Reshma K. Tilwani

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Biomechanical signals play an important role in normal disc metabolism and pathology. For instance, nucleus pulposus (NP) cells will regulate metabolic activities and maintain a balance between the anabolic and catabolic cascades. The former involves factors such as transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) and mechanical stimuli, both of which are known to(More)
Oxygen tension and biomechanical signals are factors that regulate inflammatory mechanisms in chondrocytes. We examined whether low oxygen tension influenced the cells response to TNFα and dynamic compression. Chondrocyte/agarose constructs were treated with varying concentrations of TNFα (0.1–100 ng/ml) and cultured at 5 and 21 % oxygen tension for 48 h.(More)
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