Arterial Elastin

Breaking elastin ring

Research in this field is conducted in our lab by:

Research Associate Margo A. Lillie; PhD. Biophysics, University of Western Ontario
Elastin is a rubberlike protein that allows tissues such as arteries to stretch. Pure elastin is hard and glassy, and it depends on water from its chemical environment for its rubber-like behavior. As an artery ages or as disease sets in, the chemistry of the artery wall changes; we are studying how these changes might affect the elastin. Changing the chemical environment not only stiffens the elastin, but also increases its susceptibility to breaking.

Selected Publications: