Open Access Opinion Article

Collagen: Building Nature’s Infrastructure

Russell M Jaffe*

Health Studies Collegium, Boston University, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: November 14, 2018;  Published Date: November 20, 2018


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, and crustacean.

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