This series was conceived with the idea of integrating current aspects of ongoing research in the collagen field. The book consists of a spectrum of papers which discus divers aspects such as X-ray structure, the thermodynamics and mechanism of fibrillogenesis, and the use of collagen as a biomaterial for the manufacturing of many implantable, sometimes lifesaving, devises.
1. Collagen Fibrils during Development of Maturation and Their Contribution to the Mechanical Attributes of Connective Tissue 2. Phylogenetic Aspects of Collagen Structure and Function 3. Histochemical Localization of Collagen and of Proteoglycans in Tissues 4. Structure and Organisation of Macromolecules in Basement Membranes 5. Changes in the Morphology and Chemistry Connective Tissues during Aging 6. Fibrogenic Processes during Tissue Repair 7. The Liver as a Bioecological System 8. Method of Treatment of Fibrotic Lesions by Topical Administration of Lathyrogenic Drugs 9. Hierarchical Structure of Collagen and its Relationship to the Physical Properties of Tendon 10. Contributions of Elastin and Collagen Organization to Passive Mechanical Properties of Arterial Tissue 11. Current Advances on the Study of Biomechanical Properties of Tendons and Ligaments 12. The Collagen Framework of Articular Cartilage 13. Viscoelastic Properties of Articular Cartilage and Meniscus