Role of matrix metalloproteinases in intestinal inflammation.

  title={Role of matrix metalloproteinases in intestinal inflammation.},
  author={Carlos Dario Orozco Medina and Marek Witold Radomski},
  journal={The Journal of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics},
  volume={318 3},
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their endogenous inhibitors, tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs), are produced in the gastrointestinal tract by several structural cells. The balance between MMPs and TIMPs is essential for many physiological processes in the gut. However, imbalance between MMPs and TIMPs plays an important role in the pathophysiology of diverse intestinal inflammatory conditions. We reviewed the role of the MMP/TIMP system in the pathogenesis of intestinal inflammatory… CONTINUE READING

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