The influence of serum, glucose and oxygen on intervertebral disc cell growth in vitro:implications for degenerative disc disease


The avascular nature of the human intervertebral disc (IVD) is thought to play a major role in disc pathophysiology by limiting nutrient supply to resident IVD cells. In the human IVD, the central IVD cells at maturity are normally chondrocytic in phenotype. However, abnormal cell phenotypes have been associated with degenerative disc diseases, including cell proliferation and cluster formation, cell death, stellate morphologies, and cell senescence. Therefore, we have examined the relative influence of possible blood-borne factors on the growth characteristics of IVD cells in vitro.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences > Cellular and Molecular Biomedicine
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences
Additional Information: © 2008 Johnson et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: animals,cattle,cell aging,cell proliferation,cultured cells,collagen type I,collagen type II,glucose,intervertebral disc,oxygen,serum,beta-galactosidase,Medicine(all),Rheumatology
Publication ISSN: 1478-6362
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 07:09
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 13:41
Full Text Link: http://arthriti ... ontent/10/2/R46
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Published Date: 2008-04-23
Authors: Johnson, William E.B.
Stephan, Simon
Roberts, Sally



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