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Triple Helical Structure of Synthetic Collagen

A molecular animation of the triple helical structure of synthetic collagen fibrils

This molecular animation (foreground) depicts the triple helical structure of synthetic collagen fibrils. The fibrils entangle by the millions to form collagen-like structures, which can be viewed with a scanning electron microscope (background).

Scientists at Rice University unveiled a new method for making synthetic collagen, which will be a significant advance for cosmetic and reconstructive medicine. The new material, which forms from a liquid in as little as an hour, has many of the properties of natural collagen and may prove useful as a scaffold for regenerating new tissues and organs from stem cells.

This research was supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. To learn more about this research, see the Rice news story Rice unveils new method to grow synthetic collagen. (Date of Image: September 2011)

Credit: Jeffrey Hartgerink, Rice University
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