The Coacervate-Sol Transition Observed with α-Elastin and its N-Formyl O-Methyl Derivative

  • S. Miles Partridge
  • Alan H. Whiting
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 79)


The coacervate phase produced by raising the temperature of solutions of blocked α-elastin has water content and fibrillar structure at electron microscope level similar to fibrous elastin (Cox, B.A., Starcher, B.C., Urry, D.W. (1973) Biochim, Biophys. Acta 317, 209–213). The stability ranges of the coacervates under varying conditions of temperature, pH, salt concentration and concentration of added organic solvent have been investigated with results that suggest a marked sensitivity of elastin conformation to solution conditions.


Sodium Chloride Electron Microscope Level Elastin Fiber Oxalic Acid Solution Coacervate Phase 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Miles Partridge
    • 1
  • Alan H. Whiting
    • 1
  1. 1.Agricultural Research CouncilMeat Research InstituteLangford, BristolUK

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