Connective Tissue: Fibres

by Geoffrey Meyer, PhD

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    This lecture is about connective tissue and general connective tissue. So I am going to cover the basic features of connective tissue. Later on we will talk about more specialised connective tissue such as cartilage and bone. Connective tissue is widespread throughout the body. It is everywhere except inside the brain and the spinal cord. What we need to learn during this lecture is the connective tissue consists of cells, fibres and matrix. And depending on which one of those three components dominates, dictates the type of connective tissue. So you need to understand the sorts of cells that make up connective tissue, the sorts of fibres in connective tissue and also the nature of the matrix because that will help you learn how connective tissues become very specialized in very different parts of the body. There are different fibres in connective tissue and I will go through these fibres and it is important that you understand when these fibres are needed, what their structural specifications are and therefore what role they have in various connective tissues. There are also lots of cells in connective tissue. Some of these cells are resident cells. They live in the connective tissue. Other cells wander in from the blood. So in this lecture, I will concentrate on those that are resident in the connective tissue and in the later lecture, we will talk about the cells that wander in from blood and we will talk about what functions they have there. Now as I've mentioned in the start, connective tissue is everywhere. If you want to travel anywhere in the body, go along connective tissue channels. And that is exactly what pathogens do, bacteria and all those sorts of pathogens that can cause damage to parts of the body. It is where the...

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    The lecture Connective Tissue: Fibres by Geoffrey Meyer, PhD is from the course Connective Tissue. It contains the following chapters:

    • Connective tissue fibres
    • What are the properties of connective tissues?
    • How are connective tissues classified?
    • Other common named locations
    • Histological distinction and extracellular constituents

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    1. ...a thin layer that contains cells that can identify pathogens.
    2. ...a type of epithelial tissue.
    3. ...a mucosal layer that attaches the epithelium to the basement membrane.
    4. ...a mucosal layer that attaches the basement membrane to underlying connective tissue.
    5. ...a layer that has more fibrous components than cellular components.
    1. dense, irregular connective tissue
    2. loose connective tissue
    3. dense, regular connective tissue
    4. mesenchymal connective tissue
    5. mucous connective tissue
    1. blood cells
    2. bone cells
    3. cartilage cells
    4. endothelial cells
    5. mesothelial cells
    1. core proteins
    2. hyaluronic acid
    3. link proteins
    4. proteogylcans
    5. collagen

    Author of lecture Connective Tissue: Fibres

     Geoffrey Meyer, PhD

    Geoffrey Meyer, PhD

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    By Kirsten D. on 13. February 2017 for Connective Tissue: Fibres

    I really enjoy Dr. Meyer's lectures. Using the Australian bottlebrush flower to represent the hyaluronic acid and its relationship with glycosaminoglycans was incredibly helpful for me. He does a great job explaining connective tissue fibres in general. I am still struggling a bit in differentiating type I collagen fibres from type II and type III through slides.