; de Vries, S A; Krouwels, A; Creemers, L B; Ito, K; Meij, B P; Tryfonidou, M A

    2015-01-01

    During intervertebral disc (IVD) maturation, the main cell type shifts from notochordal cells (NCs) to chondrocyte-like cells (CLCs). NCs secrete factors with regenerative potential, making them an interesting focus for regenerative treatments. During initial development, these strategies preferably

  2. The species-specific regenerative effects of notochordal cell-conditioned medium on chondrocyte-like cells derived from degenerated human intervertebral discs.

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    Bach, FC; de Vries, S A H; Krouwels, A; Creemers, L B; Ito, K; Meij, B P; Tryfonidou, M A

    2015-01-01

    During intervertebral disc (IVD) maturation, the main cell type shifts from notochordal cells (NCs) to chondrocyte-like cells (CLCs). NCs secrete factors with regenerative potential, making them an interesting focus for regenerative treatments. During initial development, these strategies preferably

  3. 艾灸对兔退变颈椎间盘蛋白多糖含量的影响%Effect of Moxibustion on the Contents of Proteoglycan of Rabbits with Degeneration of Cervical Intervertebral Disc

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    蔡洁; 彭锐; 熊勇

    2011-01-01

    Objective:To observe the effect of moxibustion on the contents of proteoglycan of rabbits with degeneration of cervical in-tervertebral disc, and to explore its potential mechanism. Methods: Twenty-four Japanese white rabbits were divided into three groups at random: moxibustion group, model group and normal group, 8 in each group. Model of degeneration of cervical interver-tebral disc was established with modified fixation in sixty-degree flexion, and intervention was used at the beginning of model preparation. Animals in the moxibustion group were treated with moxibustion applied on cervical paravertebral point (EX-B 2) (each acupoint for 15minutes, once a day); animals in the nomal group with nothing. The intervertebral disc tissues were harvested three months after model preparation, and the proteoglycan contents were measured. Results:The contents of proteoglycan in the model group were significantly decreased (P0. 05). Conclusion: Moxibustion can prevent depression of the contents of proteoglycan, which may contribute to the therapeutic effect of moxibustion on degeneration of cervical intervertebral disc.%目的:观察艾灸对兔退变颈椎间盘蛋白多糖的影响,探讨艾灸防治颈椎间盘退变的作用及可能机制.方法:24只日本大耳白兔随机分为艾灸组、模型组和正常组,每组8只,采用颈椎曲位固定法制备兔颈椎间盘退变模型,造模后立即干预.艾灸组温和灸颈部夹脊穴,每穴15min,1次/d.造模3月后,各组取出退变椎间盘组织,测量其蛋白多糖含量.结果:模型组椎间盘蛋白多糖含量明显减少(P0.05).结论:艾灸可防止兔颈椎间盘蛋白多糖含童过度减少,对兔颈椎间盘退变有一定延缓作用.

  4. EEG Dominant Frequency Peak Differentiates Between Alzheimer's Disease and Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration.

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    Goossens, Joery; Laton, Jorne; Van Schependom, Jeroen; Gielen, Jeroen; Struyfs, Hanne; Van Mossevelde, Sara; Van den Bossche, Tobi; Goeman, Johan; De Deyn, Peter Paul; Sieben, Anne; Martin, Jean-Jacques; Van Broeckhoven, Christine; van der Zee, Julie; Engelborghs, Sebastiaan; Nagels, Guy

    2017-01-01

    We investigated the power of EEG as biomarker in differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). EEG was recorded from 106 patients with AD or FTLD, of which 37 had a definite diagnosis, and 40 controls. Dominant frequency peaks were extracted for all 19 channels, for each subject. The average frequency of the largest dominant frequency peaks (maxpeak) was significantly lower in AD than FTLD patients and controls. Based on ROC analysis, classification could be made with diagnostic accuracy of 78.9%. Our findings show that quantitative analysis of EEG maxpeak frequency is an easy and useful measure for differential dementia diagnosis.

  5. Treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease-associated radicular pain with culture-expanded autologous mesenchymal stem cells: a pilot study on safety and efficacy.

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    Centeno, Christopher; Markle, Jason; Dodson, Ehren; Stemper, Ian; Williams, Christopher J; Hyzy, Matthew; Ichim, Thomas; Freeman, Michael

    2017-09-22

    Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common cause of lower back pain with radicular symptoms and has a significant socioeconomic impact given the associated disability. Limited effective conservative therapeutic options result in many turning to surgical alternatives for management, which vary in the rate of success and also carry an increased risk of morbidity and mortality associated with the procedures. Several animal based studies and a few human pilot studies have demonstrated safety and suggest efficacy in the treatment of DDD with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The use of bone marrow-derived MSCs for the treatment of DDD is promising and in the present study we report on the safety and efficacy findings from a registry based proof of concept study using a percutaneous intradiscal injection of cultured MSCs for the management of DDD with associated radicular symptoms. Thirty-three patients with lower back pain and disc degeneration with a posterior disc bulge diagnosed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) met the inclusion criteria and were treated with culture-expanded, autologous, bone marrow-derived MSCs. Prospective registry data was obtained at multiple time intervals up to 6 years post-treatment. Collected outcomes included numeric pain score (NPS), a modified single assessment numeric evaluation (SANE) rating, functional rating index (FRI), measurement of the intervertebral disc posterior dimension, and adverse events. Three patients reported pain related to procedure that resolved. There were no serious adverse events (i.e. death, infection, or tumor) associated with the procedure. NPS change scores relative to baseline were significant at 3, 36, 48, 60, and 72 months post-treatment. The average modified SANE ratings showed a mean improvement of 60% at 3 years post-treatment. FRI post-treatment change score averages exceeded the minimal clinically important difference at all time points except 12 months. Twenty of the patients treated underwent

  6. Follow-up Study on the Motion Range after Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease with the Bryan Cervical Disc Prosthesis

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    YANG Shuhua; HU Yong; ZHAO Jijun; HE Xianfeng; LIU Yong; XU Weihua; DU Jingyuan; FU Dehao

    2007-01-01

    This study examined effect of a new intervertebral cervical disc prosthesis in relieving the neurological symptoms and signs, improving the patients' ability to perform daily activities, reducing pain, and maintaining the stability and segmental motion. From December 2003 to October 2004, 12 patients, who had received 14 replacements of cervical artificial discs, were followed-up for 2 to 8 months (with a mean of 5.2 months). Of them 5 had cervical spondylotic myelopathy and 7 had cervical disc herniation. The patients included 7 males and 5 females, with their age ranging from 35 to 62 y and a mean of 50.3 y. Single-level replacements were performed in 10 cases and 2 cases received two-level replacement. Operation time of the single-level surgery averaged 130±50 min and the time of two-level surgery was 165±53 min on average (from skin incision to skin suturing).Neurological or vascular complications during or after surgery was not observed. Japanese Orthopedic Association scores (JOA scores) increased from 8.6 to 15.8 on average. There was no prothesis subsidence or excursion. Replaced segments were stable and the range of motion was partially restored, being 4.68° (3.6°-6.1°) in flexion and extension position and 3.51° (2.5°-4.6°) 3.42° (2.6°-4.3°) in left and right bending position. No obvious loss of physiological curvature was noted. CT or MRI follow-up showed that excursion was less than 1.5 mm) in 2 of 14 levels and between 1.5 mm and 3 mm) in 1 of 14 levels. No ossification in the replaced levels was observed. It is concluded that satisfactory short-term results were achieved in the 12 cases of artificial disc replacements. Different from anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, the replacement could achieve quick functional recovery and did not lead to the movement limitation of cervical vertebrae. At least a 5-years follow-up was needed to assess the long-term effect of the prosthesis on its neighboring segments.

  7. Relationship between nigrostriatal dopaminergic degeneration, urinary symptoms, and bladder control in Parkinson's disease

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    Winge, K; Friberg, L; Werdelin, L;

    2005-01-01

    Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) often have lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Studies have indicated a correlation between dopaminergic degeneration and LUTS and presence of overactive bladder. We evaluated 18 patients with Parkinson's disease using single-photon emission computerized...... tomography (SPECT) imaging of the dopamine transporter with [(123)I]-FP-CIT, and bladder symptoms were assessed using questionnaires and full urodynamic evaluation both in medicated state and after cessation. Bladder symptoms correlated with age, stage and severity of disease but not with uptake...... of the ligand in the striatum. Patients with bladder symptoms had a significant lower uptake in the striatum compared with patients without LUTS. In patients with severe bladder dysfunction, LUTS correlated with putamen/caudate ratio. The specific binding of the ligand did not correlate with urodynamics...

  8. 烟酰胺对压力诱发免腰椎间盘退变的保护作用%Protective effects of Niacinamide against axial loading induced degeneration of rabbit lumbar disc

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    周建国; 杨述华; 杨操; 邵增务; 徐蔚蔚; 郭兵; 俞旭东; 熊蠡茗

    2009-01-01

    的椎间盘恢复.%BACKGROUND:Recent studies have demonstrated that Niacinamide is capable of promoting the proliferation of intervertebral cells and improving intervertebral disc degeneration.Overloading is thought to the main cause of intervertebral disc degeneration.However,the protective effects of Niacinamide in loading induced intervertebral disc degeneration remains uncertain,OBJECTIVE:To investigate the protective effects of Niacinamide against axial loading induced degeneration of rabbit lumbar disc.DESIGN,TIME AND SETTING:A randomized controlled experiment was carded out in the Central Laboratory and the Laboratory of Department of Orthopaedics,Union Hospital Affiliated to Tongji Medical College,Huazhong University of Science and Technology from November 2008 to April 2009.MATERIALS:Twenty-four Japanese white rabbits (4 months old,weighing 2.0 kg).Niacinamide was supplied by Tianjin Damao Chemical Reagent Factory.METHODS:Twenty-four Japanese white rabbits were randomly divided into 6 groups.The controllable axial loading induced rabbit lumbar disc degeneration model was adopted to impose 98N pressure on the rabbit discs to induce degeneration.Various doses of Niacinamide were given intragastrically to the rabbits in different groups:2 rabbits in group 1,the loading device was installed without pressing,and no Niacinamide was given;2 rabbits in group 2,given 50 mg/kg Niacinamide for 1 week;5 rabbits in group 3,loaded with 98N for 1 week;5 rabbits in group 4,loaded with 98N for 1 week,then the pressure was released for another week's recovery;5 rabbits in group 5,loaded with 98N and given 50 mg/kg Niacinamide for 1 week;5 rabbits in group 6,loaded with 98N for 1 week and then the pressure was released for another week's recovery,50 mg/kg Niacinamide was continually given during the 2 weeks.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:Magnetic resonance image and Thompson's grading system were used to assess degeneration degree of the discs;hematoxylin and eosin staining,immunohistochemical staining for type Ⅱ collagen

  9. Progressive Neuronal Degeneration of Childhood with Liver's Disease (Alpers' Disease) Clinical Features and Neuropathological Studies of 4 Sibling

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    Yupu Guo; Zhong Guo; Haowen Liu; Mingwe Wang; Hongwei Duan; Shufang Gao; Haitao Ren

    2000-01-01

    We report four siblings of a family with Alpers' disease. Three of four siblings occurred diarrhea and myoclonus at the ages of 7 to 8 years old. During the disease evolution, symptoms of subacute encephalopathy such as headache, visual disturbance, cortical blindness, progressive seizures and mental retardation were presented at the ages of 15 to 20 years old. Downhill progression led them to death in multiple organ failure within six to eight months of onset. CT showed hypodensity lesions in the bilateral oc cipital and temporal lobes. Spongiform changes, which characterized by diffuse neuronal degeneration or loss and astrocytosis, were most severe in the gray matter. White matter was slightly involved, while basal ganglia, pons, brain stem and cerebellum were not involved. Physical examination of the only live brother of the four siblings showed short status (165 cm), arched feet and improper nose-pointed test of the left side. Muscle biopsy of him showed a large amount of Red-Ragged (RR) fibers and abnormal mitochondria. Clinical features and pathological findings of autopsy in all the four siblings were consistent with progressive neuronal degeneration of childhood with liver disease (PNDC) - Alpers' disease. The muscle biopsy showed the characteristic findings of mitochondrial myopathy. Our report confirmed the classification of late onset Alpers' disease as a mitochondrial disorders.

  10. Aging is not a disease: distinguishing age-related macular degeneration from aging.

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    Ardeljan, Daniel; Chan, Chi-Chao

    2013-11-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease of the outer retina, characterized most significantly by atrophy of photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium accompanied with or without choroidal neovascularization. Development of AMD has been recognized as contingent on environmental and genetic risk factors, the strongest being advanced age. In this review, we highlight pathogenic changes that destabilize ocular homeostasis and promote AMD development. With normal aging, photoreceptors are steadily lost, Bruch's membrane thickens, the choroid thins, and hard drusen may form in the periphery. In AMD, many of these changes are exacerbated in addition to the development of disease-specific factors such as soft macular drusen. Para-inflammation, which can be thought of as an intermediate between basal and robust levels of inflammation, develops within the retina in an attempt to maintain ocular homeostasis, reflected by increased expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 coupled with shifts in macrophage plasticity from the pro-inflammatory M1 to the anti-inflammatory M2 polarization. In AMD, imbalances in the M1 and M2 populations together with activation of retinal microglia are observed and potentially contribute to tissue degeneration. Nonetheless, the retina persists in a state of chronic inflammation and increased expression of certain cytokines and inflammasomes is observed. Since not everyone develops AMD, the vital question to ask is how the body establishes a balance between normal age-related changes and the pathological phenotypes in AMD.

  11. Histologic observation of intervertebral disc degeneration in lack-leptin mice%瘦素缺乏小鼠椎间盘退变的组织学观察

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    郭震; 李新锋; 戴力扬

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨瘦素在椎间盘退变中的可能作用.方法 采用HE染色观察6月龄雄性ob/ob小鼠(瘦素缺乏小鼠)和野生型小鼠(C57BL小鼠)椎间盘的形态学;免疫组织化学检测Ⅱ型胶原、蛋白聚糖的表达;Real-time PCR检测Ⅱ型胶原、Ⅹ型胶原及蛋白聚糖的基因表达.结果 与野生型小鼠相比,ob/ob小鼠椎间盘HE染色表现为椎间盘组织的胶原结构紊乱、髓核碎裂、椎间盘高度降低,免疫组化检测显示Ⅱ型胶原、蛋白聚糖表达减少,Real-time PCR检测显示Ⅱ型胶原、蛋白聚糖基因表达下调而Ⅹ型胶原基因表达上调,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论活体内瘦素缺乏可能加速小鼠椎间盘退变.%Objective To explore the possible role of leptin in intervertebral disc degeneration. Methods The interver-tebral discs of 6-month-old male ob/ob mice ( lack-leptin mice ) and wild type mice ( C57BL mice ) were histologically observed by HE staining. The expression of collagen II and aggrecan were detected by immunohistochemistry. And the gene expression of collagen II , collagen X and aggrecan were measured by Real-time PCR. Results HE staining results showed collagen disorders, fragmentation of nucleus pulposus, and decreased height of intervertebral disc in ob/ob mice. Compare with the wild type mice, there were decreased protein level of collagen II and aggrecan, downregulated mRNA expression of collagen II and aggrecan, and upregulated mRNA expression of collagen X in ob/ob mice. There was significant difference of the changes between wild type mice and ob/ob mice ( P<0.05 ). Conclusion In vivo, lack of leptin may accelerate intervertebral disc degeneration in mice.

  12. Prevalence and breed predisposition for thoracolumbar intervertebral disc disease in cats.

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    De Decker, Steven; Warner, Anne-Sophie; Volk, Holger A

    2017-04-01

    Objectives The objective was to evaluate the prevalence and possible breed predilections for thoracolumbar intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) in cats. Methods Medical records and imaging studies of cats diagnosed with thoracolumbar IVDD between January 2008 and August 2014 were retrospectively reviewed and compared with the general hospital population. The association between type of IVDD (ie, intervertebral disc extrusion [IVDE] or intervertebral disc protrusion [IVDP]) and breed, age, sex, and duration and severity of clinical signs was also evaluated. Results Of 12,900 cats presented during the study period, 31 (0.24%) were diagnosed with IVDD, including 17 purebred and 14 non-purebred cats. Of all presented purebred cats, 0.52% were diagnosed with thoracolumbar IVDD. More specifically, 1.29% of all British Shorthairs and 1.83% of all presented Persians were diagnosed with IVDD. Compared with the general hospital population, purebred cats ( P = 0.0001), British Shorthairs ( P cats were younger than affected non-purebred cats ( P = 0.02). Of 31 cats with IVDD, 19 were diagnosed with IVDE and 12 with IVDP. Cats with IVDE had a significantly shorter duration of clinical signs ( P = 0.0002) and demonstrated more severe neurological deficits ( P = 0.04) than cats with IVDP. Conclusions and relevance Although thoracolumbar IVDD is an uncommon condition in cats, purebred cats, British Shorthairs and Persians, were overrepresented. It is currently unclear if this represents a true breed predisposition or a higher likelihood of owners of purebred cats seeking referral for advanced diagnostic imaging procedures.

  13. Mesenchymal stem cell regeneration of degenerated intervertebral discs:current status%间充质干细胞移植修复椎间盘退变的研究进展

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    王彦强; 张光武

    2014-01-01

    Low back pain, strongly associated with intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration, affects a large proportion of the population and has major social and economic costs. Current first-line therapies for IVD degeneration such as physical therapy and spinal fusion address symptoms, but do not treat the underlying degeneration. As such, efforts are being directed towards development of therapies aimed at alleviating pain through the restoration of the IVD function. The use of tissue engineering to treat IVD degeneration provides an opportunity to correct the pathological process. Adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), capable of differentiating down the discogenic lineage, have shown promise as a suitable cell source for IVD tissue engineering. However, the use of MSCs for IVD degeneration is still at the stage of preclinical and Phase 1 studies, a number of factors remain to be addressed, including understanding whether and how the MSCs survive and thrive in the hostile microenvironment of the degenerated IVD, identification of suitable biomaterials for cell implantation, and ensuring the safety of MSCs implantation.%下腰痛影响了不少人的生活和工作,造成沉重的社会、经济负担。下腰痛最主要的原因是椎间盘退变,目前临床上治疗椎间盘退变的方法有保守治疗和椎体融合等手术治疗,这些方法可以缓解症状但是不针对退变的原因。通过恢复椎间盘功能来缓解疼痛的方法受到人们关注,利用组织工程学方法逆转椎间盘退变已经实现。成体间充质干细胞可以分化为髓核样细胞为椎间盘组织工程提供了种子细胞。目前这种方法初步应用于临床前研究,但是许多问题有待进一步解决,例如间充质干细胞在宿主椎间盘中如何生存和增殖,移植过程中是否需要生物支架以及移植的安全性等。

  14. Correlation between sagittal plane changes and adjacent segment degeneration following lumbar spine fusion

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    Kumar, Malhar; Baklanov, Andrei; Chopin, Daniel

    2001-01-01

    Adjacent segment degeneration following lumbar spine fusion remains a widely acknowledged problem, but there is insufficient knowledge regarding the factors that contribute to its occurrence. The aim of this study is to analyse the relationship between abnormal sagittal plane configuration of the lumbar spine and the development of adjacent segment degeneration. Eighty-three consecutive patients who underwent lumbar fusion for degenerative disc disease were reviewed retrospectively. Patients ...

  15. The artificial disc: theory, design and materials.

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    Bao, Q B; McCullen, G M; Higham, P A; Dumbleton, J H; Yuan, H A

    1996-06-01

    Low back pain is one of the most common medical conditions in the Western world. Disc degeneration, an inevitable process of aging, of variable rate and degree, is one of the major causes of low back pain. Currently, there are two major surgical interventions for treating conditions related to the degenerative disc: discectomy and fusion. Although discectomy and fusion produce a relatively good short-term clinical result in relieving pain, both these surgical treatments alter the biomechanics of the spine, possibly leading to further degeneration of the surrounding tissues and the discs at adjacent levels. Over the past 35 years, a tremendous effort has been made to develop an artificial disc to replace the degenerated disc. The goal is the restoration of the natural biomechanics of the segment after disc excision, thus relieving pain and preventing further degeneration at adjacent segments. However, the artificial disc faces a complex biomechanical environment which makes replication of the biomechanics difficult and long-term survival challenging to designs and materials. The purpose of this article is to examine the factors of importance in designing a disc replacement. Topics covered include the structure and function of the natural disc, the changes that occur with disc degeneration and existing methods of treatment for the degenerative spine. The progress in achieving a functional, long-lasting disc replacement is outlined.

  16. A New Perspective on Intercalated Disc Organization: Implications for Heart Disease

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    Jifen Li

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Adherens junctions and desmosomes are intercellular adhesive junctions and essential for the morphogenesis, differentiation, and maintenance of tissues that are subjected to high mechanical stress, including heart and skin. The different junction complexes are organized at the termini of the cardiomyocyte called the intercalated disc. Disruption of adhesive integrity via mutations in genes encoding desmosomal proteins causes an inherited heart disease, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC. Besides plakoglobin, which is shared by adherens junctions and desmosomes, other desmosomal components, desmoglein-2, desmocollin-2, plakophilin-2, and desmoplakin are also present in ultrastructurally defined fascia adherens junctions of heart muscle, but not other tissues. This mixed-type of junctional structure is termed hybrid adhering junction or area composita. Desmosomal plakophilin-2 directly interacts with adherens junction protein alphaT-catenin, providing a new molecular link between the cadherin-catenin complex and desmosome. The area composita only exists in the cardiac intercalated disc of mammalian species suggesting that it evolved to strengthen mechanical coupling in the heart of higher vertebrates. The cross-talk among different junctions and their implication in the pathogenesis of ARVC are discussed in this review.

  17. Association between macular degeneration and mild to moderate chronic kidney disease

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    Chen, Chun-Yu; Dai, Ciou-Sia; Lee, Chin-Chan; Shyu, Yu-Chiau; Huang, Ting-Shuo; Yeung, Ling; Sun, Chi-Chin; Yang, Huang-Yu; Wu, I-Wen

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and macular degeneration (MD) are 2 grave diseases leading to significant disability secondary to renal failure and blindness. The 2 diseases share not only common risk factors but also similar pathogenic mechanisms to renal and retinal injuries. Previous epidemiological studies indicated association between these 2 diseases. However, this concept is challenged by recent investigations. Patients with mild to moderate CKD (n = 30,696) between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2005 were selected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Database. Controls (n = 122,784) were matched by age, gender, diabetes mellitus type 2, and hypertension status (1:4 ratios). The risk of MD was compared between the 2 groups. The mean age of patients was 54.9 ± 15.7 years. The proportion of MD was 2.7% in mild to moderate CKD patients and 1.9% in normal controls (P disease, and peripheral vascular disease, model 2; OR: 1.369; 95% CI: 1.264–1.484; P < 0.001) and all these factors (model 3; OR: 1.320, 95% CI: 1.218–1.431, P < 0.001). This association was consistent in the subanalysis, excluding those patients with diabetic retinopathy. Proper diagnosis and timely intervention should be warranted to retard visual loss of these patients. PMID:28296786

  18. Acquired hepatocerebral degeneration and hepatic encephalopathy: correlations and variety of clinical presentations in overt and subclinical liver disease

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    Fernando G. Romeiro

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    Full Text Available Acquired hepatocerebral degeneration (AHD and hepatolenticular degeneration can have similar clinical presentations, but when a chronic liver disease and atypical motor findings coexist, the distinction between AHD and hepatic encephalopathy (HE can be even more complicated. We describe three cases of AHD (two having HE with different neuroimaging findings, distinct hepatic diseases and similar motor presentations, all presenting chronic arterial hypertension and weight loss before the disease manifestations. The diagnosis and physiopathology are commented upon and compared with previous reports. In conclusion, there are many correlations among HE, hepatolenticular degeneration and AHD, but the overlapping of AHD and HE could be more common depending on the clinical knowledge and diagnostic criteria adopted for each condition. Since AHD is not considered a priority that affects the liver transplant list, the prognosis in AHD patients remains poor, and flow interruption in portosystemic shunts must always be taken into account.

  19. Training for motor function after removal of nucleus pulposus in protrusion of lumbar intervertebral discs%腰椎间盘突出症髓核摘除术后运动功能训练

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    王媛

    2003-01-01

    @@ INTRODUCIION Protrusion of lumbar intervertebral discs is a kind of disease causedby protrusion of nucleus pulposus to vertebral canal due to degen-eration and rupture of lumbar intervertebral discs and stimulationand compression on neighboring nerve roots. Therapeutic effects afteroperation has a direct relationship with postoperative rehabilitationnursing.

  20. Magnetic resonance imaging of lumbar spine disc diseases. Frequency of false negatives; Imagerie par resonance magnetique pour pathologie discale lombaire. Frequence des faux-negatifs

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    Berthelot, J.M.; Maugars, Y.; Delecrin, Y.; Caillon, F.; Prost, A. [Hopital Hotel-Dieu de Nantes, 44 (France)

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    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has had an impressive impact on evaluation of degenerative diseases of the spine. Nevertheless, false negatives can occur on images involving lumbar discs. Degenerative disc diseases documented on discography and/or pathology examination of the discs can go unrecognized. Likewise sensitivity for the detection of protruding disc hernias is not totally satisfactory (20% false negatives). Finally, a magnetic resonance image visualizing displacement of the disc is not specific (10 to 15% false positives); images showing protrusion or hernia can be seen in 30% of asymptomatic patients. Although MRI gives slightly more information than other imaging techniques, false images do exist. Moreover, the usefulness of MRI to demonstrate disc disease in case of a negative CT-scan remains to be demonstrated. (authors). 26 refs.

  1. Artificial disc and vertebra system: a novel motion preservation device for cervical spinal disease after vertebral corpectomy

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    Dong, Jun; Lu, Meng; Lu, Teng; Liang, Baobao; Xu, Junkui; Qin, Jie; Cai, Xuan; Huang, Sihua; Wang, Dong; Li, Haopeng; He, Xijing

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To determine the range of motion and stability of the human cadaveric cervical spine after the implantation of a novel artificial disc and vertebra system by comparing an intact group and a fusion group. METHODS: Biomechanical tests were conducted on 18 human cadaveric cervical specimens. The range of motion and the stability index range of motion were measured to study the function and stability of the artificial disc and vertebra system of the intact group compared with the fusion group. RESULTS: In all cases, the artificial disc and vertebra system maintained intervertebral motion and reestablished vertebral height at the operative level. After its implantation, there was no significant difference in the range of motion (ROM) of C3–7 in all directions in the non-fusion group compared with the intact group (p>0.05), but significant differences were detected in flexion, extension and axial rotation compared with the fusion group (pvertebra system could restore vertebral height and preserve the dynamic function of the surgical area and could theoretically reduce the risk of adjacent segment degeneration compared with the anterior fusion procedure. However, our results should be considered with caution because of the low power of the study. The use of a larger sample should be considered in future studies. PMID:26222819

  2. Wet Macular Degeneration

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    ... macular degeneration Overview By Mayo Clinic Staff Wet macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that causes blurred vision or a blind spot in your visual field. It's generally caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into ... macular degeneration is one of two types of age-related ...

  3. Non-exercise physical activity attenuates motor symptoms in Parkinson disease independent from nigrostriatal degeneration.

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    Snider, Jonathan; Müller, Martijn L T M; Kotagal, Vikas; Koeppe, Robert A; Scott, Peter J H; Frey, Kirk A; Albin, Roger L; Bohnen, Nicolaas I

    2015-10-01

    To investigate the relationship between time spent in non-exercise and exercise physical activity and severity of motor functions in Parkinson disease (PD). Increasing motor impairments of PD incline many patients to a sedentary lifestyle. We investigated the relationship between duration of both non-exercise and exercise physical activity over a 4-week period using the Community Health Activities Model Program for Seniors (CHAMPS) questionnaire and severity of clinical motor symptoms in PD. We accounted for the magnitude of nigrostriatal degeneration. Cross-sectional study. PD subjects, n = 48 (40 M); 69.4 ± 7.4 (56-84) years old; 8.4 ± 4.2 (2.5-20) years motor disease duration, mean UPDRS motor score 27.5 ± 10.3 (7-53) and mean MMSE score 28.4 ± 1.9 (22-30) underwent [(11)C]dihydrotetrabenazine (DTBZ) PET imaging to assess nigrostriatal denervation and completed the CHAMPS questionnaire and clinical assessment. Bivariate correlations showed an inverse relationship between motor UPDRS severity scores and duration of non-exercise physical activity (R = -0.37, P = 0.0099) but not with duration of exercise physical activity (R = -0.05, P = 0.76) over 4 weeks. Multiple regression analysis using UPDRS motor score as outcome variable demonstrated a significant regressor effect for duration of non-exercise physical activity (F = 6.15, P = 0.017) while accounting for effects of nigrostriatal degeneration (F = 4.93, P = 0.032), levodopa-equivalent dose (LED; F = 1.07, P = 0.31), age (F = 4.37, P = 0.043) and duration of disease (F = 1.46, P = 0.23; total model (F = 5.76, P = 0.0004). Non-exercise physical activity is a correlate of motor symptom severity in PD independent of the magnitude of nigrostriatal degeneration. Non-exercise physical activity may have positive effects on functional performance in PD. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  4. Association between nutritional status and Modic classification in degenerative disc disease.

