Versatile Collagens in Invertebrates

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Science  19 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5333, pp. 1785-1786
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5333.1785

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In his Perspective, Engel discusses the diverse structural features of collagens, a ubiquitous fibrillar protein that forms the main support of skin and tendons. A unique example is reported in this issue by Coyne et al., who describe the amino acid sequence of the specialized collagen that forms the byssal threads that anchor mussels to rocks.