Publications by authors named "Nikolas Kappy"

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Financial Impact of Minor Injury Transfers on a Level 1 Trauma Center.

J Surg Res 2019 01 18;233:403-407. Epub 2018 Sep 18.

Division of Trauma, Department of Surgery, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey.

Background: Trauma centers frequently accept patients from other institutions who are being sent due to the need for a higher level of care. We hypothesized that patients with minor traumatic injuries who are transferred from outside institutions would impart a negative financial impact on the receiving trauma center.

Methods: We performed a retrospective review of all trauma patients admitted to our urban level I trauma center from October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2013. Patients were categorized as minor trauma if they did not require operation within 24 h of arrival, did not require ICU admission, did not die, and had a hospital length of stay <24 h. Transferred patients and nontransfers (those received directly from the field) were compared with respect to injury severity, insurance status, and hospital net margin. Student's t-test and z-test for proportions were performed for data analysis.

Results: A total of 6951 trauma patients were identified (transfer n = 2228, nontransfer n = 4724). Minor injury transfers (n = 440) were compared to nontransfers (n = 689). Hospital net margin of transferred patients and nontransferred patients were $2227 and $2569, respectively (P = 0.22). Percentages of uninsured/underinsured for transfers and nontransfers were 27.3% and 36.1%, respectively (P = 0.002).

Conclusions: During our study period, 19.7% of transfers and 14.6% of nontransfers can be categorized as having minor trauma. Minor trauma transfer patients are associated with a positive hospital net margin for the trauma center that is similar to that of the nontransfer group. The data also demonstrate a lower percentage of uninsured/underinsured in the transferred group.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2018.08.036DOI Listing
January 2019

Endothelial Differentiated Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Improvement of Survival and Neovascularization in Fat Transplantation.

Aesthet Surg J 2019 01;39(2):220-232

Department of Surgery, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey.

Background: Adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) assisted lipotransfer have been considered to facilitate the survival of fat grafts. However, emerging evidence of insufficient vascularization is another obstacle for fat graft survival in cell-assisted lipotransfer.

Objectives: This study evaluated if endothelial phenotype ASCs with fat lipoaspirate improves survival and neovascularization in fat transplantation.

Methods: ASCs were isolated from human periumbilical fat tissue and cultured in endothelial growth medium for 2 weeks. Fat lipoaspirate was mixed with fresh adipose stroma vascular fraction (SVF), endothelial differentiated ASCs (EC/ASCs), and fat lipoaspirate alone. Three fat mixtures were subcutaneously injected into the adult male Sprague-Dawley rat's dorsum at 3 locations. At 8 weeks after transplantation, the grafted fat lipoaspirates were harvested, and the extracted fat was evaluated using photographic, survival weights measurements and histological examination. Neo-vascularization was quantified by immunofluorescence and real-time RT-PCR.

Results: Grafts from the EC/ASC assisted group had a higher survival rate, morphologic integrity, and most uniform lipid droplets. They also revealed less inflammation and fibrosis with increased number of vessels by histological and immunofluorescence analysis. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis indicated that the expression levels of EC-specific markers of CD31 and vWF were higher in the EC/ASC group compared with in the control and fat with SVF transplants.

Conclusions: These results indicated that co-implantation of fat lipoaspirate with ASCs differentiated toward an endothelial phenotype improves both survival and neovascularization of the transplanted fat lipoaspirate, which might provide benefits and represents a promising strategy for clinical application in autologous fat transplantation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/asj/sjy130DOI Listing
January 2019

Human adipose-derived stem cell treatment modulates cellular protection in both in vitro and in vivo traumatic brain injury models.

J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2018 05;84(5):745-751

From the Department of Surgery (N.S.K., S.C., W.M.H., M.P., T.O., P.Z., J.P.C., S.A.B.), Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ; and Division of Trauma (J.P.H.), Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ.

Background: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in the civilian population. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect(s) of adipose-derived stem cell (ASC) treatment on cellular and functional recovery in TBI via both in vitro and in vivo methods.

Methods: Cultured neuroblastoma cells, SH-SY5Y, were scratched to mimic TBI in an in vitro model. The effect of ASC-conditioned medium (CM) on cell death, mitochondrial function, and expression of inflammatory cytokines (tumor necrosis factor α [TNF-α], interleukin 1β [IL-1β], and IL-6), as well as apoptosis marker FAS, was measured. In our in vivo model, Sprague-Dawley rats underwent TBI via a frontal, closed-head injury model. Animals randomly received either intravenous human-derived ASCs or intravenous saline within 3 hours of injury and were compared with a sham group. Functional recovery was evaluated via accelerating Rotarod method. On post-TBI Day 3, brain tissue was harvested and assessed for cellular damage via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for TNF-α, as well as immunohistochemical staining for β-amyloid precursor protein (β-APP).