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    Seyithanoglu, Hakan; Aydin, Teoman; Taşpınar, Ozgur; Camli, Adil; Kiziltan, Huriye; Eris, Ali Hikmet; Hocaoglu, Ilknur Turk; Ozder, Aclan; Denizli, Ebru; Kepekci, Muge; Keskin, Yasar; Mutluer, Ahmet Serdar

    2016-04-01

    [Purpose] This study was conducted to examine the association between Modic classification and the eating habits in patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) and to determine the influence of nutrition on disease severity. [Subjects and Methods] Sixty patients with DDD visiting a low back pain outpatient clinic were enrolled. Through face-to-face interviews, they completed questionnaires regarding their demographics, disease activity, smoking and alcohol use, concomitant diseases, disease duration, and nutritional status.Exclusion criteria were age 65 years, other comorbidities, missing MRI data, and inability to speak Turkish. [Results] Forty patients were finally included in the study. The frequency with which they consumed water, salt, fast food, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, whole wheat bread, white bread, butter, and margarine was recorded. A weak negative correlation was observed between the Modic types and fish and egg consumption. [Conclusion] Modic changes, which indicate the severity of DDD, seem to be correlated to patients' dietary habits. However, studies with comparison groups and larger samples are needed to confirm our promising results before any cause-and-effect relationship can be proposed.

  5. Association between nutritional status and Modic classification in degenerative disc disease

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    Seyithanoglu, Hakan; Aydin, Teoman; Taşpınar, Ozgur; Camli, Adil; Kiziltan, Huriye; Eris, Ali Hikmet; Hocaoglu, Ilknur Turk; Ozder, Aclan; Denizli, Ebru; Kepekci, Muge; Keskin, Yasar; Mutluer, Ahmet Serdar

    2016-01-01

    [Purpose] This study was conducted to examine the association between Modic classification and the eating habits in patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) and to determine the influence of nutrition on disease severity. [Subjects and Methods] Sixty patients with DDD visiting a low back pain outpatient clinic were enrolled. Through face-to-face interviews, they completed questionnaires regarding their demographics, disease activity, smoking and alcohol use, concomitant diseases, disease duration, and nutritional status.Exclusion criteria were age 65 years, other comorbidities, missing MRI data, and inability to speak Turkish. [Results] Forty patients were finally included in the study. The frequency with which they consumed water, salt, fast food, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, whole wheat bread, white bread, butter, and margarine was recorded. A weak negative correlation was observed between the Modic types and fish and egg consumption. [Conclusion] Modic changes, which indicate the severity of DDD, seem to be correlated to patients’ dietary habits. However, studies with comparison groups and larger samples are needed to confirm our promising results before any cause-and-effect relationship can be proposed. PMID:27190462

  6. Cystic degeneration of neuro endocrine tumor of pancreas and Crohn's disease: true or coincidental association?

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    Hedfi, Mohamed; Abbasi, Imed; Intissar, Chibani; Salwa, Ammar; Chouchen, Adnen

    2016-01-01

    Pancreatic endocrine tumors (PETs) or islet cell tumors are rare lesions, the incidence of which is estimated to be less than 1 per 100,000 person-years in the general population. PETs can be divided into functional (exhibit a distinct clinical syndrome due to hormone hypersecretion) and non-functional tumors. The majority of PETs are non-functional. In spite of their rarity, cystic neoplasms of the pancreas are characterized by existing or potential malignancy that cannot be ignored during decisive process with regard to the choice of treatment. The purpose of this workis to find an association with Crohn's disease and cystic degeneration of a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas. Crohn's disease may affect extraintestinal organs, including the pancreas. In such cases, It seems certain that many patients diagnosed with Crohn disease (CD) are predisposed to a wider spectrum of cancers. We present a case of pancreatic cyst with no typical features of pseudocyst in the medical interview, with history of Crohn's disease, treated by caudal pancreatectomy. We tried to evaluate the clinical and morphological features of so-called cystic neoplasms associated with inflammatory bowel disease and to define their pathological characteristics.

  7. Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers for differentiation of frontotemporal lobar degeneration from Alzheimer's disease.

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    Irwin, David J; Trojanowski, John Q; Grossman, Murray

    2013-01-01

    Accurate ante mortem diagnosis in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) is crucial to the development and implementation of etiology-based therapies. Several neurodegenerative disease-associated proteins, including the major protein constituents of inclusions in Alzheimer's disease (AD) associated with amyloid-beta (Aβ(1-42)) plaque and tau neurofibrillary tangle pathology, can be measured in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for diagnostic applications. Comparative studies using autopsy-confirmed samples suggest that CSF total-tau (t-tau) and Aβ(1-42) levels can accurately distinguish FTLD from AD, with a high t-tau to Aβ(1-42) ratio diagnostic of AD; however, there is also an urgent need for FTLD-specific biomarkers. These analytes will require validation in large autopsy-confirmed cohorts and face challenges of standardization of within- and between-laboratory sources of error. In addition, CSF biomarkers with prognostic utility and longitudinal study of CSF biomarker levels over the course of disease are also needed. Current goals in the field include identification of analytes that are easily and reliably measured and can be used alone or in a multi-modal approach to provide an accurate prediction of underlying neuropathology for use in clinical trials of disease modifying treatments in FTLD. To achieve these goals it will be of the utmost importance to view neurodegenerative disease, including FTLD, as a clinicopathological entity, rather than exclusively a clinical syndrome.

  8. Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers for Differentiation of Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration from Alzheimer’s Disease

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    David J Irwin

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Accurate ante mortem diagnosis in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD is crucial to the development and implementation of etiology-based therapies. Several neurodegenerative disease-associated proteins, including the major protein constituents of inclusions in Alzheimer’s disease (AD associated with amyloid-beta (Aβ1-42 plaque and tau neurofibrillary tangle pathology, can be measured in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF for diagnostic applications. Comparative studies using autopsy-confirmed samples suggest that CSF total-tau (t-tau and Aβ1-42 levels can accurately distinguish FTLD from AD, with a high t-tau to Aβ1-42 ratio diagnostic of AD; however, there is also an urgent need for FTLD-specific biomarkers. These analytes will require validation in large autopsy-confirmed cohorts and face challenges of standardization of within- and between-laboratory sources of error. In addition, CSF biomarkers with prognostic utility and longitudinal study of CSF biomarker levels over the course of disease are also needed. Current goals in the field include identification of analytes that are easily and reliably measured and can be used alone or in a multi-modal approach to provide an accurate prediction of underlying neuropathology for use in clinical trials of disease modifying treatments in FTLD. To achieve these goals it will be of the utmost importance to view neurodegenerative disease, including FTLD, as a clinicopathological entity, rather than exclusively a clinical syndrome.

  9. Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers for differentiation of frontotemporal lobar degeneration from Alzheimer's disease

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    Irwin, David J.; Trojanowski, John Q.; Grossman, Murray

    2013-01-01

    Accurate ante mortem diagnosis in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) is crucial to the development and implementation of etiology-based therapies. Several neurodegenerative disease-associated proteins, including the major protein constituents of inclusions in Alzheimer's disease (AD) associated with amyloid-beta (Aβ1−42) plaque and tau neurofibrillary tangle pathology, can be measured in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for diagnostic applications. Comparative studies using autopsy-confirmed samples suggest that CSF total-tau (t-tau) and Aβ1−42 levels can accurately distinguish FTLD from AD, with a high t-tau to Aβ1−42 ratio diagnostic of AD; however, there is also an urgent need for FTLD-specific biomarkers. These analytes will require validation in large autopsy-confirmed cohorts and face challenges of standardization of within- and between-laboratory sources of error. In addition, CSF biomarkers with prognostic utility and longitudinal study of CSF biomarker levels over the course of disease are also needed. Current goals in the field include identification of analytes that are easily and reliably measured and can be used alone or in a multi-modal approach to provide an accurate prediction of underlying neuropathology for use in clinical trials of disease modifying treatments in FTLD. To achieve these goals it will be of the utmost importance to view neurodegenerative disease, including FTLD, as a clinicopathological entity, rather than exclusively a clinical syndrome. PMID:23440936

  10. Medium-term outcomes of artificial disc replacement for severe cervical disc narrowing

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    Chao-Hung Yeh

    2014-01-01

    Conclusions: Acceptable clinical outcome for treatment of severe cervical disc narrowing with cervical disc replacement technique has been performed in current study. Most patients maintained good postoperative mobility and no significant adjacent level degeneration were found. Cervical disc replacement may be applicable in treatment of severe cervical disc narrowing; however, longer follow-ups are required for ensuring the long-term efficacy of cervical disc replacement.

  11. 胸腰段陈旧性压缩性骨折患者椎体变形与相邻椎间盘退变的相关性%Correlation of vertebral body deformity and adjacent disc degeneration in patients with old thoracolumbar compression fractures

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    崔运能; 李绍林; 赵银霞; 岑黄

    2015-01-01

    Objective To assess the correlation between vertebral body deformity and degeneration of the adjacent intervertebral discs in patients with old thoracolumbar compression fractures. Methods Seventy-one patients who had been conservatively treated after single segment thoracolumbar compression fractures between April, 2011 and May, 2014 were enrolled in this study. Both radiographic and magnetic resonance (MR) images of the thoracolumbar segment were obtained. The involved vertebral body deformity was rated on radiography according to the Genant criterion, and the degeneration of the adjacent cephalic and caudal discs was assessed on MR images using the Oner and Pfirrmann classification schemes, respectively. The relationship between vertebral body deformity and adjacent disc changes was assessed using correlation analysis, and the changes in the adjacent cranial and caudal discs was compared. Results The Genant classification of the involved vertebral bodies was moderately correlated with Oner morphological scores (r=0.48, P0.05). The Oner classification of the adjacent cephalic discs was higher than that of the adjacent caudal discs (P0.05),变形椎体相邻头侧的椎间盘Oner分度较相邻尾侧椎间盘高(P0.05)。结论胸腰段椎体压缩性骨折主要影响相邻头侧椎间盘的形态,两者严重程度相一致,而相邻尾侧椎间盘不受影响。

  12. The role of TREM2 R47H as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease

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    Lill, Christina M; Rengmark, Aina; Pihlstrøm, Lasse;

    2015-01-01

    A rare variant in TREM2 (p.R47H, rs75932628) was recently reported to increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and, subsequently, other neurodegenerative diseases, i.e. frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson's disease (PD). Here we...

  13. Parametric T2 and T2* mapping techniques to visualize intervertebral disc degeneration in patients with low back pain: initial results on the clinical use of 3.0 Tesla MRI

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    Welsch, Goetz Hannes [Medical University of Vienna, MR Center - High Field MR, Department of Radiology, Vienna (Austria); University of Erlangen, Department of Trauma Surgery, Erlangen (Germany); Trattnig, Siegfried; Goed, Sabine; Stelzeneder, David [Medical University of Vienna, MR Center - High Field MR, Department of Radiology, Vienna (Austria); Paternostro-Sluga, Tatjana [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Physical Therapy, Vienna (Austria); Bohndorf, Klaus [Klinikum Augsburg, Department of Radiology, Augsburg (Germany); Mamisch, Tallal Charles [Medical University of Vienna, MR Center - High Field MR, Department of Radiology, Vienna (Austria); University of Berne, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Berne (Switzerland)

    2011-05-15

    To assess, compare and correlate quantitative T2 and T2* relaxation time measurements of intervertebral discs (IVDs) in patients suffering from low back pain, with respect to the IVD degeneration as assessed by the morphological Pfirrmann Score. Special focus was on the spatial variation of T2 and T2* between the annulus fibrosus (AF) and the nucleus pulposus (NP). Thirty patients (mean age: 38.1 {+-} 9.1 years; 20 female, 10 male) suffering from low back pain were included. Morphological (sagittal T1-FSE, sagittal and axial T2-FSE) and biochemical (sagittal T2- and T2* mapping) MRI was performed at 3 Tesla covering IVDs L1-L2 to L5-S1. All IVDs were morphologically classified using the Pfirrmann score. Region-of-interest (ROI) analysis was performed on midsagittal T2 and T2* maps at five ROIs from anterior to posterior to obtain information on spatial variation between the AF and the NP. Statistical analysis-of-variance and Pearson correlation was performed. The spatial variation as an increase in T2 and T2* values from the AF to the NP was highest at Pfirmann grade I and declined at higher Pfirmann grades II-IV (p < 0.05). With increased IVD degeneration, T2 and T2* revealed a clear differences in the NP, whereas T2* was additionally able to depict changes in the posterior AF. Correlation between T2 and T2* showed a medium Pearson's correlation (0.210 to 0.356 [p < 0.001]). The clear differentiation of IVD degeneration and the possible quantification by means of T2 and fast T2* mapping may provide a new tool for follow-up therapy protocols in patients with low back pain. (orig.)

  14. [The age-related macular degeneration as a vascular disease/part of systemic vasculopathy: contributions to its pathogenesis].

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    Fischer, Tamás

    2015-03-01

    The wall of blood vessels including those in choroids may be harmed by several repeated and/or prolonged mechanical, physical, chemical, microbiological, immunologic, and genetic impacts (risk factors), which may trigger a protracted response, the so-called host defense response. As a consequence, pathological changes resulting in vascular injury (e. g. atherosclerosis, age-related macular degeneration) may be evolved. Risk factors can also act directly on the endothelium through an increased production of reactive oxygen species promoting an endothelial activation, which leads to endothelial dysfunction, the onset of vascular disease. Thus, endothelial dysfunction is a link between the harmful stimulus and vascular injury; any kind of harmful stimuli may trigger the defensive chain that results in inflammation that may lead to vascular injury. It has been shown that even early age-related macular degeneration is associated with the presence of diffuse arterial disease and patients with early age-related macular degeneration demonstrate signs of systemic and retinal vascular alterations. Chronic inflammation, a feature of AMD, is tightly linked to diseases associated with ED: AMD is accompanied by a general inflammatory response, in the form of complement system activation, similar to that observed in degenerative vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. All these facts indicate that age-related macular degeneration may be a vascular disease (or part of a systemic vasculopathy). This recognition could have therapeutic implications because restoration of endothelial dysfunction may prevent the development or improve vascular disease resulting in prevention or improvement of age-related macular degeneration as well.

  15. [Non-pharmacologic therapy of age-related macular degeneration, based on the etiopathogenesis of the disease].

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    Fischer, Tamás

    2015-07-12

    It has a great therapeutic significance that the disorder of the vascular endothelium, which supplies the affected ocular structures, plays a major role in the development of age-related macular degeneration. Chronic inflammation is closely linked to diseases associated with endothelial dysfuncition and age-related macular degeneration is accompanied by a general inflammatory response. The vascular wall including those in chorioids may be activated by several repeated and/or prolonged mechanical, physical, chemical, microbiological, immunologic and genetic factors causing a protracted host defence response with a consequent vascular damage, which leads to age-related macular degeneration. Based on this concept, age-related macular degeneration is a local manifestation of the systemic vascular disease. This recognition should have therapeutic implications because restoration of endothelial dysfunction can stabilize the condition of chronic vascular disease including age-related macular degeneration, as well. Restoration of endothelial dysfunction by non-pharmacological or pharmacological interventions may prevent the development or improve endothelial dysfunction resulting in prevention or improvement of age-related macular degeneration. Non-pharmacological interventions which may have beneficial effect in endothelial dysfunction include (1) smoking cessation; (2) reduction of increased body weight; (3) adequate physical activity; (4) appropriate diet (a) proper dose of flavonoids, polyphenols and kurcumin; (b) omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid; (c) carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthins), (d) management of dietary glycemic index, (e) caloric restriction, and (5) elimination of stressful lifestyle. Non-pharmacological interventions should be preferable even if medicaments are also used for the treatment of endothelial dysfunction.

  16. Burned-out discs stop hurting: fact or fiction?

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    Bendix, Tom; Kjaer, Per; Korsholm, Lars

    2008-01-01

    ). The risk for LBP during the past year attributed to black discs was 11%. CONCLUSION: The data could not support the hypothesis that severely degenerated discs are "burned out" and become less painful. People with black discs had a higher prevalence of LBP compared to those with grey or normal discs...

  17. Perfusion SPECT studies with mapping of Brodmann areas in differentiating Alzheimer's disease from frontotemporal degeneration syndromes.

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    Valotassiou, Varvara; Papatriantafyllou, John; Sifakis, Nikolaos; Tzavara, Chara; Tsougos, Ioannis; Kapsalaki, Eftychia; Hadjigeorgiou, George; Georgoulias, Panagiotis

    2012-12-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the contribution of brain perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) studies with mapping of Brodmann areas (BAs) in the differential diagnosis between Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal degeneration (FTLD) syndromes. Thirty-nine patients with AD and 73 patients with FTLD syndromes [behavioural variant FTLD (bvFTLD); language variant FTLD (lvFTLD), including semantic dementia (SD) and progressive nonfluent aphasia (PNFA); and corticobasal degeneration (CBD)/progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) syndromes] underwent brain perfusion SPECT. The NeuroGam software was used for the semiquantitative evaluation of perfusion in BAs of the left (L) and right (R) hemispheres. Compared with those in AD patients, BAs with statistically significant hypoperfusion were found in the prefrontal, orbitofrontal and cingulated cortices and Broca's areas of FTLD and bvFTLD patients; in the temporal and prefrontal cortices and Broca's areas of lvFTLD patients; in the left temporal gyrus of SD patients; in premotor and supplementary motor, prefrontal, orbitofrontal, temporal and anterior cingulated cortices and Broca's areas of PNFA patients; and in the prefrontal, temporal, posterior cingulated and primary and secondary visual cortices of CBD/PSP patients. BA 46R could differentiate AD patients from FTLD and bvFTLD patients; 21L and 25L were found to be independent predictors for lvFTLD in comparison with AD, and 25R, 21L and 23R could differentiate AD patients from PNFA, SD and CBD/PSP patients, respectively. Brain perfusion SPECT with BA mapping in AD and FTLD patients could improve the definition of brain areas that are specifically implicated in these disorders, resulting in a more accurate differential diagnosis.

  18. Treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration by bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell transplantation%骨髓间充质干细胞治疗椎间盘退变的研究进展

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    赵泽; 张洋; 王娟; 陈长青

    2015-01-01

    Objective To review the research and progress of treating intervertebral disc degeneration ( IDD) by using BMSCs transplantation, and provide theoretical basis for further basic researches. Methods CNKI database and ISI Web of Knowledge database from 2000 to 2014 were retrieved by the first author with the key words of " bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs), cell therapy, intervertebral disc degeneration ( IDD )" in Chinese and in English, respectively. The biological characteristics and cultivation of BMSCs, the influence factors of BMSCs differentiate into intervertebral disc cells and cell therapy for IDD by BMSCs transplantation in vivo were summarized. Results We can obtain enough amount of BMSCs. BMSCs has low immunogenicity and good differentiation potential, and these make BMSCs a very good seed cell source for cell therapy of IDD. Under the condition of improving the micro environment of IDD, or a special support material system for cell cultivation, or the induction of cytokines, or co-cultured with intervertebral disc cell, BMSCs can differentiate into nucleus pulposus cells, express proteoglycan and collagen-Ⅱ. Whether autograft or allograft, even heterogeneous, BMSCs can survive and propagate in degenerative intervertebral disc for long-term, promote the secretion of intervertebral disc cells matrix. Conclusions As the study of BMSCs and cellular therapy, a lot of work has been done on treating IDD by using BMSCs transplantation and we have made some achievements. Although using BMSCs transplantation in the treatment of IDD also shows huge application prospect, there are still many problems need to be solved before applying it in clinical treatment.%目的:总结骨髓间充质干细胞(BMSCs)治疗椎间盘退变(IDD)的相关研究成果,为BMSCs 治疗 IDD 的临床应用提供理论基础。方法计算机检索 CNKI 数据库和 ISI Web of Knowledge数据库,限定时间为2000—2014年,中英文检索词分别为“骨髓间充质干

  19. Comparison of adjacent segment degeneration five years after single level cervical fusion and cervical arthroplasty:a retrospective controlled study

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    SUN Yu; ZHAO Yan-bin; PAN Sheng-fa; ZHOU Fei-fei; CHEN Zhong-qiang; LIU Zhong-jun

    2012-01-01

    Background Cervical arthroplasty is indicated to preserve cervical motion and prevent accelerated adjacent segment degeneration.Whether accelerated adjacent segment degeneration is prevented in the long term is unclear.This trial compared adjacent segment degeneration in Bryan disc arthroplasty with that in anterior cervical decompression and fusion five years after the surgery.Methods We studied patients with single level degenerative cervical disc disease.The extent of adjacent segment degeneration was estimated from lateral X-rays.Results Twenty-six patients underwent single level Bryan disc arthroplasty and twenty-four patients underwent single level anterior cervical decompression and fusion.All patients were followed up for an average of sixty months.In the Bryan arthroplasty group,nine(17.6%)segments developed adjacent segment degeneration,which was significantly lower than that(60.4%)in the anterior cervical decompression and fusion group.Eleven segments in the Bryan arthroplasty group developed heterotopic ossification according to McAfee's classification and two segments had range of motion less than 2°.In the heterotopic ossification group,four(19.5%)segments developed adjacent segment degeneration,similar to the number in the non-heterotopic ossification group(16.7%).Adjacent segment degeneration rate was 50% in gradeⅣ?group but 11.8% in gradeⅡ?to Ⅲ.Conclusions Adjacent segment degeneration was accelerated after anterior cervical decompression and fusion.However,Bryan disc arthroplasty avoided accelerated adjacent segment degeneration by preserving motion.Patients with gradeⅣ?heterotopic ossification lost motion,and the rate of adjacent segment degeneration was higher than that in patients without heterotopic ossification.

  20. Pelvic parameters of sagittal balance in extreme lateral interbody fusion for degenerative lumbar disc disease.

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    Johnson, R D; Valore, A; Villaminar, A; Comisso, M; Balsano, M

    2013-04-01

    There is increasing interest in the use of pelvic indices to evaluate sagittal balance and predict outcomes in patients with spinal disease. Conventional posterior lumbar fusion techniques may adversely affect lumbar lordosis and spinal balance. Minimally invasive fusion of the lumbar spine is rapidly becoming a mainstay of treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease. To our knowledge there are no studies evaluating the effect of extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) on pelvic indices. Hence, our aim was to study the effect of XLIF on pelvic indices related to sagittal balance, and report the results of a prospective longitudinal clinical study and retrospective radiographic analyses of patients undergoing XLIF in a single centre between January 2009 and July 2011. Clinical outcomes are reported for 30 patients and the retrospective analyses of radiographic data is reported for 22 of these patients to assess global and segmental lumbar lordosis and pelvic indices. Effect of XLIF on the correction of scoliotic deformity was assessed in 15 patients in this series. A significant improvement was seen in the visual analogue scale score, the Oswestry Disability Index and the Short Form-36 at 2months and 6months (p0.2). Global lumbar lordosis was not affected by XLIF (p>0.4). XLIF significantly increased segmental lumbar lordosis by 3.3° (psagittal balance. Long-term follow-up with a larger cohort will be required to further evaluate the effects of XLIF on sagittal balance.

  1. Transcranial magnetic stimulation of degenerating brain: a comparison of normal aging, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease.

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    Ljubisavljevic, M R; Ismail, F Y; Filipovic, S

    2013-07-01

    Although the brain's ability to change constantly in response to external and internal inputs is now well recognized the mechanisms behind it in normal aging and neurodegeneration are less well understood. To gain a better understanding, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been used extensively to characterize non-invasively the cortical neurophysiology of the aging and degenerating brain. Furthermore, there has been a surge of studies examining whether repetitive TMS (rTMS) can be used to improve functional deficits in various conditions including normal aging, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The results of these studies in normal aging and neurodegeneration have emerged reasonably coherent in delineating the main pathology in spite of considerable technical limitations, omnipresent methodological variability, and extraordinary patient heterogeneity. Nevertheless, comparing and integrating what is known about TMS measurements of cortical excitability and plasticity in disorders that predominantly affect cortical brain structures with disorders that predominantly affect subcortical brain structures may provide better understanding of normal and abnormal brain aging fostering new. The present review provides a TMS perspective of changes in cortical neurophysiology and neurochemistry in normal aging and neurodegeneration by integrating what is revealed in individual TMS measurements of cortical excitability and plasticity in physiological aging, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's, disease. The paper also reflects on current developments in utilizing TMS as a physiologic biomarker to discriminate physiologic aging from neurodegeneration and its potential as a method of therapeutic intervention.

  2. 移植骨髓间充质干细胞对兔退变椎间盘髓核细胞凋亡的影响%Effects of mesenchymal stem cells transplantation on the apoptosis after rabbit intervertebral disc degeneration

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    樊守刚; 吴小涛; 王运涛; 庄苏阳; 李果

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of the mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) transplantation on the apoptosis of nucleus pulposus cells after rabbit intervertebral disc degeneration. Methods New Zealand white rabbits were used to stimulate allograft. Harvested rabbit MSCs and fibroblasts were cultured , proliferated and labeled in vitro. At the same time, degenerated intervertebral disc models were set up using 21-gauge needle to puncture the annulus. Four weeks later, 2 X 106 MSCs and fibroblasts were injected into the respective disc segments. After 1,2,4 and 8 weeks, specimens from degenerated models were obtained in order. The number of apoptotic nucleus pulposus cells and the expression of Caspase-3 were detected under laser scanning confocal microscopy in every disc from the experimental group and the control groups of the rabbits. The bcl-2 and bax mRNA expression of all discs was assayed by real time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Results The transmission electron microscopy revealed that part of the nucleus pulposus cells became apoptosis in the initial stage in ultramicrostructure. Apoptosis rate was (16.75 ±2. 14)% and (31. 87 ±4. 16)% in the experimental group and the degenerated group, as well as Caspase-3 expression ratio was (20. 34 ± 1. 03)% and (31. 50 ±3. 78)% respectively , demonstrating that MSCs could relieve apoptosis after rabbit intervertebral disc degeneration. The levels of bcl-2 mRNA expression in experimental group were higher than in the degenerated group (P0.05).MSCs移植治疗组细胞凋亡率和Caspase-3表达率均高于正常组[细胞凋亡率分别为(16.75±2.14)%和(6.86±1.08)%;Caspase-3表达率分别为[(20.34±1.03)%和(6.09±0.77)%](P<0.05),低于退变组和SFs移植对照组[细胞凋亡率分别为(31.87±4.16)%和(29.02±2.16)%;Caspase-3表达率分别为(31.50±3.78)%和(30.20±4.93)%](P<0.05).结论 髓核细胞凋亡在椎间盘退变过程中起重要作用.MSCs移植能有效抑制

  3. Research progress on Hybrid surgery treating multilevel cervical degenerative disc diseases%Hybrid术式治疗多节段颈椎退行性疾病的研究进展

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    张耐洋(综述); 彭宝淦(审校)

    2016-01-01

    Nowdays, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and cervical artificial disc replacement (CADR) are the most accepted procedure to treat multilevel cervical degenerative disc diseases. However, ACDF reduces the motion of the cervical spine and accelerates adjacent level degeneration. Strict indications and hyper-mobility of the operative levels may limit the application of multilevel CADR. Some experts put forward the method of Hybrid surgery incorporating ACDF and CADR. The purpose of this study is to review the progress of Hybrid surgery treating multilevel cervical degenerative disc diseases.%目前对于多节段颈椎退变性疾病的治疗术式中以颈前路减压植骨融合内固定术(anterior cervical discectomy and fusion,ACDF)和颈椎间盘置换术(cervical artificial disc replacement,CADR)为主,然而ACDF消除了颈椎融合节段的活动度,加速了颈椎临近节段的退变;CADR的适应证狭窄并且手术节段的活动度不理想。所以有学者提出在治疗多节段颈椎退行性疾病中将ACDF和CADR结合起来即Hybrid术式,笔者就目前Hybrid术式治疗多节段颈椎退行性疾病的研究进展做一综述。

  4. Clinical correlation of magnetic resonance imaging with symptom complex in prolapsed intervertebral disc disease: A cross-sectional double blind analysis

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    Jeetendra Bajpai

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Low backache (LBA is one of the most common problems and herniated lumbar disc is one of the most commonly diagnosed abnormalities associated with LBA. Disc herniation of the same size may be asymptomatic in one patient and can lead to severe nerve root compromise in another patient. Objective: To evaluate correlation between the clinical features of disc collapse and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI finding to determine the clinical importance of anatomical abnormalities identified by MRI technique. Summary: From January 2010 to January 2012, 75 otherwise healthy patients (43 males 32 females between the age of 19 and 55 years (average age was 44.5 years with low back pain and predominant complaint of root pain who presented to our clinic were included in the study. Materials and Methods: Proper screening was done to rule out previous spine affection and subjected to MRI. Results: The results were analyzed under four headings viz. disc herniation, disc degeneration, thecal sac deformation and neural foramen effacement. All patients had a visual analog score (VAS score more than 6. The interrater correlation coefficient kappa was calculated to be k=0.51. There were total 44 patients with herniation, 25 patients had mild, one patient had moderate degree of thecal sac deformation, 21 patients had one or more levels of foraminal effacement by the herniated tissue, 100% of the patients had disc degeneration ranging from grade 1 to 3 at different levels; and 48 patients (64% had radiculopathy, six (8% patients had bilateral and others had ipsilateral affection. Conclusion: In our study, the correlation was made between clinical findings and MRI findings. It can safely be concluded that treating physician should put more emphasis on history, clinical examination, and make the inference by these and then should correlate the clinical findings with that of MRI to reach a final diagnosis.

