Collagen-like structures were formed in solutions of αelastin after heating to 57°C and after treatment with absolute ethanol. A complex between acetyl-αelastin and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide showed a similar structure. Thick fibrils (diameter approximately 100 nm), resembling those described by Volpin, et al.12 revealed transversal banding with periodicity of 39 to 62 nm. A possible mechanism for the formation of these fibers is suggested based on hydrophobic interactions.
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- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Molecular Biology
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