TGF-β1 as a prognostic factor in the process of early osteoarthrosis in the rabbit knee
2001 (English)In: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, ISSN 1063-4584, E-ISSN 1522-9653, Vol. 9, no 3, 195-202 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective To assess changes in knee joint fluid concentrations of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and proteoglycan (PG) fragments during the early course of post-traumatic osteoarthrosis (OA) after meniscectomy in the rabbit knee, and to ascertain whether the concentrations of these substances shortly after operation could be used as prognostic markers for the OA process.
Design In 15 rabbits with medial meniscectomy in one knee and a sham operation in the other knee, synovial lavage fluid samples were taken repeatedly, before operation, every third week post-operatively until 12 weeks, thereafter every sixth week, and at death. Five rabbits each were killed at 13, 25 and 40 weeks. Synovial lavage fluid samples from five non-operated rabbits served as controls. At death, two histological scores were formed that characterized the highest (MAX) and the overall (ALL) degree of OA changes in each joint.
Results TGF-β1 and PG fragment concentrations in synovial lavage fluid correlated highly (R=0.81, P< 0.001). Both OA scores were higher in meniscectomized than controls (P< 0.05). The synovial lavage fluid concentration of TGF-β1 at 3 weeks, but no other time point, correlated to the histological scores (ALL, R=0.58; MAX, R=0.52;P< 0.001).
Conclusion Higher concentrations of TGF-β1 in synovial lavage fluid early after surgery seemed indicative for the later development of more severe OA changes in contrast to lower concentrations. The association between TGF-β1 and the changes found later in the cartilage was underlined by the high correlations between this substance and PG fragment concentrations in synovial lavage fluid at all time points.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 9, no 3, 195-202 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27601DOI: 10.1053/joca.2000.0376Local ID: 12331OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27601DiVA: diva2:248153