By Jerome Gross (auth.), A. Bairati, R. Garrone (eds.)

Knowledge within the box of the biology of the extracellular matrix, and particularly of collagen, has made substantial development over the past ten years, particularly in mammals, birds and ln guy with appreciate to vitally important utilized clinical facets. uncomplicated wisdom within the animal nation total has elevated extra slowly and haphazardly. We, for this reason, thought of it precious to arrange a gathering particularly dedicated to the examine of the invertebrate and reduce vertebrate collagens. The NATO clinical department financed a sophisticated learn Workshop aimed toward bringing jointly specialists certified in collagen biology (with morphological, biochemical and genetic specialization) with researchers who're at the moment learning collagenous tissues of invertebrates and decrease vertebrates. The Medical-Biology Committee of the CNR-Rome and the college of Milan additionally provided curiosity and aid for the association of this assembly. The structure of the workshop consisted in: 1) major lectures at the newest features of collagen biology; 2) minireviews at the present wisdom of collagenous tissues within the a variety of invertebrate phyla and in fish; three) contributed papers on specific features of analysis in particular fields; four) workshops at the technique of learning collagen. As we had meant, the Workshop gave a accomplished assessment of obtained wisdom and of the current kingdom of analysis actlvlty. It accredited extensive interdisciplinary dialogue, allowing collabora­ tions to be tested and new study subject matters to be selected. This quantity comprises the textual content of the entire contributions provided on the assembly, together with posters.

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Internal connective tissues give a clear picture of collagen • •• 0 fibres: Plummer (1966) demonstrated a perlodlclty of 330 A, but Hunt et al. (1970) and Person and Philpott (1969) were able to find a 600-680 Abanding, and Williams (1960) found that chemically Helix collagen resembles that of mammals one, though it contains leSS--- 33 alanine and lysine and more serine. Moreover in squid cartilage, Philpott and Person (1970) were able to obtain a wide angle diffraction pattern characteristic for unoriented collagens.

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