Authors: Zhang N, Dietrich MA, Lopez MJ.
Journal: Vet Surg

To identify the optimum intra-articular multipotent stromal cell (MSC) tissue source in the canine stifle.
Infrapatellar adipose tissue, synovium lining the joint capsule, and synovium surrounding the cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) from normal stifles of 6 dogs.

Authors: Herten M, Grassmann JP, Sager M, Benga L, Fischer JC, Jäger M, Betsch M, Wild M, Hakimi M, Jungbluth P.
Journal: VCOT

Autologous bone marrow plays an increasing role in the treatment of bone, cartilage and tendon healing disorders. Cell-based therapies display promising results in the support of local regeneration, especially therapies using intra-operative one-step treatments with autologous progenitor cells. In the present study, bone marrow-derived cells were concentrated in a point-of-care device and investigated for their mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) characteristics and their osteogenic potential.Bone marrow was harvested from the iliac crest of 16 minipigs.

Category: Biologics
Authors: Etter SW, Ragetly GR, Bennett RA, Schaeffer DJ.
Journal: JAVMA

Objective-To compare surgical site infection and inflammation rates between the use of nonimpregnated (polydioxanone and poliglecaprone 25) versus triclosan-impregnated (polydioxanone and poliglecaprone 25) suture for incisional closure in dogs undergoing a standardized orthopedic procedure (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy [TPLO]). Design-Retrospective cohort study. Animals-283 dogs that underwent TPLO between November 2005 and December 2009.

Authors: Pinel CB, Pluhar GE.
Journal: Can Vet J

Databases (2001-2008) for cases in which recombinant bone morphogenetic protein (rhBMP) was used to aid in management of orthopedic disease were reviewed and cases were categorized as non-unions, delayed unions, and cases expected to heal with difficulty. If follow-up in the medical record was < 6 mo for live animals, owners were surveyed by telephone. Thirteen cases (11 dogs, 2 cats) were identified; OP-1 (rhBMP-7) was used in 3 cases and INFUSE (rhBMP-2) in 10.

Authors: Lo AJ, Goldschmidt MH, Aronson LR.
Journal: J Fel Med Surg

A 4-year-old castrated male Russian Blue cat was evaluated for acute right hind limb lameness 18 months after receiving a renal transplant. Radiographs showed a subluxated right femoral head and lysis of the acetabulum and femoral neck. A femoral head and neck ostectomy was performed on the right coxofemoral joint. Histologic evaluation of the right femoral head revealed lesions indicative of a chronic, granulomatous osteomyelitis and periostitis associated with an intralesional Mycobacterium species.

Category: Arthritis - Biologics
Authors: Hodgkiss-Geere HM, Argyle DJ, Corcoran BM, Whitelaw B, Milne E, Bennett D, Argyle SA.
Journal: Vet J

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have potential for use in regenerative therapeutics, since they are capable of multi-lineage differentiation. In this study, primary canine MSCs (cMSCs) were isolated from bone marrow aspirates and characterised using marker expression and morphology. cMSCs expressed CD44 and STRO-1, but not CD34 or CD45. Morphologically, cMSCs were similar to previously described MSCs and were capable of chondrocyte differentiation towards articular type cartilage, characterised by increased collagen type II vs. collagen type I expression and expression of Sox-9.

Category: Biologics
Authors: Souza TF, Andrade AL, Ferrreira GT, Sakamoto SS, Albuquerque VB, Bonfim SR, Luvizotto MC, Louzada MJ.
Journal: VCOT

Objectives: To evaluate bone healing in an experimental radial ostectomy in dogs treated with autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP), through histological, densitometric, radiographic studies, as well as expression of growth factors in the ostectomy gap. Methods: Twenty-one dogs were randomly divided into either a control or a PRP group. All underwent unilateral ostectomy of the radius to generate a gap of 2.0 mm, that was stabilized with external skeletal fixation. The ostectomy gap was either filled with PRP or left empty as a control.

Authors: Nishida H, Shoji Y, Nakamura M, Hatoya S, Sugiura K, Yamate J, Kuwamura M, Kotani T, Nakayama M, Suzuki Y, Ide C, Inaba T.
Journal: AJVR

Objective-To compare methods for harvesting canine bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) and determine the biological properties of canine BMSCs at successive passages in vitro. Sample-BMSCs collected from the femurs of 9 Beagles. Procedures-A fibroblast assay was performed to compare 2 methods for harvesting BMSCs: the aspiration and perfusion method. Flow cytometric analysis was performed to evaluate the cell surface markers. Changes in proliferative activity were analyzed by examining radioactivity of hydrogen 3-thymidine.

Authors: Smith KD, Vaughan-Thomas A, Spiller DG, Clegg PD, Innes JF, Comerford EJ.
Journal: Vet J

Cell morphology may reflect the mechanical environment of tissues and influence tissue physiology and response to injury. Normal cruciate ligaments (CLs) from disease-free stifle joints were harvested from dog breeds with a high (Labrador retriever) and low (Greyhound) risk of cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture. Antibodies against the cytoskeletal components vimentin and alpha tubulin were used to analyse cell morphology; nuclei were stained with 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole, and images were collected using conventional and confocal microscopy.