  5. Disturbed Matrix Metalloproteinase Pathway in Both Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Alzheimer's Disease

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    Lee, Yunhee; Zhang, Jin-Jun; Francis, Paul T.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose. Abnormal protein deposits including β-amyloid, found in ageing Bruch's membrane and brain, are susceptible to degradation by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). In ageing Bruch's membrane, these MMPs become less effective due to polymerisation and aggregation reactions (constituting the MMP Pathway), a situation much advanced in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The likely presence of this MMP Pathway in brain with the potential to compromise the degradation of β-amyloid associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been investigated. Methods. Presence of high molecular weight MMP species (HMW1 and HMW2) together with the much larger aggregate termed LMMC was determined by standard zymographic techniques. Centrigugation and gel filtration techniques were used to separate and quantify the distribution between bound and free MMP species. Results. The MMP Pathway, initially identified in Bruch's membrane, was also present in brain tissue. The various MMP species displayed bound-free equilibrium and in AD samples, the amount of bound HMW1 and pro-MMP9 species was significantly reduced (p < 0.05). The abnormal operation of the MMP Pathway in AD served to reduce the degradation potential of the MMP system. Conclusion. The presence and abnormalities of the MMP Pathway in both brain and ocular tissues may therefore contribute to the anomalous deposits associated with AD and AMD.

  6. Combined Imaging Markers Dissociate Alzheimer's Disease and Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration - An ALE Meta-Analysis.

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    Schroeter, Matthias L; Neumann, Jane

    2011-01-01

    To compare and dissociate the neural correlates of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), we combine and synthesize here recent comprehensive meta-analyses. Systematic and quantitative meta-analyses were conducted according to the QUOROM statement by calculating anatomical likelihood estimates (ALE). AD (n = 578) and the three subtypes of FTLD, frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia (SD), and progressive non-fluent aphasia (n = 229), were compared in conjunction analyses, separately for atrophy and reductions in glucose metabolism. Atrophy coincided in the amygdala and hippocampal head in AD and the FTLD subtype SD. The other brain regions did not show any overlap between AD and FTLD subtypes for both atrophy and changes in glucose metabolism. For AD alone (n = 826), another conjunction analysis revealed a regional dissociation between atrophy and hypoperfusion/hypometabolism, whereby hypoperfusion and hypometabolism coincided in the angular/supramarginal gyrus and inferior precuneus/posterior cingulate gyrus. Our data together with other imaging studies suggest a specific dissociation of AD and FTLD if, beside atrophy, additional imaging markers in AD such as abnormally low parietal glucose utilization and perfusion are taken into account. Results support the incorporation of standardized imaging inclusion criteria into future diagnostic systems, which is crucial for early individual diagnosis and treatment in the future.

  7. 少突胶质细胞变性与Alzheimer病%Oligodendrocyte Degeneration and Alzheimer's Disease

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    刘刚; 陈应柱; 赵合庆; 包仕尧

    2008-01-01

    Alzhelmer's disease (AD) is an important neurodegenerative disease. Recent evidence has indicated that the production and loss of the myelin,sheath are associated with AD because the particular vulnerability of oligodendrocytes produced in the late stage makes the loss of the myelin sheath take a core position in the changes of the earliest stage of AD. The loss of the myelin sheath disrupts synchronization of impulses on which normal brain functions highly depend, and ultimately results in the function disruption of cortical association regions and subsequent neuronal loss. Meanwfiile, there are diverse mechanisms that make oligodendrocytes degeneration exist in the brains of AD. Therefore, elucidating its specific mechanism may help better understanding of AD, and thus provide some help for its treatment.%Alzheimer病(AD)是一种重要的神经退行性疾病.最近的证据表明,髓鞘形成和随后的脱失与AD有关,因为晚期产生的少突胶质细胞的独特易损性使髓鞘脱失在AD早期改变中占据核心位置.髓鞘脱失破坏了高度依赖神经冲动同步化的大脑功能,最终导致皮质联合区域功能的断联和随后的神经元脱失.同时,在AD大脑中存在多种使少突胶质细胞变性的机制.因此,阐明其具体机制可帮助更好地了解AD,从而为其治疗提供一定的帮助.

  8. One decade follow up after nucleoplasty in the management of degenerative disc disease causing low back pain and radiculopathy

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    Cincu, Rafael; Lorente, Francisco de Asis; Gomez, Joaquin; Eiras, Jose; Agrawal, Amit

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is developed to treat patients with symptomatic, but contained disc herniations or bulging discs. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a decade follow-up of coblation nucleoplasty treatment for protruded lumbar intervertebral disc. Methods: In this retrospective study there a total 50 patients who underwent intradiscal coblation therapy for symptomatic, but contained lumbar degenerative disc disease were included. Relief of low back pain, leg pain and numbness after the operation were assessed by visual analog pain scale (VAS). Function of lower limb and daily living of patients were evaluated by the Oswestry disability index (ODI) and subjective global rating of overall satisfaction were recorded and analyzed. Results: There were 27 male and 23 female with followup mean follow up of 115 months (range 105–130 months) with a mean age was 52 years (range 26–74 years). Analgesic consumption was reduced or stopped in 90% of these cases after 1 year. At 24 months follow up VAS was four points and ODI was 7.2. In three patients, we repeated the cool ablation after 36 months, at L3–4 level in two cases. Ten patients continue to be asymptomatic after 114 months of intervention. There were no complications with the procedure including nerve root injury, discitis or allergic reactions. Conclusions: Nucleoplasty may provide intermittent relief in contained disc herniation without significant complications and minimal morbidity. In accordance with the literature the evidence for intradiscal coablation therapy is moderate in managing chronic discogenic low back pain; nucleoplasty appears to be safe and effective. PMID:25767571

  9. 全椎间盘置换术治疗腰椎间盘源性退行性疾病%Total lumbar disc replacement in treating degenerative disc disease

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    刘宝戈; Giovanni Alessi; Luc F. De Waele

    2008-01-01

    目的 评价腰椎全椎间盘置换治疗腰椎间盘源性退行性疾病的效果.方法 应用两种人工腰椎间盘移植物治疗90例108节段具有明确腰椎间盘源性退行性疾病且6个月保守治疗无效的患者,男28例,女62例;年龄25~54岁,平均39.2岁;单节段植入85例,双节段10例,三节段1例;L3-4节段6例,L4-5节段39例,L5S1A节段63例.使用Prodisc L人工腰椎间盘48节段,Maverick人工腰椎间盘60节段.手术均取腹膜后人路.术后采用改良Odom评估、Oswestry评分、VAS评分及影像学检查四种方法对症状及疼痛改善程度进行评价.结果 手术时间75~160min,平均115.5min.术中血管损伤1例.术后并发深静脉血栓1例.术后90例患者均随访12个月.随访时间分别为:术后4、6、26、52周.术后Odom评估显示:优76例,良10例,可4例,优良率95.55%.住院时间2.5~6d.平均3.4d.术后翻修2例.影像学检查:假体下沉2例,两种假体移植物均无明显向前或后迁移.结论 应用腰椎全椎间盘置换可恢复退变节段的间盘高度和神经根管的高度及前、后径,保留腰椎后柱结构的完整性和稳定性.%Objective To evaluate the effect of total lumbar disc replacement (TLDR) for treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). Methods The symptomatic 90 patients with DDD underwent single or multiple-level implantation of TLDR with Prodisc L prosthesis (48 levels) and Maverick prosthesis (60 levels). The conservative treatment failed to improve the symptoms in all patients after six months. The average age of the patients was 39.2 years (range 25-54 years). There were 62 females and 28 males. A total of 108 prostheses were implanted encompassing one and three levels. 85 patients were operated at one level, 10 patients at two levels, and 1 patient at three levels. Anterior retroperitoneal approach was performed at all cases. Subjective evaluation was performed according to Odom's criteria, Oswestry disability scale and visual

  10. Artificial disc and vertebra system: a novel motion preservation device for cervical spinal disease after vertebral corpectomy

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine the range of motion and stability of the human cadaveric cervical spine after the implantation of a novel artificial disc and vertebra system by comparing an intact group and a fusion group. METHODS: Biomechanical tests were conducted on 18 human cadaveric cervical specimens. The range of motion and the stability index range of motion were measured to study the function and stability of the artificial disc and vertebra system of the intact group compared with the fusion group. RESULTS: In all cases, the artificial disc and vertebra system maintained intervertebral motion and reestablished vertebral height at the operative level. After its implantation, there was no significant difference in the range of motion (ROM of C3-7 in all directions in the non-fusion group compared with the intact group (p>0.05, but significant differences were detected in flexion, extension and axial rotation compared with the fusion group (p<0.05. The ROM of adjacent segments (C3-4, C6-7 of the non-fusion group decreased significantly in some directions compared with the fusion group (p<0.05. Significant differences in the C4-6 ROM in some directions were detected between the non-fusion group and the intact group. In the fusion group, the C4-6 ROM in all directions decreased significantly compared with the intact and non-fusion groups (p<0.01. The stability index ROM (SI-ROM of some directions was negative in the non-fusion group, and a significant difference in SI-ROM was only found in the C4-6 segment of the non-fusion group compared with the fusion group. CONCLUSION: An artificial disc and vertebra system could restore vertebral height and preserve the dynamic function of the surgical area and could theoretically reduce the risk of adjacent segment degeneration compared with the anterior fusion procedure. However, our results should be considered with caution because of the low power of the study. The use of a larger sample should be

  11. Estrogens and the intervertebral disc.

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    Calleja-Agius, J; Muscat-Baron, Y; Brincat, M P

    2009-09-01

    Intervertebral discs are an integral part of the vertebral column. It has been shown that menopause has a negative effect on bone and on intervertebral discs. Estrogen has a beneficial effect of preserving the health of collagen-containing tissues, including the intervertebral disc. The intervertebral disc allows for mobility of the spine, and maintains a uniform stress distribution of the area of the vertebral endplates. Also, the disc influences spinal height. The disc tissue is adapted for this biomechanical function. The function of the spine is impaired if there is a loss of disc tissue. Narrowing of the disc space due to degeneration of intervertebral discs is associated with a significantly increased risk of vertebral fractures. Estrogen should be seen as the first-choice therapy for bones and other collagen-rich tissues, such as intervertebral discs, because it maintains homeostasis of the bone-remodelling unit. Unlike bisphosphonates, estrogen is unique in its ability to regenerate bone collagen after its disintegration, apart from suppressing osteoclastic activity. Besides, there is insufficient data on deterioration in bone qualities and micro-cracks in patients on long-term bisphosphonates.

  12. Evolution of Muscles Dysfunction From Myofascial Pain Syndrome Through Cervical Disc-Root Conflict to Degenerative Spine Disease.

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    Lisiński, Przemysław; Huber, Juliusz

    2017-02-01

    Comparative clinical and neurophysiological study in three groups of patients with general diagnosis of neck pain. To determine symptoms of muscles dysfunction in patients with myofascial pain syndrome, disc-root conflict, and degenerative changes at cervical spine. The explanation for cervical pain origin should be based on results from chosen clinical and neurophysiological studies in correlation with neuroimaging findings. Three subgroups of patients (N = 60 each) with certain symptoms were examined. Clinical evaluation included examination of pain intensity in VAS scale, muscle strength in Lovett scale, evaluation of reflexes, Spurling test, assessment of active trigger points (TRPs), and superficial sensory perception. Neurophysiological testing included surface electromyography at rest (rEMG) and during maximal contraction (mcEMG) as well as electroneurography (ENG). The greatest pain intensity with its decentralization phenomenon occurred in patients with disc-root conflict. Significant decrease of muscle strength was detected in trapezius muscle in myofascial pain syndrome subgroup. Weakness of abductor pollicis brevis muscle in patients with disc-root conflict differed them from patients with myofascial pain syndrome (P = 0.05). Patients with disc-root conflict and degenerative spine disease showed differences (P = 0.03) in reflexes evoked from triceps brachii. Positive Spurling symptom was most common (56.7%) in disc-root conflict subgroup. TRPs in trapezius muscle were found in all patients with myofascial pain syndrome. Results of rEMG amplitude measurements differed patients at P = 0.05. Only mcEMG recording from abductor pollicis brevis muscle allows for their clear cut differentiation. ENG studies showed abnormalities in patients with disc-root conflict and degenerative spine disease (P from 0.05 to 0.02). Positive correlation of VAS, TRPs, and rEMG as well as Lovett scores, mcEMG, and ENG results was found. Only applying several

  13. Patterns of Microglial Cell Activation in Alzheimer Disease and Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration.

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    Taipa, Ricardo; Brochado, Paulo; Robinson, Andrew; Reis, Inês; Costa, Patrício; Mann, David M; Melo Pires, Manuel; Sousa, Nuno

    2017-01-01

    Microglia-driven neuroinflammation can play an important role in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative disorders. In this study, we sought to characterize the distribution of microglial cell activation in 2 neurodegenerative dementias with distinct protein signatures, Alzheimer disease (AD) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) of the TDP subtype, and to determine if there was an anatomical correlation with the phenotypes most commonly associated with these conditions. The distribution and extent of microglial cell activation was assessed semiquantitatively in the hippocampal formation, cortical gray matter, and subcortical white matter of CD68-immunostained sections of the frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital cortices from 15 pathologically confirmed cases of AD, 13 cases of FTLD, and 18 controls. Significantly higher levels of microglial cell activation occurred in the subiculum in AD and FTLD than in controls. Additionally, AD had higher microglial activation in the CA1 and FTLD in the hippocampal white matter than the controls. Microglial activation was greater in the dentate gyrus molecular layer in AD than in FTLD. In the cortical regions, the 2 pathological groups differed only in frontal white matter, with the FTLD group showing higher microglial scores. FTLD showed higher microglial activation in the white matter compared to the respective gray matter in the entorhinal, temporal, and frontal regions. Our work expands the knowledge of the distribution and magnitude of microglial activation in these disorders. Additionally, we found some microglial circuit-specific patterns that could help to explain some of the clinical overlap between AD and FTLD-TDP, namely in memory deficits. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  14. Anatomical differences between CBS-corticobasal degeneration and CBS-Alzheimer's disease.

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    Josephs, Keith A; Whitwell, Jennifer L; Boeve, Bradley F; Knopman, David S; Petersen, Ronald C; Hu, William T; Parisi, Joseph E; Dickson, Dennis W; Jack, Clifford R

    2010-07-15

    We compare patterns of gray matter loss on MRI in subjects presenting as corticobasal syndrome (CBS) with Alzheimer disease pathology (CBS-AD) to those presenting as CBS with corticobasal degeneration pathology (CBS-CBD). Voxel-based morphometry was used to compare patterns of gray matter loss in pathologically confirmed CBS-AD subjects (n = 5) and CBS-CBD subjects (n = 6) to a group of healthy controls (n = 20), and to each other. Atlas based parcellation using the automated anatomic labeling atlas was also utilized in a region-of-interest analysis to account for laterality. The CBS-AD subjects were younger at the time of scan when compared with CBS-CBD subjects (median: 60 years vs. 69; P = 0.04). After adjusting for age at time of MRI scan, the CBS-AD subjects showed loss in posterior frontal, temporal, and superior and inferior parietal lobes, while CBS-CBD showed more focal loss predominantly in the posterior frontal lobes when compared with controls. In both CBS-AD and CBS-CBD groups, there was basal ganglia volume loss, yet relative sparing of hippocampi. On direct comparisons between the two subject groups, CBS-AD showed greater loss in both temporal and inferior parietal cortices than CBS-CBD. No regions showed greater loss in the CBS-CBD group compared to the CBS-AD group. These findings persisted when laterality was taken into account. In subjects presenting with CBS, prominent temporoparietal, especially posterior temporal and inferior parietal, atrophy may be a clue to the presence of underlying AD pathology.

  15. Brain metabolic correlates of dopaminergic degeneration in de novo idiopathic Parkinson's disease

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    Berti, Valentina; Polito, Cristina; Vanzi, Eleonora; Cristofaro, Maria Teresa de; Pellicano, Giannantonio; Mungai, Francesco; Formiconi, Andreas Robert; Pupi, Alberto [University of Florence, Department of Clinical Pathophysiology, Florence (Italy); Ramat, Silvia; Marini, Paolo; Sorbi, Sandro [University of Florence, Department of Psychiatric and Neurological Sciences, Florence (Italy)

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    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the reciprocal relationships between motor impairment, dopaminergic dysfunction, and cerebral metabolism (rCMRglc) in de novo Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. Twenty-six de novo untreated PD patients were scanned with {sup 123}I-FP-CIT SPECT and {sup 18}F-FDG PET. The dopaminergic impairment was measured with putaminal {sup 123}I-FP-CIT binding potential (BP), estimated with two different techniques: an iterative reconstruction algorithm (BP{sub OSEM}) and the least-squares (LS) method (BP{sub LS}). Statistical parametric mapping (SPM) multiple regression analyses were performed to determine the specific brain regions in which UPDRS III scores and putaminal BP values correlated with rCMRglc. The SPM results showed a negative correlation between UPDRS III and rCMRglc in premotor cortex, and a positive correlation between BP{sub OSEM} and rCMRglc in premotor and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, not surviving at multiple comparison correction. Instead, there was a positive significant correlation between putaminal BP{sub LS} and rCMRglc in premotor, dorsolateral prefrontal, anterior prefrontal, and orbitofrontal cortex (p < 0.05, corrected for multiple comparison). Putaminal BP{sub LS} is an efficient parameter for exploring the correlations between PD severity and rCMRglc cortical changes. The correlation between dopaminergic degeneration and rCMRglc in several prefrontal regions likely represents the cortical functional correlate of the dysfunction in the motor basal ganglia-cortical circuit in PD. This finding suggests focusing on the metabolic course of these areas to follow PD progression and to analyze treatment effects. (orig.)

  16. Assessment of axonal degeneration in Alzheimer's disease with diffusion tensor MRI; Diffusion tensor imaging zur Erfassung axonaler Degeneration bei Morbus Alzheimer

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    Stahl, R. [Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie - Grosshadern, Klinikum der Universitaet Muenchen (Germany); Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie - Grosshadern, Klinikum der Universitaet Muenchen, Marchioninistr. 15, 81377, Muenchen (Germany); Dietrich, O.; Reiser, M.F.; Schoenberg, S.O. [Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie - Grosshadern, Klinikum der Universitaet Muenchen (Germany); Teipel, S.; Hampel, H. [Klinik fuer Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Klinikum der Universitaet Muenchen (Germany)

    2003-07-01

    Alzheimer disease (AD) causes cortical degeneration with subsequent degenerative changes of the white matter. The aim of this study was to investigate the extent of white matter tissue damage of patients with Alzheimer's disease in comparison with healthy subjects using diffusion tensor MRI (DTI). The value of integrated parallel imaging techniques (iPAT) for reduction of image distortion was assessed. We studied 9 patients with mild AD and 10 age and gender matched healthy controls. DTI brain scans were obtained on a 1.5 tesla system (Siemens Magnetom Sonata) using parallel imaging (iPAT) and an EPI diffusion sequence with TE/TR 71 ms/6000 ms. We used an 8-element head coil and a GRAPPA reconstruction algorithm with an acceleration factor of 2. From the tensor, the mean diffusivity (D), the fractional anisotropy (FA), and the relative anisotropy (RA) of several white matter regions were determined. FA was significantly lower (p <0,05) in the white matter of the genu of corpus callosum from patients with AD than in the corresponding regions from healthy controls. There was a trend observed for slightly higher ADC values in the AD group (p=0,06). No significant changes were observed in the regions of the splenium, internal capsule, pericallosal areas, frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobe. The images obtained with iPAT contained substantially less susceptibility artefacts and were less distorted than images acquired with non-parallel imaging technique. DTI is a method with potential to assess early stages of white matter damage in vivo. The altered FA and ADC values in the genu of corpus callosum of patients with AD presumably reflect the microscopic white matter degeneration. Acquisition time can be reduced by iPAT methods with less image distortion from susceptibility artefacts resulting in a more accurate calculation of the diffusion tensor. (orig.) [German] Bei der Alzheimer-Erkrankung (AD) kommt es zur kortikalen Degeneration und sekundaer zu

  17. Radiation from optically thin accretion discs

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    Tylenda, R. (Polska Akademia Nauk, Torun. Pracownia Astrofizyki)

    1981-01-01

    Accretion discs in cataclysmic variables with low rates of mass transfer, M < or approx. 10/sup 16/g s/sup -1/, have outer regions optically thin in continuum. A simple approach that allows one to calculate the radiation spectra from such discs is presented. A great number of disc models has been obtained in order to study the influence of various parameters (accretion rate, outer radius of the disc, inclination angle, mass of the accreting degenerate dwarf, viscosity parameter) of discs on the outgoing continuous spectra, emission lines and the UBV colours.

  18. Requirements for an artificial intervertebral disc

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    Eijkelkamp, MF; van Donkelaar, CC; Veldhuizen, AG; van Horn, [No Value; Huyghe, JM; Verkerke, GJ

    Intervertebral disc degeneration is an important social and economic problem. Presently available artificial intervertebral discs (AIDs) are insufficient and the main surgical intervention is still spinal fusion. The objective of the present study is to present a list of requirements for the

  19. Propionibacterium acnes, Coagulase-Negative Staphylococcus, and the “Biofilm-like” Intervertebral Disc

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    Coscia, Michael F.; Denys, Gerald A.; Wack, Matthew F.

    2016-01-01

    Study Design. Patients scheduled for spinal surgery were screened prospectively for a microbial presence associated with intervertebral disc specimens. Inclusion was limited to patients requiring surgery for any of five conditions: study patients with cervical spine intervertebral herniation (IVH), lumbar spine IVH, lumbar spine discogenic pain, and control patients with idiopathic scoliosis/Scheurermann's kyphosis or trauma/neuromuscular deformity. Exclusion criteria included ongoing systemic infection, abnormal pre-operative white cell counts, documented or suspected spinal infection, or previous surgery to the involved disc. Objective. The aim of this study was to test for an association between the presence of a bacterial entity in operated discs and a diagnosis of pathologic disc disease. Summary of Background Data. An association has been described between microbial colonization and progressive intervertebral disc degeneration in 36 herniation patients undergoing microdiscectomies. A total of 19 patients had positive cultures on long-term incubation, with Propionibacterium acnes present in 84% of discs. Materials and Methods. Discs were harvested during surgery, using strict sterile technique. Each disc was divided, with half the sample sealed in a sterile, commercially prepared anaerobic culture transport container, and half fixed in formalin. Live specimens were cultured for bacteria at a university-affiliated laboratory in a blinded fashion. Fixed pathologic specimens were gram-stained and read by a board-certified pathologist. Results. A total of 169 intervertebral discs from 87 patients were evaluated (46 males, 41 females). Positive cultures were noted in 76 of 169 discs (45%), with 34 discs positive for P. acnes and 30 discs positive for Staphylococcus. No pathologic evidence was seen of microorganisms, acute or chronic inflammation, or infection. Pooling the IVH and discogenic pain patients and contrasting them with control patients showed a

  20. Is age-related macular degeneration a manifestation of systemic disease? New prospects for early intervention and treatment.

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    Cheung, C M G; Wong, T Y

    2014-08-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common vision-threatening condition affecting the elderly. AMD shares common risk factors and processes, including vascular and inflammatory pathways, with many systemic disorders. Associations have been reported between AMD and hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, dyslipidaemia, chronic kidney disease and neurodegenerative disorders. An increasing amount of evidence suggests that individuals with AMD are also at risk of systemic diseases such as stroke. In this review, we summarize the latest evidence to support the notion that AMD is an ocular manifestation of systemic disease processes, and discuss the potential systemic side effects of ocular AMD therapy of which general physicians should be aware. Recent genetic discoveries and understanding of the pathogenic pathways in AMD in relation to systemic disorders are also highlighted.

  1. The timed up and go test for lumbar degenerative disc disease.

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    Gautschi, Oliver P; Corniola, Marco V; Joswig, Holger; Smoll, Nicolas R; Chau, Ivan; Jucker, Dario; Stienen, Martin N

    2015-12-01

    We report on the use and performance of an objective measure of functional impairment, the timed up and go (TUG) test, in clinical practice for patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). We illustrate nine representative patients with lumbar DDD, who were selected from an ongoing prospective study, to report our clinical experience with the TUG test. In addition, a preliminary sample of 30 non-selected consecutive patients is presented. The following parameters were assessed preoperatively, and 3 days and 6 weeks postoperatively: back and leg pain using the visual analogue scale (VAS); functional impairment using the Oswestry disability index (ODI) and Roland-Morris disability index (RMDI); health-related quality of life using the EuroQol 5D (EQ5D) and Short-Form 12 (SF-12). The TUG test results improved by 2.6 and 5.4s after 3 days and 6 weeks compared to the baseline assessment. The mean VAS for back and leg pain decreased by 2.3 and 5.3, respectively, after 3 days, and by 2.7 and 4.6 after 6 weeks. The mean RMDI and ODI decreased by 3.4 and 23.3, respectively, after 3 days, and by 7.0 and 28.0 after 6 weeks. The mean EQ5D increased by 0.38 after 3 days and 0.358 after 6 weeks. The mean SF-12 mental component scale decreased by 0.2 after 3 days and increased by 5.6 after 6 weeks, whereas the mean SF-12 physical component scale increased by 6.4 after 3 days and by 9.8 after 6 weeks. The TUG test proved to be a useful, easy to use tool that could add a new, objective dimension to the armamentarium of clinical tests for the diagnosis and management of DDD. From our preliminary experience, we conclude that the TUG test accurately reflects a patient's objective functional impairment before and after surgery. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Molecular regulation of CCN2 in the intervertebral disc: lessons learned from other connective tissues.

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    Tran, Cassie M; Shapiro, Irving M; Risbud, Makarand V

    2013-08-08

    Connective tissue growth factor (CCN2/CTGF) plays an important role in extracellular matrix synthesis, especially in skeletal tissues such as cartilage, bone, and the intervertebral disc. As a result there is a growing interest in examining the function and regulation of this important molecule in the disc. This review discusses the regulation of CCN2 by TGF-β and hypoxia, two critical determinants that characterize the disc microenvironment, and discusses known functions of CCN2 in the disc. The almost ubiquitous regulation of CCN2 by TGF-β, including that seen in the disc, emphasizes the importance of the TGF-β-CCN2 relationship, especially in terms of extracellular matrix synthesis. Likewise, the unique cross-talk between CCN2 and HIF-1 in the disc highlights the tissue and niche specific mode of regulation. Taken together the current literature supports an anabolic role for CCN2 in the disc and its involvement in the maintenance of tissue homeostasis during both health and disease. Further studies of CCN2 in this tissue may reveal valuable targets for the biological therapy of disc degeneration.

  3. High sensitive C-reactive protein-Effective tool in determining postoperative recovery in lumbar disc disease

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    Tushar Narayan Rathod

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: It is common in medical practice to see patients having persistent pain and radiculopathy even after undergoing discectomy surgery. Inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukins are produced at the site of disc herniation and are now considered responsible for the pain perceived by the patient. This study has used high sensitive C-reactive protein (HSCRP assay for predicting inflammation around the nerve roots on very same principle, which has used HSCRP for predicting coronary artery diseases in current clinical practice. Thus, purpose of this study is to test whether HSCRP can stand as an objective tool to predict postoperative recovery in patients undergoing lumbar discectomy. That is, to study association between preoperative HSCRP blood level and postoperative recovery with the help of modified Oswestry Back Disability Score. Materials and Methods: A study group consisting of 50 cases of established lumbar disc disease and control group of 50 normal subjects, matched with the study group. Both the study and control groups were subjected to detailed evaluation with the help of modified Oswestry Low Back Pain Scale both pre and postoperatively at 3 months, 6 months and 1-year. The preoperative blood samples were analyzed to assess the HSCRP concentration. All the cases underwent surgery over a period of 1-year by the same surgeon. Results: The level of HSCRP in the study group was between 0.050- and 0.710 mg/dL and in the control group, 0.005-0.020 mg/dL. There was highly significant positive correlation between preoperative HSCRP level and postoperative score at P 10 points, while those with HSCRP level in the range of 0.470 ± 0.163 mg/dL, showed poor recovery (score improved < 10 points. Conclusion: HSCRP will serve as a good supplementary prognostic marker for operative decision making in borderline and troublesome cases of lumbar disc disease.

