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Collagen helix

Collagen triple helix
Model of a collagen helix.[1]
Identifiers
Symbol Collagen
Pfam PF01391
InterPro IPR008160
SCOP 1a9a
SUPERFAMILY 1a9a
TEM image of collagen fibres.

In collagen, the collagen helix, or type-2 helix, is a major shape in secondary structure. It consists of a triple helix made of the repetitious amino acid sequence glycine - X - Y, where X and Y are frequently proline or hydroxyproline.[2] Each of the three chains is stabilized by the steric repulsion due to the pyrrolidine rings of proline and hydroxyproline residues. The pyrrolidine rings keep out of each other’s way when the polypeptide chain assumes this extended helical form, which is much more open than the tightly coiled form of the alpha helix. The three chains are hydrogen bonded to each other. The hydrogen bond donors are the peptide NH groups of glycine residues. The hydrogen bond acceptors are the CO groups of residues on the other chains. The OH group of hydroxyproline also participates in hydrogen bonding. The rise of the collagen helix (superhelix) is 2.9 Å (0.29 nm) per residue.

References

  1. ^ Berisio R, Vitagliano L, Mazzarella L, Zagari A (February 2002). "Crystal structure of the collagen triple helix model [(Pro-Pro-Gly)(10)](3)". Protein Sci. 11 (2): 262–70.  
  2. ^ Bhattacharjee A, Bansal M (March 2005). "Collagen structure: the Madras triple helix and the current scenario". IUBMB Life 57 (3): 161–72.  


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