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Fibers.  Matrix fibers are proteins that provide support for the connective tissue. There are  three types:  Collagen fibers, made of the protein collagen, are both tough and flexible. Elastic fibers, made of the protein elastin, are strong and stretchable. Reticular fibers, made of thin collagen fibers with a glycoprotein coating, branch  frequently to form a netlike (reticulate) pattern. Ground substance.  Ground substance may be fluid, gel, or solid, and, except for blood, is  secreted by the cells of the connective tissue:  Cell adhesion proteins hold the connective tissue together. Proteoglycans provide the firmness of the ground substance. Hyaluronic sulfate and  chondroitin sulfate are two examples. Classification.  There are five general categories of mature connective tissue:  Loose connective tissue has abundant cells among few or loosely arranged fibers 
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