The collagen superfamily.

  title={The collagen superfamily.},
  author={Jennifer C. Brown and Rupert Timpl},
  journal={International archives of allergy and immunology},
  volume={107 4},
The collagens represent a large family of molecular proteins which are located in the extracellular matrix. They all share a triple-helical segment of variable length (100-450 nm) but differ considerably in the size and nature of their globular domains. The various collagen types I-XIX known so far in vertebrates are adjusted to different functions including the formation of fibrils, microfibrils and networks. Their biological role is now increasingly studied by genetic approaches. 

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