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In the present study a rat animal model of lathyrism was employed to decipher whether anatomically confined alterations in collagen cross-links are sufficient to influence the mechanical properties of whole bone. Animal experiments were performed under an ethics committee approved protocol. Sixty-four female (47 day old) rats of equivalent weights were(More)
Strontium ranelate (SrR) is a relatively new treatment for osteoporosis. In this study we investigated its potential impact on human bone material quality in transiliac bone biopsies from postmenopausal osteoporotic women treated 3 years with calcium and vitamin D plus either 2 g SrR per day or placebo. Bone mineralization density distribution (BMDD),(More)
After bone fracture, various cellular activities lead to the formation of different tissue types, which form the basis for the process of secondary bone healing. Although these tissues have been quantified by histology, their material properties are not well understood. Thus, the aim of this study is to correlate the spatial and temporal variations in the(More)
The authors used rapid prototyping to produce three-dimensional hydroxylapatite scaffolds with controlled, fully interconnected porosity. The purpose of this study was to illuminate the effect of hormones on the osteogenic differentiation and to investigate how osteoblasts colonize the three-dimensional scaffold focusing on the formation of the cellular(More)
Bone healing is known to occur through the successive formation and resorption of various tissues with different structural and mechanical properties. To get a better insight into this sequence of events, we used environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) together with scanning small-angle X-ray scattering (sSAXS) to reveal the size and orientation(More)
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a prevalent genetic disorder primarily characterized by the formation of neurofibromas, café-au-lait spots and freckling. Skeletal abnormalities such as short stature or bowing/pseudarthrosis of the tibia are relatively common. To investigate the role of the neurofibromin in skeletal development, we crossed Nf1flox mice(More)
The study of inorganic crystal assembly in organic matrices has given rise to increasing interest in various fields of materials science to the natural process of biomineralisation. To mimic the formation of hydroxyapatite as natural bone, a double diffusion technique is utilised in this study to nucleate the hydroxyapatite crystals onto three-dimensional(More)
It has been shown for developing enamel and zebrafish fin that hydroxyapatite (HA) is preceded by an amorphous precursor, motivating us to examine the mineral development in mammalian bone, particularly femur and tibia of fetal and young mice. Mineral particle thickness and arrangement were characterized by (synchrotron) small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)(More)
During secondary fracture healing, various tissue types including new bone are formed. The local mechanical strains play an important role in tissue proliferation and differentiation. To further our mechanobiological understanding of fracture healing, a precise assessment of local strains is mandatory. Until now, static analyses using Finite Elements (FE)(More)
Bone and cartilage generation by three-dimensional scaffolds is one of the promising techniques in tissue engineering. One approach is to generate histologically and functionally normal tissue by delivering healthy cells in biocompatible scaffolds. These scaffolds provide the necessary support for cells to proliferate and maintain their differentiated(More)