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Dr. Li-na Niu, Dr. Kai Jiao, Dr. Heonjune Ryou, Dr. Cynthia K. Y. Yiu, Dr. Ji-hua Chen, Dr. Lorenzo Breschi, Dr. Dwayne D. Arola, Dr. David H. Pashley and Dr. Franklin R. Tay Multiphase Intrafibrillar Mineralization of Collagen Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 18 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201210259

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Why waste space? In the first stage of the multiphase biomineralization of collagen, silicic acid precursors (purple) infiltrated the collagen fibril (yellow) and condensed into amorphous silica to give a hierarchical composite. Amorphous calcium phosphate precursors (red) then filled the intrafibrillar spaces of the silicified collagen, where the precipitation and maturation of apatite crystallites (blue) occurred to complete the process.

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