Procollagen Processing Control of Type I Collagen Fibril Assembly

  • David J. S. Hulmes
  • A. Paul Mould
  • Karl E. Kadler
  • John A. Chapman
  • Darwin J. Prockop
Part of the Springer Series in Biophysics book series (BIOPHYSICS, volume 3)


Vertebrate collagens constitute a family of at least twelve genetic types that shows remarkable diversity in molecular structure and supramolecular assembly (Mayne & Burgeson, 1987). Types I, II and III collagens assemble in vivo to form fibrils of uniform diameter, near circular cross-section and with a characteristic axial periodicity of 65 to 67 nm (D). Fibrils in vivo are long (several µm) and diameters range from 8 nm to 500 nm, depending on collagen type, species, age and tissue of origin (Parry & Craig, 1984). The mechanisms that control fibril shape and diameter in vivo are poorly understood.


Collagen Fibril Fibril Formation Supramolecular Assembly Processing Intermediate Wide Sheet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. S. Hulmes
    • 1
  • A. Paul Mould
    • 2
  • Karl E. Kadler
    • 3
  • John A. Chapman
    • 2
  • Darwin J. Prockop
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of Edinburgh, George SquareEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Departments of Medical Biophysics/ Biochemistry & Molecular BiologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry & Molecular BiologyJefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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