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International Journal of Morphology

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SESMAN, Ana et al. Morphological Study of Bone Cranial in Athymic Mice. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2013, vol.31, n.1, pp.321-328. ISSN 0717-9502.

The aim of our research was to create an osteogenic unit in the skulls of athymic mice; however, the first challenge we faced was to find sufficient and adequate data that would allow us to determine the morphological, immunohistochemical and microtopographical characteristics that could be used as normality standards in athymic mice skulls and, hence, a reference in the event of achieving the formation of de novo bone using the osteogenic unit we proposed. Knowing the normal bone morphology in the skull of athymic mice was a necessary precondition to develop subsequently an osteogenic unit possessing the Osteogenesis, Osteoinduction and Osteoconductivity that could be compared versus those in the normal bone during its formations and remodeling processes. Therefore, we conducted a pilot study to determine bone morphological characteristics in the skull of athymic mice by means of specific histological staining: hematoxylin-eosin and Von Kossa, for osteoid tissue and mineralized bone, and Masson Tri-chrome for ossified areas. We also use immunohistochemistry to detect bone formation markers: alkaline phosphatase resulting from osteoblastic activity stimulation, type 1 collagen a bonematrix structural protein; Osteopontine, a protein specifically synthesized by osteoblasts that favors cell proliferation and remodeling in bone defects; Osteocalcine, a peptide hormone produced by osteoblasts during bone formation; and, Runx 2, a transcription factor expressed by stem cells which stimulates bone differentiation. Likewise, we used electron microscopy on the newly formed tissue to determine the presence of organic deposits, such as calcium, phosphate and magnesium in bone tissue.

Keywords : Osteogenesis; Osteoinduction; Osteoconductivity.

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