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Biomaterials by Brian J. Love

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Chapter 4

Connective and Soft Tissues

Abstract

This chapter is focused on expressed proteins that organize to form softer connective tissues that are devoid of mineral content. Here, the composition and structure of various soft connective tissues are presented as links between the composition and resulting properties. There is a separate organizational structure to proteins composing soft tissues and issues of soft tissue orientation are addressed. Water contained within soft tissues makes up a large fraction of the extracellular matrix and ground substance, and essentially acts as a plasticizer to soften tissues dramatically altering their properties. There are known variants in both composition and structure that are natural and dynamic with ...

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