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The following electronic only articles are published in conjunction with this issue of BJSM (see also pages 253 and 297)

High strain mechanical loading rapidly induces tendon apoptosis: an ex vivo rat tibialis anterior model

A Scott, K M Khan, J Heer, et al

Background: The role of apoptosis, or programmed cell death, has only recently been explored in tendon.

Objective: To investigate the development of apoptosis after high strain loading of rat tendon.

Methods: The right tibialis anterior tendons of three rats were prepared for mechanical loading, and left tendons were prepared identically as non-loaded controls. Tendon was loaded with 20% strain for six hours using a 1 …

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