General Outlines of Bone Tissue Metabolism
Bones are organized on two levels: as organs and as a tissue. As organs, they are particular elements of the skeleton adapted to withstand stresses; as a tissue, they form a highly specialized connective tissue composed of cells embedded in an interstitial substance, which includes the organic framework or matrix and the mineral. A brief account of what is known about the molecular structure and metabolism of the major parts of bone—cells, organic matrix and inorganic salts—seems advisable.
KeywordsGround Substance Amorphous Calcium Phosphate Bone Collagen Alpha Chain Ester Sulphate
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