Elastin in our skin

elastin in our skin

Differences between Elastin and Collagen



Elastin is a major structural protein in the connective tissue of the elastic structures

Collagen is a main structural protein found in skin and the connective tissue

Less abundant than collagen

Third most abundant protein in the body

Yellow color protein

White color protein

Found in blood vessels and skin

Found in the connective tissue, skin, blood veseles, corneas, muscles and bones

Makes structures elastic

Gives strength to structures

Mainly produced in the fetus. It is no longer produced after puberty

Produced throughout life until ageing begins

Deficiencies from Marfan’s syndrome, atherosclerosis and emphysema

Deficiencies form osteogenesis imperfect, chondrodysplasias, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome