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OBJECTIVE In culture studies matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-8 thins the protecting fibrous cap of the atherosclerotic plaque thereby increasing its vulnerability. Results on the association of serum MMP-8 concentrations and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are, however, scarce and contradictory. METHODS AND RESULTS We analyzed the association between CVD or(More)
INTRODUCTION Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have various roles in inflammatory states. They seem to be able to modulate endothelial barriers and regulate the activity of chemokines and cytokines. The timely development of the levels during severe sepsis and thereafter have not been investigated. In addition it was of interest to study alterations of(More)
PURPOSE Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a central role in the wound-healing process. The objective of this study was to identify and characterize the levels and molecular forms of human tear fluid collagenase-2 (MMP-8) and membrane type 1-MMP (MT1-MMP or MMP-14) in patients who had undergone excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and in(More)
Neutrophil collagenase or collagenase-2 (matrix metalloproteinase [MMP]-8) belongs to the collagenase subgroup of the MMP superfamily of calcium- and zinc-dependent neutral proteinases. MMP-8 is catalytically the most competent proteinase to initiate type I collagen and extracellular matrix degradation associated with periodontal and peri-implant tissue(More)
In the present study, we propose a novel diagnostic approach, using 3 different salivary markers, representing periodontal pathogen burden, inflammation, and tissue degradation, for detecting periodontitis. The salivary concentrations of Porphyromonas gingivalis, interleukin-1β, and matrix metalloproteinase-8, available from salivary specimens of 165(More)
We investigated the protein expression of gelatinases [matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and -9] and collagenases (MMP-8 and -13) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from patients with bacterial (BM, n = 17) and aseptic (AM, n = 14) meningitis. In both, MMP-8 and -9 were increased in 100% of patients, whereas MMP-13 was detectable in 53% and 82% respectively. Three(More)
PURPOSE Climatic droplet keratopathy (CDK) is a degenerative disease of the cornea with possible involvement from matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Therefore, the authors investigated histologic distribution, levels, and molecular forms of MMP-2 and MMP-9, as well as tear fluid levels of MMPs and cytokines in CDK patients. They additionally examined(More)
Serum matrix metalloproteinases (MMP-8, MMP-7) and their regulators may be associated with the risk of incident cardiovascular disease events. Doxycycline can be used as matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitor independent of its antimicrobial activity. We aimed to investigate serum inflammatory biomarkers during 4 months of doxycycline therapy in coronary(More)
Tissue reactions to bacteria lead to proinflammatory reactions involving matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Synthetic protease inhibitors may offer new possibilities to regulate bacterial proteases. We investigated proteolytic activities of certain periodontal bacteria, their effects on the latent proMMP-9, and the effects of synthetic MMP inhibitors and a(More)