The vertebral end-plate: what do we know?
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- Moore, R. E Spine J (2000) 9: 92. doi:10.1007/s005860050217
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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.