Cathepsin K expression in human lung.

Abstract

Tissue remodeling is crucial in different lung diseases, in the embryonal development as well as in bronchial carcinoma. Cathepsins were proposed to be involved in the degradation of matrix proteins. Cathepsin K is one of the most potent matrix-degrading cysteine proteinases known as yet. The elastinolytic and collagenolytic activity of this papain-like… (More)

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