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author = {Gupte, CM and Shaerf, DA and Sandison, A and Bull, AMJ and Amis, AA},
doi = {2014/719851},
journal = {ISRN Anat},
title = {Neural Structures within Human Meniscofemoral Ligaments: A Cadaveric Study.},
url = {},
volume = {2014},
year = {2014}

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AB - Aim. To investigate the existence of neural structures within the meniscofemoral ligaments (MFLs) of the human knee. Methods. The MFLs from 8 human cadaveric knees were harvested. 5 μm sections were H&E-stained and examined under light microscopy. The harvested ligaments were then stained using an S100 monoclonal antibody utilising the ABC technique to detect neural components. Further examination was performed on 60-80 nm sections under electron microscopy. Results. Of the 8 knees, 6 were suitable for examination. From these both MFLs existed in 3, only anterior MFLs were present in 2, and an isolated posterior MFL existed in 1. Out of the 9 MFLs, 4 demonstrated neural structures on light and electron microscopy and this was confirmed with S100 staining. The ultrastructure of these neural components was morphologically similar to mechanoreceptors. Conclusion. Neural structures are present in MFLs near to their meniscal attachments. It is likely that the meniscofemoral ligaments contribute not only as passive secondary restraints to posterior draw but more importantly to proprioception and may therefore play an active role in providing a neurosensory feedback loop. This may be particularly important when the primary restraint has reduced function as in the posterior cruciate ligament-deficient human knee.
AU - Gupte,CM
AU - Shaerf,DA
AU - Sandison,A
AU - Bull,AMJ
AU - Amis,AA
DO - 2014/719851
PY - 2014///
SN - 2314-4726
TI - Neural Structures within Human Meniscofemoral Ligaments: A Cadaveric Study.
T2 - ISRN Anat
UR -
UR -
VL - 2014
ER -