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Cancers 2014, 6(2), 625-645; doi:10.3390/cancers6020625

MicroRNAs in the Regulation of MMPs and Metastasis

Molecular Oncology of Solid Tumors, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Department of Experimental Surgery, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg, Theodor Kutzer Ufer 1-3, 68135 Mannheim, Germany
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Received: 8 January 2014 / Revised: 21 February 2014 / Accepted: 4 March 2014 / Published: 25 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Matrix Metalloproteinases in Cancer Progress)
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MicroRNAs are integral molecules in the regulation of numerous physiological cellular processes including cellular differentiation, proliferation, metabolism and apoptosis. Their function transcends normal physiology and extends into several pathological entities including cancer. The matrix metalloproteinases play pivotal roles, not only in tissue remodeling, but also in several physiological and pathological processes, including those supporting cancer progression. Additionally, the contribution of active MMPs in metastatic spread and the establishment of secondary metastasis, via the targeting of several substrates, are also well established. This review focuses on the important miRNAs that have been found to impact cancer progression and metastasis through direct and indirect interactions with the matrix metalloproteinases.
Keywords: microRNAs; MMPs; cancer; metastasis microRNAs; MMPs; cancer; metastasis
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Abba, M.; Patil, N.; Allgayer, H. MicroRNAs in the Regulation of MMPs and Metastasis. Cancers 2014, 6, 625-645.

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