European Spine Journal

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 92–96

The vertebral end-plate: what do we know?

  • R. J. Moore

DOI: 10.1007/s005860050217

Cite this article as:
Moore, R. E Spine J (2000) 9: 92. doi:10.1007/s005860050217


The vertebral end-plate ¶is critical for maintaining the health of the intervertebral disc. This ¶paper reviews the literature that relates to end-plate structure and development and describes how disc integrity is affected by changes ¶associated with pathology and ¶aging. A range of studies, including biomechanical, biochemical, ¶surgical and histological is discussed to illustrate the important role of the end-plate in spinal function.

Key words SpineIntervertebral discEnd-plateDisc degeneration

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Moore
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Tissue Pathology, Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Department of Pathology, University of Adelaide, AustraliaAU
  2. 2.PO Box 14 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia e-mail:, Tel.: +61-8-82223219, Fax: +61-8-82223204AU