Table 1

Demographic features of specimens studied for immunocytochemical localization of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and of its receptor

Subject number

Site

Thompson score

Age (years), gender

Other information

Herniated?


1

L4 to L5: OA, IA, nuc

1.5

45, female

Cooperative Human Tissue Network – unknown cause of death

-

L3 to L4: OA, IA, nuc

2

-

2

L4 to L5

2

35, female

Surgical specimen

No

3

L4 to L5

2

32, female

Surgical specimen

Yes

4

L5 to S1

2

21, male

Surgical specimen

Yes

5

L4 to L5

2

44, female

Surgical specimen

Yes

6

L4 to L5

2

37, female

Surgical specimen

Yes

7

L4 to L5: OA, IA, nuc

2.5

40, male

Cooperative Human Tissue Network – cause of death, myocardial infarct

-

8

L4 to L5

3

46, female

Surgical specimen

No

9

L3 to L4

3

53, male

Surgical specimen

Yes (recurrent)

10

L4 to L5

3

53, male

Surgical specimen

No

11

L4 to L5, L5 to S1

3

29, female

Surgical specimen

No

12

L4 to L5

3

54, male

Surgical specimen

Yes

13

L2 to L3

3

58, male

Surgical specimen

Yes

14

L1 to L2: OA, IA, nuc

3

33, female

Cooperative Human Tissue Network – cause of death, pulmonary embolism

-

14

T12 to L1: OA, IA, nuc

3.5

-

14

L3 to L4: OA, IA, nuc

4

-

15

L1 to L2, L2 to L3, L3 to L4

4

59, female

Surgical specimen

No

16

L4 to L5

4

39, female

Surgical specimen

Yes (recurrent)

17

L5 to S1

4

48, female

Surgical specimen

Yes (recurrent)

18

L2 to L3, L3 to L4, L4 to L5, L5 to S1

4

56, female

Surgical specimen

No

19

L4 to L5

4

19, male

Surgical specimen

No

20

L3 to L4

4

78, male

Surgical specimen

Yes

21

L5 to S1

5

44, female

Surgical specimen

No

22

L5 to S1

5

39, male

Surgical specimen

No


IA, inner annulus; L, lumbar; nuc, nucleus; OA, outer annulus; L, lumbar.

Gruber et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2008 10:R82   doi:10.1186/ar2456

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