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The structure of fibrous proteins of the collagen-gelatin group

Pauling, Linus and Corey, Robert B. (1951) The structure of fibrous proteins of the collagen-gelatin group. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 37 (5). pp. 272-281. ISSN 0027-8424.

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Collagen is a very interesting protein. It has well-defined mechanical properties (great strength, reversible extensibility through only a small range) that make it suited to the special purposes to which it is put in the animal body, as in tendon, bone, tusk, skin, the cornea of the eye, intestinal tissue, and probably rather extensively in reticular structures of cells. During the last thirty years, following the pioneer work of Herzog and Jancke,(1) a number of investigators have attempted to find the structure of collagen (and of gelatin, which gives similar x-ray photographs), but no one has previously proposed any precisely described configuration, nor has attempted to account for the positions and intensities of the x-ray diffraction maxima.

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Additional Information:© 1951 by the National Academy of Sciences. Communicated March 31, 1951. This work was aided by grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, and The U.S. Public Health Service. Gates and Crellin Laboratories of Chemistry, Contribution No. 1555.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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