Mechanisms underlying the impairment of ischemia-induced neovascularization in matrix metalloproteinase 2-deficient mice.


Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have been implicated in the process of neovascularization. However, the exact roles of individual MMPs in vessel formation are poorly understood. To study the putative role of MMP-2 in ischemia-induced neovascularization, a hindlimb ischemia model was applied to MMP-2(+/+) and MMP-2(-/-) mice. Serial laser Doppler blood-flow… (More)


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