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Endocardiosis, a degenerative and dystrophic process affecting cardiac valves and described in many mammalian species, is characterized by the accumulation of glycosaminoglycans, in particular hyaluronic acid, in the extracellular matrix. The glycoprotein patterns of pig mitral valves in normal animals and animals affected by endocardiosis were(More)
The aim of this study was to report the prevalence of degenerative and early inflammatory lesions and to discuss some histological aspects of normal and pathological mitral valve leaflets in healthy, normally slaughtered pigs. Mitral valves were collected from 112, 6 month-old, pigs reared under different conditions. Histological examination revealed the(More)