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Collagen. Calvin Hua Ms. Getz Biotech C 11 -5-09. What is Collagen ? What You Need to Know . Collagen is the most common protein in the human body. They serve as threads of cable that hold everything together in the body such as muscle and bone.

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collagen

Collagen

Calvin Hua

Ms. Getz

Biotech C

11-5-09

what is collagen what you need to know
What is Collagen?What You Need to Know
  • Collagen is the most common protein in the human body.
  • They serve as threads of cable that hold everything together in the body such as muscle and bone.
  • Collagen also works in protecting our body by keeping our skin elastic and durable.
the collagen triple helix
The Collagen Triple Helix
  • The chart on the left shows the components of the protein.
  • Collagen takes the shape of a triple helix; three chains of amino acids tied together.
hydroxyproline vitamin c
Hydroxyproline & Vitamin C
  • Hydroxyproline, one of the amino acids, is necessary to complete a collagen protein.
  • Vitamin C is needed to make more hydroxyproline.
  • Without Vitamin C, we get scurvy, which is due to the lack of collagen present to repair the damage.

Hydroxyproline

Vitamin C

collagen on the grocery shelf
Collagen on the Grocery Shelf
  • Collagen can be used for cooking.
  • When collagen is cooked, or heated up, the three amino acid chains separate.
  • The untangled chains then absorb the surrounding water which creates a gelatin substance.
interesting fact a little something fun to know
Interesting FactA Little Something Fun to Know
  • Glycine is always the third amino acid in any collagen protein.
  • Collagen have unevenly placed amino acids from the start to its end.
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