collagen

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collagen

Collagen is a body component made up of amino acids, which form together to make protein. 

collagen fibresCollagen is a body component made up of amino acids, which form together to make protein. In fact, collagen makes up 1/3 of the protein in the human body! It is the primary component of fascia as well skin, bones and connective tissue within the body, providing structural support, strength and a degree of elasticity to tissues. With regular activity, collagen stay pliable and elastic. As movements decrease, collagen becomes stiffer and less moveable.

This figure shows three collagen fibres. Typical of proteins, they have amino units poking out from their structure. Collagen fibres will have different twists, depending on the amino acid composition of each fibre. In some genetic disorders, collagen does not form from the correct amino acids and the collagen fibres are extremely brittle, or do not last very long.