Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disorder characterized by destruction of the articular cartilage, subchondral bone alterations and synovitis. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are expressed in joint tissues of patients with osteoarthritis. The objective of this study was to define the steady state levels of two different MMPs to provide more insight into the role of MMPs in cartilage destruction in OA. We investigated the expression of gelatinases through immunihistochemistry. Our results show that high levels of MMP-2 and MMP-9 are present in OA and suggest that once these MMPs are fully activated they may contribute to the cartilage destruction in OA.
|Numero di pagine||7|
|Rivista||International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Allergy