Leila Laouar

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The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of cryopreservation on the components of articular cartilage (AC) matrix by utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and biochemical assessments. Porcine AC (10mm osteochondral dowels) was collected into four groups - (1) phosphate buffered saline (PBS) control, (2) PBS snap frozen in liquid(More)
BACKGROUND Meniscal cartilage displays a poor repair capacity, especially when injury is located in the avascular region of the tissue. Cell-based tissue engineering strategies to generate functional meniscus substitutes is a promising approach to treat meniscus injuries. Meniscus fibrochondrocytes (MFC) can be used in this approach. However, MFC are unable(More)
A 49-year-old woman with right knee pain and a chondral defect on the medial femoral condyle underwent an osteochondral transfer. The patient initially had pain relief, but then sustained a twisting injury and had progressive chondromalacia and pain on the affected side. She subsequently underwent a total knee replacement, and the tissue from the(More)
The co-polymer surfactant, Pluronic F-68, can alter yeast permeability to fluorescein diacetate, probably by causing the formation of transmembrane pores (King et aL, 1991). Surfactant permeabilizafion permits the measurement of intmcellular enzyme activities in whole cells. For example, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) has been employed for this(More)
The effects of the non-ionic surfactant, Pluronic F-68, on the growth of transformed roots ofSolanum dulcamara L. have been studied. Growth was stimulated by addition of low concentrations (0.001–0.1% w/v) of freshly-prepared commercial grade Pluronic to liquid culture medium, with maximum increases in root fresh and dry weights at 0.01% (w/v). In contrast,(More)
Articular cartilage injuries do not heal and large defects result in osteoarthritis with major personal and socioeconomic costs. Osteochondral transplantation is an effective treatment for large joint defects but its use is limited by the inability to store cartilage for long periods of time. Cryopreservation/vitrification is one method to enable banking of(More)
Vitrification of articular cartilage (AC) could enhance tissue availability but requires high concentrations of cyroprotective agents (CPAs). This study investigated relative injuries caused by commonly used CPAs. We hypothesized that the in situ chondrocyte dose-injury relationships of five commonly used CPAs are nonlinear and that relative injuries could(More)
We have analyzed proteasomal adaptation and associated changes in the B27-bound peptide repertoire in response to cellular invasion with Salmonella. The peptide repertoire of HLA-B27 complexes was analyzed by two different methods: (i) high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) profiles of newly synthesized peptides eluted from B27 following metabolic(More)
The effects have been studied of the non-ionic surfactant, Pluronic F-68, on the growth in culture of jute (Corchorus capsularis L.) cotyledons with attached petioles, cotyledon explants and transformed roots. Supplementation of culture medium with 0.001–0.5% (w/v) of either commercial grade Pluronic F-68 or a purified fraction prepared by passage through(More)
BACKGROUND Animal models are commonly used in investigating new treatment options for knee joint injuries including injuries to the meniscus. The reliability and applicability of these models to replicate findings in humans depends on determining the most suitable animal proxy. Therefore, this study was designed to compare the wet weight, volume and(More)