Direct measurements of the compressive properties of single proteoglycan aggregates.


Proteoglycan aggregate is a major component of the extracellular matrix in articular cartilage and is considered to be responsible for the resistance to compression of this tissue. The reduced stiffness of articular cartilage due to the loss of proteoglycan aggregate has been reported in osteoarthritis. In order to understand the mechanical properties of… (More)


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