Proteins of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family are involved in the breakdown of extracellular matrix in normal physiological processes, such as embryonic development, reproduction, and tissue remodeling, as well as in disease processes, such as arthritis and metastasis. Most MMPs are secreted as inactive proproteins which are activated when cleaved by extracellular proteinases. MMP9 degrades type IV and V collagens. Studies in rhesus monkeys suggest that the enzyme is involved in IL-8-induced mobilization of hematopoietic progenitor cells from bone marrow, and murine studies suggest a role in tumor-associated tissue remodeling.
92 kDa gelatinase; 92 kDa type IV collagenase; 92kD gelatinase; 92kD type IV collagenase; 92kDa gelatinase; 92kDa type IV collagenase; CLG4B; collagenase type IVB; Gel B; Gelatinase B; GELB; macrophage gelatinase; matrix metallopeptidase 9 (gelatinase B, 92kDa gelatinase, 92kDa type IV collagenase); matrix metalloproteinase 9; matrix metalloproteinase 9 (gelatinase B, 92kDa gelatinase, 92kDa type IV collagenase); Matrix metalloproteinase-9; MMP-9; type V collagenase
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