Cartilage Collagen: A Staggered Substructure in Reconstituted Fibrils

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Science  20 Jul 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4096, pp. 269-271
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4096.269


In contrast to the typical transverse banding pattern of native and reconstituted skin collagen fibrils, reconstituted fibrils of cartilage collagen have an oblique banding pattern that results from a regular axial shift (89 angstroms) of component "subfibrils." The 89-angstrom shift may be related to the major helix of the collagen molecule.