Histo CT Proper

  1. What are the 2 CT proper cell types?
    • fibroblasts
    • fibrocyte
  2. What are 3 types of fibers CT proper fibers?
    • Collagen
    • Elastic
    • Reticular
  3. What is the make up of the matrix for CT proper?
    • Ground substance (PGs, GAGs)
    • Tissue fluid
  4. What is a fibrocyte?
    • quiescent cell
    • low activity for maintaing fibers and ground substance of ECM
    • Stimulated to become active (fibroblast) upon injury or tissue damage (or wound healing)
  5. What is a fibroblast?
    intense synthetic activity for collagen and ground substance molecules
  6. What are 4 types of ECM molecules?
    • Collagen
    • Elastin
    • Proteoglycans
    • Glycoproteins
  7. What is collagen?
    • main fiber of the ECM
    • family of proteins developed to acquire varying degrees of rigidity, elasticity, and strength
    • Resist tensile forces to provide strength to tissues
    • Most abundant in the human body (30% of dry weight)
    • 25 different types classified into groups
  8. What are the 4 groups collagen is classified as?
    • Collagen that forms fibrils
    • Fibril-associated collagen
    • Collagen that forms anchoring fibrils
    • Collagen that forms networks
  9. What are the 4 types of collagen, their synthesis (s) , location (l), and function (f)?
    • Type I - (s) fibroblasts and osteoblasts, (l)bone, tendon, and ligaments, (f) resist tension
    • Type II - (s) chondroblasts, (l) cartilage, (f) resist compressive and shear forces at surface
    • Type III - (s) fibroblast, (l) pliable tissues ex: blood vessels, uterus, GI tract, skin, muscle, (f) structural maintenance in expandable organs; initial collagen of would repair
    • Type IV - (s) fibroblast, (l) basement membrane ex: muscles cells, epithelial cells, adipocytes, (f) support of delicate structures, filtration
  10. What is the protein unit that polymerizes to form collagen fibrils?
    Tropocollagen - a 3 subunit polypeptide chain intertwined in a triple helix
  11. What are the 3 collagen molecules?
    • Fibrils
    • Fibers
    • Bundles
  12. What are some examples of defects in collagen synthesis?
    • Ehlers-Danlos (type IV)
    • Scurvy
    • Osteogenesis imperfecta
    • Keloid scarring
  13. Describe CT proper reticular fibers and its function.
    • Composed of Type II collagen fibers
    • very thin, small, and loosely packed
    • fibers are bound together to ECM with abundant interfibrillar bridges with PGs and glycoproteins
    • Fxn: provide framework for organs (lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, liver)
  14. Describe CT Proper elastin fibers.
    • provide resilience (allows stretching) to the tissue
    • rich in protein elastin
    • rubber-like qualities (5x's more extensible)
    • Amino acids (desmosine and isodesmosine) provide covalent bonds that form cross-links between elastin fibers
  15. What are elastic fibers synthesized by, their location, and main function?
    • (s) fibroblasts; smooth muscle cells
    • (l) pliable tissue (blood vessel, uterus)
    • (f) elongation without deformation
  16. What happens to the elastic fibers as a person ages?
    they get replaced by Type I collagen which doesn't allow as much elasticity
  17. What is Marfan Syndrome?
    • a genetic mutation disrupting proper elastin fiber synthesis
    • creates non-compliant brittle tissue, especially the arteries, that are prone to rupture
  18. What are proteoglycans?
    • filamentous protein core with attached GAGs
    • provide framework for ECM
  19. What are glycoproteins?
    • proteins bound to small carbohydrate molecules
    • provide framework for ECM
  20. What is the function of CT proper ground substance?
    • fills spaces between cells and gibers of CT and provides a pathway for waste and nutrient exchange
    • Fluid provides for lubrication of ECM
    • Provides a barrier to penetration of foreign (infectious) agents
  21. Describe CT proper tissue fluid.
    • plasma protein, ions, diffusible substances (nutrients and wastes)
    • GAGs bind to water of ECM to maintain hydration of tissue
  22. What is a tendon?
    • Dense Regular CT
    • collection of collagen fiber bundles
    • the bundles are enveloped by loose CT containing blood vessels and nerves
    • Externally surrounded by a sheath dense CT
  23. ?What is a tendons function, innervation, and nutrient supply?
    • FXN: connect muscle to bone and transmit mechanical force generated by muscle to bone to create joint movement
    • Innervated by GTO and pain fibers (fee nerve endings)
    • Has limited vascular supply but gets nutrition from synovial membrane (tendon sheath)
  24. What is a synovial sheath and its function?
    • Dense irregular CT
    • has 2 layers: visceral layer and parietal layer
    • Between the layers is a cavity filled with fluid
    • FXN: provide lubrication for tendons to slide within their fibrous sheath
  25. What are some CT proper changes with acute activity?
    • increase in temperature and increase in elasticity
    • micro tears occur, are then repaired stronger and larger
    • Prevention of cross-links to maintain extensibility
  26. When would stretching by most beneficial - before or after exercise?
  27. What are CT proper changes with chronic activity?
    • hypertrophy allows the CT to transmit increased amount of force
    • increase deposition of type I collagen
    • increase load to failure
    • increase ROM if stretched
  28. What is the function, innervation, and nutrient supply of ligaments?
    • Dense Regular CT
    • FXN: connects bone to bone, controls and guides normal movement of joints, limits excess motion, and contain more elastic than tendons
    • Innervation: proprioceptive fibers and free nerve endings
    • Nutrient: limited vasculature
  29. What are some CT proper changes with aging for Loose, Dense Reg, and Dense Irreg CT?
    • -Loose CT - decrease in elasticity and hydrophilic capabilities (dried out) with causes a decrease in ROM, and increase in work to overcome inelasticity
    • -Dense Reg - decrease in elasticity and hydrophilic capabilities (dried out) with causes a decrease in ROM, and increase in work to overcome inelasticity
    • -Dense Irr - decrease in size and protein synthesis which causes a decrease in tensile force, decrease in load to failure, and fiber degradation
  30. What are some CT changes with immobilization?
    • contractures
    • for tendons and ligaments: decrease in tensile force generation and decrease load to failure, decrease GAGs and H2O, cross linking of collagen which reduces compliance and synovial sheath becomes adherent on tendons which cause adhesions and those prevent full ROM
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