Wen-Yuan Ding

Hebei Medical University, Chentow, Hebei, China

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  • Feng-Yu Liu · Tao Wang · Si-Dong Yang · Hui Wang · Da-Long Yang · Wen-Yuan Ding
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose To analyse the incidence and risk factors associated with proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK) following spinal fusion, we collect relative statistics from the articles on PJK and perform a meta-analysis. Methods An extensive search of literature was performed in PubMed, Embase, and The Cochrane Library (up to April 2015). The following risk factors were extracted: age at surgery, gender, combined anterior-posterior surgery, use of pedicle screw at top of construct, hybrid instrumentation, thoracoplasty, fusion to sacrum (S1), preoperative thoracic kyphosis angle (T5–T12) >40°, bone mineral density (BMD) and preoperative to postoperative sagittal vertical axis (SVA difference) >5 cm. Data analysis was conducted with RevMan 5.3 and STATA 12.0. Results A total of 14 unique studies including 2215 patients were included in the final analyses. The pooled analysis showed that there were significant difference in age at surgery >55 years old (OR 2.19, 95 % CI 1.36–3.53, p = 0.001), fusion to S1 (OR 2.12, 95 % CI 1.57–2.87, p < 0.001), T5–T12 >40° (OR 2.68, 95 % CI 1.73–4.13, p < 0.001), low BMD (OR 2.37, 95 % CI 1.45–3.87, p < 0.001) and SVA difference >5 cm (OR 2.53, 95 % CI 1.24–5.18, p = 0.01). However, there was no significant difference in gender (OR 0.98, 95 % CI 0.74–1.30, p = 0.87), combined anterior-posterior surgery (OR 1.55, 95 % CI 0.98–2.46, p = 0.06), use of pedicle screw at top of construct (OR 1.55, 95 % CI 0.67–3.59, p = 0.30), hybrid instrumentation (OR 1.31, 95 % CI 0.92–1.87, p = 0.13) and thoracoplasty (OR 1.55, 95 % CI 0.89–2.72, p = 0.13). The incidence of PJK following spinal fusion was 30 % (ranged from 17 to 62 %) based on the 14 studies. Conclusions The results of our meta-analysis suggest that age at surgery >55 years, fusion to S1, T5–T12 >40°, low BMD and SVA difference >5 cm are risk factors for PJK. However, gender, combined anterior–posterior surgery, use of pedicle screw at top of construct, hybrid instrumentation and thoracoplasty are not associated with PJK.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · European Spine Journal
  • Hui Wang · Lei Ma · Da-Long Yang · Wen-Yuan Ding · Yong Shen · Ying-Ze Zhang
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the influence of pelvic incidence (PI) on spinopelvic parameters in patients with degenerative lumbar scoliosis (DLS) and compare them with those of a normal population. Methods: There were two groups in this study. One group was composed by 136 patients with DLS and another was composed by 120 participants free of spinal disease. In each group there were three subgroups according to PI, which were low (PI less than 45°), middle (PI between 45° and 60°) and high PI group (PI more than 60°). Sagittal spinopelvic parameters were compared between the DLS patients and asymptomatic participants in each PI group. Results: The number of DLS patients with low, middle, and high PI were 38 (27.9%), 50 (36.8%), and 48 (35.3%), respectively. In the control group, the number of low, middle, and high PI participants were 52 (43.3%), 41 (34.2%), and 27 (22.5%), respectively. There were significant difference in PT, SS, LL, SVA and TLJ between the three subgroups in the DLS patients. Patients with high PI showed large TLJ, LL, PT, SS and small SVA. In the Control group and DLS group, PI determined pelvic orientation (PT, SS) and sagittal spinal parameters (LL, TLJ). In terms of correlation between SS and LL, between SS and TLJ, both DLS and Control groups showed significant correlations. In terms of correlation between PT and SVA, between PT and TLJ, only the DLS group showed a significant correlation. Compared with the asymptomatic participants, DLS patients showed a high PT and low SS as well as kyphotic TLJ, lumbar hypolordosis and thoracic hypokyphosis in all PI groups. Conclusions: The changes in spinopelvic parameters and pelvic compensatory mechanisms differ according to PI in patients with DLS, restoration of LL based on individual PI could help in accomplishing a balanced spinopelvic alignment.