Interfacial Layers and the Shear Elasticity of the Collagen–Water System
Keywords:collagen, shear modulus, polymer mesh, chain configuration
A hypothesis has been put forward that, in collagen hydrogels, there exist interfacial water layers surrounding the collagen helices. A model of interfacial water layer is proposed which does not contradict experimental data on the shear elasticity of collagen hydrogels. Such layers can exist in a loose connective tissue and prove its supporting function.
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