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A. Kamińska, A. Sionkowska, F. Rozploch

Photochemical and thermal transformations in collagen and influence of β-carotene on their course

Polimery 1994, No 7-8, 458

DOI: dx.doi.org/10.14314/polimery.1994.458


The photochemical processes in films or solutions of pure collagen and collagen with addition of 0.1% of β-carotene were investigated. It was found that 366-nm wavelength irradiation causes only small changes in collagen. But 254-nm wavelength irradiation effects a rapidde naturation of collagen, its degradation and loss of associated water. Two first processes were hindered by β-carotene. It was also found that water accelerates the thermal and photochemical transformations of the collagen structure.

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