Zeng-wu Shao

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Various mechanical stresses can induce apoptosis of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells and intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration in vivo, but the underlying molecular mechanism by which the number of NP cells is decreased in degenerated IVD is still not elucidated. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the mitochondrial pathway is involved in(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT It has been shown that bupivacaine, the most commonly used local anesthetic to relieve or control pain in interventional spine procedures, is cytotoxic to intervertebral disc (IVD) cells in vitro. However, some other common local anesthetics, such as ropivacaine and lidocaine, are also frequently used in the treatment of spine-related(More)
Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) are promising for cartilage repair due to their easy accessibility and chondrogenic potential. Although chondrogenesis of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) mediated mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is well established in vitro, clinical tissue engineering requires effective and controlled delivery of TGF-β in vivo. In this(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of interleukin-6 (IL-6) on the apoptosis of annulus fibrosus (AF) cell induced by interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta). METHODS Cultured AF cells were divided into 6 groups and treated with no drug, 10 ng/mL IL-6, 10 ng/mL IL-1beta, 10 ng/mL IL-1beta and Z-VAD-FMK (a caspase-9 inhibitor), 10 ng/mL IL-1beta and 10 ng/mL IL-6, 10(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoprogeterin (OPG) plays an important role in regulating bone homeostasis by inhibiting osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption. Icariin is the major ingredient of Herba Epimedii, which exerts anabolic and anti-resorptive effects on bone, but the mechanism remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated the role of OPG in Icariin-mediated(More)
BACKGROUND 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(More)
BACKGROUND Low back pain is a common problem, mainly caused by intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). An important pathophysiological characteristic of IDD is the loss of homeostatic balance of the extracellular matrix metabolism. Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is one of the inflammatory mediators stimulating the degradation of extracellular matrix in the nucleus(More)
Osteosarcoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed malignant diseases and the leading cause of pediatric cancer-related mortality worldwide(Hameed and Dorfman, 2011). It is well known that linear bone growth is under the influence of the sex steroid hormone control pathway (e.g., estrogen metabolism (ESTR) (Bland, 2000; Juul, 2001). Hence, any disturbance(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to explore the effects of microRNA-107 (miR-107) by targeting Dkk-1 on osteosarcoma (OS) via the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. METHODS OS and adjacent tissues were collected from 67 patients diagnosed with OS. Expressions of miR-107, Dkk-1, LRP5, β-catenin, and c-Myc were detected by the quantitative real-time(More)