Flexibility of type I collagen and mechanical property of connective tissue

Kai Nan An, Yu Long Sun, Zong Ping Luo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

65 Scopus citations


The hierarchical organization of the connective tissue, more specifically, the musculoskeletal soft tissue, has been extensively studied. With advancements in experimental methodology, investigation of the structure-function relationship has provided more insight into how the mechanical integrity of the tissue is created. Such information is essential in the linking the macroscopic loading environment of the tissue to the microscopic level of the tissue to be experienced by the cell. The flexibility and elastic modulus of gross connective tissue, the fascicle, the fiber and then the collagen molecule are compared based on the data available in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-246
Number of pages8
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2004


  • Connective tissue
  • Elastic modulus
  • Fascicle
  • Flexibility
  • Tendon
  • Type I collagen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Flexibility of type I collagen and mechanical property of connective tissue'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this