CHAPTER 1: Introduction to Cartilage

Yang Xia, Konstantin I. Momot, Zhe Chen, Christopher T. Chen, David Kahn, Farid Badar

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Cartilage is a supporting connective tissue that, together with the bone, forms the framework supporting the body as a whole. There are many distinct types of cartilage, which exhibit numerous similarities as well as differences. Among them, articular cartilage is the best known and the most studied type. Articular cartilage is the thin layer of connective tissue that covers the articulating ends of bones in synovial (diarthrodial) joints. It provides a smooth surface for joint movement and acts as a load-bearing medium that protects the bone and distributes stress. The intense interest in articular cartilage is motivated by the critical role its degradation plays in arthritis and related joint diseases, which are the number one cause of disability in humans. This chapter discusses the physical, chemical and cellular properties of cartilage that give the tissue its extraordinary load-bearing characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiophysics and Biochemistry of Cartilage by NMR and MRI
EditorsYang Xia, Konstantin I. Momot
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9781782621331, 9781782623106, 9781849736190
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameNew Developments in NMR
ISSN (Print)2044-253X
ISSN (Electronic)2044-2548

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Spectroscopy


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