PMID: 42446Oct 24, 1979

The formation and thermal stability of in vitro assembled fibrils from acid-soluble and pepsin-treated collagens

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
J M Snowden, D A Swann


The role of the non-helical regions of the collagen molecule in fibrillogenesis has been investigated by comparing the kinetics of fibril formation of pepsin-treated acid-soluble collagen, acid-soluble collagen and mixtures of the two and by comparison of the thermal stabilities of the fibrils formed. The acid-soluble collagen was found to aggregate more rapidly than the pepsin-treated collagen under physiological conditions of pH and ionic strength. Variations in ionic strength, at physiological pH, were found to have differing effects on the aggregation of these two forms of soluble collagen. Fibrils formed from the pepsinized-collagen had a lower thermal stability tha n those formed from the intact collagen. The behavior observed with mixtures of acid-soluble and pepsin-treated collagens was found to be quantitatively consistent with the pepsinized collagen being able to utilize the nuclei formed by the acid-soluble collagen for subsequent growth. However, the use of the acid-soluble nuclei by the pepsinized collagen for growth did not enhance its rate of precipitation during the growth phase, nor did it enhance the thermal stability of the fibrils formed from the pepsinized collagen.


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