What type of fibers or minerals do you find in the extracellular matrix of bone? How does this composition relate to the properties of bone?
Acellular bone is ~30% collagen protein, like cement, and ~70% calcium salts, which act like bricks.
Bone is made of a number of things, largely proteins and calcium-containing minerals, so that they are rigid and do not break easily, providing firm support for the body.
Collagen is the most common protein in the human body and is found frequently in extracellular bone tissue, making up about 30% of the bone. Collagen fibre is like cement, or a framework to stick things together.
Calcium-containing salts are the most important minerals to bones, making up around 70% of the matrix, including mostly calcium phosphate (hydroxyapatite,