Collagen

Collagen blog post
By Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD

Collagen’s story

Collagen has been a personal passion of mine since graduate school where my thesis tells the story of how collagen and elastin cross-links are affected by d-penicillamine, a remarkable amino acid.

Collagen has been around since metazoan times. Its structure is elegantly simple and simply elegant. Glycine-proline-Any amino acid is a base unit that, when repeated about 1,000 times, becomes one strand of collagen. Three strands wind together to make a single collagen molecule.

Collagen is a major part of the infrastructure of all mammals, fish, birds,...

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