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Chapter 6: The Skeletal System

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Chapter 6: The Skeletal System BIOL 1014

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Hey guys! These notes are for Chapter 6 and contain everything gone over in Dr. Overturf's lecture on Thursday 9/28!
Anatomy and Physiology
Dr. Matthew Overturf
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Date Created: 09/30/16
Chapter 6: The Skeletal System Intro: The skeletal system is capable of growth, adapts to stress, and repairs after injury.  Components: bone (spongy & compact); cartilage (hyaline, elastic, fibrocartilage); tendons & ligaments (supporting connective tissue)  Functions: support, protection, movement, storage of minerals & fat, blood cell production Components:  Tendons: connect muscle to bone  Ligaments: connect bone to bone Both- dense regular CT; contain bundles of collagen fibers; few nerves & blood vessels  Hyaline Cartilage: matrix of collagen for strength & proteoglycans for resiliency; found in joints; make up fetal skeleton; avascular (grow by appositional or interstitial growth) -Appositional growth- new matrix and cells added at surface (outside tissue) -Interstitial growth- cells divide within tissue and add more matrix between cells (inside tissue)  Bone: long (femur), short (carpals/tarsals), flat (skull), irregular (sphenoid) -bone matrix 35% organic – collagen & proteoglycans 65% inorganic – hydroxyapatite (calcium phosphate crystals) If collagen is removed, bone becomes brittle. If mineral is removed, bone becomes bendable. Bone Cells: osteoblasts (form); osteocytes (maintain); osteoclasts (break down) Osteoblasts-bone formation through ossification or osteogenesis. (communicate by gap junctions) Osteocytes-mature bone cells surrounded by matrix (can make small amounts of matrix in order to maintain) -Lacunae: small spaces in bone where osteocytes are found -Canaliculi: canals occupied by osteocyte cell processes Nutrients can diffuse through gap junctions. Osteoclasts-resorption of bone Stem Cells=Mesenchyme (become chondroblasts or osteoblasts) Woven Bone: collagen fibers randomly oriented (formed during fetal development and repair) Lamellar Bone: mature bone in sheets called lamellae(rings) Fibers oriented in one direction in each layer, but each layer is oriented in a different direction for strength. Spongy (cancellous) Bone: made up of trabeculae with red marrow filling spaces; oriented along stress lines; covered by endosteum (found in epiphysis) Compact (dense) Bone: (found throughout diaphysis & covering spongy bone)  Osteon (Haversian System)- central/Haversian canal containing blood vessels; central canal surrounded by concentric lamellae; lacunae & canaliculi containing osteocyte & fluid; perforating/Volkmann’s canal- blood vessels from periosteum penetrate bone Circumferential lamellae: periphery (surface) of bone Interstitial lamellae: between osteons (within bone) Long Bone Structure:  Diaphysis-shaft of compact bone  Epiphysis-head/end of bone containing spongy bone  Epiphyseal (growth) plate- made up of hyaline cartilage  Epiphyseal line- when growth stops  Medullary Cavity- contains red marrow in children; gradually changes to yellow marrow in limb bones and skull, rest of skeleton contains red  Periosteum- outer, fibrous layer of bone -Sharpey’s fibers: strengthen attachment of tendon to bone  Endosteum- inner layer of bone (more cellular than periosteum; lines all internal spaces) Flat Bone Structure: no diaphysis or epiphysis Sandwich: compact bone (bread); spongy bone (ham) Short/Irregular Bone Structure: no diaphysis; similar to structure of epiphysis *Some flat & irregular bones in the skull have sinuses lined by mucous membranes Intramembranous Ossification: results in flat bones -takes place in connective tissue membrane formed from embryonic mesenchyme (forms many skull bones, mandible, and diaphysis of clavicle) Fontanels- “soft spots” unossified Indistinguishable from endochondral bone when remodeled Endochondral Ossification: results in long bones -develop within cartilage template; cartilage calcifies and dies; bone formed on calcified cartilage (spongy bone); compact bone formed underneath periosteum Primary ossification centers form in diaphysis during fetal development. Secondary ossification centers form in epiphysis. (epiphyseal plate) Epiphyseal plate closes between 18-21 years of age. Factors Affecting Bone Growth: genetics, nutrition (vitamin D, protein, vitamin C), hormones (growth hormone, thyroid hormones, & sex hormones) Calcium Homeostasis: Bone is the major site of calcium storage. -parathyroid hormone and calcitonin regulate calcium volume in the blood Bone Remodeling: converts woven to lamellar bone; involves osteoblast and osteoclast activity Bone growth, change in bone shape, adjustment in bone (stress), bone repair, Ca ion regulation Constant cycle of resorption and growth -growth occurs on same side as stress; resorption occurs on opposite side Exercise promotes bone growth. Bone Repair: Fractures -begins with blood clot (hematoma); fibrocartilaginous callus forms a zone of repair, connecting broken ends of bone; osteoblasts enter callus and convert it to osseous callus (new bone). Fractures: Simple or Compound- simple stays within skeletal system; compound pierces skin Complete or Greenstick- complete broken in two pieces; greenstick is partial break (incomplete) Linear (vertical with bone); Transverse (horizontal with bone); Oblique (at an angle); Spiral (twisting fracture) Comminuted- many pieces broken Compact- bone piece driven into another bone piece Compression- excessive vertical force (intervertebral discs) Hairline- incomplete/greenstick fracture where ends don’t separate (crack) Aging: Bone matrix and bone mass decrease, bone becomes brittle, increased susceptibility to fracture -(osteoporosis) common in women Deformity, pain, stiffness (arthritis) Loss of teeth and height


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