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Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp 269–276 | Cite as

Age-related changes of elements in the human articular disk of the temporomandibular joint

  • Yasuo Takano
  • Yumi Moriwake
  • Yoshiyuki Tohmo
  • Takeshi Minami
  • Setsuko Tohno
  • Masako Utsumi
  • Masa-oki Yamada
  • Yuko Okazaki
  • Keizo Yamamoto
Original Articles

Abstract

To elucidate compositional changes of the articular disk (AD) of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) by aging, elements of the ADs resected from 18 cadavers were determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic-emission spectrometry. It was found that calcium contents of ADs in TMJs increased progressively with aging, whereas the sulfur contents of the ADs decreased slightly with aging. Regarding the content of phosphorus, the contents increased progressively with aging. The study revealed that age-related changes of calcium contents in the ADs of TMJs were similar to those in women’s pubic symphyses, but not those in intervertebral disks and menisci.

Index entries

Articular disk temporomandibular joint calcium sulfur phosphorus aging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuo Takano
    • 1
  • Yumi Moriwake
    • 2
  • Yoshiyuki Tohmo
    • 2
  • Takeshi Minami
    • 2
  • Setsuko Tohno
    • 2
  • Masako Utsumi
    • 2
  • Masa-oki Yamada
    • 2
  • Yuko Okazaki
    • 3
  • Keizo Yamamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyKochi Medical School, NankokuKochiJapan
  2. 2.Laboratory of Cell Biology, Department of AnatomyNara Medical University, KashiharaNaraJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesKinki University, Higashi-OsakaOsakaJapan

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