Molecular assembly and mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix: A fibrous protein perspective.

@article{Muiznieks2013MolecularAA,
  title={Molecular assembly and mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix: A fibrous protein perspective.},
  author={Lisa D. Muiznieks and Fred W. Keeley},
  journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta},
  year={2013},
  volume={1832 7},
  pages={866-75}
}
The extracellular matrix is an integral and dynamic component of all tissues. Macromolecular compositions and structural architectures of the matrix are tissue-specific and typically are strongly influenced by the magnitude and direction of biomechanical forces experienced as part of normal tissue function. Fibrous extracellular networks of collagen and elastin provide the dominant response to tissue mechanical forces. These matrix proteins enable tissues to withstand high tensile and… CONTINUE READING
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