Localization of Matrix Metalloproteinases, (MMPs) Their Tissue Inhibitors, and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in Growth Plates of Children and Adolescents Indicates a Role for MMPs in Human Postnatal Growth and Skeletal Maturation

@article{Haeusler2004LocalizationOM,
  title={Localization of Matrix Metalloproteinases, (MMPs) Their Tissue Inhibitors, and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in Growth Plates of Children and Adolescents Indicates a Role for MMPs in Human Postnatal Growth and Skeletal Maturation},
  author={Gabriele Haeusler and Ingrid Walter and Magdalena Helmreich and Monika Egerbacher},
  journal={Calcified Tissue International},
  year={2004},
  volume={76},
  pages={326-335}
}
Numerous studies have focused on the expression, regulation, and biological significance of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the growth plate. Findings in mouse knockout models and in vitro data from various species indicate that MMPs not only degrade extracellular matrix components but may regulate the activity of local growth factors. In this study we investigated the presence, distribution, and activity of various MMPs and inhibitors, tissue transglutaminase (tTG or TG2) and vascular… CONTINUE READING
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