The Different Types of Collagen Present in Cartilaginous Tissues

  • Sylvie Ricard-Blum
  • Daniel Herbage
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 93)


It was thought, for several years that type II collagen was the only constituent of hyaline cartilage. However, since 1978, other types of collagen have been described from different cartilaginous tissues, (Table 1). We describe these collagens here, as well as their localization in the tissue, with particular reference to the so-called minor collagens (1α2α3α and type IX) which represent from 5 to 10% of hyaline cartilage whilst type II represents around 90%.


Articular Cartilage Intervertebral Disc Nucleus Pulposus Hyaline Cartilage Cartilaginous Tissue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sylvie Ricard-Blum
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daniel Herbage
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.C.E.R.A.D.LyonFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire des Matériaux Plastiques et BiomatériauxUniversité Claude BernardVilleurbanne CedexFrance

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