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Wound Repair Regen. 1999 Nov-Dec;7(6):477-85.

Expression of matrix metalloproteinases and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases in mesothelial cells and their regulation by transforming growth factor-beta1.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610-0294, USA.


Tissue injury and pelvic inflammation often results in peritoneal scar tissue formation. The objective of this study was to determine whether mesothelial cells which line the peritoneal cavity express matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMPs), and if their expression is regulated by transforming growth factor-beta1, a key regulator of tissue fibrosis. For this purpose we used Met-5A cells, a cell line derived from human normal mesothelial cells, and for comparative analysis we used U-937 cells, a human monocytic/macrophage cell line. The cells were treated with transforming growth factor-beta1 (1 ng/ml) for various time periods and the levels of MMP and TIMP mRNA and protein expression were determined using quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, respectively. The results indicate that the mesothelial cells and macrophages express MMP-1 (collagenase-1), MMP-3 (stromelysin-1), TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 mRNA and protein at various levels, with significantly higher TIMPs than MMPs, and higher MMP-1 than MMP-3 (p < 0.001). The mesothelial cells express significantly less MMP-1, higher MMP- 3 and similar levels of TIMP mRNA compared to macrophages. In a time-dependent manner, treatment of the mesothelial cells with transforming growth factor-beta1 resulted in a significant decrease in the expression of MMP-1, while increasing the expression of TIMP-1 mRNA (p = 0.05). In contrast, MMP-3 and TIMP-2 expression was unaffected in mesothelial cells and in macrophages, compared to untreated controls. There was a significant increase in secreted MMP-1 and TIMP-2 by mesothelial cells following transforming growth factor-beta1 treatments in a time-dependent manner (p = 0.05 and p = 0.01), without affecting the secretion of these proteins by macrophages. A major portion of MMP-1 in the culture conditioned media of both cell types was found in complex with TIMP-1. The ratios of MMP-1/TIMPs production were significantly higher than MMP-3/TIMPs in mesothelial cells and macrophages, and progressively decreased following transforming growth factor-beta1 treatments (p < 0.05). In conclusion, these results indicate that mesothelial cells express MMP and TIMP mRNA and protein, and their expression is differentially regulated by transforming growth factor-beta1, a mechanism that in part may influence the outcome of peritoneal tissue repair and adhesion formation.

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