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Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue in animals and the most abundant protein in mammals, making up approximately 25% of the total protein content in the human body. Function Collagen is a long, fibrous structural protein whose functions are quite different from those of globular proteins such as enzymes; tough bundles of collagen, collagen fibers, are a major component of the extracellular matrix that supports tissues and gives cells structure from the outside. Collagen is also found inside certain cells such as bone cells. Collagen has great tensile strength, and is the main component ofcartilage, ligaments, tendons, bones and teeth. Along with soft keratin, it is well known for its responsibility for skin strength and elasticity, and its degradation leads to wrinkles that accompany aging. Collagen is often used as a cosmetic material to fill wrinkles. It is present in the cornea and lens of the eye in crystalline form. It is also used in cosmentic surgery and burns surgery.It also strengthens blood vessels and plays a role in the development of tissues. Composition and structure
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course BIO 3410 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Texas State.

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