SLS -->
segment long spacing
medical dictionary

<biochemistry> Abnormal packing pattern of collagen molecules formed if ATP is added to acidic collagen solutions, in which lateral aggregates of molecules are produced.

Each aggregate is 300 nm long and the molecules are all in register. If segment long spacing aggregates are overlapped with a quarter stagger, the 67 nm banding pattern of normal fibrils is reconstituted.

Acronym: SLS

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)