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Types of connective tissue

In zootomy, fibrous connective tissue (FCT) is a type of connective tissue which has relatively high tensile strength, due to a relatively high concentration of collagenous or elastic fibers. Such tissues form ligaments and tendons; the majority of the tissue does not contain living cells, and is primarily composed of polysaccharides, proteins, and water.

Fibrous connective tissue is found adjacent to the Müller's muscle.[1]

Composition

The cells of fibrous connective tissue are mostly fibroblasts, irregular, branching cells that secrete strong fibrous proteins as an extracellular matrix.

  • The most commonly secreted protein is collagen which represents one-fourth of all vertebrate protein. Collagen is tough and flexible and gives strength to tissue. [
  • Elastin fibres are thinner than collagen fibres and are also secreted by fibroblasts. These protein fibres have longer cross-links than collagen fibres, which gives elastin fibres great elasticity.

Types

There are several categories of fibrous connective tissue:

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  1. Kakizaki H, Zako M, Nakano T; et al. (2005). "Fibrous connective tissue between Müller's muscle and the palpebral conjunctiva as a reinforcement structure and a natural barrier for the upper eyelid". Okajimas Folia Anat Jpn. 82 (3): 79–82. PMID 16350419.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
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