Structure and cellularity of the fresh menisci (Oryctolagus cuniculus) of rabbits and the menisci preserved in glycerin

In the present study was evaluated the tissue architecture, the percentage of cellular population, as well as viability and distribution of cells in fresh menisci of rabbits and preserved in 98% glycerin. Were analyzed medial menisci of rabbits freshly slaughtered, which were distributed into three groups: the MF group (n=7), composed of fresh menisci, corresponded to the control group; the MG group (n=7), composed by menisci preserved in 98% glycerin, for 30 days, and the MR group (n=7) by menisci preserved in 98% glycerin and rehydrated in NaCl 0.9% for 12 hours. In all menisci were identified and quantified the different cell types: fibroblasts/fibrocytes and condrocytes. The cell population percentage was statistically similar in all groups. All menisci preserved in the MG and MR groups showed a lower intensity of color and shrinkage of collagen fibers, reduced volume and higher intensity of staining of nucleus (chromatin condensation), as compared to fresh menisci (MF), featuring the phenomenon of cell lysis. The cartilaginous matrix of preserved menisci proved to be well preserved because the tissue architecture was maintained. It was concluded that 98% glycerin is an optional preservation mean for meniscal allografts with a devitalized collagenous matrix.

Articular cartilage; meniscal allograft; knee

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