[Research progress of calcified cartilage zone].

  title={[Research progress of calcified cartilage zone].},
  author={Wei Song and Fuyou Wang and Liu Yang},
  journal={Zhongguo xiu fu chong jian wai ke za zhi = Zhongguo xiufu chongjian waike zazhi = Chinese journal of reparative and reconstructive surgery},
  volume={25 11},
OBJECTIVE To review the structure and function of the calcified cartilage zone and its role in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS Recent literature about calcified zone was reviewed and analyzed in terms of architecture, composition, biomechanics, and biological function. RESULTS Calcified zone has particular structure and material properties, and functions as a semipermeable membrane; chondrocytes in the calcified zone retain some characteristics of growth plate cells, which… CONTINUE READING