Roles of injury-induced inflammatory response in regulating bony repair at injured growth plate cartilage [ 2007 - 2009 ]

Also known as: Injury-induced inflammatory response at the bony repair of injured growth plate

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Researchers: Prof Cory Xian (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Bruce Foster

Brief description Children's growth plate cartilage is responsible for bone lengthening. Due to popularity of sports and play, trauma-induced growth plate damage and subsequently bone growth defects are common in children, with up to 30% of growth plate injury cases resulting in growth abnormality, for which the present surgical correction is highly invasive and not fully effective. Although we know that the growth plate injury-induced bone growth defects result from bony repair of the injured growth cartilage, we largely don't understand why and how this bony repair occurs. Understanding mechanisms for this faulty bony repair of injured growth plate will be critical prior to effective biological treatments can be developed. Recently, using an injury model in young rats, we found that bony tissue formation at injured growth plate is preceded sequentially by inflammatory, fibrogenic, chondrogenic and osteogenic responses. The inflammatory response is an initial event and our recent studies suggest that inflammatory response recruits inflammatory cells and produces important molecules that could significantly influence subsequent fibrogenic, chondrogenic and osteogenic events leading to the bony repair of the injured growth plate cartilage. The current proposal further addresses roles of the inflammatory response and the molecular pathways of this response in regulating downstream bony repair events. This project will generate novel understanding on the faulty bony repair of injured growth plate, and will provide valuable information for developing cost-effective and simple therapeutic intervention that aims to prevent bony repair and to enhance cartilage regeneration of the injured growth plate in children.

Funding Amount $AUD 366,301.76

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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