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The extracellular matrix of Gadus morhua muscle contains types III, V, VI and IV collagens in addition to type I

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Confocal microscopy and immuno‐histochemistry were used to examine collagens in the extracellular matrix of cod Gadus morhua swimming muscle. In addition to the well known presence of type I fibrous collagen, types III and VI were also found in the myocommata and the endomysium. The beaded collagen, type VI, was found in the endomysium and the network forming collagen, type IV, was found in the basement membrane. This is the first report of type V collagen in cod muscle and of types II, IV and VI in the muscle of a teleost.

Keywords: collagen; confocal laser scanning microscopy; fish muscle; immuno‐histochemistry

Document Type: Regular Paper


Affiliations: 1: Department of Seafood Research, Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark and 2: Department of Food Science, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Rolighedsvej 30, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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