Liquid Crystalline Order in Collagen Networks
Many tissues which are covering the surface of animals show fibrillar organizations which have been called twisted plywoods1 or helicoids2. This arrangement is similar to that of molecules in cholesteric liquid crystalline phases1, but the liquid character is often abolished by the presence of molecular crosslinks. Cholesteric and other liquid crystalline-like organizations are encountered in extracellular matrices composed of various components3 but we will only consider in this paper the case of the collagen networks.
KeywordsCollagen Fibril Liquid Crystalline Phases1 Collagen Network Hexagonal Packing Fibrillar Network
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