Internal Architecture of the Mandibular Condyle of Rabbits is Related to Dietary Resistance During Growth

April 23, 2020 | Biology

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This week, Lab.Equipment has sourced a new Biology article published from the Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB):

Claire E. Terhune, Adam D. Sylvester, Jeremiah E. Scott, and Matthew J. Ravosa

Although there is considerable evidence that bone responds to the loading environment in which it develops, few analyses have examined phenotypic plasticity or bone functional adaptation in the masticatory apparatus. Prior work suggests that masticatory morphology is sensitive to differences in food mechanical properties during development; however, the importance of the timing/duration of loading and variation in naturalistic diets is less clear. Here, we examined microstructural and macrostructural differences in the mandibular condyle in four groups of white rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) raised for a year on diets that varied in mechanical properties and timing of the introduction of mechanically challenging foods, simulating seasonal variation in diet. We employed sliding semilandmarks to locate multiple volumes of interest deep to the mandibular condyle articular surface, and... Want to read more? Visit the Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB)​ Blog.

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