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Calcified Cartilage Islands in Rat Cortical Bone.
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PMID:  23274728     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Rats display little to no haversian remodeling of cortical bone. This fact, combined with the endochondral formation of cortical bone, means that rat femoral cortical bone contains highly mineralized cartilage islands in a central band of mid-femoral cross sections. We demonstrate that these islands have a significantly higher degree of mineralization than the surrounding bone, using quantitative backscattered electron imaging. The cartilaginous nature of the islands was verified by immunostaining for collagen type II. Toluidine blue staining of longitudinal sections and three-dimensional synchrotron radiation X-ray tomographic microscopy confirmed that the islands are elongated along the femoral long axis. Nanoindentation revealed significantly higher values of both reduced modulus and hardness in the islands compared to the surrounding bone, reflecting a higher degree of mineralization. The calcified cartilage islands were distributed in a central zone of the bone, from the growth plates through the mid-femoral bone. The presence of these cartilage islands and their possible effect on mechanical properties could be an additional reason why haversian remodeling is observed in higher-order species.
Fiona Linnea Bach-Gansmo; Sarah Catherine Irvine; Annemarie Brüel; Jesper Skovhus Thomsen; Henrik Birkedal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Calcified tissue international     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-0827     ISO Abbreviation:  Calcif. Tissue Int.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-12-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7905481     Medline TA:  Calcif Tissue Int     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Chemistry and iNANO, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, 8000, Aarhus C, Denmark,
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