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Levofloxacin was previously reported to induce apoptosis of rat annulus fibrosus (AF) cells by upregulating active caspase-3 and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3 expression in vitro. However, the effects of levofloxacin on rat AF cells, as well as the related mechanism, have not been revealed completely. The purpose of this study was to further explore the changes in extracellular matrix and MMPs of rat AF cells based on levofloxacin-induced apoptosis. AF cells isolated from rat AF regions were cultured in monolayers and treated with levofloxacin in a dose- and time-dependent manner. To determine the cytotoxic effects of levofloxacin, inverted phase-contrast microscopy was used to perform morphological observation of apoptotic cells. The mRNA expression levels of MMP-2, -9 and -13 were quantified by reverse transcription and real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). Protein level of MMP-2 and MMP-13 were determined by western blot. The results showed that levofloxacin induced marked AF cell apoptosis, which was observed by inverted phase-contrast microscopy, and indicated by the increased expression of active caspase-3. Both RT-qPCR and western blot revealed that MMP-2 and MMP-13 expression were upregulated by levofloxacin treatment in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Moreover, cellular binding to type I collagen was found to be decreased by levofloxacin. In conclusion, the results above suggest that the possible cytotoxic effects of levofloxacin on AF cells in vitro may be attributed to the decreased cell binding to type I collagen and up-regulated expression of MMP-2 and MMP-13.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
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    Si-Dong Yang · Lei Ma · Da-Long Yang · Wen-Yuan Ding
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: : In previous studies, both 17β-estradiol (E2) and resveratrol (RES) were reported to protect intervertebral disc cells against aberrant apoptosis. Given that E2 has a better anti-apoptotic effect with more cancer risk and RES has an anti-apoptotic effect with less cancer risk, the combined use of E2 with RES is promising in developing clinical therapies to treat apoptosis-related diseases such as intervertebral disc degeneration in the future. Objective : The purpose of this study was to explore the combined effect of E2 with RES on rat nucleus pulposus cells and the underlying mechanisms. Methods : TUNEL assay and FACS analysis were used to determine apoptotic incidence of nucleus pulposus cells. MTS assay was used to determine cell viability, and cellular binding assay was used to determine cell-ECM (extracellular matrix) ability. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR was to determine mRNA level of target genes. And Western blot was used to determine the protein level. Results : Both E2 and RES decreased apoptotic incidence when used singly; interestingly, they decreased apoptosis more efficiently when used combinedly. Meanwhile, E2 and RES combined together against the decrease of cell viability and binding ability resulting from IL-1β cytotoxicity. As well, activated caspase-3 was suppressed by the combined effect. Furthermore, IL-1β downregulated expression level of type II collagen and aggrecan (standing for anabolism), while upregulated MMP-3 and MMP-13 (standing for catabolism). However, the combined use of E2 with RES effectively abolished the above negative effects caused by IL-1β, better than either single use. Finally, it turned out to be that E2 and RES combined together against apoptosis via the activation of PI3K/Akt/caspase-3 pathway. Conclusion : This study presented that IL-1β induced aberrant apoptosis, which was efficiently resisted by the combined use of E2 with RES via PI3K/Akt/caspase-3 pathway.
