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Title: Morphogenesis of the femur at different stages of normal human development
Authors: Suzuki, Yuko
Matsubayashi, Jun
Ji, Xiang
Yamada, Shigehito
Yoneyama, Akio
Imai, Hirohiko  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Matsuda, Tetsuya  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Aoyama, Tomoki  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Takakuwa, Tetsuya  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Author's alias: 松林, 潤
山田, 重人
米山, 明男
今井, 宏彦
松田, 哲也
青山, 朋樹
高桑, 徹也
Issue Date: 23-Aug-2019
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Journal title: PLOS ONE
Volume: 14
Issue: 8
Thesis number: e0221569
Abstract: The present study aimed to better characterize the morphogenesis of the femur from the embryonic to the early fetal periods. Sixty-two human fetal specimens (crown–rump length [CRL] range: 11.4-185 mm) from the Kyoto Collection were used for this study. The morphogenesis and internal differentiation process of the femur were analyzed in 3D using phase-contrast X-ray computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The cartilaginous femur was first observed at Carnegie stage 18. Major anatomical landmarks were formed prior to the initiation of ossification at the center of the diaphysis (CRL, 40 mm), as described by Bardeen. The region with very high signal intensity (phase 5 according to Streeter’s classification; i.e., area described as cartilage disintegration) emerged at the center of the diaphysis, which split the region with slightly low signal intensity (phase 4; i.e., cartilage cells of maximum size) in fetuses with a CRL of 40.0 mm. The phase 4 and phase 5 regions became confined to the metaphysis, which might become the epiphyseal cartilage plate. Femur length and ossified shaft length (OSL) showed a strong positive correlation with CRL. The OSL-to-femur length ratio rapidly increased in fetuses with CRL between 40 and 75 mm, which became moderately increased in fetuses with a CRL of ≥75 mm. Cartilage canal invasion occurred earlier at the proximal epiphysis (CRL, 62 mm) than at the distal epiphysis (CRL, 75 mm). Morphometry and Procrustes analysis indicated that changes in the femur shape after ossification were limited, which were mainly detected at the time of initial ossification and shortly after that. In contrast, femoral neck anteversion and torsion of the femoral head continuously changed during the fetal period. Our data could aid in understanding the morphogenesis of the femur and in differentiating normal and abnormal development during the early fetal period.
Rights: © 2019 Suzuki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI(Published Version): 10.1371/journal.pone.0221569
PubMed ID: 31442281
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