Crosslinking and Chemical Characterisation of Cephalopod Collagens

  • Robert E. Shadwick
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 93)


The structural diversity found within the phylum Mollusca is extensive, and yet very few studies have been made on collagens from these animals. The available results suggest that two patterns of subunit composition occur. Gastropod collagen is composed of three identical α-chains (1), while pepsin solubilised collagen from skin of octopus and squid was shown to contain distinct α1 and α2 chains, in a molar ratio of 2:1 (2).


Collagen Molecule Cyanogen Bromide Skin Collagen Tunic Collagen Mantle Muscle 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Shadwick
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  1. 1.AFRC Meat Research InstituteBristolEngland

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