A stereologic analysis of collagen phagocytosis by fibroblasts in three soft connective tissues with differing rates of collagen turnover

The Anatomical Record
E L SvobodaD A Deporter


The purpose of this study was to assess the importance of the phagocytic mechanism of collagen resorption in the normal turnover and remodelling of soft connective tissues. Collagen phagocytosis by fibroblasts in rat skin, attached gingiva, and periodontal ligament was quantitated using the methodology of electron microscopic stereology. Periodontal ligament contained five and 15 times as much phagocytosed collagen as attached gingiva and skin respectively. Also, for each tissue examined, a positive correlation was observed between the amount of collagen phagocytosed and the known rate of mature collagen turnover.


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