This study developed a micromechanical test method for determination of stiffness of collagen molecules. The novelty includes the adoption of an optical tweezer system for loading a single collagen molecule and the development of a binding technique for gripping the collagen molecule termini for the micromechanical test. This methodology will potentially help us to understand the mechanical properties and functions of collagen ultrastructure.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Mar 6 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology