Melissa S Kurtis

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OBJECTIVE To compare two fluorometric assays, utilizing (1) the bisbenzimidazole Hoechst 33258 and (2) PicoGreen, for determining DNA content in human cartilage. METHODS Human articular and nasal septal cartilage explants were digested using proteinase K. Portions of sample digest were analysed for intrinsic and dye-enhanced fluorescence with either(More)
Chondrocyte transplantation is a clinical procedure for cartilage repair. Transplanted cells may have difficulty attaching to the surface of chondral lesions because of the anti-adhesive properties of the proteoglycan rich matrix. This study used micromanipulation methods to determine if pretreatment of cartilage with chondroitinase ABC affects chondrocyte(More)
Chondrocyte adhesion to cartilage may play an important role in the repair of articular defects by maintaining cells in positions where their biosynthetic products can contribute to the repair process. The objective of this in vitro study was to determine the effect of the duration of seeding time on the ability of chondrocytes to resist detachment from(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine 1) the kinetics and strength of adhesion of human articular chondrocytes to a cut cartilage surface, and 2) the role of specific integrins in mediating such adhesion, using an in vitro model. METHODS Human articular chondrocytes isolated from cadaveric donors (mean +/- SD age 38 +/- 13 years) were cultured in high-density or(More)
The initial adhesion of transplanted chondrocytes to surrounding host cartilage may be important in the repair of articular defects. Adhesion may position cells to secrete molecules that fill the defect and integrate repair tissue with host tissue. While chondrocytes are known to become increasingly adherent to cartilage with time, the molecular basis for(More)
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