    Preview · Article · Jan 2016 · PeerJ
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This cross-sectional study was designed to obtain the current prevalence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and analyze related risk factors in patients undergoing lumbar interbody fusion.Medical record data were collected from Department of Spinal Surgery, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, between July 2014 and March 2015. Both univariate analysis and binary logistic regression analysis were performed to determine risk factors for DVT.A total of 995 patients were admitted into this study, including 484 men and 511 women, aged from 14 to 89 years old (median 50, IQR 19). The detection rate of lower limb DVT by ultrasonography was 22.4% (223/995) in patients undergoing lumbar interbody fusion. Notably, average VAS (visual analog scale) score in the first 3 days after surgery in the DVT group was more than that in the non-DVT group (Z = -21.69, P < 0.001). The logistic regression model was established as logit P = -13.257 + 0.056*X1 - 0.243*X8 + 2.085*X10 + 0.001*X12, (X1 = age; X8 = HDL; X10 = VAS; X12 = blood transfusion; x = 677.763, P < 0.001).In conclusion, advanced age, high postoperative VAS scores, and blood transfusion were risk factors for postoperative lower limb DVT. As well, the logistic regression model may contribute to an early evaluation postoperatively to ascertain the risk of lower limb DVT in patients undergoing lumbar interbody fusion surgery.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Medicine
  • Article: Tribbles 3
    Yun Ti · Guo-Lu Xie · Zhi-Hao Wang · Wen-Yuan Ding · Yun Zhang · Ming Zhong · Wei Zhang
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tribbles 3, whose expression is up-regulated by insulin resistance, was confirmed to be involved in diabetic cardiomyopathy in our previous study. However, it is not known whether Tribbles 3 has a role on conduit arteries such as the aorta in diabetes. Type 2 diabetic rat model was induced by high-fat diet and low-dose streptozotocin. We evaluated the characteristics of diabetic rats by serial ultrasonography and histopathologic analyses of aortic wall architecture. Diabetic rats displayed increased aortic medial thickness, excessive collagen deposition, diminished elastic fibres and reduced vascular compliance together with Tribbles 3 overexpression. To further investigate the role of Tribbles 3 in aortic remodelling, we used Tribbles 3 gene silencing in vivo 12 weeks after onset of diabetes. Silence of Tribbles 3 significantly reversed pathological aortic remodelling without blood pressure modification. In Tribbles 3-small interfering RNA group, medial thickness and perivascular fibrosis were markedly decreased; moreover, there were prominent reductions in collagen content and collagen/elastin ratio, resulting in an improved arterial compliance. Additionally, with Tribbles 3 silencing, the diminished phosphorylation of PI3K/Akt was restored, and increased activation of MKK4/JNK was decreased. Silence of Tribbles 3 is potent in mediating reversal of aortic remodelling, implicating that Tribbles 3 is proposed to be a potential therapeutic target for vascular complication in diabetes.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Vascular remodeling is an important feature of diabetic macrovascular complications. The prostaglandin F2α receptor (FP), the expression of which is upregulated by insulin resistance and diabetes, is reportedly involved in myocardial remodeling. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether the FP receptor is implicated in diabetes-induced vascular remodeling. Methods: A type 2 diabetic rat model was induced through a high-fat diet and low-dose streptozotocin (STZ). Thirty-two rats were randomized into four groups: control, diabetes, diabetes treated with empty virus and diabetes treated with FP receptor-shRNA. Then, we evaluated the metabolic index, FP receptor expression and vascular remodeling. We used FP receptor gene silencing in vivo to investigate the role that the FP receptor plays in the pathophysiologic features of vascular remodeling. Results: Diabetic rats displayed increased levels of blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides, as well as severe insulin resistance and FP receptor overexpression. In addition, increased medial thickness, excessive collagen deposition and diminished elastic fibers were observed in the diabetic rats, resulting in vascular remodeling. In the FP receptor-shRNA group, the medial thickness, collagen content, elastin/collagen ratio, and collagen I/collagen III content ratio were markedly decreased. Additionally, with FP receptor gene silencing, the JNK phosphorylation level was markedly decreased. Conclusions: Silencing of the FP receptor exerts a protective effect on diabetes-induced vascular remodeling, thereby suggesting a new therapeutic target for vascular remodeling in diabetes.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Experimental and Molecular Pathology
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is common seen in patients undergoing spine surgery. However, its prevalence and associated risk factors have not been well understood yet. This retrospective case-cohort study was designed to investigate risk factors for postoperative DVT using retrospectively collected data from department of spine surgery between 07/2013 and 07/2014. Univariate analysis and binary logistic regression analysis were used to determine risk factors for DVT. A total of 861 patients were admitted into DVT-associated analyses, including 410 males and 451 females, aged from 15 to 87 years old (median 54, IQR 18). Of them, 147 cases (17%) sustained postoperative DVT. DVT incidence was 15.9% in patients undergoing lumbar interbody fusion, 13.5% in patients treated by low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH), while only 8.1% in patients without LMWH. However, it revealed no significant difference between LMWH group and non-LMWH group (χ(2) = 1.933, p = 0.164). Logistic regression equation was logit P = -4.09 + 0.05*X1 - 0.55*X2 + 0.41*X3 + 1.41*X7, (X1 = age; X2 = regions; X3 = hypertension; X7 = D-dimer). In this study, LMWH prophylaxis after spine surgery proved ineffective. Advanced age, D-dimer and hypertension have proved to be the risk factors for postoperative DVT in patients undergoing spine surgery.
    Preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Scientific Reports
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent studies suggested an increased risk of fractures with interaction between bisphosphonates (BPs) and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). We performed a meta-analysis of fractures between patients taking BPs/PPIs and those taking BPs only. We conducted a PubMed database and Ovid database search, as well as Cochrane Library search (up to July 2014) for studies assessing the association between fractures and BPs or/and PPIs. We performed random effects meta-analysis of odds ratios (OR) according to fracture type and conducted subgroup analyses by race and BP subtypes. Heterogeneity was assessed using Q statistics and I(2) statistic. After study selection, 4 unique studies (5 comparisons) including 57259 patients were available for this meta-analysis. Pooled analysis of overall fracture risk of BP+PPI group versus BP group showed a significant increase in risk of fractures (OR = 1.52, P = 0.025), with substantial heterogeneity. However, heterogeneity was drastically reduced in subgroup of Asian (I(2) = 24% and P = 0.251), and fracture risk showed a significant increase (OR = 1.75, P = 0.026). In contrast, heterogeneity was little eliminated in subgroup of European, and fracture risk was no statistical difference (OR = 1.42, P = 0.068). Three studies including 4 comparisons reported on spine fracture were included in the pooled analysis demonstrating an increased spine fracture risk associated with BP/PPI interaction (OR = 1.60, 95% CI 1.13-2.26, P = 0.008, I(2) = 58.6%). This meta-analysis suggests that there is an interaction associated with increased fracture risk (particularly for spine and Asian race) between BP and PPI use. Clinicians should carefully evaluate such risk factors for osteoporosis in patients taking BPs, before routinely prescribing PPIs, and make a careful judgment as to whether PPIs may be safe for patients at high risk of fractures.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
  • Hui Wang · Di Zhang · Ya-Peng Sun · Lei Ma · Wen-Yuan Ding · Yong Shen · Ying-Ze Zhang
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Severe thoracolumbar kyphotic deformity caused by old compressive vertebrae fracture remains a big challenge for spine surgeons. When symptoms related to significant deformities cannot be adequately managed conservatively, posterior vertebral column resection (PVCR) is required, but with long operating time and severe blood loss. We develop a UPVCR technique, which is done through a unilateral approach instead of a bilateral approach, vertebral body resection advancing to cross the midline in an abrasive way from an extreme oblique orientation enable the resection of most contralateral vertebral body. In the present study, the effects of UPVCR for severe thoracolumbar kyphotic deformity were investigated. We did find that satisfactory correction of sagittal deformity, functional improvement and pain relief can be achieved by UPVCR, and it has the advantage of shortening surgery time, reducing blood loss and incidence of nerve root impingement over PVCR.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Upper lumbar disc herniation (ULDH) is easy to be misdiagnosed due to its special anatomical and atypical clinical features. Few studies have identified the relationship between ULDH and adjacent wedge-shaped vertebrae (WSV). WSV may have some indicative relations withULDH. Between January 2003 and October 2013, 47 patients (27 males and 20 females; mean age, 41.2 years) with single-level ULDH (as study group) and 47 sex- and age-matched healthy volunteers (as control group) were studied by radiograph. The two groups were compared with respect to age, sexual proportion, body mass index (BMI), kyphotic angle, and the proportion of WSV. Also, correlative analyses were conducted in the study group to investigate the relation between the kyphotic angle of target vertebrae and other factors including age, BMI, Cobb angle, JOA score and bone mineral density (BMD). The average kyphotic angle in the study group was 11° (4°-22°), while the average kyphotic angle in the control group was 2° (0°-7°). Obviously, the mean kyphotic angle in the study group was statistically larger than that in the control group (t=13.797, P<0.001). The proportion of WSV in the study group was significantly larger than that in the control group (x(2)=36.380, P<0.0001). The correlations between kyphotic angles and other items (i.e., age, BMI, BMD, Cobb angle and JOA score) in the study group and the control group were low or uncorrelated. WSV are indicatively associated with adjacent ULDH. Thus, ULDH should be alerted when WSV are first found in radiograph and accompanied by clinical symptoms.