Investigation of essential element distribution in the equine metacarpophalangeal joint using a synchrotron radiation micro x-ray fluorescence technique

Kaabar W., Gundogdu Ö. , Tzaphlidou M., Janousch M., Attenburrow D., Bradley D. A.

National Physics Conference 2007 (PERFIK 2007), Kuala-Terengganu, Malaysia, 26 - 28 December 2007, vol.1017, pp.18-19 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1017
  • Doi Number: 10.1063/1.2940625
  • City: Kuala-Terengganu
  • Country: Malaysia
  • Page Numbers: pp.18-19


In articular cartilage, Ca, P, K and S are among some of the well known co-factors of the metalloproteinases enzymatic family, the latter playing a pivotal role in the growth and degeneration of the collagenous bone-cartilage interface of articulating joints. Current study forms part of a larger investigation concerning the distribution of these and other key elements in such media. For the purpose of evaluating these low atomic number elements (Z <= 20), use was made of the capabilities of the LUCIA Station, located at the synchrotron facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Using an incident radiation energy of 4.06 keV, a synchrotron radiation micro x-ray fluorescence (SR-mu XRF) technique was applied in examining the distribution of the essential elements Ca, P, K and S in the bone-cartilage interface of both healthy and diseased (osteoarthritic) areas of an equine metacarpophalangeal joint. The SR-mu XRF mappings and line profile patterns have revealed remarkable changes in both the pattern and absolute distributions of these elements, agreeing with the findings of others. The elemental presence shown in the individual area scans encompassing the lesion each reflect the visibly abraded outer surface of the cartilage and change in shape of the bone surface. One of the area scans for the bone-cartilage interface shows a marked change in both the pattern and absolute elemental presence for all three elements compared to that observed at two other scan sites. The observation of change in bone cartilage composition around the surface of the articulating joint is thought to be novel, the variation being almost certainly due to the differing weight-bearing role of the subchondral bone at each location.