Musculoskeletal System Development
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- 1 Introduction
- 2 Some Recent Findings
- 3 Textbooks
- 4 Objectives
- 5 Development Overview
- 6 Shoulder and Pelvis
- 7 References
- 8 Additional Images
- 9 External Links
- 10 Glossary Links
The mesoderm forms nearly all the connective tissues of the musculoskeletal system. Each tissue (cartilage, bone, and muscle) goes through many different mechanisms of differentiation.
The musculoskeletal system consists of skeletal muscle, bone, and cartilage and is mainly mesoderm in origin with some neural crest contribution.
The intraembryonic mesoderm can be broken into paraxial, intermediate and lateral mesoderm relative to its midline position. During the 3rd week the paraxial mesoderm forms into "balls" of mesoderm paired either side of the neural groove, called somites.
Somites appear bilaterally as pairs at the same time and form earliest at the cranial (rostral,brain) end of the neural groove and add sequentially at the caudal end. This addition occurs so regularly that embryos are staged according to the number of somites that are present. Different regions of the somite differentiate into dermomyotome (dermal and muscle component) and sclerotome (forms vertebral column). An example of a specialized musculoskeletal structure can be seen in the development of the limbs.
Skeletal muscle forms by fusion of mononucleated myoblasts to form mutinucleated myotubes. Bone is formed through a lengthy process involving ossification of a cartilage formed from mesenchyme. Two main forms of ossification occur in different bones, intramembranous (eg skull) and endochondrial (eg limb long bones) ossification. Ossification continues postnatally, through puberty until mid 20s. Early ossification occurs at the ends of long bones.
Musculoskeletal and limb abnormalities are one of the largest groups of congenital abnormalities.
Some Recent Findings
|More recent papers|
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References listed on the rest of the content page and the associated discussion page (listed under the publication year sub-headings) do include some editorial selection based upon both relevance and availability.
Dave P Thompson, Katerina Moula, Steve R Woby Are fear of movement, self-efficacy beliefs and fear of falling associated with levels of disability in people with osteoarthritis of the knee? A cross sectional study. Musculoskeletal Care: 2016; PubMed 27925419
Sarah P Anderson, Jodi Oakman Allied Health Professionals and Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Review. Saf Health Work: 2016, 7(4);259-267 PubMed 27924228
Emma Dunphy, Fiona L Hamilton, Kate Button Taxonomy for the Rehabilitation of Knee Conditions (TRAK), a Digital Intervention to Support the Self-Care Components of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rehabilitation: Protocol of a Feasibility Study. JMIR Res Protoc: 2016, 5(4);e234 PubMed 27919864
Xia Jiang, Johan Askling, Saedis Saevarsdottir, Leonid Padyukov, Lars Alfredsson, Sebastien Viatte, Thomas Frisell A genetic risk score composed of rheumatoid arthritis risk alleles, HLA-DRB1 haplotypes, and response to TNFi therapy - results from a Swedish cohort study. Arthritis Res. Ther.: 2016, 18(1);288 PubMed 27912794
Brenda Mori, Kathleen E Norman, Dina Brooks, Jodi Herold, Dorcas E Beaton Evidence of Reliability, Validity, and Practicality for the Canadian Physiotherapy Assessment of Clinical Performance. Physiother Can: 2016, 68(2);156-169 PubMed 27909363
| Hill, M.A. (2016). UNSW Embryology (16th ed.) Retrieved December 8, 2016, from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au
|Moore, K.L. & Persuad, T.V.N. (2008). The Developing Human: clinically oriented embryology (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders.|
| Schoenwolf, G.C., Bleyl, S.B., Brauer, P.R. and Francis-West, P.H. (2009). Larsen’s Human Embryology (4th ed.). New York; Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
- Identify the components of a somite and the adult derivatives of each component.
- Give examples of sites of endochondral and intramembranous ossification and to compare these two processes.
- Identify the general times of formation of primary and of formation of secondary ossification centres, and of fusion of such centres with each other.
- Briefly summarise the development of the limbs.
- Describe the developmental abnormalities responsible for the following malformations: selected growth plate disorders; congenital dislocation of the hip; scoliosis; arthrogryposis; and limb reduction deformities.
Bone is a connective tissue and develops from mesoderm except in the head where neural crest also contributes. Below is a very brief cartoon overview using simple figures of 3 aspects of early musculoskeletal development. More detailed overviews are shown on other notes pages Mesoderm and Somite, Vertebral Column, Limb in combination with serial sections and Carnegie images.
|Cells migrate through the primitive streak to form mesodermal layer. Extraembryonic mesoderm lies adjacent to the trilaminar embryo totally enclosing the amnion, yolk sac and forming the connecting stalk.|
|Paraxial mesoderm accumulates under the neural plate with thinner mesoderm laterally. This forms 2 thickened streaks running the length of the embryonic disc along the rostrocaudal axis. In humans, during the 3rd week, this mesoderm begins to segment. The neural plate folds to form a neural groove and folds.|
| Segmentation of the paraxial mesoderm into somites continues caudally at 1 somite/90minutes and a cavity (intraembryonic coelom) forms in the lateral plate mesoderm separating somatic and splanchnic mesoderm.
