Unformatted text preview: because the adsorbed water enables it to spring back after having been deformed. When pressure is exerted, as when the foot hits the ground while walking, water is squeezed from the glycosaminoglycan, cushioning the impact. When the pressure is released, the water rebinds. Thus aggrecan serves as shock adsorber ....
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- Fall '11
- Sodium, Electric charge, chondroitin sulfate, Proteoglycan