Preliminary characterisation of the surface of cartilage following exposure to saturated and unsaturated synthetic lipids

Yusuf, Kehinde Quasim, Gudimetla, Prasad, Pawlak, Zenon, & Oloyede, Adekunle (2011) Preliminary characterisation of the surface of cartilage following exposure to saturated and unsaturated synthetic lipids. In The First International Postgraduate Conference on Engineering, Designing and Developing the Built Environment for Sustainable Wellbeing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 347-351.

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Articular cartilage is covered by a microscopic structure known as surface amorphous layer. This surface structure is often the first victim of attack during cartilage degeneration, thereby resulting in a gross impairment in cartilage function such as lubrication and load bearing. We hypothesize that incubation of degraded cartilage in solutions of different species of synthetic surface active phospholipids (saturated and unsaturated species) can remodel this lost surface structure. To test this hypothesis, the structural configuration of the surface of articular cartilage was studied and characterised with the lipid filled surface amorphous layer intact using the AFM. The results were then compared with those obtained following a systematic removal (delipidization) and replacement (relipidization) of this layer. Our results show that the unsaturated surfactant partially restored the lost surface amorphous layer while the saturated surfactant specie settled on the surface due to its poor solubility in aqueous solution.

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ID Code: 42492
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: AFM, Articular Cartilage, Surface Amorphous Layer, Lubrication, Load Bearing, Delipidization, Relipidization
ISBN: 9780980582741
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Rehabilitation Engineering (090305)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 QUT and the authors
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Deposited On: 07 Jul 2011 22:37
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