Silicon: A Possible Factor in Bone Calcification

  • Carlisle E
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Abstract

Silicon, a relatively unknown trace element in nutritional research, has been uniquely localized in active calcification sites in young bone. Silicon in- creases directly with calcium at relatively low calcium concentrations and falls below the detection limit at compositions approaching hydroxyapatite. It is sug- gested that silicon is associated with calcium in an early stage of calcification.

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  • E. M. Carlisle

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