Alexys Wright, Joint Regeneration and the Expression of Tissue- Specific Markers in the Chicken Embryo
Synovial joints are one of the most important structures in anatomical studies because of their vital role in complex human motor abilities. Research related to the development of synovial joints is relevant to understanding joint regeneration and degenerative joint diseases, such as arthritis, within the human population. The synovial joint is significant to the movement of forearm and upper arm muscles to properly execute motion. While the function of these joints is essential, little is known about regenerating these joints. The goal of this study is to analyze the development and regeneration of a synovial joint, specifically the elbow, using chicken embryos. Joint regeneration is documented with the examination of the skeletal structure and surrounding supporting structures (muscle, tendons, and ligaments). This analysis showed similar organization and patterning of five of the major elbow muscles and their tendon and ligament insertions between experimental and control wings.
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