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Volume 111 Issue 1 February 1999 pp 133-145 Trends In Collagen
Chromium-induced molecular assemblies and long range ordering in collagenous tissues: A conceptual insight into chromium tanning
R Gayatri Rama Rajaram Balachandran Unni Nair F Chandrasekaran T Ramasami
A molecular insight into the mechanism of stabilisation of collagen against the action of collagenase and wet heat leading to tanning has been gained. The variations in the extent of stabilisation of collagen with the nature of the molecular species of chromium(III) have been demonstrated experimentally. A case has been made to conceive tanning as emerging from an increase in long-range order and chromium(III)-induced molecular assembly of collagen.
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