Estrogen up-regulation of metalloproteinase-2 and -9 expression in rabbit lacrimal glands.

Abstract

Increased levels of the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs)-2 and -9 have been found in tear fluids of patients with dry eye disease, suggesting that these MMPs may be implicated in the pathogenesis of this disease. One of the main causes of dry eye disease is lacrimal gland insufficiency. However, the contribution of the lacrimal gland (LG) to the expression… (More)

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