Cell & Developmental Biology

Cell & Developmental Biology
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Sivakamasundari V

Sivakamasundari V


  • Review Article
    Bridging the Gap: Understanding Embryonic Intervertebral Disc Development
    Author(s): Sivakamasundari V and Thomas LufkinSivakamasundari V and Thomas Lufkin

    The intervertebral disc (IVD) is a multi-component structure consisting of a heterogeneous population of cells that form the central nucleus pulposus, encased by the fibrous annulus fibrosus and the cartilage end-plate. The essential function of the IVD is to withstand biomechanical forces, confer tensile strength and flexibility in motion to the spine. Disc degenerative disease (DD) is a prevalent ailment that affects the general population, often manifesting either in the form of lower back pain or as deformities of the spine such as degenerative lumbar scoliosis or in severe cases as disc herniation. With the aid of mutant mouse models generated through traditional knock-out strategies and spontaneous mutants, scientists have been able to elucidate some of the fundamental mechanisms of embryonic IVD development. Mutual interaction between the notochord and vertebral bodies are inst.. View More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2168-9296.1000103

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