Effects of serum, fibroblast growth factor, and platelet-derived growth factor on explants of rat tail tendon: a morphological study.


Eighteen tail tendon fascicles were explanted from a 40-day postpartum rat and maintained in both serum-supplemented and serum-free Eagle's minimal essential medium for 2 weeks. Epitendon and paratendon connective tissues were excluded from these explants. Tendon fibroblasts maintained in serum-supplemented medium proliferated and synthesized collagen… (More)


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