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Bioessays. 1992 Jul;14(7):455-63.

The matrix-degrading metalloproteinases.

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Dept. of Cell Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232.

Abstract

The matrix-degrading metalloproteinases are an intriguing family of enzymes that have evolved to digest specific extracellular matrix components. The expression of these enzymes is very highly regulated and can be controlled transcriptionally by a number of growth factors, tumor promoters, oncogenes, and hormones. It is suggested that the coordinated regulation of matrix metalloproteinases and their inhibitors by these agents modify the integrity of the extracellular matrix. These modifications may, at least in part, be responsible for mediating the effects of these factors on complex physiological processes.

PMID:
1445287
DOI:
10.1002/bies.950140705
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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