Elastic tissues of vertebrates owe their mechanical properties primarily to their content of a distinctive insoluble polymeric protein, elastin. These tissues invariably contain two other physically related but totally distinct proteins, collagen and a microfibril protein, which affect their physical properties and the assembly of elastin within them. This session concerns primarily the protein, elastin, and the way in which microfibrils influence its morphogenesis and function.
KeywordsElastic Fiber Phosphotungstic Acid Elastic Tissue Negative Contrast Elastic Membrane
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