The bioavailability and bioavailable forms of collagen after oral administration to rats were investigated in this study. The relative and absolute bioavailability of collagen were 57.8% and 49.6%, respectively, which was indirectly evaluated by the bioavailability of Hyp in collagen using a pharmacokinetic method. The amino acid profile of plasma showed that more than 63.4% of the collagen was absorbed from the intestine in the form of peptide, and there was a good linear correlation between the absorbed amount of an amino acid and its content in collagen (R(2) = 0.9225). The collagen peptides in plasma were purified by Sephadex G10 and Eclipse XDB C18 chromatography and further indentified (Ala-Asn, Ala-Hyp-Gly, Asp-Glu, Glu-Asn, Glu-Asp, Glu-Met, Gly-Pro-Hyp, Leu-Hyp, Leu-Met, Phe-Gly-Asn, Pro-Gly-Leu, Pro-Leu, Ser-Gly-Met, Ser-Hyp, Ser-Pro-Gly, Tyr-Met) with UPLC-ESI-MS. These results may help to speculate about the molecular mechanism behind the physiological effects of collagen after oral administration.
Keywords: bioavailability; bioavailable form; collagen; pepetide; pharmacokinetic.