  4. Interleukin-1 in the genesis and progression of and risk for development of neuronal degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease

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    Griffin, W. Sue T.; Mrak, Robert E.

    2013-01-01

    Interleukin-1 (IL-1), a key molecule in systemic immune responses in health and disease, has analogous roles in the brain where it may contribute to neuronal degeneration. Numerous findings suggest that this is the case. For example, IL-1 overexpression in the brain of Alzheimer patients relates directly to the development and progression of the cardinal neuropathological changes of Alzheimer’s disease, i.e., the genesis and accumulation of β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques and the formation and accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles in neurons, both of which contribute to neuronal dysfunction and demise. Several genetic studies show that inheritance of a specific IL-1A gene polymorphism increases risk for development of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as sixfold. Moreover, this increased risk is associated with earlier age of onset of the disease. Homozygosity for this polymorphism in combination with another in the IL-1B gene further increases risk. PMID:12149413

  5. Treatment of Multiple Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Disease using Electro-acupuncture and Oriental Herbal Medicine in a Dog

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    S. H. Kim, N. S. Kim, K. C. Lee, H. B. Lee and M. S. Kim*

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available A 4-year-old male Pekingese dog was admitted to the veterinary medical center, Chonbuk National University for evaluation of severe hind limbs ataxia, atrophy and paresis. Diagnosis based on physical examination, neurological assessment and computed tomogram (CT indicated multiple thoracolumbar intervertebral disc disease (IVDD throughout the thoracic and cranial lumbar spine. Traditional veterinary medicine (TVM based diagnosis was kidney yang deficiency syndrome. Initial high dose prednisolone therapy (1.5 mg/kg PO, twice daily did not show any significant improvement. The dog was then treated with electroacupuncture (EA and oriental herbal medicine for 6 months, which significantly improved mobility, proprioception and spinal posture of the patient.

  6. Region specific response of intervertebral disc cells to complex dynamic loading: an organ culture study using a dynamic torsion-compression bioreactor.

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    Samantha C W Chan

    Full Text Available The spine is routinely subjected to repetitive complex loading consisting of axial compression, torsion, flexion and extension. Mechanical loading is one of the important causes of spinal diseases, including disc herniation and disc degeneration. It is known that static and dynamic compression can lead to progressive disc degeneration, but little is known about the mechanobiology of the disc subjected to combined dynamic compression and torsion. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the mechanobiology of the intervertebral disc when subjected to combined dynamic compression and axial torsion or pure dynamic compression or axial torsion using organ culture. We applied four different loading modalities [1. control: no loading (NL, 2. cyclic compression (CC, 3. cyclic torsion (CT, and 4. combined cyclic compression and torsion (CCT] on bovine caudal disc explants using our custom made dynamic loading bioreactor for disc organ culture. Loads were applied for 8 h/day and continued for 14 days, all at a physiological magnitude and frequency. Our results provided strong evidence that complex loading induced a stronger degree of disc degeneration compared to one degree of freedom loading. In the CCT group, less than 10% nucleus pulposus (NP cells survived the 14 days of loading, while cell viabilities were maintained above 70% in the NP of all the other three groups and in the annulus fibrosus (AF of all the groups. Gene expression analysis revealed a strong up-regulation in matrix genes and matrix remodeling genes in the AF of the CCT group. Cell apoptotic activity and glycosaminoglycan content were also quantified but there were no statistically significant differences found. Cell morphology in the NP of the CCT was changed, as shown by histological evaluation. Our results stress the importance of complex loading on the initiation and progression of disc degeneration.

  7. A computational model for investigating the effects of changes in bioavailability of insulin-like growth factor-1 on the homeostasis of the intervertebral disc.

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    Elmasry, Shady; Asfour, Shihab; de Rivero Vaccari, Juan Pablo; Travascio, Francesco

    2016-11-01

    Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is well-known for upregulating cell proliferation and biosynthesis of the extracellular matrix in the intervertebral disc (IVD). Pathological conditions, such as obesity or chronic kidney disease cause IGF-1 deficiency in plasma. How this deficiency impacts disc homeostasis remains unknown. Pro-anabolic approaches for the treatment of disc degeneration based on enhancing IGF-1 bioavailability to tissue-cells are considered, but knowledge of their effectiveness in enhancing cellular anabolism of a degenerated disc is limited. In this study, we developed a computational model for disc homeostasis specifically addressing the role of IGF-1 in modulating both extracellular matrix biosynthesis and cellularity in the IVD. This model was applied to investigate how changes in IGF-1 bioavailability, namely deficiency or enhancement of growth factor, affect disc health. In this study, it was found that IGF-1 deficiency mainly affects the biosynthesis of ECM components, especially in the most external regions of the IVD such as the cartilage endplates and the outer portion of annulus fibrosus. Also, a total of three approaches for increasing IGF-1 bioavailability as a therapy for degenerated IVDs were investigated. It was found that all these strategies are only beneficial to those disc regions receiving sufficient nutritional supply (i.e., the outmost IVD regions), while they exacerbate tissue degradation in malnourished regions (i.e., inner portion of the disc). This suggests that pro-anabolic growth factor-based therapies are limited in that their success strongly depends on an adequate nutritional supply to the IVD tissue, which is not guaranteed in degenerated discs. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. PrPSc accumulation in neuronal plasma membranes links Notch-1 activation to dendritic degeneration in prion diseases

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    DeArmond Stephen J

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Prion diseases are disorders of protein conformation in which PrPC, the normal cellular conformer, is converted to an abnormal, protease-resistant conformer rPrPSc. Approximately 80% of rPrPSc accumulates in neuronal plasma membranes where it changes their physical properties and profoundly affects membrane functions. In this review we explain how rPrPSc is transported along axons to presynaptic boutons and how we envision the conversion of PrPC to rPrPSc in the postsynaptic membrane. This information is a prerequisite to the second half of this review in which we present evidence that rPrPSc accumulation in synaptic regions links Notch-1 signaling with the dendritic degeneration. The hypothesis that the Notch-1 intracellular domain, NICD, is involved in prion disease was tested by treating prion-infected mice with the γ-secretase inhibitor (GSI LY411575, with quinacrine (Qa, and with the combination of GSI + Qa. Surprisingly, treatment with GSI alone markedly decreased NICD but did not prevent dendritic degeneration. Qa alone produced near normal dendritic trees. The combined GSI + Qa treatment resulted in a richer dendritic tree than in controls. We speculate that treatment with GSI alone inhibited both stimulators and inhibitors of dendritic growth. With the combined GSI + Qa treatment, Qa modulated the effect of GSI perhaps by destabilizing membrane rafts. GSI + Qa decreased PrPSc in the neocortex and the hippocampus by 95%, but only by 50% in the thalamus where disease was begun by intrathalamic inoculation of prions. The results of this study indicate that GSI + Qa work synergistically to prevent dendrite degeneration and to block formation of PrPSc.

  9. An ex vivo study on immunohistochemical localization of MMP-7 and MMP-9 in temporomandibular joint discs with internal derangement

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    C. Loreto

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Internal derangement (ID is among the most common disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ. Previous research by our group highlighted a correlation between apoptosis and TMJ ID. Metalloproteinases (MMP-7 and -9 have been shown to play an important role in extracellular matrix ECM homeostasis and, through it, in joint disc remodelling. The immunohistochemical expression of MMP-7 and -9 was investigated in discs from patients with TMJ ID and from healthy donors and compared with the degree of histological tissue degeneration. The collagen fibre arrangement in pathological discs exhibited varying degrees of disruption. New vessels were consistently detected; endothelial cells from these vessels were immunolabelled with both MMP-7 and MMP-9. More or less intense MMP-7 and MMP-9 immunolabelling was detected in the cytoplasm of disc cells from all patients. MMP-7 and MMP-9 immunostaining was significantly different between pathological and normal discs and correlated with the extent of histopathological degeneration. MMP-7 and MMP-9 upregulation in discs from patients with TMJ ID demonstrates their involvement in disc damage in this disorder. A greater understanding of these processes could help identify ways to curb MMP overproduction without affecting their tissue remodelling action. The design of specific inhibitors for these MMPs would not only help to gain insights into the biological roles of MMPs, but would also aid in developing therapeutic interventions for diseases associated with abnormal ECM degradation.

  10. Congenital neuromuscular disease with type I fibre hypotrophy, ophthalmoplegia and myofibril degeneration.

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    Sugie, H.; Hanson, R.; Rasmussen, G.; Verity, M A

    1982-01-01

    We report a 7-year-old boy with progressive, early onset somatic and cranial muscle weakness associated with external ophthalmoplegia, facial weakness, type I fibre hypotrophy and myofibril degeneration. We separate this condition from congenital fibre type disproportion because of the facial weakness, ophthalmoplegia, central nucleation, and lysis in type I fibres. The case, which is similar to that described by Bender and Bender (1977), nosologically should be classified between the centron...

  11. MR findings of degenerative changes of nucleus pulposus in lumbar spine: sequential changes after disc herniation

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    Kim, Sang Joon [Choong-Ang Gil Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Yoo Mi; Hwang, Hee Young [College of Medicine, Dankook University, Chenoan (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-04-15

    To evaluate the relationship between MR changes of the nucleus pulposus and the time interval after traumatic disc herniation. T2-weighted MR images of 132 patients with back pain and/or sciatica were reviewed. The changes of signal intensity, central cleft and height of the nucleus pulposus were used as criteria of disc degeneration and they were graded as normal, mild, moderate and severe degree of degeneration. Putting these criteria together we provided integrated grade of degeneration of the nucleus pulposus(grade 0-3). To get the preliminary data for normal and age-related disc degeneration, we measured the disc height by age groups and disc levels and analyzed the relationship between the age of the patients and the signal intensity, cleft and height in normal disc levels of the 132 patients. In 68 patients of 88 levels disc herniation, we analyzed the relationship between symptom duration and the degree of degeneration. Among these 68 patients we selected 14 patients(16 levels) who were under 30 years of age and had history of recent trauma to minimize data distortion from age related degeneration and ambiguity of initiation point of degeneration. In this group we analyzed the relationship between the time period after traumatic disc herniation and the degree of degeneration. The age of the patient had close relationship with the grade of signal intensity, central cleft, and disc height and grade of degeneration of the nucleus pulposus in normal discs. In 88 levels of herniated discs, the duration of symptom and degree of degeneration showed moderate correlation. In 14 patients of disc herniation who were under 30 years old and had trauma history in recent 2 years, grade 1 disc degeneration occurred in average 3.7 months after trauma. Although it was difficult to proceed statistical analysis in the last group because of small patients number, the degree of degeneration of nucleus pulposus had close relationship with the duration after traumas or duration of

  12. Translation of an engineered nanofibrous disc-like angle-ply structure for intervertebral disc replacement in a small animal model.

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    Martin, John T; Milby, Andrew H; Chiaro, Joseph A; Kim, Dong Hwa; Hebela, Nader M; Smith, Lachlan J; Elliott, Dawn M; Mauck, Robert L

    2014-06-01

    Intervertebral disc degeneration has been implicated in the etiology of low back pain; however, the current surgical strategies for treating symptomatic disc disease are limited. A variety of materials have been developed to replace disc components, including the nucleus pulposus (NP), the annulus fibrosus (AF) and their combination into disc-like engineered constructs. We have previously shown that layers of electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) scaffold, mimicking the hierarchical organization of the native AF, can achieve functional parity with native tissue. Likewise, we have combined these structures with cell-seeded hydrogels (as an NP replacement) to form disc-like angle-ply structures (DAPS). The objective of this study was to develop a model for the evaluation of DAPS in vivo. Through a series of studies, we developed a surgical approach to replace the rat caudal disc with an acellular DAPS and then stabilized the motion segment via external fixation. We then optimized cell infiltration into DAPS by including sacrificial poly(ethylene oxide) layers interspersed throughout the angle-ply structure. Our findings illustrate that DAPS are stable in the caudal spine, are infiltrated by cells from the peri-implant space and that infiltration is expedited by providing additional routes for cell migration. These findings establish a new in vivo platform in which to evaluate and optimize the design of functional disc replacements.

  13. [Hepatolenticular degeneration].

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    Zudenigo, D; Relja, M

    1990-01-01

    Hepatolenticular degeneration (Wilson's disease) is a hereditary disease in which metabolic disorder of copper leads to its accumulation in the liver, brain, cornea and kidneys with consequent pathologic changes in those organs. Hereditary mechanism of the disease is autosomal recessive with prevalence of 30-100 per 1,000,000 inhabitants. Etiology of this disease is not yet explained. There are two hypotheses. The first one is that it is the disorder of ceruloplasmine metabolism caused by insufficient synthesis of normal ceruloplasmine, or synthesis of functionally abnormal ceruloplasmine. The second one is: the block of copper biliar excretion which is the consequence of the liver lysosomes functional defect. Pathogenetic mechanism of disease is firstly long-term accumulation of copper in the liver, and later, when the liver depo is full, its releasing in circulation and accumulation in the brain, cornea, kidneys and bones, which causes adequate pathologic changes. Toxic activity of copper is the consequence of its activity on enzymes, particularly on those with -SH group. There are two basic clinical forms of the disease: liver disease or neurologic disease. Before puberty the liver damage is more frequent, while in adolescents and young adults neurologic form of the disease is usual. The liver disease is nonspecific and characterized by symptoms of cirrhosis and chronic aggressive hepatitis. The only specificity is hemolytic anemia which, in combination with previous symptoms, is important for diagnosis of the disease. Neurologic symptoms are the most frequent consequence of pathologic changes in the basal ganglia. In our patients the most frequent symptoms were tremor (63%); dysarthria, choreoathetosis and rigor (38%); ataxia and mental disorders (31%); dysphagia and dystonia (12%), diplopia, hypersalivation, nystagmus and Babinski's sign (6%). Among pathologic changes in other tissues and organs the most important is the finding of Kayser-Fleischer ring in the

  14. Noradrenaline neuron degeneration contributes to motor impairments and development of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in a rat model of Parkinson's disease.

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    Shin, Eunju; Rogers, James R.; Devoto, Paola; Björklund, Anders; Carta, Manolo

    2014-01-01

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by progressive loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra. However, studies of post-mortem PD brains have shown that not only DA neurons but also the noradrenergic (NA) neurons in the locus coeruleus degenerate, and that the NA neurodegeneration may be as profound, and also precede degeneration of the midbrain DA neurons. Previous studies in animal models of PD have suggested that loss of forebrain NA will add to the development of ...

  15. The activL® Artificial Disc: a next-generation motion-preserving implant for chronic lumbar discogenic pain

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    Yue JJ

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available James J Yue,1 Rolando Garcia Jr,2 Larry E Miller3 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 2Orthopedic Care Center, Miami, FL, 3Miller Scientific Consulting, Inc., Asheville, NC, USA Abstract: Degeneration of the lumbar intervertebral discs is a leading cause of chronic low back pain in adults. Treatment options for patients with chronic lumbar discogenic pain unresponsive to conservative management include total disc replacement (TDR or lumbar fusion. Until recently, only two lumbar TDRs had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration - the Charité Artificial Disc in 2004 and the ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement in 2006. In June 2015, a next-generation lumbar TDR received Food and Drug Administration approval - the activL® Artificial Disc (Aesculap Implant Systems. Compared to previous-generation lumbar TDRs, the activL® Artificial Disc incorporates specific design enhancements that result in a more precise anatomical match and allow a range of motion that better mimics the healthy spine. The results of mechanical and clinical studies demonstrate that the activL® Artificial Disc results in improved mechanical and clinical outcomes versus earlier-generation artificial discs and compares favorably to lumbar fusion. The purpose of this report is to describe the activL® Artificial Disc including implant characteristics, intended use, surgical technique, postoperative care, mechanical testing, and clinical experience to date. Keywords: activL® Artificial Disc, artificial disc, degenerative disc disease, discogenic, implant, lumbar, motion preservation, pain

  16. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) in hereditary retinal degenerations: Layer-by-layer analyses in normal and diseased retinas

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    Huang, Yijun

    OCT is a new technique for non-invasive, non-contact, cross-sectional imaging of biological tissues with micrometer longitudinal resolution. As it applies to the field of ophthalmology, OCT can delineate retinal sublayers based on their backscattering characteristics, and permit quantitative measurement of the structure of retina in vivo. This dissertation intended to clarify the basis of the OCT signals and whether this procedure has potential for diagnosis and monitoring of human retinal degenerative diseases. Key to this goal are quantitation of OCT signal features and accurate, layer-by-layer correlation of these features with underlying retinal microanatomy. In normal and degenerate avian and swine retinas, OCT signal features were quantified using custom computer programs, and were correlated with cryosections of unfixed retinas obtained at the same retinal location. The results suggested a definable and quantifiable relationship between OCT signal components and retinal microanatomy. The correlation in the outer retina indicated that the OCT posterior highly reflective band, or the outer- retina-choroid complex (ORCC), is attributable to the photoreceptor layer, RPE, and anterior choroid. Further evidence of OCT signal origin was provided by the rd chicken and the rhodopsin P347L mutant transgenic swine. In these animals where photoreceptors had degenerated, OCT abnormalities were observed at the level of and vitreal to the ORCC, consistent with the hypothesis that photoreceptors contribute to the ORCC. Studies of quantitative OCT analysis in man were also performed. In selected hereditary retinal degenerative diseases in which there was regional difference in retinal function, frequently observed OCT abnormalities that were associated with visual dysfunction were reduced OCT thickness, reduced ORCC thickness, increased reflectivity posterior to ORCC, and abnormal OCT signal lamination. These preliminary results suggested that OCT abnormalities at the level

  17. 椎间盘退变患者血清及髓核组织中基质金属蛋白酶1及抑制剂1的表达%Serum and tissue levels of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and its tissue inhibitor in patients with intervertebral disc degeneration

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    邓斌; 王叶新; 孟纯阳

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Matrix metaloproteinases are now generaly considered to be able to degrade al extracelular matrices. Hypersecretion of matrix metaloproteinases or reduction in tissue inhibitors of matrix metaloproteinases leads to destruction of the dynamic balance of extracelular matrix. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the role of matrix metaloproteinase-1 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metaloproteinase-1 in the pathogenesis and progression of intervertebral disc degeneration. METHODS:A total of 60 patients with intervertebral disc degeneration were included. Mild, moderate, and severe degeneration signals appeared on MRI imaging of the patients. Meanwhile, 20 patients with vertebral fracture, mainly cervical spine fracture, were selected as the control group. Venous blood samples were colected before the surgery; the intervertebral disc specimens were sequentialy colected. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Serum and tissue levels of matrix metaloproteinase-1 in patients with intervertebral disc degeneration were significantly increased compared with the control group (P 0.05). These results indicate that hypersecretion of matrix metaloproteinase-1 occurs in patients with intervertebral disc degeneration; however, the expression of tissue inhibitor of matrix metaloproteinase-1 is not correlated with intervertebral disc degeneration.%背景:基质金属蛋白酶现被公认为能降解所有的细胞外基质,基质金属蛋白酶分泌过多或金属蛋白酶抑制剂的分泌减少能破坏细胞外基质的动态平衡。目的:试图阐明基质金属蛋白酶1和金属蛋白酶抑制剂1在椎间盘退变的发病机制。方法:选择60例椎间盘退变患者,根据磁共振(MRI)检查结果分为椎间盘有轻度的退变信号、椎间盘中度抑制信号及椎间盘严重的退变信号3个亚组;对照组20例椎体骨折(颈椎为主)但椎间盘正常的患者。在术前收集静脉血液样品,随后收集病变的椎间盘组织。结果与结论:①椎

  18. Congenital neuromuscular disease with type I fibre hypotrophy, ophthalmoplegia and myofibril degeneration.

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    Sugie, H; Hanson, R; Rasmussen, G; Verity, M A

    1982-06-01

    We report a 7-year-old boy with progressive, early onset somatic and cranial muscle weakness associated with external ophthalmoplegia, facial weakness, type I fibre hypotrophy and myofibril degeneration. We separate this condition from congenital fibre type disproportion because of the facial weakness, ophthalmoplegia, central nucleation, and lysis in type I fibres. The case, which is similar to that described by Bender and Bender (1977), nosologically should be classified between the centronuclear myopathies and congenital fibre type disproportion, and most likely represents a congenital or neonatal disturbance of trophic interaction between nerve and muscle.

  19. Rheumatic Heart Disease and Myxomatous Degeneration: Differences and Similarities of Valve Damage Resulting from Autoimmune Reactions and Matrix Disorganization

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    Martins, Carlo de Oliveira; Demarchi, Lea; Ferreira, Frederico Moraes; Pomerantzeff, Pablo Maria Alberto; Brandao, Carlos; Sampaio, Roney Orismar; Spina, Guilherme Sobreira; Kalil, Jorge; Cunha-Neto, Edecio

    2017-01-01

    Autoimmune inflammatory reactions leading to rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) result from untreated Streptococcus pyogenes throat infections in individuals who exhibit genetic susceptibility. Immune effector mechanisms have been described that lead to heart tissue damage culminating in mitral and aortic valve dysfunctions. In myxomatous valve degeneration (MXD), the mitral valve is also damaged due to non-inflammatory mechanisms. Both diseases are characterized by structural valve disarray and a previous proteomic analysis of them has disclosed a distinct profile of matrix/structural proteins differentially expressed. Given their relevance in organizing valve tissue, we quantitatively evaluated the expression of vimentin, collagen VI, lumican, and vitronectin as well as performed immunohistochemical analysis of their distribution in valve tissue lesions of patients in both diseases. We identified abundant expression of two isoforms of vimentin (45 kDa, 42 kDa) with reduced expression of the full-size protein (54 kDa) in RHD valves. We also found increased vitronectin expression, reduced collagen VI expression and similar lumican expression between RHD and MXD valves. Immunohistochemical analysis indicated disrupted patterns of these proteins in myxomatous degeneration valves and disorganized distribution in rheumatic heart disease valves that correlated with clinical manifestations such as valve regurgitation or stenosis. Confocal microscopy analysis revealed a diverse pattern of distribution of collagen VI and lumican into RHD and MXD valves. Altogether, these results demonstrated distinct patterns of altered valve expression and tissue distribution/organization of structural/matrix proteins that play important pathophysiological roles in both valve diseases. PMID:28121998

  20. Effect of intervertebral disc disease on scoliosis in the lumbar spine

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    Wojcik Gustaw

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar intervertebral discopathy is a common clinical problem and a significant cause of low back pain. Usually it is associated with overload and damage to the intervertebral disc, which directly relates to the instability of the motion segment. Renal normal anatomy between tissues within the spinal canal is a cause of the reflex curvature of the spine, the goal is to increase the volume of the spinal channel and reduce the compression of the nerve tissue. Knee-jerk reaction to pain is an non physiological change of the setting of the spine in the frontal plane.

  1. Biomechanical study of intervertebral disc degeneration

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    González Guitiérrez, Ramiro Arturo

    2012-01-01

    La degeneración y edad afectan la biomecánica del disco intervertebral, reduciendo la capacidad de rigidez, flexibilidad y atenuación de impactos, contra el movimiento y carga del raquis. La caracterización biomecánica del disco se realiza con ensayos mecánicos a segmentos de vértebra-disco-vértebra y aplicando cargas axiales, cortantes, flexión y torsión, estáticas ó dinámicas, con magnitudes de carga según el intervalo fisiológico. Sin embargo, las pruebas tradicionales no dan una visión de...

  2. Causal connection of non-specific low back pain and disc degeneration in children with transitional vertebra and/or Spina bifida occulta: role of magnetic resonance--prospective study.

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    Milicić, Gordana; Krolo, Ivan; Anticević, Darko; Roić, Goran; Zadravec, Dijana; Bojić, Davor; Fattorini, Matija Zutelija; Bumci, Igor

    2012-06-01

    The problem of low back pain (LBP) in children is very common and many specialists are dealing with it in everyday practice. The cause for low back pain often is not found and classified under the diagnosis of non specific low back pain. The objective of this prospective study is to determine wether children with non specific low back pain and existence of anomalies in LS spine (transitional vertebra- TV and/or Spina bifida occulta SBO) also have the degeneration of the intervertebral disc (DD) L4-L5 and/or L5-S1. This prospective study included 69 patients from 8 to 16 years of age (X 12.81) of whom 40 were male (57.97%), and 29 female (42.03%). They all were examinated in University of Zagreb, "Sestre milosrdnice" University Hospital Center, Zagreb Children's Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic, Zagreb, Croatia. The reason of their visit was non specific low back pain. Pain was measured by visual analog scale (VAS) and mean score was three, duration of pain was between two and four weeks. Also, pain was sporadic, during daytime and not connected with level of physical activity. They all have undergone an algorithm of radiological examinations. Standard AP and LL radiographs (RTG) were made, as well as magnetic resonance (MR) of LS spine and sacrum in sagittal and transversal plane in T1 and T2 weighted sequence. The anomalies of L5 and S1 were found in 65 patients: transitional vertebra classified according to Castellvi et al. and SBO. In MRI in T2 weighted sequence DD was found in 61 patients which was classified modified from Pearce. Data analysis and comparison showed that 56patients with TV and/or SBO have changes on vertebral dynamic segment L5-S1 (VDS) and that means DD. In 13 patients only DD or spinal anomaly (TV and/or SBO) were found. Correlation between anomalies and DD in those patients was established by McNemar analysis and has shown significant difference (p=0.581) in favour of the patients with anomaly and DD. This has established that all of 56

  3. Wnt signaling activates Shh signaling in early postnatal intervertebral discs, and re-activates Shh signaling in old discs in the mouse.

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    Winkler, Tamara; Mahoney, Eric J; Sinner, Debora; Wylie, Christopher C; Dahia, Chitra Lekha

    2014-01-01

    Intervertebral discs (IVDs) are strong fibrocartilaginous joints that connect adjacent vertebrae of the spine. As discs age they become prone to failure, with neurological consequences that are often severe. Surgical repair of discs treats the result of the disease, which affects as many as one in seven people, rather than its cause. An ideal solution would be to repair degenerating discs using the mechanisms of their normal differentiation. However, these mechanisms are poorly understood. Using the mouse as a model, we previously showed that Shh signaling produced by nucleus pulposus cells activates the expression of differentiation markers, and cell proliferation, in the postnatal IVD. In the present study, we show that canonical Wnt signaling is required for the expression of Shh signaling targets in the IVD. We also show that Shh and canonical Wnt signaling pathways are down-regulated in adult IVDs. Furthermore, this down-regulation is reversible, since re-activation of the Wnt or Shh pathways in older discs can re-activate molecular markers of the IVD that are lost with age. These data suggest that biological treatments targeting Wnt and Shh signaling pathways may be feasible as a therapeutic for degenerative disc disease.

  4. Discover人工颈椎间盘置换治疗颈椎间盘退变性疾病的临床疗效%Outcome of discover cervical artificial disc replacement for degenerativedisc disease of the cervical spine

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    何智勇; 李开南; 聂海; 母建松; 兰海

    2012-01-01

    Objective To estimate the clinical effects on Discover cervical artificial disc replacement for degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine. Methods A total of 20 patients with cervical disc degeneration, whose pain is not relieved adequately with six weeks of conservative care and daily activities become difficult, were chosed in this study between January 2007 and August 2011. The clinical outcomes were assessed using neck disable index (NDI) and visual analogue scale ( VAS) and Odora scale before surgery and 1、6、12、24 months after surgery. Imageological examination included X ray, cervical CT scanning and MR imaging. Results There are 26 levels in 20 patients performing cervical disc replacement and the follow-up period was 24 months. The NDI, VAS of neck pain, VAS of arm pain were from (23. 82 ±2. 87)、(5.90 ±0. 35)、(5. 91 ±1.63) before sugery to (5. 21 ± 1. 12)、(1. 62 ±0. 87)、(0. 97 ±0. 65) 2 years after sugery. Odom scale were excellent or good in all palienls. The operation time was 60-210 minutes and the estimated blood loss was 70 - 350 milliliter. The motion function of cervical artificial disc implanted was very good with imageology evaluation. The prosthesis moved forward 3 mm in one patient, and another patient had heterotopic ossification 12 months after surgery. Conclusion Discover cervical artificial disc replacement for degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine is safe and effective, however, further study should be conducted to determine the long term outcome.%目的 评价Discover人工颈椎间盘置换治疗颈椎间盘退变性疾病的临床疗效.方法 2007年1月~2011年8月,20例颈椎间盘退变突出经保守治疗无效的患者行人工颈椎间盘置换术.患者术前、术后1、6、12、24个月时使用颈椎功能障碍指数(neck disable index,NDI)、疼痛视觉模拟疼痛量表(visual analogue scale,VAS)进行疗效评估,手术效果采用Odom法评价.影像学检查包括颈椎动力位X

  5. Instrumented posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) with interbody fusion device (Cage) in degenerative disc disease (DDD): 3 years outcome.

