Influence of biochemical composition on endplate cartilage tensile properties in the human lumbar spine.


Endplate cartilage integrity is critical to spine health and is presumably impaired by deterioration in biochemical composition. Yet, quantitative relationships between endplate biochemical composition and biomechanical properties are unavailable. Using endplate cartilage harvested from human lumbar spines (six donors, ages 51-67 years) we showed that… (More)
DOI: 10.1002/jor.22516