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A protein similar to collagen that is the principal structural component of elastic fibers.


(Biochemistry) biochem a fibrous scleroprotein constituting the major part of elastic tissue, such as the walls of arteries
[C19: from elastic + -in]


(ɪˈlæs tɪn)

a protein constituting the basic substance of elastic tissue.
[1870–75; elast (ic) + -in1]
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Noun1.elastin - a fibrous scleroprotein found in elastic tissues such as the walls of arteries
elastic tissue - connective tissue consisting chiefly of elastic fibers found in the dermis of the skin and in the walls of veins and arteries and in some tendons and ligaments
albuminoid, scleroprotein - a simple protein found in horny and cartilaginous tissues and in the lens of the eye
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This article will describe how an innovative peptide and three plant stem cell extracts work together to stimulate new production of collagen and elastin in aging skin, while protecting existing collagen and elastin against damaging ultraviolet radiation (UV).
It has been proven to decrease vascular permeability, enhance bilirubin degradation, promote type I collagen and elastin, prevent glycation of collagen and consequently reduces eyebags, wrinkles and dark circles.
In 2007, a novel study was conducted by Simpson et al, in which they used mature osteoclasts to demineralize calcified elastin in vitro and in vivo [2].
Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Face and Neck Cream, PS60 This daily moisturiser supports skin's natural production of collagen and elastin to volumise and tighten skin.
In doing so the outer layer is encouraged to produce new collagen and elastin which generates new skin cells to repair itself.
Company officials say that using Dermagenics daily will dramatically increase men's skin quality, minimize wrinkles and revitalize youthful appearance by stimulating protein synthesis, producing more collagen and elastin, plunging into the skin's layers, hydrating, protecting, and rejuvenating skin to optimal health.
Elastin does just what you'd think it does from its name: it helps keep skin elastic.
The illustrated chapters include fixation and processing, microtomy, frozen sections, hematoxylin and eosin, Gram stain, myobacteria, Heliobacter pylori, spirochetes, fungi, trichrome stains, reticulin, elastin stains, basement membranes, mucin stains, amyloid, and immunohistochemistry.
These are the first tissue-engineered vessels to demonstrate the ability to make elastin in vivo," points out Andreadis.
These authors studied 5 sporadic cases and 4 familial ones and were able to show a microdeletion involving several genes, especially the elastin gene, of 114 kb, at q11.
Over time, the repeated exposure to UVB and resulting changes in levels of HA may play a role in producing the characteristic appearance of aged skin, alongside the better known and commonly quoted reductions in collagen and damage to the elastin network.