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    Ahsan, M K; Hossain, M A; Sakeb, N; Khan, S I; Zaman, N

    2013-10-01

    This prospective interventional study carried out at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and a private hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh during the period from October 2003 to September 2011. Surgical treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) should aim to re-expand the interbody space and stabilize until fusion is complete. The present study conducted to find out the efficacy of using interbody fusion device (Cage) to achieve interbody space re-expansion and fusion in surgical management of DDD. We have performed the interventional study on 53 patients, 42 female and 11 male, with age between 40 to 67 years. All the patients were followed up for 36 to 60 months (average 48 months). Forty seven patients were with spondylolisthesis and 06 with desiccated disc. All subjects were evaluated with regard to immediate and long term complications, radiological fusion and interbody space re-expansion and maintenance. The clinical outcome (pain and disability) was scored by standard pre and postoperative questionnaires. Intrusion, extrusion and migration of the interbody fusion cage were also assessed. Forty seven patients were considered to have satisfactory outcome in at least 36 months follow up. Pseudoarthrosis developed in 04 cases and 06 patients developed complications. In this series posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) with interbody cage and instrumentation in DDD showed significant fusion rate and maintenance of interbody space. Satisfactory outcome observed in 88.68% cases.

  6. Association between macular degeneration and mild to moderate chronic kidney disease: A nationwide population-based study.

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    Chen, Chun-Yu; Dai, Ciou-Sia; Lee, Chin-Chan; Shyu, Yu-Chiau; Huang, Ting-Shuo; Yeung, Ling; Sun, Chi-Chin; Yang, Huang-Yu; Wu, I-Wen

    2017-03-01

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and macular degeneration (MD) are 2 grave diseases leading to significant disability secondary to renal failure and blindness. The 2 diseases share not only common risk factors but also similar pathogenic mechanisms to renal and retinal injuries. Previous epidemiological studies indicated association between these 2 diseases. However, this concept is challenged by recent investigations. Patients with mild to moderate CKD (n = 30,696) between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2005 were selected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Database. Controls (n = 122,784) were matched by age, gender, diabetes mellitus type 2, and hypertension status (1:4 ratios). The risk of MD was compared between the 2 groups. The mean age of patients was 54.9 ± 15.7 years. The proportion of MD was 2.7% in mild to moderate CKD patients and 1.9% in normal controls (P disease, and peripheral vascular disease, model 2; OR: 1.369; 95% CI: 1.264-1.484; P < 0.001) and all these factors (model 3; OR: 1.320, 95% CI: 1.218-1.431, P < 0.001). This association was consistent in the subanalysis, excluding those patients with diabetic retinopathy. Proper diagnosis and timely intervention should be warranted to retard visual loss of these patients.

  7. Biomechanical analysis of the camelid cervical intervertebral disc

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    Dean K. Stolworthy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic low back pain (LBP is a prevalent global problem, which is often correlated with degenerative disc disease. The development and use of good, relevant animal models of the spine may improve treatment options for this condition. While no animal model is capable of reproducing the exact biology, anatomy, and biomechanics of the human spine, the quality of a particular animal model increases with the number of shared characteristics that are relevant to the human condition. The purpose of this study was to investigate the camelid (specifically, alpaca and llama cervical spine as a model of the human lumbar spine. Cervical spines were obtained from four alpacas and four llamas and individual segments were used for segmental flexibility/biomechanics and/or morphology/anatomy studies. Qualitative and quantitative data were compared for the alpaca and llama cervical spines, and human lumbar specimens in addition to other published large animal data. Results indicate that a camelid cervical intervertebral disc (IVD closely approximates the human lumbar disc with regard to size, spinal posture, and biomechanical flexibility. Specifically, compared with the human lumbar disc, the alpaca and llama cervical disc size are approximately 62%, 83%, and 75% with regard to area, depth, and width, respectively, and the disc flexibility is approximately 133%, 173%, and 254%, with regard to range of motion (ROM in axial-rotation, flexion-extension, and lateral-bending, respectively. These results, combined with the clinical report of disc degeneration in the llama lower cervical spine, suggest that the camelid cervical spine is potentially well suited for use as an animal model in biomechanical studies of the human lumbar spine.

  8. Accelerated pericyte degeneration and blood-brain barrier breakdown in apolipoprotein E4 carriers with Alzheimer's disease.

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    Halliday, Matthew R; Rege, Sanket V; Ma, Qingyi; Zhao, Zhen; Miller, Carol A; Winkler, Ethan A; Zlokovic, Berislav V

    2016-01-01

    The blood–brain barrier (BBB) limits the entry of neurotoxic blood-derived products and cells into the brain that is required for normal neuronal functioning and information processing. Pericytes maintain the integrity of the BBB and degenerate in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The BBB is damaged in AD, particularly in individuals carrying apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4) gene, which is a major genetic risk factor for late-onset AD. The mechanisms underlying the BBB breakdown in AD remain, however, elusive. Here, we show accelerated pericyte degeneration in AD APOE4 carriers >AD APOE3 carriers >non-AD controls, which correlates with the magnitude of BBB breakdown to immunoglobulin G and fibrin. We also show accumulation of the proinflammatory cytokine cyclophilin A (CypA) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in pericytes and endothelial cells in AD (APOE4 >APOE3), previously shown to lead to BBB breakdown in transgenic APOE4 mice. The levels of the apoE lipoprotein receptor, low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein-1 (LRP1), were similarly reduced in AD APOE4 and APOE3 carriers. Our data suggest that APOE4 leads to accelerated pericyte loss and enhanced activation of LRP1-dependent CypA–MMP-9 BBB-degrading pathway in pericytes and endothelial cells, which can mediate a greater BBB damage in AD APOE4 compared with AD APOE3 carriers.

  9. Association between promoter -1607 polymorphism of MMP1 and Lumbar Disc Disease in Southern Chinese

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    Leong John CY

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs are involved in the degradation of the extracellular matrix of the intervertebral disc. A SNP for guanine insertion/deletion (G/D, the -1607 promoter polymorphism, of the MMP1 gene was found significantly affecting promoter activity and corresponding transcription level. Hence it is a good candidate for genetic studies in DDD. Methods Southern Chinese volunteers between 18 and 55 years were recruited from the population. DDD in the lumbar spine was defined by MRI using Schneiderman's classification. Genomic DNA was isolated from the leukocytes and genotyping was performed using the Sequenom® platform. Association and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium checking were assessed by Chi-square test and Mann-Whitney U test. Results Our results showed substantial evidence of association between -1607 promoter polymorphism of MMP1 and DDD in the Southern Chinese subjects. D allelic was significantly associated with DDD (p value = 0.027, odds ratio = 1.41 with 95% CI = 1.04–1.90 while Genotypic association on the presence of D allele was also significantly associated with DDD (p value = 0.046, odds ratio = 1.50 with 95% CI = 1.01–2.24. Further age stratification showed significant genotypic as well as allelic association in the group of over 40 years (genotypic: p value = 0.035, odds ratio = 1.617 with 95% CI = 1.033–2.529; allelic: p value = 0.033, odds ratio = 1.445 with 95% CI = 1.029–2.029. Disc bulge, annular tears and the Schmorl's nodes were not associated with the D allele. Conclusion We demonstrated that individuals with the presence of D allele for the -1607 promoter polymorphism of MMP1 are about 1.5 times more susceptible to develop DDD when compared with those having G allele only. Further association was identified in individuals over 40 years of age. Disc bulge, annular tear as well as Schmorl's nodes were not associated with this polymorphism.

  10. Adjacent segment disc degeneration after lumbar interbody fusion:a systematic review%腰椎融合术后发生邻近节段椎间盘退变的系统评价

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    郝俊龙; 陈永刚; 夏亚一; 汪玉良; 王栓科; 汪静; 王翠芳; 耿彬

    2011-01-01

    [ Objective] To assess the efficacy and safety of bone morphogenetic protein for fractures. [ Methods] We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) ( Issue 3, 2010) , MEDLINE, EMBASE, CBM,CNKI, VIP, Wanfang database, etc. from their inception to June 2010. Some relevant journals were handsearched as well. Two reviewers independently evaluated the quality of included studies and extracted the data. Meta - analysis was performed by RevMan 5.0 software. [ Results ] Four trials involving 451 patients were included. Meta analysis showed that as for functional training, lumbar fusion increased risk of adjacent segment disc degeneration (ASD) . The incidence of ASD after lumbar laminectomy is higher than non - laminectomy. The existence of ASD preoperative increased risk of postoperative ASD. The incidence of ASD had no relation with internal fixation or the number of fusion segments. [ Conclusion ] Lumbar fusion can increase the incidence of ASD, and is related with laminectomy and the existence of preoperative ASD, but is not related with internal fixation and the number of lumbar fusion segments. However, there is a moderate possibility of selection bias, performance bias and publication bias in this review because of the small number of the included studies, which may weaken the strength of the evidence of our results. More large sample size, high -quality RCTs are needed.%[目的]对腰椎融合术加速邻近节段椎间盘退变进行系统评价.[方法]按照Coehrane协作网制订的检索策略进行检索,计算机检索MEDLINE(1966~2010年8月)、EMBASE(1974~2010年8月)、Cochrane图书馆(2010年第8期)、中国生物医学文献数据库(CBM,1978~2010年8月)、中国期刊全文数据库(CNKI,1994~2010年8月)、中文科技期刊全文数据库(VIP,1989~2010年8月)及万方数据库(1979~2010年8月).手工检索相关的中英文骨科杂志和会议论文.纳入腰椎融合术后发生邻近节段椎间盘

  11. Age-related macular degeneration: genetic and environmental factors of disease.

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    Chen, Yuhong; Bedell, Matthew; Zhang, Kang

    2010-10-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of visual impairment among the elderly in developed countries, and its prevalence is thus increasing as the population ages; however, treatment options remain limited because the etiology and pathogenesis of AMD are incompletely defined. Recently, much progress has been made in gene discovery and mechanistic studies, which clearly indicate that AMD involves the interaction of multiple genetic and environmental factors. The identification of genes that have a substantial impact on the risk for AMD is not only facilitating the diagnosis and screening of populations at risk but is also elucidating key molecular pathways of pathogenesis. Pharmacogenetic studies of treatment responsiveness among patients with the "wet" form of AMD are increasingly proving to be clinically relevant; pharmacogenetic approaches hold great promise for both identifying patients with the best chance for vision recovery as well as tailoring individualized therapies.

  12. The distribution of Schmorl's nodes in patients with low back pain or radiculopathy and their correlation with degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs%许莫氏结节在腰腿痛患者中的分布特点及与腰椎间盘退变的相关性分析

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    陈意磊; 周志杰; 范顺武; 赵凤东; 方向前

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the distribution of Schmorl's nodes (SN) in patients with low back pain or radiculopathy,and to analyze the correlation between SN and degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs.Methods In 2012,1024 patients with low back pain or sciatica were examined by magnetic resonance (MR) scan and plain film.There were 448 males and 576 females,with an average age of (54.3 ± 12.7) years (range,22-90).The features distribution of SN in lumbar endplate on age,sex,segment and the type and grade of intervertebral disc degeneration were analyzed retrospectively.Results Among 5120 lumbar intervertebral segments of the 1024 patients,295 (28.8%) cases and 532 (5.2%) endplates were involved with SN,302 located in the cranial and 230 in the caudal endplate.According to percent prevalence per lumbar segment,L1,2 was the most common level (29.1%),followed by L3,4 (23.7%) and L2,3 (21.1%).The incidence of SN was positively correlated with elder age,but not with sex,body weight,height,or body mass index.SN occurred more often in bulging,extrusion,Modic changes,spondylolisthesis and osteophyte comparing with normal disc or protrusion or high intensity zone.The distributions of the grade of intervertebral disc degeneration were significantly different between groups with and without adjacent SN.Intervertebral discs with adjacent SN were more degenerated than those without adjacent SN.The number,size and volume of SN were associated with the degrade of intervertebral discs degeneration.SN was divided into two types,i.e.,"acute edematous" SN and "non-acute"SN,according to the signal type on T1-and T2-weighted MR images,and the degeneration of the corresponding intervertebral discs was more severe in the latter than the former group.Conclusion SN occurred more often in the upper lumbar spine and cranial endplate in patients with low back pain or radiculopathy.SN were correlated with elder age and the degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs.The number

  13. Metabolic bone disease and central retinal degeneration in a kitten due to nutritional inadequacy of an all-meat raw diet

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    Catherine Lenox

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    Full Text Available A 5-month-old castrated male Sphynx kitten presented with left hindlimb lameness shortly after adoption. Prior to adoption, the breeder had fed the kitten an exclusively raw chicken diet. Radiographs revealed generalized osteopenia and a left tibia–fibula fracture. Ophthalmic examination revealed corneal vascularization and opacity in the right eye, and lesions suggestive of feline central retinal degeneration in the left eye. The patient’s diagnoses included metabolic bone disease and feline central retinal degeneration, which can result from taurine deficiency. The kitten’s nutritional diseases were managed with a complete and balanced canned diet designed for kitten growth and with taurine supplementation.

  14. Metabolic bone disease and central retinal degeneration in a kitten due to nutritional inadequacy of an all-meat raw diet

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    Catherine Lenox

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available A 5-month-old castrated male Sphynx kitten presented with left hindlimb lameness shortly after adoption. Prior to adoption, the breeder had fed the kitten an exclusively raw chicken diet. Radiographs revealed generalized osteopenia and a left tibia–fibula fracture. Ophthalmic examination revealed corneal vascularization and opacity in the right eye, and lesions suggestive of feline central retinal degeneration in the left eye. The patient’s diagnoses included metabolic bone disease and feline central retinal degeneration, which can result from taurine deficiency. The kitten’s nutritional diseases were managed with a complete and balanced canned diet designed for kitten growth and with taurine supplementation.

  15. Physical fitness as a predictor of herniated lumbar disc disease - a 33-year follow-up in the Copenhagen male study

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    Jørgensen, Trine Ane Marie; Holtermann, Andreas; Gyntelberg, Finn

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    The role of physical fitness (VO2Max (mlO2*min-1*kg-1)) as a risk factor for herniated lumbar disc disease (HLDD) is unknown. The objective of this study was to examine the association between aerobic (physical) fitness and risk of hospitalisation due to HLDD in a long-term follow up....

  16. Dissociating memory networks in early Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration - a combined study of hypometabolism and atrophy.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: We aimed at dissociating the neural correlates of memory disorders in Alzheimer's disease (AD and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD. METHODS: We included patients with AD (n = 19, 11 female, mean age 61 years and FTLD (n = 11, 5 female, mean age 61 years in early stages of their diseases. Memory performance was assessed by means of verbal and visual memory subtests from the Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-R, including forgetting rates. Brain glucose utilization was measured by [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET and brain atrophy by voxel-based morphometry (VBM of T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scans. Using a whole brain approach, correlations between test performance and imaging data were computed separately in each dementia group, including a group of control subjects (n = 13, 6 female, mean age 54 years in both analyses. The three groups did not differ with respect to education and gender. RESULTS: Patients in both dementia groups generally performed worse than controls, but AD and FTLD patients did not differ from each other in any of the test parameters. However, memory performance was associated with different brain regions in the patient groups, with respect to both hypometabolism and atrophy: Whereas in AD patients test performance was mainly correlated with changes in the parieto-mesial cortex, performance in FTLD patients was correlated with changes in frontal cortical as well as subcortical regions. There were practically no overlapping regions associated with memory disorders in AD and FTLD as revealed by a conjunction analysis. CONCLUSION: Memory test performance may not distinguish between both dementia syndromes. In clinical practice, this may lead to misdiagnosis of FTLD patients with poor memory performance. Nevertheless, memory problems are associated with almost completely different neural correlates in both dementia syndromes. Obviously, memory functions are

  17. Two-level total disc replacement with Mobi-C(r over 3-years

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    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of two-level total disc replacement (TDR using a Mobi-C(r Cervical Artificial Disc at the 36 month follow-up. Methods: a Prospective, randomized, controlled, multicenter clinical trial of an artificial cervical disc (Mobi-C(r Cervical Artificial Disc was conducted under the Investigational Device Exemptions (IDE and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA regulations. A total of 339 patients with degenerative disc disease were enrolled to receive either two-level treatment with TDR, or a two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF as control. The 234 TDR patients and 105 ACDF patients were followed up at regular time points for three years after surgery. Results: At 36 months, both groups demonstrated an improvement in clinical outcome measures and a comparable safety profile. NDI scores, SF-12 PCS scores, patient satisfaction, and overall success indicated greater statistically significant improvement from baseline for the TDR group, in comparison to the ACDF group. The TDR patients experienced lower subsequent surgery rates and a lower rate of adjacent segment degeneration. On average, the TDR patients maintained segmental range of motion through 36 months with no device failure. Conclusion: Results at three-years support TDR as a safe, effective and statistically superior alternative to ACDF for the treatment of degenerative disc disease at two contiguous cervical levels.

  18. Morphology of endplate in lumbar degenerative disc disease, a MRI study%腰椎间盘退变性疾患下腰椎终板形态的MRI观察

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    李春林; 李放; 张志成

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: To investigate the morphology of endplate shape in lumbar degenerative disc disease by means of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the correlation between endplate shape and lumbar disc degeneration. Methods: A retrospective review was carried out in this study. The preoperative lumbar MRIs of 110 patients with single lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (group A) and 35 patients suffering from disco-genic low back pain(group B) were reviewed and analyzed respectively. The morphology of endplate was classified into three groups: concave, flat and irregular based on the midsagittal Tl -weighed MRI; the degree of disc degeneration was graded on T2 -weighed MRI according to the Pfirrmann's method, with one to five points behaving grade 1 to V; all endplates were determined by Modic grading system. The associations between morphology of endplate in lower lumbar spine and disc degenerative degree as well as Modic changes were evaluated retrospectively. Results: (DAmong the 435 lower lumbar spine endplates, concave represented the maximum proportion(215/435), with 50.6% in group A(167/330) and 45.7% in group B(48/105), and they almost sited in L3/4(108/215) and 14/5(83/215). Flat accounted for 29.0%(126/435). mostly sited in L5/S1 (76/126). Irregular represented the least proportion(94/435), with 23.0% in group A(76/330) and 17.1% in group B(18/105), almost sited in L5/Sl(45/94). ?In group A, the average degenerative degree for concave, flat and irregular endplate was 3.31±0.81 point, 3.66±0.64 point and 4.16±0.67 point respectively, which showed significant difference (P0.05). ?In group B, the average degeneration degree for concave, flat and irregular endplale was 3.23±0.86 point, 3.54±0.85 point and 3.94±0.54 point respectively, with significant difference existing only in concave and irregular shape(P<0.05). Conclusions: Endplate morphology is associated with degree of disc degeneration and Modic changes. Disc degeneration presents from concave

  19. Selective neuronal vulnerability in neurodegenerative diseases: from stressor thresholds to degeneration.

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    Saxena, Smita; Caroni, Pico

    2011-07-14

    Neurodegenerative diseases selectively target subpopulations of neurons, leading to the progressive failure of defined brain systems, but the basis of such selective neuronal vulnerability has remained elusive. Here, we discuss how a stressor-threshold model of how particular neurons and circuits are selectively vulnerable to disease may underly the etiology of familial and sporadic forms of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, and ALS. According to this model, the intrinsic vulnerabilities of neuronal subpopulations to stressors and specific disease-related misfolding proteins determine neuronal morbidity. Neurodegenerative diseases then involve specific combinations of genetic predispositions and environmental stressors, triggering increasing age-related stress and proteostasis dysfunction in affected vulnerable neurons. Damage to vasculature, immune system, and local glial cells mediates environmental stress, which could drive disease at all stages.

  20. Brain region specific pre-synaptic and post-synaptic degeneration are early components of neuropathology in prion disease.

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    Full Text Available Synaptic abnormalities, one of the key features of prion disease pathogenesis, gives rise to functional deficits and contributes to the devastating clinical outcome. The synaptic compartment is the first to succumb in several neurodegenerative diseases linked with protein misfolding but the mechanisms underpinning this are poorly defined. In our current study we document that a focal intrahippocampal injection of the mouse-adapted 22L scrapie strain produces a complex, region-specific pathology in the brain. Our findings reveal that early synaptic changes in the stratum radiatum of the hippocampus, identical to those observed with the ME7 strain, occur when 22L strain is introduced into the hippocampus. The pathology was defined by degenerating Type I pre-synaptic elements progressively enveloped by the post-synaptic density of the dendritic spine. In contrast, the pathology in the cerebellum suggested that dendritic disintegration rather than pre-synaptic abnormalities dominate the early degenerative changes associated with the Purkinje cells. Indeed, both of the major synaptic inputs into the cerebellum, which arise from the parallel and climbing fibers, remained intact even at late stage disease. Immunolabeling with pathway selective antibodies reinforced these findings. These observations demonstrate that neuronal vulnerability to pathological protein misfolding is strongly dependent on the structure and function of the target neurons.

  1. Degeneration of the vestibular nerve in unilateral Meniere's disease evaluated by galvanic vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials.

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    Chang, Chih-Ming; Young, Yi-Ho; Jaw, Fu-Shan; Wang, Chi-Te; Cheng, Po-Wen

    2017-09-01

    The staging system of Meniere's disease utilizes audiograms to probe cochlear dysfunction. We explored the addition of galvanic vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) to further explore vestibular function. Seventy patients with unilateral Meniere's disease were enrolled in this study. Within 2weeks of diagnosis, all subjects underwent pure tone audiometry, cervical and ocular VEMP, and caloric test. The prevalence of abnormal tests and the VEMP characteristic parameters such as latencies and amplitudes were analyzed. In affected ears, the abnormal rate of acoustic cVEMPs, galvanic cVEMPs, vibratory oVEMPs and galvanic oVEMPs was 37%, 17%, 20%, and 9%, respectively. No significant differences existed in VEMP latencies and amplitudes between affected ears and unaffected ears. The impairment of otolithic organs was found to be more than that of vestibular afferents. The deterioration of the saccule was more than that of the utricle, whereas retrolabyrinthine degeneration of sacculo-collic reflex and vestibulo-ocular reflex was similar. This study is the first to use an electrophysiological test to evaluate the retrolabyrinthine function of patients with unilateral Meniere's disease. Copyright © 2017 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Total disc replacement.

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    Vital, J-M; Boissière, L

    2014-02-01

    Total disc replacement (TDR) (partial disc replacement will not be described) has been used in the lumbar spine since the 1980s, and more recently in the cervical spine. Although the biomechanical concepts are the same and both are inserted through an anterior approach, lumbar TDR is conventionally indicated for chronic low back pain, whereas cervical TDR is used for soft discal hernia resulting in cervicobrachial neuralgia. The insertion technique must be rigorous, with precise centering in the disc space, taking account of vascular anatomy, which is more complex in the lumbar region, particularly proximally to L5-S1. All of the numerous studies, including prospective randomized comparative trials, have demonstrated non-inferiority to fusion, or even short-term superiority regarding speed of improvement. The main implant-related complication is bridging heterotopic ossification with resulting loss of range of motion and increased rates of adjacent segment degeneration, although with an incidence lower than after arthrodesis. A sufficiently long follow-up, which has not yet been reached, will be necessary to establish definitively an advantage for TDR, particularly in the cervical spine. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. The 'Lumbar Fusion Outcome Score' (LUFOS): a new practical and surgically oriented grading system for preoperative prediction of surgical outcomes after lumbar spinal fusion in patients with degenerative disc disease and refractory chronic axial low back pain.

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    Mattei, Tobias A; Rehman, Azeem A; Teles, Alisson R; Aldag, Jean C; Dinh, Dzung H; McCall, Todd D

    2017-01-01

    In order to evaluate the predictive effect of non-invasive preoperative imaging methods on surgical outcomes of lumbar fusion for patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) and refractory chronic axial low back pain (LBP), the authors conducted a retrospective review of 45 patients with DDD and refractory LBP submitted to anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) at a single center from 2007 to 2010. Surgical outcomes - as measured by Visual Analog Scale (VAS/back pain) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) - were evaluated pre-operatively and at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year post-operatively. Linear mixed-effects models were generated in order to identify possible preoperative imaging characteristics (including bone scan/99mTc scintigraphy increased endplate uptake, Modic endplate changes, and disc degeneration graded according to Pfirrmann classification) which may be predictive of long-term surgical outcomes . After controlling for confounders, a combined score, the Lumbar Fusion Outcome Score (LUFOS), was developed. The LUFOS grading system was able to stratify patients in two general groups (Non-surgical: LUFOS 0 and 1; Surgical: LUFOS 2 and 3) that presented significantly different surgical outcomes in terms of estimated marginal means of VAS/back pain (p = 0.001) and ODI (p = 0.006) beginning at 3 months and continuing up to 1 year of follow-up. In conclusion,  LUFOS has been devised as a new practical and surgically oriented grading system based on simple key parameters from non-invasive preoperative imaging exams (magnetic resonance imaging/MRI and bone scan/99mTc scintigraphy) which has been shown to be highly predictive of surgical outcomes of patients undergoing lumbar fusion for treatment for refractory chronic axial LBP.

  4. fMRI in patients with lumbar disc disease: a paradigm to study patients over time

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    Sharma HA

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Harish A Sharma1, Rajarsi Gupta2, William Olivero31Robarts Imaging, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada; 2University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA; 3Neurological Surgery, University of Illinois UC/Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL, USAAbstract: Low back pain is a common human ailment. It is estimated that over 70% of the population will experience low back pain that will require medication and/or medical attention. There are many causes for low back pain, one being herniation of the discs of the lumbar spine. Treatment options are very limited. Why patients develop chronic pain especially when there is no known organic cause or when the offending painful stimulus has been removed remains poorly understood. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI is a technique that allows researchers to image which regions of the brain that are activated during motor, cognitive, and sensory experiences. Using fMRI to study pain has revealed new information about how the brain responds to painful stimuli and what regions of the brain are activated during pain. However, many of the paradigms used do not replicate the subject's pain or use painful stimuli in volunteers without pain. Also, following patients from their acute phase of pain to the chronic phase with serial fMRI has not been performed. In this study we developed a paradigm that would allow studying patients with low back pain and leg pain including lumbar radiculopathy to better mimic a clinical pain syndrome and to have a method of following patients with this type of pain over time.Keywords: functional magnetic resonance imaging, low back pain, pain syndrome, chronic pain

  5. Two cases of cervical disc disease with intramedullary pathological changes, which are responsible for their neurological syndromes, on delayed CT myelography

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    Isu, Toyohiko; Iwasaki, Yoshinobu; Abe, Hiroshi; Tashiro, Kunio; Murai, Hiroshi; Miyasaka, Kazuo

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    We report two cases of cervical disc disease with myelopathy classified as of motor system syndrome type showing small contrast accumulation within the spinal cord on delayed CT myelography. In our two cases, high density spots on delayed CT myelography were bilaterally localized within the spinal cord, and believed represent pathological changes of the spinal cord, such as collection of microcavities or cystic necrosis. In case 1, the high density areas seemed to be localized in the anterior horn and corticospinal tract, and in case 2, they seemed to be localized in the corticospinal tract. The patient in case 1 produced signs and symptoms resembling motor neurone disease and lesion could not be differentiated from the latter. Delayed CT myelography showed that the cause of the upper limb amyotrophy was attributed to an anterior horn disorder and that of pyramidal tract sign to a corticospinal tract disorder. Therefore, we could differentiate the lesion from motor neurone disease on delayed CT myelography in case 1. In conclusion, we emphasize that delayed CT myelography can demonstrate the intramedullary pathological changes in the cervical disc disease and is useful in distinguishing between cervical disc disease simulating motor neurone disease and the latter.

  6. Stem-cell treatment in disc degeneration: What is the evidence? Células madre en el tratamiento de degeneración de disco: ¿Cual es la evidencia? Células tronco no tratamento de doença degenerativa discal: Qual é a evidência?

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    Manuela Peletti-Figueiró

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available To review the potential role of stem cells in treating degenerative disc disease of the intervertebral disc (IVD. A review was performed of articles from the Medline database concerning stem cells and degenerative disc disease (DDD. To discuss the data, the papers were classified as: review, in vitro, experimental, and clinical. The currently available treatments were basically for symptom reduction, not to revert the IVD degenerative process. The use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC is being proposed as an option of treatment for DDD. In vitro studies have shown that the MSC are able to differentiate into NP cells and that the MSC also reduce the inflammatory levels of the degenerated IVD. Besides, experimental studies demonstrated that the MSC remained viable when injected into the IVD, and that they were able to regenerate partially from the degenerated IVD and its structure. The few clinical studies found in the literature presented diverging results. The use of MSC is being widely studied and shows promising results for the treatment of DDD. Although many advances are being achieved in studies in vitro and experimental, there is a lack of clinical studies to prove the role of MSC in DDD management.Revisar el papel potencial de las células madre en el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa del disco intervertebral (IVD. Se realizó una revisión de los artículos de la base de datos Medline sobre células madre y la enfermedad degenerativa del disco (DDD. Para fines de discusión de los datos, los trabajos se dividieron en: revisión, in vitro, experimentales y clínicos. Los tratamientos disponibles actualmente enfocan básicamente la reducción de los síntomas, y no la reversión del proceso degenerativo del IVD. El uso de células madre mesenquimales (MSC se propone como una opción de tratamiento para DDD. Estudios in vitro demostraron que las MSC son capaces de diferenciarse en células NP y que las MSC también reducen los niveles

  7. 颈椎间盘置换及前路椎间融合治疗单节段颈椎间盘突出症:谁更多影响邻近节段发生退变?%Anterior cervical disc replacement and anterior cervical decompression and fusion for treating single segment cervical disc herniation:which has greater effects on adjacent segment degeneration?

