Three-dimensional collagen matrices induce delayed but sustained activation of gelatinase A in human endothelial cells via MT1-MMP.

Gelatinase A, a member of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family, plays an important role during angiogenesis. It is constitutively expressed by human endothelial cells as a latent enzyme and requires activation. Thrombin is the only described physiological inducer of gelatinase A in human endothelial cells. In this study, we investigated the mechanisms… (More)