Distribution of putative elastic fibers in rabbit temporomandibular joint tissues

N. L. O'Dell, M. Sharawy, C. B. Pennington, R. K. Marlow

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Abstract

This study describes the general distribution of putative elastic fibers in the connective tissues that comprise the articular disk and some of the adnexal tissues of the rabbit temporomandibular joint. Joints were removed en bloc and processed for light-microscopic study. The fibroelastic tissues of the bilaminar zone of the articular disk and the various attachments of the disk to the mandibular condyle contained numerous elastic fibers. Since these morphologic data indicate the presence of many elastic fibers, we suggest that the rabbit temporomandibular joint may serve as a model system to study the functional consequences of selectively altering the quality or quantity of elastic fibers in these tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalActa Anatomica
Volume135
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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Keywords

  • Articular disk
  • Elastic fibers
  • Temporomandibular joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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O'Dell, N. L., Sharawy, M., Pennington, C. B., & Marlow, R. K. (1989). Distribution of putative elastic fibers in rabbit temporomandibular joint tissues. Acta Anatomica, 135(3), 239-244.