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In our previous study, 17β-estradiol was proved to protect rat annulus fibrosus cells against apoptosis induced by interleukin-1β (IL-1β). However, whether 17β-estradiol has protective effect on rat nucleus pulposus cells remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to further explore the effects of 17β-estradiol on rat nucleus pulposus cells based on IL-1β-induced apoptosis. TUNEL assay and Annexin V/PI double staining were used to detect apoptosis and revealed that IL-1β induced notable apoptosis, which was reversed by 17β-estradiol. Meanwhile, cell viability and binding ability were decreased by IL-1β, but activated caspase-3 was increased. However, all of the detected effects of IL-1β were eliminated by 17β-estradiol. Furthermore, real-time quantitative RT-PCR was used to further find that IL-1β downregulated expression level of type II collagen, aggrecan, tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1, while upregulated matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, MMP-13 and Bcl-2, which was further confirmed by western blot. Finally, 17β-estradiol was proved to abolish the above negative effects of IL-1β. In summary, this work presented that IL-1β maybe induced apoptosis of rat nucleus pulposus cells, which was resisted by 17β-estradiol by down-regulating MMP-3 and MMP-13 via a mitochondrial pathway. This research provides a novel insight into the anti-apoptotic effect of 17β-estradiol on IL-1β-induced cytotoxicity, and may potentially lead to a better understanding of the clinical effects of 17β-estradiol, especially in terms of intervertebral disc degeneration.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · APOPTOSIS
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background Fluoroquinolones are in wide clinical use as safe and effective antibiotics. Articular cartilage, tendons, and epiphyseal growth plates have been recognized as targets of fluoroquinolone-induced connective tissue toxicity. However, the effects of fluoroquinolones on annulus fibrosus (AF) cells are still unknown. Material/Methods The main objective of this study was to investigate the effects of levofloxacin, a typical fluoroquinolone antibiotic drug, on rat AF cells in vitro. Rat annulus fibrosus (RAF) cells were treated with levofloxacin at different concentrations (0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80, and 90 μg/ml) and were assessed to determine the possible cytotoxic effects of levofloxacin. Inverted phase-contrast microscopy was used to accomplish the morphological observation of apoptosis of treated cells. Western blot and real-time quantitative RT-PCR (qPCR) was used to explore the expression of active caspase-3 and MMP-3. Flow cytometry was used to measure the apoptotic incidences. Results Our study showed that levofloxacin, with concentrations at 30, 60, and 90 μg/ml, induced dose-dependent RAF cell apoptosis and higher expression of caspase-3 and MMP-3. More apoptotic cells were observed by inverted phase-contrast microscopy. Moreover, levofloxacin increased the activity of caspase-3, and it also reduced cell viability with different concentrations ranging from 10 to 80 μg/ml. Conclusions Our study results suggest that levofloxacin has cytotoxic effects on RAF cells, characterized by enhancing apoptosis and reducing cell viability, and indicate a potential toxic effect of fluoroquinolones on RAF cells.
    Preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research
  • Si-Dong Yang · Zhi-Long Bai · Feng Zhang · Lei Ma · Da-Long Yang · Wen-Yuan Ding
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Abstract Levofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone, is a widely-used and effective antibiotic. However, various adverse side effects are associated with levofloxacin. The purpose of this study was to further explore the effects of levofloxacin on rat nucleus pulposus cells. Inverted phase-contrast microscopy, flow cytometry, and caspase-3 activity assays were used, and revealed that serum deprivation induced apoptosis, which was markedly increased by levofloxacin in a dose-dependent manner. Simultaneously, levofloxacin decreased cell binding to type II collagen. Thus, levofloxacin-induced apoptosis exhibits characteristics of anoikis, the process by which cell death is triggered by separation from the extracellular matrix, which contains type II collagen. Furthermore, real-time quantitative RT-PCR was used to further confirm that levofloxacin downregulates type II collagen expression in a dose-dependent manner. At last, western blot was used to find that levofloxacin increased the ratio of Bax/Bcl-2 and active caspase-3 in a dose-dependent manner. Levofloxacin therefore increases the effects of serum deprivation on anoikis by downregulating type II collagen in rat nucleus pulposus cells in vitro via Bax/Bcl-2/caspase-3 pathway. This research provides a novel insight into the mechanisms of levofloxacin-induced toxicity, and may potentially lead to a better understanding of the clinical effects of levofloxacin, especially in terms of intervertebral disc degeneration.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2014 · Toxicology mechanisms and methods
