PMID: 7551Jan 1, 1976

The removal of non-collagen components from newborn calf dermis with magnesium chloride solution

Journal of Biochemistry
H Yamanishi, Y Sato


1. Non-collagenous substances in newborn calf dermis were extracted with solutions of various concentrations of MgCl2. The total protein and hydroxyproline contents in MgCl2 extracts increased with increase in the concentration of MgCl2 in the solutions. In particular, steep increases of their contents were observed at concentrations of MgCl2 from 0.5 to 1.0 M. Total amounts of hydroxyproline in 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 M MgCl2 extracts were equivalent to 40-50% of the hydroxyproline content in the whole connective tissue. Hexose and hexosamine contents of MgCl2 extracts increased with increase of the MgCl2 concentration. Hexuronic acid was hardly present in the residues after extractions with 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 M MgCl2. 2. Plasma proteins, hyaluronic acid, and dermatan sulfate were extracted at low concentrations of MgCl2. A non-collagenous protein and MgCl2-soluble collagen were extracted with 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 M MgCl2 solutions. The disperson of collagen fibrils was observed in the residue extracted with 1.0 M MgCl2 solution by electron microscopy; the fibril structure of collagen was disordered by extraction with 2.0 and 3.0 M MgCl2. The results suggest that the dispersion and disorder of collagen fibrils lead to the release o...Continue Reading

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