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Bone and tooth mineralization; why apatite?

Jill D. Pasteris, Brigitte Wopenka and Eugenia Valsami-Jones
Bone and tooth mineralization; why apatite?
Elements (April 2008) 4 (2): 97-104


Through evolution, vertebrates have "chosen" the calcium phosphate mineral apatite to mineralize their teeth and bones. This article describes the key characteristics of apatite in biological mineralization and explores how the apatite structure allows biology to control mineral composition and functionality. Through the synthesis and testing of calcium phosphates for biomaterials applications, we have gained further understanding of how sensitive the chemical and physical properties of apatite are to its growth conditions.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 4
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Bone and tooth mineralization; why apatite?
Affiliation: Washington University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Center for Materials Innovation, St. Louis, MO, United States
Pages: 97-104
Published: 200804
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 28
Accession Number: 2008-086418
Categories: General geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Natural History Museum, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200826
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