Influence of physiological effort of growth and chemical composition on antler bone mechanical properties.

@article{LandeteCastillejos2007InfluenceOP,
  title={Influence of physiological effort of growth and chemical composition on antler bone mechanical properties.},
  author={Tom{\'a}s Landete-Castillejos and John D. Currey and Jose Antonio Estevez and Enrique Gaspar-L{\'o}pez and Andr{\'e}s Garcia and L. Marina Gallego},
  journal={Bone},
  year={2007},
  volume={41 5},
  pages={794-803}
}
Antler is a good model to study bone biology both because it is accessible and because it grows and is shed every year. Previous studies have shown that chemical composition changes as the antler is grown, implying constraints in mineral availability and the physiological effort made to grow it. This study aimed at examining antler mechanical properties to assess whether they reflect physiological effort and whether they are associated with precise mineral bone composition rather than just ash… CONTINUE READING