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Coupling plowing of cartilage explants with gene expression in models for synovial joints


Correro-Shahgaldian, M R; Colombo, V; Spencer, N D; Weber, F E; Imfeld, T; Gallo, L M (2011). Coupling plowing of cartilage explants with gene expression in models for synovial joints. Journal of Biomechanics, 44(13):2472-2476.

Abstract

Articular cartilage undergoes complex loading modalities generally including sliding, rolling and plowing (i.e. the compression by a condyle normally to the tissue surface under simultaneously tangential displacement, thus generating a tractional force due to tissue deformation). Although in in vivo studies it was shown that excessive plowing can lead to osteoarthritis, little quantitative experimental work on this loading modality and its mechanobiological effects is available in the literature. Therefore, a rolling/plowing explant test system has been developed to study the effect on pristine cartilage of plowing at different perpendicular forces. Cartilage strips harvested from bovine nasal septa of 12-months-old calves were subjected for 2h to a plowing-regime with indenter normal force of 50 or 100 N and a sliding speed of 10 mm s(-1). 50 N produced a tractional force of 1.2±0.3N, whereas 100 N generated a tractional force of 8.0±1.4N. Furthermore, quantitative-real-time polymerase chain reaction experiments showed that TIMP-1 was 2.5x up-regulated after 50 N plowing and 2x after 100 N plowing, indicating an ongoing remodeling process. The expression of collagen type-I was not affected after 50 N plowing but it was up-regulated (6.6x) after 100 N plowing, suggesting a possible progression to an injury stage of the cartilage, as previously reported in cartilage of osteoarthritic patients. We conclude that plowing as performed by our mimetic system at the chosen experimental parameters induces changes in gene expression depending on the tractional force, which, in turn, relates to the applied normal force.

Articular cartilage undergoes complex loading modalities generally including sliding, rolling and plowing (i.e. the compression by a condyle normally to the tissue surface under simultaneously tangential displacement, thus generating a tractional force due to tissue deformation). Although in in vivo studies it was shown that excessive plowing can lead to osteoarthritis, little quantitative experimental work on this loading modality and its mechanobiological effects is available in the literature. Therefore, a rolling/plowing explant test system has been developed to study the effect on pristine cartilage of plowing at different perpendicular forces. Cartilage strips harvested from bovine nasal septa of 12-months-old calves were subjected for 2h to a plowing-regime with indenter normal force of 50 or 100 N and a sliding speed of 10 mm s(-1). 50 N produced a tractional force of 1.2±0.3N, whereas 100 N generated a tractional force of 8.0±1.4N. Furthermore, quantitative-real-time polymerase chain reaction experiments showed that TIMP-1 was 2.5x up-regulated after 50 N plowing and 2x after 100 N plowing, indicating an ongoing remodeling process. The expression of collagen type-I was not affected after 50 N plowing but it was up-regulated (6.6x) after 100 N plowing, suggesting a possible progression to an injury stage of the cartilage, as previously reported in cartilage of osteoarthritic patients. We conclude that plowing as performed by our mimetic system at the chosen experimental parameters induces changes in gene expression depending on the tractional force, which, in turn, relates to the applied normal force.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Division of Surgical Research
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Preventive Dentistry, Periodontology and Cariology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Masticatory Disorders and Complete Dentures, Geriatric and Special Care Dentistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:11 Jan 2012 15:33
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:22
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0021-9290
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2011.06.021
PubMed ID:21723557
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-54972

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