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The nucleus pulposus (NP) of the intervertebral disc (IVD) demonstrates substantial changes in cell and matrix composition with both ageing and degeneration. While recent transcriptomic profiling studies have helped define human NP cell phenotype, it remains unclear how expression of these markers is influenced by ageing or degeneration. Furthermore, cells of the NP are thought to derive from the notochord, although adult NP lacks identifiable notochordal (NC) cells. This study aimed to confirm expression of previously identified NP and NC marker genes in adult human NP cells from a range of ages and degenerate states. Importantly, using gene expression analysis (N = 60) and immunohistochemistry (N = 56) the study demonstrates expression of NP markers FoxF1, Pax-1, keratin-8/18, carbonic anhydrase-12, and NC markers brachyury, galectin-3 and CD24 in cells of the NP irrespective of age or degeneration. Our immunohistochemical data, combined with flow cytometry (N = 5) which identified a small number of CA12+Gal3+T+CD24+ cells, suggests the possible presence of a sub-population of cells with an NC-like phenotype in adult NP tissue. These findings suggest that the NP contains a heterogeneous population of cells, which may possess varied phenotypic and functional profiles and thus warrant further investigation to improve our understanding of IVD homeostasis and repair.
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Manchester Molecular Pathology Innovation Centre (MMPathIC): Bridging the Gap Between Biomarker Discovery and Health and Wealth.
1/10/15 → 31/03/21