Molecular structure, mechanical behavior and failure mechanism of the C-terminal cross-link domain in type I collagen.

Abstract

Collagen is a key constituent in structural materials found in biology, including bone, tendon, skin and blood vessels. Here we report a first molecular level model of an entire overlap region of a C-terminal cross-linked type I collagen assembly and carry out a nanomechanical characterization based on large-scale molecular dynamics simulation in explicit… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2010.07.003

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