Special Issue "The Chondrocyte Phenotype in Cartilage Biology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2013
Dr. Ali Mobasheri
Division of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, College Road, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD, UK
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Interests: quantitative immunohistochemical and immunomorhological techniques; post-genomic techniques including tissue microarray technology and proteomics in veterinary medicine
Articular cartilage is an avascular load-bearing connective tissue with a very limited capacity for intrinsic repair. As a consequence, it is highly prone to structural degradation, making it particularly difficult to restore once it is damaged or lost. The chondrocyte is the only cell type that resides within articular cartilage and is solely responsible for the synthesis and turnover of the extracellular matrix (ECM). For more than two decades chondrocytes have been used clinically in cell-based cartilage repair strategies. However, in most cases dedifferentiated cells are used in procedures such as autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI). Cell based repair strategies require large numbers of undifferentiated cells. This special issue is entitled "The Chondrocyte Phenotype in Cartilage Biology". It is dedicated to recent progress in our understanding of the unique chondrocyte phenotype and how it can be manipulated for ensuring successful cell-based cartilage repair strategies.
Dr. Ali Mobasheri
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- articular cartilage
- cell culture
- cell-based repair
- autologous chondrocyte implantation
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Review
Title: Redifferentiation of Dedifferentiated Articular Chondrocytes: Effects of Physical and Biochemical Factors in Biomimetic Culture Systems
Author: Ali Mobasheri
Affiliation: Division of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, College Road, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD, UK; E-Mail: email@example.com
Abstract: Chondrocytes rapidly dedifferentiate after isolation from articular cartilage and cultivation in 2-dimensional culture. The dedifferentiation of chondrocytes makes cell-based treatments for articular cartilage repair a major challenge. Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) is a commonly used cell-based cartilage repair method that relies on the availability of expanded (de-differentiated) chondrocytes. However, the expansion process causes a number of phenotypic changes, requiring re-establishment of the native chondrogenic phenotype to sustain effective repair. Recent studies suggest that 3-dimensional cultures exhibit the most potent chondrogenic potential on dedifferentiated chondrocytes. This paper reviews the recent literature on effects of physical and biochemical factors on chondrocyte redifferentiation.
Last update: 31 August 2012