Journal article

Physiological death of hypertrophic chondrocytes

YA Ahmed, L Tatarczuch, CN Pagel, HMS Davies, M Mirams, EJ Mackie

OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Post-proliferative chondrocytes in growth cartilage are present in two forms, light and dark cells. These cells undergo hypertrophy and die by a mechanism that is morphologically distinct from apoptosis, but has not been characterized. The aims of the current study were to document the ultrastructural appearance of dying hypertrophic chondrocytes, and to establish a culture system in which the mechanism of their death can be examined. DESIGN: Growth cartilage from fetal and growing postnatal horses was examined by electron microscopy. Chondrocytes were isolated from epiphyseal cartilage from fetal horses and grown in pellet culture, then examined by light and electron microscopy, ..

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