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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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