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    刘威; 盛伟斌; 张健; 邓强; 郭海龙

    2016-01-01

    背景:有研究表明,颈椎间盘置换及前路固定融合治疗颈椎病可以取得较好的临床效果,但是哪种术式在避免邻近节段退变方面更具优势尚无定论。目的:比较颈椎间盘置换与前路固定融合治疗单节段颈椎间盘突出症对邻近节段的近期影响。方法:收集2009年1月至2012年12月以“颈椎间盘突出症”为诊断收入院并行单节段颈椎间盘置换或颈前路椎间盘切除融合患者178例的临床资料,进行回顾性分析,其中前路固定融合组116例,颈椎间盘置换组62例。结果与结论:①评价:两组患者末次随访时目测类比评分、日本骨科协会评估治疗评分、颈椎功能障碍指数均较治疗前明显改善(P 0.05)。前路固定融合组术后3个月时手术节段基本融合,活动度丧失,末次随访时邻近上位节段活动度与邻近下位节段活动度明显增加,且上位节段活动度增加的度数较下位节段大(P 0.05). At 3 months after surgery, in the anterior cervical decompression and fusion group, surgical segment was confluent, and range of motion lost. During final fol ow-up, range of motion of adjacent upper segment and adjacent lower segment was significantly increased, and the increased range of motion in the upper segment was bigger than that of the lower segment (P < 0.05). (3) During final fol ow-up, X-ray films and MRI images revealed the number of degenerated adjacent segment was more in the anterior cervical decompression and fusion group than in the anterior cervical disc replacement group (P <0.05). The number of degenerated middle and upper segments was more than that of the lower segment in both groups (P < 0.05). (4) The findings confirmed that anterior cervical disc replacement or anterior cervical decompression and fusion for treating cervical disc herniation could effectively relieve nerve symptoms of patients. However, compared with the anterior cervical disc

  8. 椎间盘退行性疾病生物治疗研究的进展%Advances in biotherapies for the treatment of degenerative disc diseases

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    何守玉; 邱勇

    2013-01-01

    Degenerative disc disease ( DDD ) is one of the leading causes of low back pain in the adult population, and the surgical treatment is known as the gold standard for such diseases. A large percentage of patients are relieved after undergoing disc resection and spinal fusion. Older patients who are easily to suffer from DDDs have limited tolerance of the surgical treatment. And meanwhile, there are some surgical risks and complications. In some researches, it is found that DDDs occur when the cells of intervertebral disc die or become dysfunctional. Therefore, there is a great clinical need for biotherapies to alleviate pain associated with DDDs. In the past decade, the number of treatment methods for DDDs has dramatically increased due to the advances in biologicals and biomaterials and the deepened understanding of the spinal physiology and pathology. In this article, advances in biotherapies used for treating DDDs in recent years are mainly reviewed, including cell therapy, bioactive factor therapy, gene therapy and the technique of intervertebral disc tissue engineering scaffold. As some of these methods are still in experimental phases, defects and limitations of each biotherapy are noted in this review. Finally, the research direction and challenge of biotherapies for the treatment of DDDs in the next few years are proposed.

  9. Minimizing cryopreservation-induced loss of disc cell activity for storage of whole intervertebral discs

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    SCW Chan

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Severe intervertebral disc (IVD degeneration often requires disc excision and spinal fusion, which leads to loss of spinal segment mobility. Implantation of an allograft disc or tissue engineered disc construct emerges as an alternative to artificial disc replacement for preserving the motion of the degenerated level. Establishment of a bank of cadaveric or engineered cryopreserved discs enables size matching, and facilitates clinical management. However, there is a lack of understanding of the behaviour of disc cells during cryopreservation, as well as how to maximize their survival, such that disc graft properties can be preserved. Here, we report on the effect of alterations in cooling rates, cryoprotective agents (CPAs, and duration of pre-cryopreservation incubation in CPA on cellular activity in whole porcine lumbar discs. Our results indicated that cooling rates of -0.3°C/min and -0.5°C /min resulted in the least loss of metabolic activity in nucleus pulposus (NP and annulus fibrosus (AF respectively, while metabolic activity is best maintained by using a combination of 10% dimethylsulphoxide (DMSO and 10% propylene-glycol (PG as CPA. By the use of such parameters, metabolic activity of the NP and the AF cells could be maintained at 70% and 45%, respectively, of that of the fresh tissue. Mechanical testing and histological evaluation showed no significant differences in mechanical properties or alterations in disc structure compared to fresh discs. Despite the limitations of the animal model, our findings provide a framework for establishing an applicable cryopreservation protocol for human disc allografts or tissue-engineered disc constructs.

  10. Alpha-synuclein pathology and axonal degeneration of the peripheral motor nerves innervating pharyngeal muscles in Parkinson disease.

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    Mu, Liancai; Sobotka, Stanislaw; Chen, Jingming; Su, Hungxi; Sanders, Ira; Adler, Charles H; Shill, Holly A; Caviness, John N; Samanta, Johan E; Beach, Thomas G

    2013-02-01

    Parkinson disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease primarily characterized by cardinal motor manifestations and CNS pathology. Current drug therapies can often stabilize these cardinal motor symptoms, and attention has shifted to the other motor and nonmotor symptoms of PD that are resistant to drug therapy. Dysphagia in PD is perhaps the most important drug-resistant symptom because it leads to aspiration and pneumonia, the leading cause of death. Here, we present direct evidence for degeneration of the pharyngeal motor nerves in PD. We examined the cervical vagal nerve (cranial nerve X), pharyngeal branch of nerve X, and pharyngeal plexus innervating the pharyngeal muscles in 14 postmortem specimens, that is, from 10 patients with PD and 4 age-matched control subjects. Synucleinopathy in the pharyngeal nerves was detected using an immunohistochemical method for phosphorylated α-synuclein. Alpha-synuclein aggregates were revealed in nerve X and the pharyngeal branch of nerve X, and immunoreactive intramuscular nerve twigs and axon terminals within the neuromuscular junctions were identified in all of the PD patients but in none of the controls. These findings indicate that the motor nervous system of the pharynx is involved in the pathologic process of PD. Notably, PD patients who have had dysphagia had a higher density of α-synuclein aggregates in the pharyngeal nerves than those without dysphagia. These findings indicate that motor involvement of the pharynx in PD is one of the factors leading to oropharyngeal dysphagia commonly seen in PD patients.

  11. Estudo comparativo dos mecanorreceptores dos discos intervertebrais normais e degenerados da coluna lombar de humanos pela radiografia, ressonância magnética e estudo anatomopatológico Comparative study of normal and degenerated intervertebral discs' mechanoreceptors of human lumar spine X-ray, magnetic resonance and anatomopathologic study

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    Valdeci Manoel de Oliveira

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    Full Text Available Os autores fizeram um estudo da coluna lombar de humanos, objetivando avaliar e determinar os diferentes tipos de fibras nervosas no disco intervertebral normal e no degenerado. Foram usadas dez colunas lombares de cadáveres com aproximadamente 48 a 72 horas de óbito. As peças foram submetidas a exames de radiografia simples e ressonância magnética. Após os exames, os discos foram classificados em normais e degenerados. Em seguida, foram dissecados, divididos em regiões anterior e posterior, incluídos em parafina e realizado estudo de imuno-histoquímica com a proteína S100. Com o auxílio de um programa de computador Image-Pro Plus (media cybernetics®, as fibras nervosas tiveram seu diâmetro medidos em micrômetros e classificadas em quatro tipos de fibras. Foram encontrados quatro tipos de fibras nervosas nas diferentes regiões discais. O número e o tipo de fibras variaram de acordo com a região e grau de degeneração do disco intervertebral. Concluíram que as fibras do tipo III são mais freqüentes na região anterior; as fibras dos tipos II e IV são mais freqüentes na região posterior, e as fibras do tipo I não apresentaram diferenças entre a região anterior e a posterior; além disso, o disco degenerado tem mais fibras nervosas que o disco normal.The authors conducted a study on human lumbar spine, aiming to assess and determine the different kinds of nervous fibers in normal and degenerated intervertebral discs. Ten cadaver’s lumbar spines with approximately 48 - 72 of death have been used. The pieces were submitted to simple X-ray and magnetic resonance tests. Subsequently to the tests, discs were divided into normal and degenerated. Then, they were dissected, divided into anterior and posterior according to the region, included in paraffin and an immunohistochemical study with S100 protein was performed. With the aid of Image-Pro Plus computer software (media cybernetics ®, nervous fibers’ diameters were

  12. Effects of intervertebral injection of transforming growth factor beta 1 on proteoglycan expression in rabbit degenerated lumbar discs%椎间注射转化生长因子β1对兔退变腰椎间盘蛋白多糖表达的影响

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    吴彬; 张辉; 王海滨; 贾存岭; 赵益峰

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In vitro experiments have confirmed that transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) can promote proteoglycan synthesis and delay intervertebral disc degeneration, but its in vivo role remains unclear.OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of local utilization of TGF-β1 on proteoglycan expression in rabbit degenerated lumbar discs.METHODS: Thirty-six New Zealand white rabbits were divided into two groups randomly, with 6 in control group and 30 in model group. The lumbar structure was destroyed partly in the model group. After 12 weeks, the intervertebral disc degeneration was testified by X-ray in model group. Six rabbits chosen randomly from the model group and all rabbits in the control group were killed and the organizations of the intervertebral discs of L4-5 were harvested. Meanwhile, the rest rabbits in model group were divided into two groups randomly, which was injected with TGF-β1 saline. The rabbits were killed by 2 and 4 weeks after injection.The contents of proteoglycan in nucleus pulposus were tested by phloroglucinol method.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The content of proteoglycan in the nucleus pulposus was obviously decreased at 12 weeks after model preparation (P < 0.01). After TGF-β1 injection, the content of proteoglycan was notably increased (P < 0.01). It is suggested that intervertebral injection of TGF-β1 to rabbit can delay intervertebral disc degeneration and enhance the synthesis of proteoglycan in nucleus pulposus.%背景:体外研究证实转化生长因子β1可以促进蛋白多糖合成,延缓椎间盘退变,但体内实验鲜见报道.目的:观察局部应用转化生长因子β1对兔退变腰椎间盘髓核蛋白多糖表达的影响.方法:取30只新西兰大白兔建立兔腰椎间盘退变模型,造模12周,经X射线证实退变后,随机选择6只模型兔及6只未造模正常兔,处死取材.分别向剩余24只模型兔L4~5椎间隙注射转化生子因子β1和生理盐水.末次给药2,4周取材,间苯三酚法测

  13. Bryan人工椎间盘单节段置换治疗颈椎间盘退变性疾病的临床疗效%Clinic Therapeutic Effect of Bryan Artificial Disc Single Level Replacement on Cervical Disc Degenerative Diseases

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    石锐; 刘浩; 丁琛; 胡韬; 李涛; 龚全; 宋跃明; 洪瑛

    2011-01-01

    目的 评价Bryan人工椎间盘单节段置换治疗颈椎间盘退变性疾病的临床疗效.方法 2004年11月-2008年4月,21例颈椎间盘退变突出并经保守治疗无效的患者接受Bryan人工颈椎间盘单节段置换术.患者术前、术后1、6、12、18、24个月时使用颈椎功能障碍指数(neck disable index,NDI)、症状程度主观评价、疼痛视觉模拟疼痛量表(visual analogue scale,VAS)进行疗效评估,手术效果使用Odom法评价.影像学检查包括颈椎功能位X线片、颈椎CT及MRI检查.结果 21例患者均顺利完成椎间盘置换手术,术后随访2年.患者对症状的主观评分,颈痛VAS评分、手臂疼痛VAS评分,NDI分别由术前的(2.80士0.42)、(4.62±1.84)、(5.01士1.79)、(22.60±4.88)分下降到随访终止时的(0.20士0.42)、(1.01士0.56)、(0.82±0.24)、(4.30±1.25)分.所有患者对手术效果Odom评级优良,8例(38.1%)自觉症状完全缓解.手术过程平均时间为(110.5±42.6)min,术中出血量平均为(166.0±108.8)mL.影像学评价见植入的人工椎间盘运动功能良好,未见颈椎不稳的表现.2例假体在术后早期轻度前移.结论 Bryan人工椎间盘单节段置换是治疗颈椎间盘退变性疾病的一种安全有效的方法,术后随访2年临床疗效满意.%Objective To evaluate the clinical therapeutic effect of single segment Bryan disc replacement on cervical disc degenerative diseases. Methods From November 2004 to April 2008, 21 patients who had a poor response after conservative treatment for their cervical disc degeneration underwent the single level Bryan disc replacement. Before the operation and 1, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after the operation, all patients were evaluated by neck disable index (NDI), subjective symptom scale, visual analogue scale (VAS) and ()dom score. The radiological examinations included X-ray, CT scan and MRL Results Operations were successfully executed in 21 patients. All patients had obeyed the follow

  14. Venular degeneration leads to vascular dysfunction in a transgenic model of Alzheimer's disease.

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    Lai, Aaron Y; Dorr, Adrienne; Thomason, Lynsie A M; Koletar, Margaret M; Sled, John G; Stefanovic, Bojana; McLaurin, JoAnne

    2015-04-01

    Most patients with Alzheimer's disease exhibit accumulation of amyloid-β peptide on leptomeningeal and cortical arterioles, or cerebral amyloid angiopathy, which is associated with impaired vascular reactivity and accelerated cognitive decline. Despite widespread recognition of the significance of vascular dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease aetiology and progression, much uncertainty still surrounds the mechanism underlying Alzheimer's disease vascular injury. Studies to date have focused on amyloid-β-induced damage to capillaries and plaque-associated arterioles, without examining effects across the entire vascular bed. In the present study, we investigated the structural and functional impairment of the feeding arteriolar versus draining venular vessels in a transgenic murine Alzheimer's disease model, with a particular focus on the mural cell populations that dictate these vessels' contractility. Although amyloid-β deposition was restricted to arterioles, we found that vascular impairment extended to the venules, which showed significant depletion of their mural cell coverage by the mid-stage of Alzheimer's disease pathophysiology. These structural abnormalities were accompanied by an abolishment of the normal vascular network flow response to hypercapnia: this functional impairment was so severe as to result in hypercapnia-induced flow decreases in the arterioles. Further pharmacological depletion of mural cells using SU6668, a platelet-derived growth factor receptor-β antagonist, resulted in profound structural abnormalities of the cortical microvasculature, including vessel coiling and short-range looping, increased tortuosity of the venules but not of the arterioles, increased amyloid-β deposition on the arterioles, and further alterations of the microvascular network cerebral blood flow response to hypercapnia. Together, this work shows hitherto unrecognized structural alterations in penetrating venules, demonstrates their functional significance and

  15. [The impact of the spa therapy on reduction of the perception of pain intensity in patients with degenerative joints and disc disease].

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    Kuciel-Lewandowska, Jadwiga; Paprocka-Borowicz, Małgorzata

    2015-01-01

    Degenerative joints and disc disease is accompanied by chronic pain which is the main symptom of the disease. Medical spa therapy has the task of providing comprehensive treatment embracing diseases of limbs as well as other systems and the essential role of medical treatment, in particular spa therapy, is pain relief. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of the spa treatment on the level of pain perception in patients with degenerative joints and disc disease. The observation embraced 120 people with degenerative joints and disc disease treated in the spa. The study included a comprehensive therapy conducted over a 21-day stays at the spa Przerzeczyn-Zdrój with the application of selected physical treatments, physiotherapy and the use of therapeutic natural resources: peloid mud and healing radon-sulphide water. Moreover, there was psychological counseling and health education conducted. The study also included observation of 21 persons from the control group. However, the patients in the control group did not benefit from balneotherapy, psychological care and education. There was a standard VAS scale for pain and non-standard questionnaire of pain assessment constructed for the study purposes. The assessment of pain using the VAS scale and questionnaire of pain assessment both in the study group and the control group were performed before and after the treatment. The results were analyzed statistically, there was Statistica program in Polish version used. In the analysis of the obtained results there were two tests scheduled: the sign test, the Wilcoxon test and descriptive statistics. As a result of the spa therapy and treatments administered on an outpatient basis there was reduction of pain intensity observed. 1. Spa therapy and outpatient treatment reduce the level of pain in patients with degenerative joints and disc disease. 2. The reduction of pain level was more effective in case of therapy conducted in the spa.

  16. Lumbar disc herniation: Is there an association between histological and magnetic resonance imaging findings?

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    Shiju A Majeed

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: The study shows that the Pfirmann grading system, MCs and HDS can reliably be used as scoring systems for assessing lumbar disc degeneration. The radiological assessment can be used as a noninvasive tool to assess the probable change in content rather than the microstructure of a disc undergoing degeneration.

  17. Adjacent segment degeneration: observations in a goat spinal fusion study

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    R.J.W. Hoogendoorn; M.N. Helder; P.I.J.M. Wuisman; R.A. Bank; V. Everts; T.H. Smit

    2008-01-01

    Study Design. The adjacent discs of 13 goats, originally used in a lumbar spinal fusion model study, were analyzed for symptoms of intervertebral disc degeneration by means of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), macroscopy, and histology. These goats were followed for 6 months and the results were com

  18. Primary immune system responders to nucleus pulposus cells: evidence for immune response in disc herniation

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    K Murai

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Although intervertebral disc herniation and associated sciatica is a common disease, its molecular pathogenesis is not well understood. Immune responses are thought to be involved. This study provides direct evidence that even non-degenerated nucleus pulposus (NP cells elicit immune responses. An in vitro colony forming inhibition assay demonstrated the suppressive effects of autologous spleen cells on NP cells and an in vitro cytotoxicity assay showed the positive cytotoxic effects of natural killer (NK cells and macrophages on NP cells. Non-degenerated rat NP tissues transplanted into wild type rats and immune-deficient mice demonstrated a significantly higher NP cell survival rate in immune-deficient mice. Immunohistochemical staining showed the presence of macrophages and NK cells in the transplanted NP tissues. These results suggest that even non-degenerated autologous NP cells are recognized by macrophages and NK cells, which may have an immunological function in the early phase of disc herniation. These findings contribute to understanding resorption and the inflammatory reaction to disc herniation.

  19. Disease and degeneration of aging neural systems that integrate sleep drive and circadian oscillations

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    Kris eSingletary

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Sleep and circadian activity rhythms become irregular with age which are characterized by fragmented sleep during the night and increased daytime sleepiness. These changes lead to a reduction in the quality of life due to cognitive impairments and emotional stress. More importantly, severely disrupted sleep and circadian rhythms have been associated with an increase in disease susceptibility. Many of the same brain areas affected by neurodegenerative diseases include the sleep and wake promoting systems. Any advances in our knowledge of these sleep/wake networks are necessary to target neural areas or connections for therapy. This review will discuss research that uses molecular, behavioral, genetic and anatomical methods to further our understanding of the interaction of these systems.

  20. Effects of unisegmental disc compression on adjacent segments: an in vivo animal model.

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    Unglaub, Frank; Guehring, Thorsten; Lorenz, Helga; Carstens, Claus; Kroeber, Markus W

    2005-12-01

    It is controversial whether fusion of discs in the spine leads to increased degeneration on the remaining discs or whether the degenerative changes are merely a part of the inevitable natural history process. To determine the effects of unisegmental compression and subsequent recovery on adjacent segments, we studied histology, radiology and intradiscal pressure using an in vivo rabbit model. Fifteen New Zealand rabbits were divided in to three groups of five. In the first group, the intervertebral disc L4-L5 of the lumbar spine was axially loaded for 28 days with an external loading device. In the second group, the intervertebral disc was compressed for 28 days and allowed to recover for an equal amount of time, with the loading device removed. Five animals underwent a sham operation, in which the external loading device was situated, but their discs remained unloaded for 28 days. The intradiscal pressure was determined in the loaded discs as well as in the cranial and caudal adjacent discs. Lateral radiographs were taken from each subjected intervertebral disc with adjacent vertebral bodies and the cranial and caudal adjacent segments. The compressed discs showed lower intradiscal pressure in comparison with the control group, which remained unloaded. In the cranial and caudal discs adjacent to the loaded discs the average intradiscal pressure was similar to the unloaded controls. The loaded discs demonstrated a significant decrease in disc space. No discs adjacent to the loaded discs changed in height. The lamellar architecture of the inner, middle, and outer annulus became more disorganized in the loaded discs. The nucleus pulposus showed increase of mucoid degeneration and increased cell death. Intervertebral discs from the control group and the adjacent discs to the compressed discs maintained their normal morphology. This study shows that mechanical loading of discs in the spine can cause rapid degeneration. Adjacent discs, however, did not change in terms

  1. Pathological tau deposition in Motor Neurone Disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration associated with TDP-43 proteinopathy.

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    Behrouzi, Roya; Liu, Xiawei; Wu, Dongyue; Robinson, Andrew C; Tanaguchi-Watanabe, Sayuri; Rollinson, Sara; Shi, Jing; Tian, Jinzhou; Hamdalla, Hisham H M; Ealing, John; Richardson, Anna; Jones, Matthew; Pickering-Brown, Stuart; Davidson, Yvonne S; Strong, Michael J; Hasegawa, Masato; Snowden, Julie S; Mann, David M A

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    It has been suggested that patients with motor neurone disease (MND) and those with MND combined with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) (ie FTD + MND) or with FTD alone might exist on a continuum based on commonalities of neuropathology and/or genetic risk. Moreover, it has been reported that both a neuronal and a glial cell tauopathy can accompany the TDP-43 proteinopathy in patients with motor neurone disease (MND) with cognitive changes, and that the tauopathy may be fundamental to disease pathogenesis and clinical phenotype. In the present study, we sought to substantiate these latter findings, and test this concept of a pathological continuum, in a consecutive series of 41 patients with MND, 16 with FTD + MND and 23 with FTD without MND. Paraffin sections of frontal, entorhinal, temporal and occipital cortex and hippocampus were immunostained for tau pathology using anti-tau antibodies, AT8, pThr(175) and pThr(217), and for amyloid β protein (Aβ) using 4G8 antibody. Twenty four (59 %) patients with MND, 7 (44 %) patients with FTD + MND and 10 (43 %) patients with FTD showed 'significant' tau pathology (ie more than just an isolated neurofibrillary tangle or a few neuropil threads in one or more brain regions examined). In most instances, this bore the histological characteristics of an Alzheimer's disease process involving entorhinal cortex, hippocampus, temporal cortex, frontal cortex and occipital cortex in decreasing frequency, accompanied by a deposition of Aβ up to Thal phase 3, though 2 patients with MND, and 1 with FTD did show tau pathology beyond Braak stage III. Four other patients with MND showed novel neuronal tau pathology, within the frontal cortex alone, specifically detected by pThr(175) antibody, which was characterised by a fine granular or more clumped aggregation of tau without neurofibrillary tangles or neuropil threads. However, none of these 4 patients had clinically evident cognitive disorder, and

  2. Is the subcallosal medial prefrontal cortex a common site of atrophy in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration?

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    Olof eLindberg

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Regions affected late in neurodegenerative disease are thought to be anatomically connected to regions affected earlier. The subcallosal medial prefrontal cortex (SMPC has connections with the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC, orbitofrontal cortex (OFC and hippocampus (HC, which are regions that may become atrophic in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD and Alzheimer’s disease (AD. We hypothesized that the SMPC is a common site of frontal atrophy in the FTLD subtypes and in AD. The volume of the SMPC, DLPFC, OFC, HC and entorhinal cortex were manually delineated for 12 subjects with frontotemporal dementia (FTD, 13 with semantic dementia (SD, 9 with progressive nonfluent aphasia (PNFA, 10 AD cases and 13 controls. Results revealed significant volume loss in the left SMPC in FTD, SD and PNFA, while the right SMPC was also atrophied in SD and FTD. In AD a non significant tendency of volume loss in the left SMPC was found (p=0.08, with no volume loss on the right side. Results indicated that volume loss reflected the degree of brain connectivity. In SD and AD temporal regions displayed most atrophy. Among the frontal regions, the SMPC (which receives the strongest temporal projections demonstrated most volume loss, the OFC (which receives less temporal projections less volume loss, while the DLPFC (which is at multisynaptic distance from the temporal regions demonstrated no volume loss. In PNFA, the left SMPC was atrophic, possibly reflecting progression from the left anterior insula, while FTD patients may have had SMPC atrophy at the initial stages of the disease. Atrophy of the SMPC may thus be affected by either initial temporal or initial frontal atrophy, making it a common site of frontal atrophy in the dementia subtypes investigated.

  3. Medium-term outcomes of artificial disc replacement for severe cervical disc narrowing

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    Chao-Hung Yeh; Che-Wei Hung; Cheng-Hsing Kao; Chien-Ming Chao

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To determine if theBryan cervical disc prosthesis could relieve objective neurological symptoms, signs, and restore mobility in patients with severe cervical disc narrowing. Methods:Clinical data of thirty-two patients underwentBryan cervical disc replacement has been collected fromApril2006 toFebruary2010.Severe cervical disc narrowing with gradeV disc degeneration were included in this study.Bryan cervical disc prostheses have been implanted through anterior approach.JapaneseOrthopedicsAssociation(JOA) score, visual analog scale, Odom’s scale, and flexion-extension radiological follow-ups were applied for evaluations. Results:A total of41Bryan disc prostheses from32 patients with an average follow-up duration of33.5 months(range23 to44 months) were evaluated.Clinical functions of patients were significantly improved.Preoperative averaged visual analog scale score of6.3±2.2 was decreased to1.3±1.2(at36 months,P<0.001), while preoperative averagedJOA score of14.4±1.2 was increased to16.3±0.9(at36 months,P<0.001).Thirty of32 patients received excellent to good outcomes inOdom’s scale.Averaged mobility was restored to(9.9±3.2)°at the last follow-up evaluation of36 months.No subsidence or migration of implant was identified. Conclusions:Acceptable clinical outcome for treatment of severe cervical disc narrowing with cervical disc replacement technique has been performed in current study.Most patients maintained good postoperative mobility and no significant adjacent level degeneration were found.Cervical disc replacement may be applicable in treatment of severe cervical disc narrowing; however, longer follow-ups are required for ensuring the long-term efficacy of cervical disc replacement.

  4. Combined imaging markers dissociate Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration – An ALE meta-analysis

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    Matthias L. Schroeter

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available To compare and dissociate the neural correlates of Alzheimer's disease (AD and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD, we combine and synthesize here recent comprehensive meta-analyses. Systematic and quantitative meta-analyses were conducted according to the QUOROM statement by calculating anatomical likelihood estimates (ALE. AD (n=578 and the three subtypes of FTLD, frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia and progressive non-fluent aphasia (n=229, were compared in conjunction analyses, separately for atrophy and reductions in glucose metabolism. Atrophy coincided in the amygdala and hippocampal head in AD and the FTLD subtype semantic dementia. The other brain regions did not show any overlap between AD and FTLD subtypes for both atrophy and changes in glucose metabolism. For AD alone (n=826, another conjunction analysis revealed a regional dissociation between atrophy and hypoperfusion/hypometabolism, whereby hypoperfusion and hypometabolism coincided in the angular/supramarginal gyrus and inferior precuneus/posterior cingulate gyrus. Our data together with other imaging studies suggest a specific dissociation of AD and FTLD if, beside atrophy, additional imaging markers in AD such as abnormally low parietal glucose utilization and perfusion are taken into account. Results support the incorporation of standardized imaging inclusion criteria into future diagnostic systems, which is crucial for early individual diagnosis and treatment in the future.

  5. Interaction of aluminum with PHFtau in Alzheimer's disease neurofibrillary degeneration evidenced by desferrioxamine-assisted chelating autoclave method.

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    Murayama, H; Shin, R W; Higuchi, J; Shibuya, S; Muramoto, T; Kitamoto, T

    1999-09-01

    To demonstrate that aluminum III (Al) interacts with PHFtau in neurofibrillary degeneration (NFD) of Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain, we developed a "chelating autoclave method" that allows Al chelation by using trivalent-cationic chelator desferrioxamine. Its application to AD brain sections before Morin histochemistry for Al attenuated the positive fluorescence of neurofibrillary tangles, indicating Al removal from them. This method, applied for immunostaining with phosphorylation-dependent anti-tau antibodies, significantly enhanced the PHFtau immunoreactivity of the NFD. These results suggest that each of the phosphorylated epitopes in PHFtau are partially masked by Al binding. Incubation of AD sections with AlCl(3) before Morin staining revealed Al accumulation with association to neurofibrillary tangles. Such incubation before immunostaining with the phosphorylation-dependent anti-tau antibodies abolished the immunolabeling of the NFD and this abolition was reversed by the Al chelation. These findings indicate cumulative Al binding to and thereby antigenic masking of the phosphorylated epitopes of PHFtau. Al binding was further documented for electrophoretically-resolved PHFtau on immunoblots, indicating direct Al binding to PHFtau. In vitro aggregation by AlCl(3) was observed for PHFtau but was lost on dephosphorylation of PHFtau. Taken together, phosphorylation-dependent and direct PHFtau-Al interaction occurs in the NFD of the AD brain.

