Flexibility of collagen determined from dilute solution viscoelastic measurements

F. Henry M. Nestler*, Søren Hvidt, John D. Ferry, Arthur Veis

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The frequency dependences of the storage and loss shear moduli, G′ and G″, of pronase‐treated collagen dissolved in acetate buffer at pH 4.0 were measured at 17.0°C by use of the Birnboim‐Schrag multiple lumped resonator apparatus. Some of the solutions contained 70% glycerol. The infinite‐dilution moduli were determined and compared with theoretical models for a rigid cylinder and a semiflexible rod. Only the latter could fit the data. A rotational time of 144 μs and a slowest flexural relaxation time of 21 μs, both reduced to water at 20°C, were determined from the fit. The intrinsic viscosity and rotational relaxation time correspond to a semiflexible rod with persistence length of about 170 nm and a Young's modulus of 4 × 1010 dyn/cm2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1747-1758
Number of pages12
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Organic Chemistry


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