Morphology of porcine aortic valve cusp elastin.

  title={Morphology of porcine aortic valve cusp elastin.},
  author={Michael J Scott and Ivan Vesely},
  journal={The Journal of heart valve disease},
  volume={5 5},
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF STUDY While the structure and function of heart valve cusp collagen have been relatively well defined, the role and morphology of elastin remains poorly understood, despite the fact that it comprises up to 13% of the cusp dry weight. MATERIAL AND METHODS The elastin structure of 24 hot-alkali-digested porcine aortic valve cusps was investigated with scanning electron microscopy. Elastin structures were categorized according to their morphology and a model of the… CONTINUE READING


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