fibrous protein


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fibrous protein

[′fī·brəs ′prō‚tēn]
(biochemistry)
Any of a class of highly insoluble proteins representing the principal structural elements of many animal tissues.
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This mutation affects the body's ability to make collagen, a fibrous protein that builds a framework of connective tissue in skin, bones, cartilage (bone-connecting tissue), and tendons (tissues that connect muscles to bones).
The heat causes the fibrous protein to build up which makes the skin look smoother and firmer.
Below that layer lies the stroma, containing water, the fibrous protein collagen, and cells called keratocytes.
The active component in Keratec IFP is a soluble form of intermediate filament protein made up primarily of a fibrous protein derived from New Zealand wool.
These children produce faulty collagen--the white, fibrous protein that forms the framework for bone, tendons, and ligaments.
Now, a chemical analysis, reported by Nissenbaum in the current issue (bulletin 5) of the Hebrew-language journal Archaeology and Natural Sciences, identifies the material as collagen, a fibrous protein that is the main component of skin, sinews, and cartilage.
Linden and his colleagues developed this approach after discovering that the insides of the tubules are coated with a natural hydrogel composed of a fibrous protein and water.
A fibrous protein called collagen makes up most of this matrix.
Previous research suggested an unusual strategy against this disorder, one that relied on collagen, a fibrous protein found in cartilage.
The team speculates that smoking hastens wrinkling by damaging collagen, a fibrous protein found in skin.
While analyzing DNA from Hegler's skin cells, the team homed in on the gene coding for collagen III--the tough, fibrous protein that gives aortic walls their strength.
For years, researchers have known that calcium acts as a trigger for the heartbeat, activating proteins that cause the sarcomeres -- the fibrous proteins that make up heart muscle cells -- to contract.