Thomas F. McNamara

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Tetracyclines have long been considered useful adjuncts in peridontal therapy based on their antimicrobial efficacy against putative periodontopathogens. However, recently these drugs were found to inhibit mammalian collagenases and several other matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) by a mechanism independent of their antimicrobial activity. Evidence is(More)
Tetracyclines are now recognized to have non-antimicrobial properties with therapeutic potential--for example, these agents can inhibit pathologic collagenolysis by blocking mammalian collagenases and other matrix-degrading metalloproteinases. In the current study, adult human subjects with moderate chronic periodontitis were administered specially(More)
A tetracycline (doxycycline) was administered daily by oral intubation to adult diabetic rats to assess the effect on skeletal tissue; the rationale--osteopenia is a complication of diabetes and tetracyclines (TCs) were recently found to inhibit pathologic collagen loss (e.g. in diabetic rat skin) by a mechanism independent of their antimicrobial efficacy.(More)
Tetracyclines have been widely used as adjuncts in periodontal therapy due to the antimicrobial efficacy of these drugs. Recently, their ability to inhibit host-derived matrix metalloproteinases (collagenase and gelatinase) and bone resorption in organ culture has also been invoked as a therapeutic rationale. The current study was undertaken to determine(More)
OBJECTIVES The therapeutic effects of doxycycline and other tetracyclines in the treatment of periodontitis involve, at least in part, mechanisms that are unrelated to their antimicrobial activity. Previous clinical studies have shown that doxycycline administered orally, at doses below those needed for antimicrobial efficacy, to human subjects with adult(More)
Tetracyclines (including the semi-synthetic analogues, minocycline and doxycycline) are considered useful adjuncts in periodontal therapy because they suppress Gram-negative periodontopathogens. Recently, these antibiotics were found to inhibit mammalian collagenase activity, a property which may also be of therapeutic value. It has been suggested that the(More)