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J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1995 Aug;53(8):924-9.

Normal cartilage structure, biochemistry, and metabolism: a review of the literature.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Groningen, The Netherlands.


To understand the possible significance of the presence of proteases, cytokines, growth factors, and arachidonic acid metabolites in the osteoarthritic temporomandibular joint (TMJ), a review of the normal physiologic processes and participating factors in the normal TMJ is established, based on knowledge of structure, biochemistry and metabolism of normal cartilage in general.

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