1. In contrast to collagen from the aponeurosis of normal adult subjects, the nodules, contractures and apparently unaffected aponeurosis from patients with Dupuytren's disease contained substantial amounts of type III collagen. 2. The presence of type III collagen supports the previous proposal that the initial response to injury is the synthesis of an increased proportion of this form of collagen. The increased amounts in the apparently unaffected aponeurosis indicate the disease is not strictly focal but more systemic than is usually considered.
1. Subcutaneous inflammatory granuloma were induced in young rats and the urinary excretion of hydroxyproline and hydroxylysyl glycosides was observed during the period of acute inflammation. 2. All collagen metabolites were increased in the urine and excretion of glucosyl-galactosyl-hydroxylysine was much greater than excretion of galactosyl-hydroxylysine in the first days. 3. It is argued that urinary glucosyl-galactosyl-hydroxylysine is probably derived from hydroxylysyl residues of soluble collagen. 4. This study affords new arguments in favour of the dermal origin of urinary glucosyl-galactosyl-hydroxylysine, at least in skin inflammation.