[Current concepts on cartilage collagens and their association with disease].

Abstract

The main functional role of the collagenous cartilage fibers is to form a stable network to counteract the hydrodynamic pressure generated by the highly hydrodynamic proteoglycan aggregates. The main collagen present in human cartilage is type II, but other proteins such as type IV, VI, IX, X, XI and XIV are also found albeit in small quantities. Several… (More)

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