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background and objective: Cervical spondylotic amyotrophy (CSA) is a relatively rare disorder. This study was conducted to elucidate the prognosis of proximal-type CSA after anterior decompressive surgery by evaluating clinical factors and imaging findings. Methods: Anterior decompressive surgery was performed in 40 patients with proximal-type CSA between March 2000 and December 2011. Patients were classified into 2 categories based on axial T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings: "nerve root compression (NRC)", with nerve root compressed at the intervertebral foramen, and "spinal cord compression (SCC)" with spinal cord compressed at the medial or paramedial site of spinal canal. Manual muscle testing (MMT) was used to evaluate the surgical effect. Scapular, deltoid, and biceps brachii muscles of the affected side were tested and the sum scores were calculated. Clinical factors and imaging findings, such as age, duration of disease, preoperative MMT grade, number of affected levels and signal intensity changes of spinal cord, were collected to analyze prognostic factors. Results: After anterior decompressive surgery, 30 patients (75%) showed an improvement. NRC was observed in 6 patients and SCC in the rest 34 patients based on MRI findings. All patients (100%) with NRC had an improvement, while only 24 patients (70.6%) with SCC improved. In patients with SCC, there was a significant difference in duration of disease between patients who had an improvement and those who had not (P< 0.01). Conclusions: Anterior decompressive surgery is effective in the treatment of most patients with CSA. NRC on MRI may indicate a good surgical outcome. In patients with SCC, a long duration of disease is a risk factor for poor prognosis.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2014 · Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Ying-Ze Zhang · Ling-De Kong · Jun-Ming Cao · Wen-Yuan Ding · Yong Shen
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The causal relationship between vertebroplasty and new-onset vertebral fractures remains unproved. We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to assess whether vertebroplasty increases the incidence of new vertebral fractures and adjacent vertebral fractures. A systematic literature search of PubMed, EMBASE and Cochrane Library databases up to April 2013 was conducted. Eligible studies were randomized controlled trials of osteoporotic vertebral fracture patients receiving vertebroplasty. Risk ratios (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated and heterogeneity was assessed with both the chi-squared test and the I(2) test. Four studies with a total of 454 patients met the inclusion criteria. All four studies described the incidence of new vertebral fractures and three studies described adjacent vertebral fractures. The pooled results revealed that vertebroplasty was not associated with a significant increase in the incidence of new vertebral fractures (RR 1.12, 95% CI 0.75-1.67; p=0.59) or adjacent vertebral fractures (RR 2.31, 95% CI 0.36-15.06; p=0.38). Based on available evidence, it cannot be concluded that vertebroplasty can significantly increase the postoperative rate of new vertebral fractures and adjacent vertebral fractures. However, due to some limitations, the results of this meta-analysis should be cautiously accepted, but further studies are needed.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2014 · Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
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    Zhen-Fang Gu · Ai-Li Zhang · Yong Shen · Wen-Yuan Ding · Feng Li · Xian-Ze Sun
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To clarify the relationship between laminoplasty opening angle (LOA) and the increase in sagittal canal diameter (SCD) in double-door cervical laminoplasty (DDCL) and to predict the increase in SCD using the resulting formula. We analyzed 20 patients with multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy who underwent DDCL between September 2010 and January 2013. The pre- and post-operative parameters of the cervical spinal canal were measured by computed tomography. We deduced a formula describing the relationship between LOA and the increase in SCD and used it to predict the increase in SCD of these patients as LOA increased. When the C3-C7 LOA was 25A degrees-45A degrees, the magnitude of the increase in SCD was notable (increases of 3.08-5.6 mm compared with the pre-operative SCD). When the C3-C7 LOA was more than 45A degrees, the magnitude of the increase in SCD was relatively smaller; the increase in C3-C7 SCD with a 55A degrees LOA was merely 0.4 mm more than with a 45A degrees LOA. When LOA was 30A degrees at C3-C6 or 40A degrees at C7, the increase in SCD was more than 4 mm. When the C3-C6 LOA was 40A degrees, SCD increased by more than 5 mm. The formula accurately showed the relationship between LOA and the increase in SCD in DDCL. Based on the LOA, increases in SCD following C3-C7 laminoplasty can be accurately predicted using this formula. This enables DDCL based on accurate individual LOAs, which prevents inadequate or excessive opening.
