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Archive for April 29th, 2011

chondrocyte

chondrocyte

A chondrocyte is a cell found within cartilage.  Chondrocytes are like small factories that produce collagen and proteoglycans Рthe main ingredients in the cartilaginous matrix.

Collagen is a thin, ropey protein that is the primary component of connective tissue.

Proteoglycans fill in the spaces between the collagen cells.  Glucosamine and chondroitin help strengthen the cartilaginous matrix and help control knee osteoarthritis on the cellular level.