Regulation of matrix metalloproteinase expression in endothelial cells by heat-inactivated Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) may contribute to an impaired endothelial layer in several diseases. We examined the effect of heat-inactivated Streptococcus pneumoniae R6 on MMP-2 and MMP-9 release by cultured aortic and brain capillary endothelial cells. Treatment with heat-inactivated S. pneumoniae caused an increased release of MMP-2 by both cell types… (More)