volume 11, issue 1, P137-154 1977
DOI: 10.1002/jbm.820110113
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Abstract: A mechanochemical method was developed for studying the enzymatic degradation of insoluble collagen fibers. The method involves stretching the collagen fiber to a fixed extension in the presence of a solution of collagenase and measuring the rate of relaxation of the force induced in the fiber. In this work, bacterial collagenase was used for reasons of availability. We observed invariably an exponential decrease in force with respect to ttime. The slope of the linear plot of logarithm of the force versus time…

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