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Assessment of mRNA levels for matrix molecules and TGF-B1 in rabbit flexor and peroneus tendons reveals regional differences in steady-state expression
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Hand Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Hand Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Hand Surgery.
McCaig Centre for Joint Injury and Arthritis Research, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
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2004 (English)In: Journal of Hand Surgery - British and European Volume, ISSN 0266-7681, E-ISSN 1532-2211, Vol. 29, no 2, 165-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analysed the differences on a molecular level between two segments of the deep flexor tendon, and compared the intrasynovial flexor tendon with the tendon sheath and the extrasynovial peroneus tendon in a rabbit model. The TRIspin method of RNA extraction was combined with the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction to assess mRNA levels in the tissue segments. Significant differences were detected for all genes studied. mRNA levels for aggrecan, biglycan and collagen III were significantly higher in the fibrocartilaginous proximal segment of the flexor tendon. Collagen I was higher in the flexor tendon than the sheath and the peroneus tendon, and TGF-beta1 was significantly lower in the peroneus tendon. This study demonstrates differences at the mRNA level between different segments of tendon, indicating that the tendon tissue may be adapted to its environment.

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2004. Vol. 29, no 2, 165-169 p.
Keyword [en]
flexor tendon, proteoglycan, collagen, tendon heterogeneity
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Surgery
Research subject
Orthopaedics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-119914DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsb.2003.09.005PubMedID: 15010165OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-119914DiVA: diva2:301332
Available from: 2010-03-03 Created: 2010-03-03 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Biomolecular Aspects of Flexor Tendon Healing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Biomolecular Aspects of Flexor Tendon Healing
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Flexor tendon injuries in zone II of the hand (i.e. between the distal volar crease and the distal interphalangeal joint) can be costly for both the afflicted individual and society because of the high cost of a long rehabilitation period, complicated by tendon ruptures or scarring with adhesion formation, causing impaired range of motion. The aim of the present thesis was to characterize more fully the deep flexor tendon, the tendon sheath and their response to injury in a rabbit model in order to find potential targets to improve the outcome of repair.

The intrasynovial rabbit deep flexor tendon differed from the extrasynovial peroneus tendon in the expression of collagens and transforming growth factor-β1 gene expression. Differences were also found in collagen III and proteoglycans between regions of the flexor tendon subjected to either compressive or tensile load.

After laceration and subsequent repair of the flexor tendon, a shift in collagen gene expression from type I to type III occurred. Proteoglycans were generally increased with the notable exception of decorin, a potential inhibitor of the profibrotic transforming growth factor-β1 which was markedly increased during the first two weeks after repair in tendon tissue but remained unaltered in the sheaths. Both vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor mRNA levels remained essentially unaltered, whereas insulin-like growth factor-1 increased later in the healing process, suggesting potential beneficial effects of exogenous addition, increasing tendon strength through stimulating tenocyte proliferation and collagen synthesis.

Matrix metalloproteinase-13 mRNA levels increased and remained high in both tendon and sheath, whereas there was only a transient increase of matrix metalloproteinase-3 mRNA in tendon. We could also demonstrate a significant increase of the proportion of myofibroblasts, mast cells and neuropeptide containing nerve fibers in the healing tendon tissue, all components of the profibrotic myofibroblast-mast cell-neuropeptide pathway.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2010. 59 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 544
Keyword
Flexor tendon healing, Growth factor, Metalloproteinase, Collagen, Proteoglycan, Myofibroblast, Hyaluronan synthase, Mast cell
National Category
Surgery
Research subject
Orthopaedics
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120304 (URN)978-91-554-7762-2 (ISBN)
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2010-05-06, Robergsalen, Ing. 40, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Biomolecular aspects of flexor tendon healing
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