Characterization of the mechanisms by which gelatinase A, neutrophil collagenase, and membrane-type metalloproteinase MMP-14 recognize collagen I and enzymatically process the two alpha-chains.


The turnover of native collagen has been ascribed to different members of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family. Here, the mechanisms by which neutrophil collagenase (MMP-8), gelatinase A (MMP-2), and the ectodomain of MT1-MMP (ectMMP-14) degrade fibrillar collagen were examined. In particular, the hydrolysis of type I collagen at 37 degrees C was… (More)


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