Transport mechanism operating between blood supply and osteocytes in long bones


WE show here that cyclic loading, as naturally occurring in long bones, produces a flow of liquids through canaliculi. The magnitude of such a stress-induced flow is so great that it significantly increases the efficiency of the transport mechanism operating between blood supply and osteocytes.

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PIEKARSKI, K., MUNRO, M. Transport mechanism operating between blood supply and osteocytes in long bones. Nature 269, 80–82 (1977).

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