The role of collagen II and cartilage fibril-associated molecules in skeletal development.

OBJECTIVE The extracellular matrix (ECM) of hyaline cartilage contains an elaborated collagen fibrillar network, which is essential for the mechanical stability and the proper function of the tissue. Cartilage collagen fibrils consist of collagen II, the quantitatively minor collagens IX and XI, and several non-collagenous fibril-associated proteins. To… CONTINUE READING