The expanded collagen VI family: new chains and new questions.

  title={The expanded collagen VI family: new chains and new questions.},
  author={Jamie M. Fitzgerald and Paul H. Holden and Uwe Hansen},
  journal={Connective tissue research},
  volume={54 6},
Collagen VI is a component of the extracellular matrix of almost all connective tissues, including cartilage, bone, tendon, muscles and cornea, where it forms abundant and structurally unique microfibrils organized into different suprastructural assemblies. The precise role of collagen VI is not clearly defined although it is most abundant in the interstitial matrix of tissues and often found in close association with basement membranes. Three genetically distinct collagen VI chains, α1(VI), α2… CONTINUE READING
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