Note intraembryonic coelomic cavity communicates with extraembryonic coelom through portals (holes) initially on lateral margin of embryonic disc.
|Somites continue to form. The neural groove fuses dorsally to form a tube at the level of the 4th somite and "zips up cranially and caudally and the neural crest migrates into the mesoderm.|
|Mesoderm beside the notochord (axial mesoderm, blue) thickens, forming the paraxial mesoderm as a pair of strips along the rostro-caudal axis.|
|Paraxial mesoderm towards the rostral end, begins to segment forming the first somite. Somites are then sequentially added caudally. The somitocoel, is a cavity forming in early somites, which is lost as the somite matures.|
|Cells in the somite differentiate medially to form the sclerotome (forms vertebral column) and dorsolaterally to form the dermomyotome.|
| The dermomyotome then forms the dermotome (forms dermis) and myotome (forms muscle).
Neural crest cells migrate beside and through somite.
|The myotome differentiates to form 2 components dorsally the epimere and ventrally the hypomere, which in turn form epaxial and hypaxial muscles respectively. The bulk of the trunk and limb muscle coming from the Hypaxial mesoderm. Different structures will be contributed depending upon the somite level.|
Somite Links: 1 paraxial | 2 early somite | 3 sclerotome and dermomyotome | 4 dermatome and myotome | 5 somite spreading | SEM image - Human Embryo (week 4) showing somites | Movie - somitogenesis Hes expression
| Mesoderm within the developing limb bud differentiates to initially form cartilage which later ossifies by endochondral ossification.
Hypaxial somitic mesoderm from somites at the levels of limb bud formation, migrates into the bud. These cells within the bud proliferate in regions of muscle formation, fuse to form myotubes and then differentiate to form skeletal muscle cells.
Shoulder and Pelvis
The skeletal shoulder consists of: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus. Development of his region occurs through both forms of ossification processes.
The skeletal pelvis consists of: the sacrum and coccyx (axial skeleton), and pelvic girdle formed by a pair of hip bones (appendicular skeleton). Before puberty, he pelvic girdle also consists of three unfused bones: the ilium, ischium, and pubis. In chicken, the entire pelvic girdle originates from the somatopleure mesoderm (somite levels 26 to 35) and the ilium, but not of the pubis and ischium, depends on somitic and ectodermal signals.
- Olivier Pourquié Vertebrate segmentation: from cyclic gene networks to scoliosis. Cell: 2011, 145(5);650-63 PubMed 21620133
- Yegor Malashichev, Bodo Christ, Felicitas Pröls Avian pelvis originates from lateral plate mesoderm and its development requires signals from both ectoderm and paraxial mesoderm. Cell Tissue Res.: 2008, 331(3);595-604 PubMed 18087724
- Developmental Biology by Gilbert, Scott F. Sunderland (MA): Sinauer Associates, Inc.; c2000 Paraxial and intermediate mesoderm | Myogenesis: The Development of Muscle | Osteogenesis: The Development of Bones | Figure 14.10. Conversion of myoblasts into muscles in culture
- Molecular Biology of the Cell Alberts, Bruce; Johnson, Alexander; Lewis, Julian; Raff, Martin; Roberts, Keith; Walter, Peter New York and London: Garland Science; c2002 Search Molecular Biology of the CellBone Is Continually Remodeled by the Cells Within ItImage: Figure 22-52. Deposition of bone matrix by osteoblasts.Image: Figure 22-56. The development of a long bone.
Olivier Pourquié Vertebrate segmentation: from cyclic gene networks to scoliosis. Cell: 2011, 145(5);650-63 PubMed 21620133
Katarzyna A Piróg, Michael D Briggs Skeletal dysplasias associated with mild myopathy-a clinical and molecular review. J. Biomed. Biotechnol.: 2010, 2010;686457 PubMed 20508815
Avan Aihie Sayer, Cyrus Cooper Fetal programming of body composition and musculoskeletal development. Early Hum. Dev.: 2005, 81(9);735-44 PubMed 16081228
J M Walker Musculoskeletal development: a review. Phys Ther: 1991, 71(12);878-89 PubMed 1946622
Kimberly E Applegate Can MR imaging be used to characterize fetal musculoskeletal development? Radiology: 2004, 233(2);305-6 PubMed 15516609
Jung Kyu Ryu, Jeong Yeon Cho, Jong Sun Choi Prenatal sonographic diagnosis of focal musculoskeletal anomalies. Korean J Radiol: 2004, 4(4);243-51 PubMed 14726642
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