Results: Our in vitro data show that ASC treatment imparted reduced cell death (ratio to control: 1.21 ± 0.066 vs. 1.01 ± 0.056, p = 0.017), increased cell viability (ratio to control: 0.86 ± 0.009 vs. 1.09 ± 0.01, p = 0.0001), increased mitochondrial function (percentage of control: 78 ± 6% vs. 68 ± 3%), and significantly decreased levels of inflammatory cytokine IL-1β. In our in vivo study, compared with TBI alone, ASC-treated animals showed no difference in functional recovery, lower levels of expressed TNF-α (ratio to total protein, 0.47 ± 0.01 vs. 0.67 ± 0.04; p < 0.01), and lower levels of β-amyloid precursor protein (fluorescence ratio, 0.43 ± 0.05 vs. 0.69 ± 0.03; p < 0.01).

Conclusions: Adipose-derived stem cell treatment results in improved cell survival, decreased inflammatory marker release, and decreased evidence of neural injury. No difference in functional recovery was seen. These data suggest the potential for ASC treatment to aid in cellular protection and recovery in neural cells following TBI.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/TA.0000000000001770DOI Listing
May 2018

Evaluation of function and recovery of adipose-derived stem cells after exposure to paclitaxel.

Cytotherapy 2017 02 22;19(2):211-221. Epub 2016 Nov 22.

Department of Surgery, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, USA.

Background Aims: Adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) are considered to play a positive role in wound healing as evidenced by their increasing use in breast reconstructive procedures. After chemotherapy for breast cancer, poor soft tissue wound healing is a major problem. In the present study, the functional capabilities and recovery of ASCs after exposure to chemotherapeutic agent paclitaxel (PTX) using in vitro and ex vivo models were demonstrated.

Methods: Human ASCs were isolated from periumbilical fat tissue and treated with PTX at various concentrations. Adult Sprague-Dawley rats were given intravenous injections with PTX. Two and four weeks after the initial PTX treatment, ASCs were isolated from rat adipose tissue. Proliferation, cell viability, apoptosis and cell migration rates were measured by growth curves, MTT assays, flow cytometry and scratch assays. ASCs were cultured in derivative-specific differentiation media with or without PTX for 3 weeks. Adipogenic, osteogenic and endothelial differentiation levels were measured by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and histological staining.

Results: PTX induced apoptosis, decreased the proliferation and cell migration rates of ASCs and inhibited ASCs multipotent differentiation in both in vitro human ASC populations and ex vivo rat ASC populations with PTX treatment. Furthermore, after cessation of PTX, ASCs exhibited recovery potential of differentiation capacity in both in vitro and animal studies.

Conclusions: Our results provide insight into poor soft tissue wound healing and promote further understanding of the potential capability of ASCs to serve as a cell source for fat grafting and reconstruction in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcyt.2016.10.010DOI Listing
February 2017

The effects of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound upon diabetic fracture healing.

J Orthop Res 2011 Feb 30;29(2):181-8. Epub 2010 Sep 30.

Department of Orthopaedics, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07103, USA.

In the United States, over 17 million people are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) with its inherent morbidity of delayed bone healing and nonunion. Recent studies demonstrate the utility of pulsed low-intensity ultrasound (LIPUS) to facilitate fracture healing. The current study evaluated the effects of daily application of LIPUS on mid-diaphyseal femoral fracture growth factor expression, cartilage formation, and neovascularization in DM and non-DM BB Wistar rats. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and ELISA assays were used to measure and quantify growth factor expression. Histomorphometry assessed cartilage formation while immunohistochemical staining for PECAM evaluated neovascularization at the fracture site. In accordance with previous studies, LIPUS was shown to increase growth factor expression and cartilage formation. Our study also demonstrated an increase in fracture callus neovascularization with the addition of LIPUS. The DM group showed impaired growth factor expression, cartilage formation, and neovascularization. However, the addition of LIPUS significantly increased all parameters so that the DM group resembled that of the non-DM group. These findings suggest a potential role of LIPUS as an adjunct for DM fracture treatment.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jor.21223DOI Listing
February 2011