Cathepsin V, a novel and potent elastolytic activity expressed in activated macrophages.

@article{Yasuda2004CathepsinVA,
  title={Cathepsin V, a novel and potent elastolytic activity expressed in activated macrophages.},
  author={Yoshiyuki Yasuda and Zhenqiang Li and Doron Greenbaum and Matthew S Bogyo and Ekkehard Weber and Dieter Br{\"o}mme},
  journal={The Journal of biological chemistry},
  year={2004},
  volume={279 35},
  pages={36761-70}
}
Atherosclerosis is characterized by a thickening and loss of elasticity of the arterial wall. Loss of elasticity has been attributed to the degradation of the arterial elastin matrix. Cathepsins K and S are papain-like cysteine proteases with known elastolytic activities, and both enzymes have been identified in macrophages present in plaque areas of diseased blood vessels. Here we demonstrate that macrophages express a third elastolytic cysteine protease, cathepsin V, which exhibits the most… CONTINUE READING

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