  6. Interaction of Aluminum with PHFτ in Alzheimer’s Disease Neurofibrillary Degeneration Evidenced by Desferrioxamine-Assisted Chelating Autoclave Method

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    Murayama, Harunobu; Shin, Ryong-Woon; Higuchi, Jun; Shibuya, Satoshi; Muramoto, Tamaki; Kitamoto, Tetsuyuki

    1999-01-01

    To demonstrate that aluminum III (Al) interacts with PHFτ in neurofibrillary degeneration (NFD) of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) brain, we developed a “chelating autoclave method” that allows Al chelation by using trivalent-cationic chelator desferrioxamine. Its application to AD brain sections before Morin histochemistry for Al attenuated the positive fluorescence of neurofibrillary tangles, indicating Al removal from them. This method, applied for immunostaining with phosphorylation-dependent anti-τ antibodies, significantly enhanced the PHFτ immunoreactivity of the NFD. These results suggest that each of the phosphorylated epitopes in PHFτ are partially masked by Al binding. Incubation of AD sections with AlCl3 before Morin staining revealed Al accumulation with association to neurofibrillary tangles. Such incubation before immunostaining with the phosphorylation-dependent anti-τ antibodies abolished the immunolabeling of the NFD and this abolition was reversed by the Al chelation. These findings indicate cumulative Al binding to and thereby antigenic masking of the phosphorylated epitopes of PHFτ. Al binding was further documented for electrophoretically-resolved PHFτ on immunoblots, indicating direct Al binding to PHFτ. In vitro aggregation by AlCl3 was observed for PHFτ but was lost on dephosphorylation of PHFτ. Taken together, phosphorylation-dependent and direct PHFτ-Al interaction occurs in the NFD of the AD brain. PMID:10487845

  7. Functional connectivity modeling of consistent cortico-striatal degeneration in Huntington's disease

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    Imis Dogan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Huntington's disease (HD is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a complex neuropsychiatric phenotype. In a recent meta-analysis we identified core regions of consistent neurodegeneration in premanifest HD in the striatum and middle occipital gyrus (MOG. For early manifest HD convergent evidence of atrophy was most prominent in the striatum, motor cortex (M1 and inferior frontal junction (IFJ. The aim of the present study was to functionally characterize this topography of brain atrophy and to investigate differential connectivity patterns formed by consistent cortico-striatal atrophy regions in HD. Using areas of striatal and cortical atrophy at different disease stages as seeds, we performed task-free resting-state and task-based meta-analytic connectivity modeling (MACM. MACM utilizes the large data source of the BrainMap database and identifies significant areas of above-chance co-activation with the seed-region via the activation-likelihood-estimation approach. In order to delineate functional networks formed by cortical as well as striatal atrophy regions we computed the conjunction between the co-activation profiles of striatal and cortical seeds in the premanifest and manifest stages of HD, respectively. Functional characterization of the seeds was obtained using the behavioral meta-data of BrainMap. Cortico-striatal atrophy seeds of the premanifest stage of HD showed common co-activation with a rather cognitive network including the striatum, anterior insula, lateral prefrontal, premotor, supplementary motor and parietal regions. A similar but more pronounced co-activation pattern, additionally including the medial prefrontal cortex and thalamic nuclei was found with striatal and IFJ seeds at the manifest HD stage. The striatum and M1 were functionally connected mainly to premotor and sensorimotor areas, posterior insula, putamen and thalamus. Behavioral characterization of the seeds confirmed that experiments

  8. Interactive Image Analysis in Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Stargardt Disease (STGD).

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    Smith, R Theodore; Lee, Noah; Chen, Jian; Busuioc, Mihai; Laine, Andrew F

    2008-10-26

    The literature of the last three decades is replete with automatic methods for retinal image analysis. Acceptance has been limited due to post-processing or tuning requirements that may be just as time consuming as the original manual methods. The point of view herein is that by taking advantage of the human visual system and expert knowledge from the outset, the promised efficiencies of digital methods can be achieved in practice as well as in theory. Thus, simple labeling of regions of interest that is accepted and easily performed in a few moments by the human can provide enormous advantage to an already well-developed algorithm. Three examples are provided: drusen segmentation, image registration, and geographic atrophy segmentation, with applications to disease understanding.

  9. A Novel Origin for Granulovacuolar Degeneration in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease: Parallels to Stress Granules

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    Castellani, Rudy J.; Gupta, Yashi; Sheng, Baiyang; Siedlak, Sandra L.; Harris, Peggy L.R.; Coller, Jeff M.; Perry, George; Lee, Hyoung-gon; Tabaton, Massimo; Smith, Mark A.; Wang, Xinglong; Zhu, Xiongwei

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    The phosphorylated ribosomal protein S6 (pS6) is associated with the 40S ribosomal subunit in eukaryotes and is thought to play a role in RNA storage, degradation, and re-entry into translation. In this study, we found pS6 localized to granulovacuolar degeneration (GVD) within pyramidal neurons. Immunohistochemical analysis found nearly 20 fold more neurons contain pS6 positive granules in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) hippocampus compared with age-matched controls. Further, pS6-positive granules were more common in neurons not containing neurofibrillary tangles, were never associated with extracellular neurofibrillary tangles or in apoptotic neurons, and contained less RNA than neighboring pyramidal neurons not containing pS6-positive granules. In model systems, pS6 is a specific marker for stress granules, and another stress granule protein, p54/Rck we also found to be a component of GVD in the current study. Stress granules are transient, intracellular, dense aggregations of proteins and RNAs that accumulate as a stress response, protecting cells from apoptosis and inappropriate transcriptional activity, often described as a form of “molecular triage.” The RNA oxidation modification 8-hydroxyguanosine (8OHG) is strikingly increased in AD, yet this study reports that those neurons with pS6 granules display reduced RNA oxidation demonstrated by lower levels of 8OHG. Since chronic oxidative stress is central to AD pathogenesis, and RNA is a specific oxidative stress target and is intimately associated with stress granule biogenesis in model systems, we suggest that GVD in human brain parallel stress granules, and may in fact be more representative of early disease pathogenesis than traditionally believed. This proposed origin for GVD as a neuroprotective response, may represent a morphologic checkpoint between cell death and reversible cellular stress that proceeds in the absence of other inclusions. PMID:21968813

  10. Protein Tau: Prime Cause of Synaptic and Neuronal Degeneration in Alzheimer's Disease

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    Crespo-Biel, Natalia; Theunis, Clara; Van Leuven, Fred

    2012-01-01

    The microtubule-associated protein Tau (MAPT) is a major component of the pathogenesis of a wide variety of brain-damaging disorders, known as tauopathies. These include Alzheimer's disease (AD), denoted as secondary tauopathy because of the obligatory combination with amyloid pathology. In all tauopathies, protein Tau becomes aberrantly phosphorylated, adopts abnormal conformations, and aggregates into fibrils that eventually accumulate as threads in neuropil and as tangles in soma. The argyrophilic neurofibrillary threads and tangles, together denoted as NFT, provide the postmortem pathological diagnosis for all tauopathies. In AD, neurofibrillary threads and tangles (NFTs) are codiagnostic with amyloid depositions but their separated and combined contributions to clinical symptoms remain elusive. Importantly, NFTs are now considered a late event and not directly responsible for early synaptic dysfunctions. Conversely, the biochemical and pathological timeline is not exactly known in human tauopathy, but experimental models point to smaller Tau-aggregates, termed oligomers or multimers, as synaptotoxic in early stages. The challenge is to molecularly define these Tau-isoforms that cause early cognitive and synaptic impairments. Here, we discuss relevant studies and data obtained in our mono- and bigenic validated preclinical models, with the perspective of Tau as a therapeutic target. PMID:22720188

  11. Protein Tau: Prime Cause of Synaptic and Neuronal Degeneration in Alzheimer's Disease

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    Natalia Crespo-Biel

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The microtubule-associated protein Tau (MAPT is a major component of the pathogenesis of a wide variety of brain-damaging disorders, known as tauopathies. These include Alzheimer's disease (AD, denoted as secondary tauopathy because of the obligatory combination with amyloid pathology. In all tauopathies, protein Tau becomes aberrantly phosphorylated, adopts abnormal conformations, and aggregates into fibrils that eventually accumulate as threads in neuropil and as tangles in soma. The argyrophilic neurofibrillary threads and tangles, together denoted as NFT, provide the postmortem pathological diagnosis for all tauopathies. In AD, neurofibrillary threads and tangles (NFTs are codiagnostic with amyloid depositions but their separated and combined contributions to clinical symptoms remain elusive. Importantly, NFTs are now considered a late event and not directly responsible for early synaptic dysfunctions. Conversely, the biochemical and pathological timeline is not exactly known in human tauopathy, but experimental models point to smaller Tau-aggregates, termed oligomers or multimers, as synaptotoxic in early stages. The challenge is to molecularly define these Tau-isoforms that cause early cognitive and synaptic impairments. Here, we discuss relevant studies and data obtained in our mono- and bigenic validated preclinical models, with the perspective of Tau as a therapeutic target.

  12. Highly sensitive measurements of disease progression in rare disorders: Developing and validating a multimodal model of retinal degeneration in Stargardt disease

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    Bax, Nathalie M.; Fakin, Ana; Groenewoud, Joannes M. M.; Klevering, B. Jeroen; Moore, Anthony T.; Michaelides, Michel; Webster, Andrew R.; van der Wilt, Gert Jan; Hoyng, Carel B.

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    Background Each inherited retinal disorder is rare, but together, they affect millions of people worldwide. No treatment is currently available for these blinding diseases, but promising new options—including gene therapy—are emerging. Arguably, the most prevalent retinal dystrophy is Stargardt disease. In each case, the specific combination of ABCA4 variants (> 900 identified to date) and modifying factors is virtually unique. It accounts for the vast phenotypic heterogeneity including variable rates of functional and structural progression, thereby potentially limiting the ability of phase I/II clinical trials to assess efficacy of novel therapies with few patients. To accommodate this problem, we developed and validated a sensitive and reliable composite clinical trial endpoint for disease progression based on structural measurements of retinal degeneration. Methods and findings We used longitudinal data from early-onset Stargardt patients from the Netherlands (development cohort, n = 14) and the United Kingdom (external validation cohort, n = 18). The composite endpoint was derived from best-corrected visual acuity, fundus autofluorescence, and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography. Weighting optimization techniques excluded visual acuity from the composite endpoint. After optimization, the endpoint outperformed each univariable outcome, and showed an average progression of 0.41° retinal eccentricity per year (95% confidence interval, 0.30–0.52). Comparing with actual longitudinal values, the model accurately predicted progression (R2, 0.904). These properties were largely preserved in the validation cohort (0.43°/year [0.33–0.53]; prediction: R2, 0.872). We subsequently ran a two-year trial simulation with the composite endpoint, which detected a 25% decrease in disease progression with 80% statistical power using only 14 patients. Conclusions These results suggest that a multimodal endpoint, reflecting structural macular changes, provides a

  13. Cervical disc arthroplasty with ProDisc-C artificial disc: 5-year radiographic follow-up results

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    ZHAO Yan-bin; SUN Yu; ZHOU Fei-fei; LIU ZHONG-jun

    2013-01-01

    Background Cervical disc arthroplasty is an alternative surgery to standard cervical decompression and fusion for disc degeneration.Different types of cervical disc prosthesis are used in China.The aim of this study was to evaluate the radiographic outcomes of cervical arthroplasty using the ProDisc-C prosthesis.Methods Radiographic evaluation,including static and dynamic flexion-extension lateral images,was performed at baseline and at final follow-up.Results Twenty six patients who had single-level ProDisc-C arthroplasty were followed up for a mean period of 63 months (56-76 months).The range of motion at the operated level was 9.3°±3.7° at baseline and 7.3°±3.5° at final follow-up,with a significant difference (P <0.05).Seventeen of 26 levels (65.4%) developed heterotopic ossification:three were classified as grade Ⅱ,13 were classified as grade Ⅲ,and 1 as grade Ⅳ,according to McAfee's classification.Forty nine adjacent segments were evaluated by lateral Ⅹ-ray and 18 (36.7%) segments developed adjacent segment degenerations.Conclusions ProDisc-C arthroplasty had acceptable radiographic results at 5-year follow-up.The range of motion was preserved.However,more than 60% of the patients developed heterotopic ossification.

  14. Study on risk factors for lumbar degenerative disc disease%腰椎间盘退变性疾病危险因素分析及治疗

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    李军; 麻文谦; 秦涛; 朱玮; 王逸群; 曹磊; 徐晓彬

    2011-01-01

    目的 探索腰椎间盘退变性疾病的危险因素,为该类疾病的预防和治疗提供依据.方法 采用病例对照研究方法,在2008-06-2010-03我院脊柱专科门诊确诊为腰椎间盘退变性疾病的960例患者中随机抽取118例设为病例组,体检中心随机抽取167例无下腰痛病史人员为对照组,问卷调查性别、年龄、身高、体重、职业工种、腰背部外伤史、腰椎疾病家族史等,建立单因素四格表资料的F检验和多因素非条件LogiStie回归分析.结果 单因素四格表资料的F检验和非条件Logistic回归分析结果显示超重、固定工作体位、腰背部外伤史、腰椎疾患家族史是该地区居民腰椎间盘退变的危险因素.结论 腰椎间盘退变性疾病患者的发病与肥胖、职业工种、腰椎疾患家族史、腰背部外伤史等因素有密切的关系,治疗应个体化多样化,并加强健康卫生宣教.%Objective To explore risk factors for lumbar degenerative disc disease. Methods With a case-control study, 118 cases of 960 patients diagnosed by CT/Mfll as lumbar degenerative disc disease and 202 controls without low back pain, questionnaires were used to collect information on the exposure to risk factors including gender,age,occupation、weight、back injury history Jamily history of lumbar degenerative disc disease and analyzed by non-conditional logistic method. Results Through non-conditional logistic regression analysis,Obesity Jamily history of lumbar degenerative disc disease,back injury history .permanent work pose were the risk factors among residents from the area. Conclusion Obesity,Family history,back injury history,permanent work pose are the main risk factors for lumbar degenerative disc disease.

  15. Artificial Cervical Disc Arthroplasty (ACDA): tips and tricks

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    Khadivi, Masoud; Rahimi Movaghar, Vafa; Abdollahzade, Sina

    2012-01-01

    Abstract: Background: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is currently treatment of choice for managing medical therapy refractory cervical degenerative disc disease. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of ACDF; patients generally experience rapid recoveries, and dramatic improvement in their pain and quality of life. However, as several studies reported symptomatic adjacent segment disease attributed to fusions’ altered kinematics, cervical disc arthroplasty emerged as a new motion-sparing alternative to fusion. Fusion at one level increases motion at adjacent levels along with increased intradiscal pressures. This phenomenon can result in symptomatic adjacent level degeneration, which can necessitate reoperation at these levels. The era of cervical arthroplasty began in Europe in the late 1990s. In recent years, artificial cervical disc arthroplasty (ACDA) has been increasingly used by spine surgeons for degenerative cervical disc disease. There have been several reports of safety, efficacy and indications of ACDA. Cervical arthroplasty offers several theoretical advantages over anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in the treatment of selected patients with medically refractory cervical radiculopathy. Preserving motion at the operated level, cervical TDR has the potential to decrease the occurrence of adjacent segment degeneration. There are a few studies on the efficacy and effectiveness of ACDA compared to cervical fusion. However, the true scenery of cervical arthroplasty yet to be identified. Objective: This study is intended to define patients' characteristics and outcomes of ACDA by a single surgeon in Iran. Methods: This retrospective study was performed in two general Hospitals in Tehran, Iran from 2005 To 2010. All patients were operated by one senior neurospine surgeon. One hundred fifty three patients were operated in this period. All patients signed the informed consent form prior to surgery. All patients

  16. Current and future perspectives on lumbar degenerative disc disease: a UK survey exploring specialist multidisciplinary clinical opinion

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    McGregor, Alison H

    2016-01-01

    Objectives Despite lumbar degenerative disc disease (LDDD) being significantly associated with non-specific low back pain and effective treatment remaining elusive, specialist multidisciplinary clinical stakeholder opinion remains unexplored. The present study examines the views of such experts. Design A reliable and valid electronic survey was designed to establish trends using theoretical constructs relating to current assessment and management practices. Clinicians from the Society of Back Pain Research (SBPR) UK were invited to take part. Quantitative data were collated and coded using Bristol Online Surveys (BOS) software, and content analysis was used to systematically code and categorise qualitative data. Setting Specialist multidisciplinary spinal interest group in the UK. Participants 38/141 clinically active, multidisciplinary SBPR members with specialist spinal interest participated. Among them, 84% had >9 years postgraduate clinical experience. Interventions None. Outcome measures Frequency distributions were used to establish general trends in quantitative data. Qualitative responses were coded and categorised in relation to each theme and percentage responses were calculated. Results LDDD symptom recurrence, in the absence of psychosocial influence, was associated with physical signs of joint stiffness (26%), weakness (17%) and joint hypermobility (6%), while physical factors (21%) and the ability to adapt (11%) were postulated as reasons why some experience pain and others do not. No one management strategy was supported exclusively or with consensus. Regarding effective modalities, there was no significant difference between allied health professional and medic responses (p=0.1–0.8). The future of LDDD care was expressed in terms of improvements in patient communication (35%), patient education (38%) and treatment stratification (24%). Conclusions Results suggest that multidisciplinary expert spinal clinicians appear to follow UK

  17. Complement factor H and age-related macular degeneration: the role of glycosaminoglycan recognition in disease pathology.

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    Clark, Simon J; Bishop, Paul N; Day, Anthony J

    2010-10-01

    AMD (age-related macular degeneration) is the major cause of blindness in the western world, associated with the formation of extracellular deposits called drusen in the macula, i.e. the central region of the retina. These drusen contain cellular debris and proteins, including components of the complement system such as the regulator CFH (complement factor H); dysregulation of complement is thought to play a major role in the development of AMD. CFH acts through its capacity to recognize polyanionic structures [e.g. sulfated GAGs (glycosaminoglycans)] found on host tissues, and thereby inactivates any C3b that becomes deposited. Importantly, a common polymorphism in CFH (Y402H) has been strongly associated with an increased risk of AMD. This polymorphism, which causes a tyrosine to histidine coding change, has been shown to alter the binding of CFH to sulfated GAGs, as well as to other ligands including C-reactive protein, necrotic cells and bacterial coat proteins. Of these, the change in the GAG-recognition properties of CFH is likely to be of most significance to AMD. Recent research has revealed that the disease-associated 402H allotype interacts less well (compared with 402Y) with binding sites within the macula (e.g. Bruch's membrane), where the GAGs heparan sulfate and dermatan sulfate play a major role in mediating the interaction with CFH. Reduced binding of the 402H allotype could result in impaired regulation of complement leading to chronic local inflammation that may contribute to the accumulation of drusen and thus the initiation, development and progression of AMD.

  18. Nucleoplasty as a therapeutic option for lumbar disc degeneration related pain: a retrospective study of 396 cases Nucleoplastia como opção terapêutica para dor relacionada à degeneração do disco lombar: um estudo retrospectivo de 396 casos

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To make a retrospective analysis and evaluate a clinical response to the control of disc degeneration related pain of 396 patients submitted to percutaneous lumbar nucleoplasty; and to make a record of visual analogical scale (VAS up to a three-year follow-up after the surgical procedure. METHODS: Analysis of VAS score in 396 patients with lumbar disc degeneration related pain, according to anamnesis, clinical examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, without improvement of previous clinical treatment, submitted to percutaneous nucleoplasty. RESULTS: A total of 26% of the patients presented 100% remission of pain or paresthesia, of whom 75% showed at least 50% of pain improvement. The median VAS pain improvement was about 67%. CONCLUSIONS: The median VAS improvement in inferior disc levels was higher than four points. The VAS showed improvement of the pain and paresthesia up to a three-year follow up after the surgical procedure.OBJETIVOS: Analisar retrospectivamente a resposta clínica no controle da dor relacionada à degeneração discal em 396 pacientes submetidos à nucleoplastia percutânea lombar; e fazer um registro da escala analógica visual (EAV com seguimento de três anos após a cirurgia. MÉTODOS: Análise da EAV de 396 pacientes com diagnóstico de hérnia de disco, de acordo com anamnese, exame clínico e imagens por meio de ressonância magnética (RM, sendo que nenhum deles apresentou melhora com tratamento clínico prévio. Estes pacientes foram submetidos à nucleoplastia percutânea. O estudo utilizou, para avaliação, o registro de escala analógica visual (EAV durante seguimento de até três anos após o procedimento cirúrgico. RESULTADOS: Um total de 26% apresentou 100% de remissão da dor ou parestesia; 75% apresentaram pelo menos 50% de melhora da dor. A mediana da EAV de melhora da dor foi de aproximadamente 67%. CONCLUSÕES: Houve melhora da EAV, com mediana maior do que quatro pontos nos

  19. Nucleoplasty as a therapeutic option for lumbar disc degeneration related pain: a retrospective study of 396 cases Nucleoplastia como opção terapêutica para dor relacionada à degeneração do disco lombar: um estudo retrospectivo de 396 casos

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To make a retrospective analysis and evaluate a clinical response to the control of disc degeneration related pain of 396 patients submitted to percutaneous lumbar nucleoplasty; and to make a record of visual analogical scale (VAS up to a three-year follow-up after the surgical procedure. METHODS: Analysis of VAS score in 396 patients with lumbar disc degeneration related pain, according to anamnesis, clinical examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, without improvement of previous clinical treatment, submitted to percutaneous nucleoplasty. RESULTS: A total of 26% of the patients presented 100% remission of pain or paresthesia, of whom 75% showed at least 50% of pain improvement. The median VAS pain improvement was about 67%. CONCLUSIONS: The median VAS improvement in inferior disc levels was higher than four points. The VAS showed improvement of the pain and paresthesia up to a three-year follow up after the surgical procedure.OBJETIVOS: Analisar retrospectivamente a resposta clínica no controle da dor relacionada à degeneração discal em 396 pacientes submetidos à nucleoplastia percutânea lombar; e fazer um registro da escala analógica visual (EAV com seguimento de três anos após a cirurgia. MÉTODOS: Análise da EAV de 396 pacientes com diagnóstico de hérnia de disco, de acordo com anamnese, exame clínico e imagens por meio de ressonância magnética (RM, sendo que nenhum deles apresentou melhora com tratamento clínico prévio. Estes pacientes foram submetidos à nucleoplastia percutânea. O estudo utilizou, para avaliação, o registro de escala analógica visual (EAV durante seguimento de até três anos após o procedimento cirúrgico. RESULTADOS: Um total de 26% apresentou 100% de remissão da dor ou parestesia; 75% apresentaram pelo menos 50% de melhora da dor. A mediana da EAV de melhora da dor foi de aproximadamente 67%. CONCLUSÕES: Houve melhora da EAV, com mediana maior do que quatro pontos nos

  20. Finite element analysis of weightbath hydrotraction treatment of degenerated lumbar spine segments in elastic phase.

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    Kurutz, M; Oroszváry, L

    2010-02-10

    3D finite element models of human lumbar functional spinal units (FSU) were used for numerical analysis of weightbath hydrotraction therapy (WHT) applied for treating degenerative diseases of the lumbar spine. Five grades of age-related degeneration were modeled by material properties. Tensile material parameters of discs were obtained by parameter identification based on in vivo measured elongations of lumbar segments during regular WHT, compressive material constants were obtained from the literature. It has been proved numerically that young adults of 40-45 years have the most deformable and vulnerable discs, while the stability of segments increases with further aging. The reasons were found by analyzing the separated contrasting effects of decreasing incompressibility and increasing hardening of nucleus, yielding non-monotonous functions of stresses and deformations in terms of aging and degeneration. WHT consists of indirect and direct traction phases. Discs show a bilinear material behaviour with higher resistance in indirect and smaller in direct traction phase. Consequently, although the direct traction load is only 6% of the indirect one, direct traction deformations are 15-90% of the indirect ones, depending on the grade of degeneration. Moreover, the ratio of direct stress relaxation remains equally about 6-8% only. Consequently, direct traction controlled by extra lead weights influences mostly the deformations being responsible for the nerve release; while the stress relaxation is influenced mainly by the indirect traction load coming from the removal of the compressive body weight and muscle forces in the water. A mildly degenerated disc in WHT shows 0.15mm direct, 0.45mm indirect and 0.6mm total extension; 0.2mm direct, 0.6mm indirect and 0.8mm total posterior contraction. A severely degenerated disc exhibits 0.05mm direct, 0.05mm indirect and 0.1mm total extension; 0.05mm direct, 0.25mm indirect and 0.3mm total posterior contraction. These

  1. Observer variability based on the strength of MR scanners in the assessment of lumbar degenerative disc disease

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    Cihangiroglu, Mutlu E-mail: mmutlucihan@hotmail.com; Yildirim, Hanifi; Bozgeyik, Zulkif; Senol, Utku; Ozdemir, Huseyin; Topsakal, Cahide; Yilmaz, Saim

    2004-09-01

    Object: aim of this study was to analyse the observer variability in the diagnosis and definition of disc pathologies with low and high-field strength MR scanners. Material and methods: 95 patients with low back pain or radicular pain who were referred from two different centers were included in the study. Fifty-seven patients were scanned with 0.3 T MR (group 1) and 38 patients with 1.5 T (group 2). The intraobserver and interobserver reliability were assessed with the cappa coefficient which was characterised as follows: values less than 0.0='poor' agreement, values 0.01-0.2='slight' agreement beyond chance, 0.21-0.4='fair' agreement, 0.41-0.60='moderate' agreement, 0.61-0.80='substantial' agreement and 0.81-1.00='almost perfect' agreement. Results: intraobserver agreement in group 1 and group 2 for both readers was 'almost perfect' in differentiating normal and pathological discs; 'substantial-almost perfect' in defining the disc pathologies, 'moderate-substantial' in root compression, and 'moderate-substantial' in spinal stenosis. Interobserver agreement was 'almost perfect' in differentiating normal and pathological discs, 'substantial' in defining disc pathologies, 'moderate' in root compression and 'moderate' in spinal stenosis in the group 1, whereas in group 2, it was 'almost perfect' in differentiating normal and pathological discs, 'almost perfect' in defining disc pathologies, 'slight-substantial' in root compression and 'moderate' in spinal stenosis. Conclusion: in the diagnosis of root compression and spinal stenosis, the intra and interobserver agreements were relatively poor with both high and low-strength field MRIs, indicating a need for more objective criteria. In differentiating normal and pathologic appearance of disc, the interobserver agreement was considerably

  2. A potential biological therapy with interleukin-10 and transforming growth factor-β for intervertebral disc degeneration in an in vitro beagle model%IL-10和TGF-β介导的生物学治疗犬椎间盘退变的体外实验研究

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    李威; 唐勇; 刘天懿; 贾治伟; 白雪东; 阮狄克

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the biological function and mechanism of underlying suppression of the release of inflammatory cytokines from degenerative disc cells and to evaluate the effectiveness of interleukin ( IL )-10 and transforming growth factor ( TGF )-β in suppressing the release of inflammatory cytokines from degenerative disc cells. Methods Six 1-year-old male beagle dogs were used. A beagle model of intervertebral disc degeneration ( IDD ) was established using an anular stab. The intervertebral discs were incised when the dogs were sacriifced 6 weeks later, and nucleus pulposus ( NP ) cells were isolated and cultured in vitro. The cultured degenerative NP cells were divided into 4 groups, including untreated degenerative NP cells, degenerative NP cells treated with 20 ng/ml IL-10, degenerative NP cells treated with 20 ng/ml TGF-βand degenerative NP cells treated with 20 ng/ml IL-10 and 20 ng / ml TGF-β. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ( ELISA ) and real-time polymerase chain reaction ( PCR ) were performed to determine the effects of IL-10 and TGF-βon the protein and gene expressions of inflammatory cytokines. Results Higher expressions of inflammatory cytokines were observed in untreated degenerative NP cells. IL-10 and TGF-βblocked the cascade of inflammatory cytokines produced by degenerative disc cells and limited the development of inlfammatory responses. Conclusions The expressions of IL-1βand tumor necrosis factor ( TNF )-αin degenerative disc cells can be signiifcantly and stably suppressed by IL-10 and TGF-β. Thus, IL-10 and TGF-βmay be suitable biological therapeutic agents for IDD.%目的:探索利用细胞因子抑制退变椎间盘细胞释放炎症因子的生物学机制及作用,评价IL-10和TGF-β抑制退变椎间盘细胞释放炎症因子的有效性。方法建立6条1岁龄比格犬针刺退变模型,6周后处死动物取出退变椎间盘髓核组织,体外分离培养,将培养的退变髓核细胞分为4

  3. Age-Related Macular Degeneration and the Incidence of Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Wu, Juan; Uchino, Miki; Sastry, Srinivas M.; Schaumberg, Debra A.

