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Image #   27739D
Name:   Bone lacuna and canaliculi
Copyright:   Copyright 2008 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Description:   Caption: Bone lacuna and canaliculi from a fractured compact bone. Bone lacunae (upper mid region of photo) are bone cavities that are formed by osteoblasts (bone-producing cells). During bone formation osteoblasts become progressively trapped in the bone matrix at sites called lacunae. The osteoblast produces osteoid, the organic bone matrix that is a mass of collagen fibers and glycoprotein cement. As soon as osteoid is formed, calcium salts crystallize inside it to form mineralized, compact bone (seen here in this image). Osteoblasts that become trapped in lacunae in the bone become osteocytes. The osteocyte has many processes or thread-like extensions that enter the bone through the bone canaliculi (pink), a network of minute channels linking nearby lacunae. Compact bone is made of collagen fibers and ground substances arranged in concentric sheets.
Magnification*: x2,600
Type: SEM
    *(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)
Keywords:   12.01.08 27739D compact bone mineralized compact bone medical bone bones bone cavity bone cavities bone cell bone cells bone lacuna bone lacunae bone canaliculi bone collagen bone glycoprotein bone mineral bone producing cell bone-producing cell bone organic matrix bone matrix calcium bone calcium caniculus caniculi collagen collagen fibers glycoprotein glycoprotein cement lacuna lacunae organic matrix osteocyte osteocytes osteoblast osteoblasts osteoid organic bone calcium salt calcium salts calcium carbonate mineralized bone SEM bone fracture cortical bone canaliculi canaliculus

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