Lecture 6 - Connective Tissues Bio416K Spring 2010

Lecture 6- - Connective Tissues Designed to withstand force tension physical trauma Characteristics 1 2 3 4 Common origin embryonic mesenchyme

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Connective tissues are broadly classified into three large groups: Connective Tissue Category Tissue Types 1. Fluid Connective Tissues Blood and Lymph 2. Connective Tissue Proper Loose and Dense Connective Tissues 3. Supportive Connective Tissues Cartilage and Bone Functions of connective tissues: 1. Form the structural framework for the body (bone, cartilage) 2. Transport nutrients and wastes (blood) 3. Provide protection for vital organs (bone, cartilage, adipose) 4. Provide support and interconnection (tendons, ligaments, capsules) 5. Insulate, store energy and produce important cells of blood and lymphatic tissues (adipose tissue, bone marrow) 6. Contribute to body defense and repair (blood, lymph, dense c.t.) Connective Tissues Designed to withstand force, tension, physical trauma Characteristics: 1. Common origin – embryonic mesenchyme 2. Various degrees of vascularity 3. Extensive extracellular matrix (ECM) 4. Specialized cells (matrix forming) – not in layers, randomly scattered
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Organization of Connective Tissues Three components: 1. Ground substance 2. Protein fibers 3. Specialized cells
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Proteoglycans and Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2010 for the course BIO Anatomy taught by Professor Findell during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Lecture 6- - Connective Tissues Designed to withstand force tension physical trauma Characteristics 1 2 3 4 Common origin embryonic mesenchyme

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