    2014-01-01

    Importance Research has indicated some shared pathogenic mechanisms between age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, results from prior epidemiologic studies have been inconsistent as to whether AMD is predictive of future CVD risk. Objective To systematically review population-based cohort studies of the association between AMD and risk of total CVD and CVD subtypes, coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke. Data Sources A systematic search of the PubMed and EMBASE databases and reference lists of key retrieved articles up to December 20, 2012 without language restriction. Data Extraction Two reviewers independently extracted data on baseline AMD status, risk estimates of CVD and methods used to assess AMD and CVD. We pooled relative risks using random or fixed effects models as appropriate. Results Thirteen cohort studies (8 prospective and 5 retrospective studies) with a total of 1,593,390 participants with 155,500 CVD events (92,039 stroke and 62,737 CHD) were included in this meta-analysis. Among all studies, early AMD was associated with a 15% (95% CI, 1.08–1.22) increased risk of total CVD. The relative risk was similar but not significant for late AMD (RR, 1.17; 95% CI, 0.98–1.40). In analyses restricted to the subset of prospective studies, the risk associated with early AMD did not appreciably change; however, there was a marked 66% (95% CI, 1.31–2.10) increased risk of CVD among those with late AMD. Conclusion Whereas the results from all cohort studies suggest that both early and late AMD are predictive of a small increase in risk of future CVD, subgroup analyses limited to prospective studies demonstrate a markedly increased risk of CVD among people with late AMD. Retrospective studies using healthcare databases may have inherent methodological limitations that obscure such association. Additional prospective studies are needed to further elucidate the associations between AMD and specific CVD outcomes

  4. Establishment of the intervertebral disc degeneration model of rabbits by using homemade puncture needles percutaneous puncturing the anulus fibrosus at surface allocation%经皮穿刺纤维环建立兔腰椎间盘退变模型

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    黄杰烽; 郑杨; 夏臣杰; 何川; 赵凯; 杜文喜; 陈俊杰; 童培建

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨使用自制穿刺针经皮穿刺纤维环制备兔腰椎间盘退变模型的可行性。方法将18只新西兰大白兔分为实验组、假手术组及空白对照组。实验组及假手术组使用自制穿刺针穿刺L3~4、L4~5和L5~6椎间盘位置,实验组穿刺椎间盘深度为5 mm,假手术组钝性穿刺但不损伤椎间盘,空白对照组不作处理。术后3、6、9周每组取2只兔麻醉后行腰椎MRI检查,处死行大体观察并取椎间盘行HE染色及髓核蛋白多糖含量测定。结果术后3周开始实验组MRI信号强度、髓核蛋白多糖含量与其他两组相比明显下降( P<0.05),其后呈逐渐下降趋势,大体观察及HE染色显示实验组髓核及纤维环呈逐渐退变趋势。结论自制穿刺针经皮穿刺纤维环法能成功建立兔腰椎间盘退变模型,具有操作简单、损伤小、动物存活率高等优点。%Objective To establish of rabbit intervertebral disc degeneration models by using homemade puncture needles percutaneous annulus fibrosus puncture and assess the feasibility and controllability. Methods 18 New Zea-land white rabbits were divided into the experimental group, the sham group and the control group. L3~4 , L4~5 and L5~6 discs were punctured by the homemade puncture needles in the experimental group as well as in the sham group. The discs were punctured in the experimental group with a depth of 5mm. The sham group was treated by puncture without damage the discs. 2 rabbits were used to observe the anatomical structures. Two rabbits were anesthetized in 3, 6 and 9 weeks respectively after operation for MRI images. Then the animals were killed, the change of lumbar in-tervertebral discs was observed by MRI, histological and nucleus proteoglycan contents were measured. Results All animals were survived, no death, infection, paralysis and other complications. Signal intensity of the intervention group showed a progressive downtrend at 3 weeks after intervention (P<0

  5. Comparison between two types of"Scheuermann disease-like people": thoracolumbar disc herniation patients and healthy volunteers with radiological signs of Scheuermann's disease

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    Guo Xinhu; Chen Zhongqiang; Liu Ning; Guo Zhaoqing; Qi Qiang; Li Weishi; Zeng Yan

    2014-01-01

    Background Scheuermann's disease (SD) is a spinal disorder and includes both a classic form and an atypical form.Interestingly,its existence among the general population as well as the disc disease patients is common.One of our previous studies showed that about 18% of the hospital staff members meet the SD criteria.On the other hand,another study has demonstrated that 95.2% of the symptomatic thoracolumbar disc herniation (STLDH) patients meet the SD criteria,which suggests that STLDH is very likely a special form of SD.The purpose of this study was to discriminate the factors contributing to the development of STLDH by comparing STLDH patients with the healthy SD-like hospital staff members.Methods This is a retrospective study including 33 STLDH patients who met the SD criteria and 30 SD-like hospital staff members.The STLDH group was chosen from a group of patients who underwent surgery after a diagnosis of STLDH (T10/11-L1/2) at our hospital between June 2007 and June 2010.SD-like hospital staff members were chosen from a database created in 2007,which contained a lumbar MR and low back pain (LBP) questionnaire of 188 hospital staff members.The demographic and radiologic characteristics were compared between groups.Results There was no statistical difference in sex,age,and height between the two groups.The STLDH patients had higher body weight,boby mass index,and thoracolumbar kyphotic angle than SD-like hospital staff members.In addition,STLDH patients had more levels of Schmorl's nodes (3.5±1.7 vs.2.0±1.9,t=3.364,P=0.001) and irregular endplateson (4.0±1.9 vs.2.7±1.9,t=2.667,P=0.010) compared to the SD-like hospital staff members.Conclusions Higher body weight,higher body mass index,larger thoracolumbar kyphosis,and more Schmorl's nodes and irregular endplates on MR may be associated with the development of STLDH in "SD-like people."

  6. Macular Degeneration Prevention and Risk Factors

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  7. Anterior discectomies and interbody cage fusion without plate fixation for 5-level cervical degenerative disc disease: A 5-year follow-up

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Anterior discectomy and interbody fusion have been proven to be a safe and effective procedure for the treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease. Clinical results for 1- to 4-level interbody cage fusion without plate fixation are encouraging. Five-level cervical interbody cage fusion without plate fixation has not yet been previously reported. We report a 63-year-old female patient suffering from severe pain of the bilateral shoulders and left upper extremity with numbness and weakness of legs. Magnetic resonance imaging showed cervical degenerative disc herniation with cord compression between the levels of C2 and C7. Anterior cervical discectomy and interbody cage fusion without plate fixation were performed. Pain and neurological function improved dramatically after surgery. Asymptomatic subsidence of the cage occurred at the level of C6-7 two months postoperatively with no further progression of subsidence 5 years postoperatively. Good stability of the cages was seen on flexion and extension radiographs 5 years postoperatively. We report the first case with good long-term results of 5-level interbody cage fusion without plate fixation for anterior cervical degenerative disc surgery.

  8. Molecular mechanisms of intervertebral disc degeneration:present and future%椎间盘退化分子机制研究:现状和展望

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    张斌; 史建刚; 史国栋; 刘洋; 郑冰; 孔庆捷; 王海波; 孙璟川; 王元

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Intervertebral disc degeneration is one of the ancient and common clinical diseases. Its complex pathogenesis affected by various factors, such as environment and genes, is stil in debate. Because of the technical limitations, there is stil no deep understanding on the molecular mechanism of intervertebral disc degeneration. However, its molecular mechanism in recent years has made considerable development. OBJECTIVE: To summarize and discuss the molecular mechanism of intervertebral disc degeneration, thereby providing the basis for the effective treatment. METHODS: CNKI and Medline databases were retrieved by the first author using computer to search relevant articles published from 2005 to 2015. The key words were “intervertebral disc degeneration, molecular mechanism, environmental factors, genes, matrix, degradation enzyme,inflammatory factor, biological environment, treatment” in Chinese and English, respectively. Mechanisms of intervertebral disc degeneration, involving genes, cel senescence and apoptosis, degradation enzyme and substrate, inflammatory cytokines, were summarized to explore the pathogenesis and possible effective treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Totaly 153 articles were initialy retrieved and finaly 52 articles were included in result analysis according to inclusive and exclusive criteria. Unique structure and biochemical properties of the intervertebral disc are easy to cause intervertebral disc degeneration. Traditionaly, environmental factors, such as occupation and smoking, are considered as the main factors inducing intervertebral disc degeneration; however, more and more studies have shown that genes have the most important influence on intervertebral disc degeneration. Declined extracelular matrix, increased degradation enzymes, and overexpression of inflammatory factors can al destroy the entire structure of intervertebral disc, and accelerate the process of intervertebral disc

  9. Prevalence of Age-Related Changes in Ovine Lumbar Intervertebral Discs during Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

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    Nisolle, Jean-François; Bihin, Benoît; Kirschvink, Nathalie; Neveu, Fabienne; Clegg, Peter; Dugdale, Alexandra; Wang, Xiaoqing; Vandeweerd, Jean-Michel

    2016-01-01

    Ovine models are used to study intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. The objective of the current study was to assess the naturally occurring age-related changes of the IVD that can be diagnosed by CT and MRI in the lumbar spine of sheep. We used CT and T2-weighted MR images to score the IVD (L6S1 to L1L2) in 41 sheep (age, 6 mo to 11 y) that were euthanized for reasons not related to musculoskeletal disease. T2 mapping and measurement of T2 time of L6S1 to L2L3 were performed in 22 of the sheep. Degenerative changes manifested as early as 2 y of age and occurred at every IVD level. Discs were more severely damaged in older sheep. The age effect of the L6S1 IVD was larger than the average age effect for the other IVD. The current study provides evidence that lesions similar to those encountered in humans can be identified by CT and MRI in lumbar spine of sheep. Ideally, research animals should be assessed at the initiation of preclinical trials to determine the extent of prevalent degenerative changes. The ovine lumbosacral disc seems particularly prone to degeneration and might be a favorable anatomic site for studying IVD degeneration.

  10. Foraminal deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals in the thoracic spine: possible relationship with disc herniation and implications for surgical planning. Report of two cases.

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    Paolini, Sergio; Ciappetta, Pasquale; Guiducci, Antonio; Principi, Massimo; Missori, Paolo; Delfini, Roberto

    2005-01-01

    The authors report two cases of nodular calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition close to the thoracic neural foramen, which caused chronic radiculopathy. Preoperatively, the lesions were interpreted as calcified disc herniations. Both patients underwent surgery in which an extended transfacet pedicle-sparing approach was used. Incision of the posterior longitudinal ligament released soft degenerated material. In both cases, histological examination showed abundant degenerative debris along with CPPD crystals. Spinal CPPD deposition is a comparatively rare disease that almost invariably involves the posterior aspect of the spinal canal, typically the ligamentum flavum. The exceptional foraminal location of the lesions reported here, combined with the surgical findings, indicated that the CPPD crystals were deposited on a laterally herniated disc fragment. A distinctive feature in both cases was the soft consistency of the resected tissue. The consistency of the disc material and the location of the lesion in the axial plane (that is, median compared with lateral) are key factors in determining the optimal surgical approach to thoracic disc herniations. In describing consistency, terms such as "calcified" and "hard" have been used interchangeably in the literature. In the cases reported here, what appeared on computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging studies to be densely calcified lesions were shown intraoperatively to be soft herniations. The authors' experience underscores that not all densely calcified herniated discs are hard. Although detection of this discrepancy would have left surgical planning for the lateral disc herniations unchanged, it could have altered planning for centrally or centrolaterally located disc herniations.

  11. Structural and Ultrastructural Analysis of the Cervical Discs of Young and Elderly Humans.

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    Ricardo Braganca de Vasconcellos Fontes

    Full Text Available Several studies describing the ultrastructure and extracellular matrix (ECM of intervertebral discs (IVDs involve animal models and specimens obtained from symptomatic individuals during surgery for degenerative disease or scoliosis, which may not necessarily correlate to changes secondary to normal aging in humans. These changes may also be segment-specific based on different load patterns throughout life. Our objective was to describe the ECM and collagen profile of cervical IVDs in young (G1 - 65 years presumably-asymptomatic individuals. Thirty cervical discs per group were obtained during autopsies of presumably-asymptomatic individuals. IVDs were analyzed with MRI, a morphological grading scale, light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and immunohistochemistry (IHC for collagen types I, II, III, IV, V, VI, IX and X. Macroscopic degenerative features such as loss of annulus-nucleus distinction and fissures were found in both groups and significantly more severe in G2 as expected. MRI could not detect all morphological changes when compared even with simple morphological inspection. The loose fibrocartilaginous G1 matrix was replaced by a denser ECM in G2 with predominantly cartilaginous characteristics, chondrocyte clusters and absent elastic fibers. SEM demonstrated persistence of an identifiable nucleus and Sharpey-type insertion of cervical annulus fibers even in highly-degenerated G2 specimens. All collagen types were detected in every disc sector except for collagen X, with the largest area stained by collagens II and IV. Collagen detection was significantly decreased in G2: although significant intradiscal differences were rare, changes may occur faster or earlier in the posterior annulus. These results demonstrate an extensive modification of the ECM with maintenance of basic ultrastructural features despite severe macroscopic degeneration. Collagen analysis supports there is not a "pathologic" collagen type and changes

  12. Can Vitamin A be Improved to Prevent Blindness due to Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Stargardt Disease and Other Retinal Dystrophies?

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    Saad, Leonide; Washington, Ilyas

    2016-01-01

    We discuss how an imperfect visual cycle results in the formation of vitamin A dimers, thought to be involved in the pathogenesis of various retinal diseases, and summarize how slowing vitamin A dimerization has been a therapeutic target of interest to prevent blindness. To elucidate the molecular mechanism of vitamin A dimerization, an alternative form of vitamin A, one that forms dimers more slowly yet maneuvers effortlessly through the visual cycle, was developed. Such a vitamin A, reinforced with deuterium (C20-D3-vitamin A), can be used as a non-disruptive tool to understand the contribution of vitamin A dimers to vision loss. Eventually, C20-D3-vitamin A could become a disease-modifying therapy to slow or stop vision loss associated with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Stargardt disease and retinal diseases marked by such vitamin A dimers. Human clinical trials of C20-D3-vitamin A (ALK-001) are underway.

  13. Stem cells sources for intervertebral disc regeneration

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    Gianluca; Vadalà; Fabrizio; Russo; Luca; Ambrosio; Mattia; Loppini; Vincenzo; Denaro

    2016-01-01

    Intervertebral disc regeneration field is rapidly growing since disc disorders represent a major health problem in industrialized countries with very few possible treatments.Indeed, current available therapies are symptomatic, and surgical procedures consist in disc removal and spinal fusion, which is not immune to regardable concerns about possible comorbidities, cost-effectiveness, secondary risks and long-lasting outcomes. This review paper aims to share recent advances in stem cell therapy for the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration. In literature the potential use of different adult stem cells for intervertebral disc regeneration has already been reported. Bone marrow mesenchymal stromal/stem cells, adipose tissue derived stem cells, synovial stem cells, muscle-derived stem cells, olfactory neural stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, hematopoietic stem cells, disc stem cells, and embryonic stem cells have been studied for this purpose either in vitro or in vivo. Moreover, several engineered carriers(e.g., hydrogels), characterized by full biocompatibility and prompt biodegradation, have been designed and combined with different stem cell types in order to optimize the local and controlled delivery of cellular substrates in situ. The paper overviews the literature discussing the current status of our knowledge of the different stem cells types used as a cell-based therapy for disc regeneration.

  14. Broken discs: warp propagation in accretion discs

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    Nixon, Chris; King, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    We simulate the viscous evolution of an accretion disc around a spinning black hole. In general any such disc is misaligned, and warped by the Lense-Thirring effect. Unlike previous studies we use effective viscosities constrained to be consistent with the internal fluid dynamics of the disc. We find that nonlinear fluid effects, which reduce the effective viscosities in warped regions, can promote the breaking of the disc into two distinct planes. This occurs when the Shakura & Sunyaev dimen...

  15. Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells combined with platelet gel for repair of intervertebral disc degeneration in rats%脂肪间充质干细胞复合血小板凝胶修复兔椎间盘退变★

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    孟繁星; 李放; 叶超群; 阴彦斌; 高阳

    2013-01-01

    -adipose derived mesenchymal stem cel s complex on rabbit intervertebral disc degeneration. METHODS: Rabbit arterial blood was extracted to prepare autologous platelet-rich plasma using secondary centrifugal method, and adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cel s were isolated from the fat tissue of rabbit scapular area. Then, adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cel s-platelet-rich plasma gel complex was prepared. New Zealand white rabbits were randomized into control group, model group, platelet-rich plasma gel group and complex group (adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cel s-platelet-rich plasma gel complex). Intervertebral disc degeneration model was made in the latter three groups using puncture method. At 2 weeks after modeling, corresponding materials were injected into the disc in the four groups, respectively. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: After intervertebral disc degeneration in rabbits, the intervertebral gap was significantly reduced, the nucleus pulposus signal was obviously decreased, nucleus pulposus matrix appeared to have a high density and to be deeply stained. The symptoms above mentioned were improved significantly after intervention with the platelet-rich plasma gel or the complex of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cel s-platelet-rich plasma gel, while the latter was better in curative effects. Injection of platelet-rich plasma gel and adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cel s-platelet-rich plasma gel complex can reduce the influence of disc degeneration, and the effect of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cel s-platelet-rich plasma gel complex is more outstanding.

  16. Validity and Reliability of a Measurement of Objective Functional Impairment in Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease: The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test.

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    Gautschi, Oliver P; Smoll, Nicolas R; Corniola, Marco V; Joswig, Holger; Chau, Ivan; Hildebrandt, Gerhard; Schaller, Karl; Stienen, Martin N

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    There are few objective measures of functional impairment to support clinical decision making in lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). We present the validation (and reliability measures) of the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test. In a prospective, 2-center study, 253 consecutive patients were assessed using the TUG test. A representative cohort of 110 volunteers served as control subjects. The TUG test values were assessed for validity and reliability. The TUG test had excellent intra- (intraclass correlation coefficient: 0.97) and interrater reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient: 0.99), with a standard error of measurement of 0.21 and 0.23 seconds, respectively. The validity of the TUG test was demonstrated by a good correlation with the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) back (Pearson's correlation coefficient [PCC]: 0.25) and VAS (PCC: 0.29) leg pain, functional impairment (Roland-Morris Disability Index [PCC: 0.38] and Oswestry Disability Index [PCC: 0.34]), as well as with health-related quality of life (Short Form-12 Mental Component Summary score [PCC: -0.25], Short Form-12 Physical Component Summary score [PCC: -0.32], and EQ-5D [PCC: -0.28]). The upper limit of "normal" was 11.52 seconds. Mild (lower than the 33rd percentile), moderate (33rd to 66th percentiles), and severe objective functional impairment (higher than the 66th percentile) as determined by the TUG test was 18.4 seconds, respectively. The TUG test is a quick, easy-to-use, valid, and reliable tool to evaluate objective functional impairment in patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease. In the clinical setting, patients scoring a TUG test time of over 12 seconds can be considered to have functional impairment. BMI, body mass indexDDD, degenerative disc diseaseHRQOL, health-related quality of lifeICC, intraclass correlationLDH, lumbar disc herniationLSS, lumbar spinal stenosisODI, Oswestry Disability IndexOFI, objective functional impairmentPCC, Pearson's correlation coefficientPCS, Physical

  17. DISC1 genetics, biology and psychiatric illness

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    Psychiatric disorders are highly heritable, and in many individuals likely arise from the combined effects of genes and the environment. A substantial body of evidence points towards DISC1 being one of the genes that influence risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, and functional studies of DISC1 consequently have the potential to reveal much about the pathways that lead to major mental illness. Here, we review the evidence that DISC1 influences disease risk through effects u...

  18. CT-guided ozone/steroid therapy for the treatment of degenerative spinal disease - effect of age, gender, disc pathology and multi-segmental changes

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    Oder, Bernhard; Loewe, Maria; Reisegger, Michael; Thurnher, Siegfried A. [Hospital Brothers of St. John of God, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Vienna (Austria); Lang, Wilfried [Hospital Brothers of St. John of God, Department of Neurology, Vienna (Austria); Ilias, Wilfried [Hospital Brothers of St. John of God, Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, Vienna (Austria)

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    Oxygen-ozone nucleolysis (ONL) is a new, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of discogenic low back pain with or without radicular symptoms. The aim of the present study was to determine associations between the morphology of the basic disease, patient-specific factors and the outcome of the treatment. Six hundred and twelve patients not responding to conservative therapy were divided into five groups (disc bulging, disc herniation, postoperative patients, osteochondrosis, others) and subjected to nucleolysis with ozone and to periradicular infiltration with steroids and local anaesthesia. The success of treatment was assessed by means of a visual analog pain scale (VAS) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). A significant reduction in the VAS was registered after 2 and 6 months (from 8.6 to 5.4 and 6.0; p<0.001) in all patient groups; an excellent therapy response (VAS below 3.0) was achieved by about a third of the patients. A significant improvement in ODI was registered in all patients (46 to 31; p<0.001), most pronounced in the herniation group (25.5, p=0.015). Patients below 50 years had significantly better values in the VAS and ODI score 6 months after treatment. Final VAS and ODI scores for patients with a single diseased segment were 4.2 and 28.0, in two affected segments 6.5 and 32 and in three segments 6.7 and 38.5 (p<0.001 and p=0.051). ONL with periradicular steroid therapy might exert a functional and sustained analgesic effect in patients with degenerative changes in the lumbar spine not responding to conservative therapy and was most effective below 50 years with disc herniation in one segment. (orig.)

  19. Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine: Frequency of degenerative changes in the intervertebral disc with relation to age

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    Abdulkarim, J.A.; Dhingsa, R.; Finlay, D.B.L

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    AIM: To ascertain the level at which intervertebral disc degeneration of the cervical spine most commonly occurs in each decade from 20-79 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using computer analysis, we retrospectively assessed the mean signal intensity from each cervical disc from T2-weighted spin-echo images in 60 symptomatic patients (10 per decade from the third to eighth inclusive). RESULTS: Age, disc level and interaction between age and level were highly significant predictors for the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) mean signal intensity from intervertebral discs (p<0.0001 for all three terms). The MRI signals were generally lower as age increased and also for the higher discs (C2-C3, etc). CONCLUSION: In our study we have shown that in younger patients the higher discs are more frequently affected by degeneration than the lower ones. As age increases, the process of degeneration becomes more generalized with less variability between discs.

  20. Striatonigral Degeneration

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  1. Bax-inhibitor-1 knockdown phenotypes are suppressed by Buffy and exacerbate degeneration in a Drosophila model of Parkinson disease

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    Background Bax inhibitor-1 (BI-1) is an evolutionarily conserved cytoprotective transmembrane protein that acts as a suppressor of Bax-induced apoptosis by regulation of endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced cell death. We knocked down BI-1 in the sensitive dopa decarboxylase (Ddc) expressing neurons of Drosophila melanogaster to investigate its neuroprotective functions. We additionally sought to rescue the BI-1-induced phenotypes by co-expression with the pro-survival Buffy and determined the effect of BI-1 knockdown on the neurodegenerative α-synuclein-induced Parkinson disease (PD) model. Methods We used organismal assays to assess longevity of the flies to determine the effect of the altered expression of BI-1 in the Ddc-Gal4-expressing neurons by employing two RNAi transgenic fly lines. We measured the locomotor ability of these RNAi lines by computing the climbing indices of the climbing ability and compared them to a control line that expresses the lacZ transgene. Finally, we performed biometric analysis of the developing eye, where we counted the number of ommatidia and calculated the area of ommatidial disruption. Results The knockdown of BI-1 in these neurons was achieved under the direction of the Ddc-Gal4 transgene and resulted in shortened lifespan and precocious loss of locomotor ability. The co-expression of Buffy, the Drosophila anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 homologue, with BI-1-RNAi resulted in suppression of the reduced lifespan and impaired climbing ability. Expression of human α-synuclein in Drosophila dopaminergic neurons results in neuronal degeneration, accompanied by the age-dependent loss in climbing ability. We exploited this neurotoxic system to investigate possible BI-1 neuroprotective function. The co-expression of α-synuclein with BI-1-RNAi results in a slight decrease in lifespan coupled with an impairment in climbing ability. In supportive experiments, we employed the neuron-rich Drosophila compound eye to investigate subtle phenotypes

  2. Clinical results of Maverick lumbar total disc replacement: two-year prospective follow-up.

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    Le Huec, J C; Mathews, H; Basso, Y; Aunoble, S; Hoste, D; Bley, B; Friesem, T

    2005-07-01

    Disc prosthesis is the new treatment for degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine. Key to assessing the interest in this new motion technique is evaluating the results in terms of functional and radiologic outcomes. This prospective study reports the outcome of 64 Maverick devices implanted between January 2002 and November 2003. The degree of improvement was equivalent to that obtained with anterior fusion cages using the mini-invasive technique. Radiographic follow-up in this series showed a degree of mobility close to normal. The technique is safe because the intra- and postoperative complication rate is low. The Oswestry score improved for 75% of patients. This improvement is significantly correlated with facet arthrosis and muscle fatty degeneration.

  3. Pedigree with frontotemporal lobar degeneration – motor neuron disease and Tar DNA binding protein-43 positive neuropathology: genetic linkage to chromosome 9

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    Loy Clement T

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD represents a clinically, pathologically and genetically heterogenous neurodegenerative disorder, often complicated by neurological signs such as motor neuron-related limb weakness, spasticity and paralysis, parkinsonism and gait disturbances. Linkage to chromosome 9p had been reported for pedigrees with the neurodegenerative disorder, frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD and motor neuron disease (MND. The objective in this study is to identify the genetic locus in a multi-generational Australian family with FTLD-MND. Methods Clinical review and standard neuropathological analysis of brain sections from affected pedigree members. Genome-wide scan using microsatellite markers and single nucleotide polymorphism fine mapping. Examination of candidate genes by direct DNA sequencing. Results Neuropathological examination revealed cytoplasmic deposition of the TDP-43 protein in three affected individuals. Moreover, we identify a family member with clinical Alzheimer's disease, and FTLD-Ubiquitin neuropathology. Genetic linkage and haplotype analyses, defined a critical region between markers D9S169 and D9S1845 on chromosome 9p21. Screening of all candidate genes within this region did not reveal any novel genetic alterations that co-segregate with disease haplotype, suggesting that one individual carrying a meiotic recombination may represent a phenocopy. Re-analysis of linkage data using the new affection status revealed a maximal two-point LOD score of 3.24 and a multipoint LOD score of 3.41 at marker D9S1817. This provides the highest reported LOD scores from a single FTLD-MND pedigree. Conclusion Our reported increase in the minimal disease region should inform other researchers that the chromosome 9 locus may be more telomeric than predicted by published recombination boundaries. Moreover, the existence of a family member with clinical Alzheimer's disease, and who shares the disease

  4. [Pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration].

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    Kaarniranta, Kai; Seitsonen, Sanna; Paimela, Tuomas; Meri, Seppo; Immonen, Ilkka

    2009-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration is a multiform disease of the macula, the region responsible for detailed central vision. In recent years, plenty of new knowledge of the pathogenesis of this disease has been obtained, and the treatment of exudative macular degeneration has greatly progressed. The number of patients with age-related macular degeneration will multiply in the following decades, because knowledge of mechanisms of development of macular degeneration that could be subject to therapeutic measures is insufficient. Central underlying factors are genetic inheritance, exposure of the retina to chronic oxidative stress and accumulation of inflammation-inducing harmful proteins into or outside of retinal cells.

  5. Intradiscal pressure measurements in normal discs, compressed discs and compressed discs treated with axial posterior disc distraction: an experimental study on the rabbit lumbar spine model.

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    Guehring, Thorsten; Unglaub, Frank; Lorenz, Helga; Omlor, Georg; Wilke, Hans-Joachim; Kroeber, Markus W

    2006-05-01

    Intervertebral disc (IVD) pressure measurement is an appropriate method for characterizing spinal loading conditions. However, there is no human or animal model that provides sufficient IVD pressure data. The aim of our study was to establish physiological pressure values in the rabbit lumbar spine and to determine whether temporary external disc compression and distraction were associated with pressure changes. Measurements were done using a microstructure-based fibreoptic sensor. Data were collected in five control rabbits (N, measurement lying prone at segment L3/4 at day 28), five rabbits with 28 days of axial compression (C, measurement at day 28) and three rabbits with 28 days of axial compression and following 28 days of axial distraction (D, measurement at day 56). Disc compression and distraction was verified by disc height in lateral radiographs. The controls (N) showed a level-related range between 0.25 MPa-0.45 MPa. The IVD pressure was highest at level L3/4 (0.42 MPa; range 0.38-0.45) with a decrease in both cranial and caudal adjacent segments. The result for C was a significant decrease in IVD pressure (0.31 MPa) when compared with controls (P=0.009). D showed slightly higher median IVD pressure (0.32 MPa) compared to C, but significantly lower levels when compared with N (P=0.037). Our results indicate a hig