The mechanical regulation of skeletal development : identification and characterisation of mechanosensitive genes that contribute to tissue differentiation in bone and joint development
Citation:Rebecca A. Rolfe, 'The mechanical regulation of skeletal development : identification and characterisation of mechanosensitive genes that contribute to tissue differentiation in bone and joint development', [thesis], Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Zoology, 2015, pp 340
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Mechanical stimulation has been implicated as an important regulator for the development of the skeleton. Decreased in utero foetal movement results in skeletal abnormalities including joint fusions and thin hypo-mineralised bones. Animal models that develop in the absence of mechanical stimulation show abnormal initiation and/or progression of ossification in long bones, loss of definition of tissue territories in the joint region and altered rudiment morphology (Kahn et al., 2009; Nowlan et al., 2010a; Roddy et al., 2011b). The skeletal system is a complex structure, and while we know much about the molecular mechanisms that guide the differentiation of progenitor cells into its individual elements; we know very little of the molecular mechanisms that sense and respond to mechanical stimulation to co-ordinate its correct development. The objective of this thesis was to uncover the molecular mechanisms underlying the response of developing skeletal cells to mechanical stimulation.
Author: Rolfe, Rebecca A.
Publisher:Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Department of Zoology
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