Bone surface morphology reflects local skeletal metabolism.

@article{Marks1996BoneSM,
  title={Bone surface morphology reflects local skeletal metabolism.},
  author={Sandy C. Marks and Matthew Joseph Cielinski and K. T. Sundquist},
  journal={Microscopy research and technique},
  year={1996},
  volume={33 2},
  pages={
          121-7
        }
}
The metabolic activity of bone cells is faithfully reflected in the surface topography of mineralized bone surfaces, and this can be easily detected by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Forming bone surfaces exhibit knobby projections which represent foci of mineralization, resorbing surfaces are scalloped, and resting surfaces undergoing neither activity are smooth, as shown by Boyde and Hobdell 25 years ago. These phenomena are illustrated in vivo by tooth eruption, a local activity in… CONTINUE READING
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