    Preview · Article · Jun 2014 · European Spine Journal
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Study Design: A retrospective study. Objective: This study was aimed to analyze the changes in spinopelvic parameters after surgical correction of degenerative spondylolisthesis and to determine which deformity is most responsible for changes in sagittal spinopelvic alignment. Summary of Background Data: The basic deformities of degenerative spondylolisthesis are forward slippage of the vertebral body, segmental kyphotic angle, and loss of disc height. Correction of those deformities during surgery will subsequently affect the spinopelvic parameters. A few studies have reported the changes of sagittal spinopelvic alignment after surgical treatment of isthmic spondylolisthesis. However, there appears to be relatively little information regarding degenerative spondylolisthesis. Methods: Fifty-three patients with L4-L5 degenerative spondylolisthesis were included. All patients underwent posterior lumbar interbody fusion and posterior instrumentation. Back pain, as the clinical outcome, was evaluated by visual analogue scale (VAS). The pre- and postoperative spinopelvic parameters, including sacral slope (SS), pelvic tilt (PT), lumbar lordosis (LL), and L1 axis S1 distance (LASD) were measured, and then the correlations between spinopelvic parameters and local deformity parameters such as slip degree (SD), slip angle (SA), and height of the intervertebral disc (HOD) were evaluated. Results: After surgical correction of local deformity, all spinopelvic parameters changed subsequently: PT and LASD had a decrease, SS and LL had an increase. VAS score decreased from 6.1+/-2.3 before surgery to 2.4+/-1.7 at the final follow-up assessment. Patients with VAS score changes >=3 showed significantly higher SS and LL, and lower PT compared with those with VAS score changes <3. Among deformity parameters, restoration of the SA revealed significant correlation with improvement of LL (r=0.32, P=0.02), increase of SS (r=0.29, P=0.03), and decrease of PT (r=-0.29, P=0.03). Conclusions: Surgical correction of degenerative spondylolisthesis with posterior lumbar interbody fusion and posterior instrumentation resulted in relief of back pain, which may be associated with improvement of sagittal spinopelvic alignment. Surgeons should consider deformity parameters, especially the SA, in the surgical treatment of degenerative spondylolisthesis.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2014 · Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Prostaglandin F2α-F-prostanoid (PGF2α-FP) receptor is closely related to insulin resistance, which plays a causal role in the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). We sought to reveal whether PGF2α-FP receptor plays an important part in modulating DCM and the mechanisms involved. We established the type 2 diabetes rat model by high-fat diet and low-dose streptozotocin (STZ) and then evaluated its characteristics by metabolite tests, Western blot analysis for FP-receptor expression, histopathologic analyses of cardiomyocyte density and fibrosis area. Next, we used gene silencing to investigate the role of FP receptor in the pathophysiologic features of DCM. Our study showed elevated cholesterol, triglyceride, glucose, and insulin levels, severe insulin resistance, and FP-receptor overexpression in diabetic rats. The collagen volume fraction (CVF) and perivascular collagen area/luminal area (PVCA/LA) were higher in the diabetic group than the control group (CVF% 10.99 ± 0.99 vs 1.59 ± 0.18, P < 0.05; PVCA/LA% 17.07 ± 2.61 vs 2.86 ± 0.69, P < 0.05). We found that the silencing of FP receptor decreased cholesterol, triglyceride, glucose, and insulin levels and ameliorated insulin resistance. The CVF and PVCF/LA were significantly downregulated in FP-receptor short hairpin RNA (shRNA) treatment group (FP-receptor shRNA group vs vehicle group: CVF% 5.59 ± 0.92 vs 10.97 ± 1.33, P < 0.05, PVCA/LA% 4.74 ± 1.57 vs 14.79 ± 2.22, P < 0.05; FP-receptor shRNA + PGF2α group vs vehicle group : CVF% 5.19 ± 0.79 vs 10.97 ± 1.33, P < 0.05, PVCA/LA% 5.96 ± 1.15 vs 14.79 ± 2.22, P < 0.05, respectively). Furthermore, with FP-receptor gene silencing, the activated protein kinase C (PKC) and Rho kinase were significantly decreased, and the blunted phosphorylation of Akt was restored. FP-receptor gene silencing may exert a protective effect on DCM by improving myocardial fibrosis, suggesting a new therapeutic approach for human DCM. FP-receptor gene silencing improves glucose tolerance and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes (T2D). FP-receptor gene silencing modulates the activities of PKC/Rho and Akt signaling pathways in T2D. FP-receptor gene silencing decreases collagen expression and ameliorates myocardial fibrosis in T2D. FP-receptor gene silencing protects from diabetic cardiomyopathy in T2D.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2014 · Journal of Molecular Medicine