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Water-mediated structuring of bone apatite

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Materials, November 2013
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Water-mediated structuring of bone apatite
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Nature Materials, November 2013
DOI 10.1038/nmat3787
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Yan Wang, Stanislas Von Euw, Francisco M. Fernandes, Sophie Cassaignon, Mohamed Selmane, Guillaume Laurent, Gérard Pehau-Arnaudet, Cristina Coelho, Laure Bonhomme-Coury, Marie-Madeleine Giraud-Guille, Florence Babonneau, Thierry Azaïs, Nadine Nassif


It is well known that organic molecules from the vertebrate extracellular matrix of calcifying tissues are essential in structuring the apatite mineral. Here, we show that water also plays a structuring role. By using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, wide-angle X-ray scattering and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy to characterize the structure and organization of crystalline and biomimetic apatite nanoparticles as well as intact bone samples, we demonstrate that water orients apatite crystals through an amorphous calcium phosphate-like layer that coats the crystalline core of bone apatite. This disordered layer is reminiscent of those found around the crystalline core of calcified biominerals in various natural composite materials in vivo. This work provides an extended local model of bone biomineralization.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
France 3 2%
United States 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Italy 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 118 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 43 33%
Researcher 34 26%
Student > Master 14 11%
Professor 10 8%
Student > Bachelor 7 5%
Other 24 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Chemistry 39 30%
Materials Science 24 18%
Engineering 16 12%
Unspecified 13 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 9%
Other 28 21%

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