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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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Plant stem cell extracts and their respective secondary metabolites have been demonstrated in laboratory studies to reduce damage to existing collagen and elastin fibers from ultraviolet radiation in several ways:
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Elastin fibers also begin to fray and lose elasticity.
Researchers found that the pre-Descemet layer had the highest elastin content of all the tissues studied but that the elastin was evenly distributed across the tissue.
A device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin that triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size and stretch marks.
To enable elastin imaging of the molecular target shortly after the intravenous administration, a high target to background ratio was shown to be reached within the first hour [5].
Petros [27] suggested that the distal 2-3 cm of the endopelvic fascia around the vaginal length is collagen rich, and the superior part is rich in elastin and smooth muscle.
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The day cream has a mix of special peptides to slow muscle contractions while the night cream stimulates collagen and elastin production.
Elastic fibers consist of elastin and microfibrils, both of which are possible targets of autoantibodies; however, the precise target antigen or autoantibody has not yet been identified.
As is standard practice at our center with a known congenital heart disease, a microarray (Agilent SurePrint Custom G3 CGH + SNP, 0.20 Mb resolution, Santa Clara, CA) was sent which demonstrated a male molecular karyotype with a heterozygous ~1.41 Mb deletion within the 7q11.23 regions, involving more than 20 genes including ELN (elastin).