Articles written in Journal of Chemical Sciences
Volume 111 Issue 1 February 1999 pp 51-56 Trends In Collagen
Among multicellular animals, collagen is probably one of the most constant extracellular proteins. Collagen fibrils are encountered in sponges. The organization of their genes suggests that they have not varied to a great extent during evolution. However, they are not present in all animals. Basement membrane collagen is certainly the only ubiquitous collagen.
The comparisons of collagen in lower animals suggest similarities with several collagen types of vertebrates. It is interesting to try to imagine the fundamental problems for which solutions based on collagen have been adopted. The first one is
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