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Li J.,West China Stomatology Hospital | Li J.,Stanford University | Johnson C.A.,University of Arizona | Johnson C.A.,Stanford University | And 7 more authors.
Bone | Year: 2015

Children with unoperated cleft palates have nearly normal growth of their faces whereas patients who have had early surgical repair often exhibit midfacial hypoplasia. Surgical repair is responsible for the underlying bone growth arrest but the mechanisms responsible for these surgical sequelae are poorly understood. We simulated the effect of cleft palate repair by raising a mucoperiosteal flap in the murine palate. Three-dimensional micro-CT reconstructions of the palate along with histomorphometric measurements, finite element (FE) modeling, immunohistochemical analyses, and quantitative RT-PCR were employed to follow the skeletal healing process. Inflammatory bone resorption was observed during the first few days after denudation, which destroyed the midpalatal suture complex. FE modeling was used to predict and map the distribution of strains and their associated stresses in the area of denudation and the magnitude and location of hydrostatic and distortional strains corresponded to sites of skeletal tissue destruction. Once re-epithelialization was complete and wound contracture subsided, the midpalatal suture complex reformed. Despite this, growth at the midpalatal suture was reduced, which led to palatal constriction and a narrowing of the dental arch. Thus the simple act of raising a flap, here mimicked by denuding the mucoperiosteum, was sufficient to cause significant destruction to the midpalatal suture complex. Although the bone and cartilage growth plates were re-established, mediolateral skeletal growth was nonetheless compromised and the injured palate never reached its full growth potential. These data strongly suggest that disruption of suture complexes, which have intrinsic growth potential, should be avoided during surgical correction of congenital anomalies. © 2015.

Li J.,West China Stomatology Hospital | Li J.,Stanford University | Johnson C.A.,Stanford University | Johnson C.A.,University of Arizona | And 4 more authors.
Bone | Year: 2014

In pediatric surgeries, cutaneous scarring is frequently accompanied by an arrest in skeletal growth. The molecular mechanisms responsible for this effect are not understood. Here, we investigated the relationship between scar contracture and osteogenesis. An excisional cutaneous wound was made on the tail of neonatal mice. Finite element (FE) modeling of the wound site was used to predict the distribution and magnitude of contractile forces within soft and hard tissues. Morphogenesis of the bony vertebrae was monitored by micro-CT analyses, and vertebral growth plates were interrogated throughout the healing period using assays for cell proliferation, death, differentiation, as well as matrix deposition and remodeling. Wound contracture was grossly evident on post-injury day 7 and accompanying it was a significant shortening in the tail. FE modeling indicated high compressive strains localized to the dorsal portions of the vertebral growth plates and intervertebral disks. These predicted strain distributions corresponded to sites of increased cell death, a cessation in cell proliferation, and a loss in mineralization within the growth plates and IVD. Although cutaneous contracture resolved and skeletal growth rates returned to normal, vertebrae under the cutaneous wound remained significantly shorter than controls. Thus, localized contractile forces generated by scarring led to spatial alterations in cell proliferation, death, and differentiation that inhibited bone growth in a location-dependent manner. Resolution of cutaneous scarring was not accompanied by compensatory bone growth, which left the bony elements permanently truncated. Therefore, targeting early scar reduction is critical to preserving pediatric bone growth after surgery. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

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