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Chondroprotective effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on human cartilage explants.
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PMID:  21412809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This study investigated the effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) on proteoglycan (PG) metabolism of human articular cartilage explants from patients with osteoarthritis (OA). Human cartilage explants, recovered from lateral and medial femoral condyles, were classified according to the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) and graded based on Outerbridge scores. Explants cultured in the absence and presence of IL-1β were treated with PEMF (1.5 mT, 75 Hz) or IGF-I alone or in combination for 1 and 7 days. PG synthesis and release were determined. Results showed that explants derived from lateral and medial condyles scored OA grades I and III, respectively. In OA grade I explants, after 7 days exposure, PEMF and IGF-I significantly increased (35) S-sulfate incorporation 49% and 53%, respectively, compared to control, and counteracted the inhibitory effect of IL-1β (0.01 ng/ml). The combined exposure to PEMF and IGF-I was additive in all conditions. Similar results were obtained in OA grade III cartilage explants. In conclusion, PEMF and IGF-I augment cartilage explant anabolic activities, increase PG synthesis, and counteract the catabolic activity of IL-1β in OA grades I and III. We hypothesize that both IGF-I and PEMF have chondroprotective effects on human articular cartilage, particularly in early stages of OA. Bioelectromagnetics. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Alessia Ongaro; Agnese Pellati; Federica Francesca Masieri; Angelo Caruso; Stefania Setti; Ruggero Cadossi; Roberto Biscione; Leo Massari; Milena Fini; Monica De Mattei
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bioelectromagnetics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1521-186X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8008281     Medline TA:  Bioelectromagnetics     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Department of Morphology and Embryology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy.
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