Special Issue "Matrix Metalloproteinases"
A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019
The matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), a family of twenty-four proteolytic enzymes that degrade multiple components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), mediate the physiological and pathological remodeling of tissues. While the substrates of MMPs are comprised of most protein components of the ECM, MMPs also have wide-reaching effects on a variety of other proteins, including the intracellular and cell membrane proteins that control intracellular signaling through proteolytic and non-proteolytic mechanisms. MMPs have been implicated in a number of physiological and pathological processes incuding neoplasia, osteogenesis, myocardial infarction, osteoarthritis, inflammation, obesity and lipodystrophy. A large body of experimental and clinical evidence has implicated MMPs in tumor invasion, neoangiogenesis and metastasis, indicating MMPs as an ideal pharmacological target for cancer therapy. Synthetic broad-spectrum MMP inhibitors (MMPIs) were developed and studied in various clinical trials, but, unexpectedly, none proved efficaceous and most had unforeseen side effects. Our knowledge of the biochemistry and biology of MMPs has grown considerably in the 15 years since the clinical trials of MMPIs were halted. Novel, proteolytic and non-proteolytic functions of MMPs have been discovered. New MMPIs have been designed that are highly selective and inhibit only deleterious functions of specific MMPs. Pharmaceuticals invites scientists to submit to this Special Issue original and review articles of basic science, preclinical and clinical findings that can contribute to our understanding of the biology and biochemistry of MMPs and MMPIs.
Dr. Paolo G. Mignatti
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- Matrix metalloproteinases
- Tissue remodeling
- Tumor invasion
- Intracellular signaling
- Mesenchymal stem cells
- Postnatal development