The Behavior of matrix metalloproteinases and their inhibitors in colorectal cancer

László Herszényi, István Hritz, Gábor Lakatos, Mária Zsófia Varga, Zsolt Tulassay

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Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play an important role in the degradation of extracellular matrix components crucial for tumor growth, invasion and metastasis. MMPs are controlled by natural inhibitors called tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs). We and others have demonstrated that MMPs and TIMPs are especially important in the process of tumor invasion, progression and the metastasis of colorectal cancer (CRC). It has been proposed that MMPs and TIMPs might play a part not only in tumor invasion and initiation of metastasis but also in carcinogenesis from colorectal adenomas. Several recent studies demonstrated that high preoperative serum or plasma MMP-2, MMP-9 and TIMP-1 antigen levels are strong predictive factors for poor prognosis in patients with CRC and their determination might be useful for identification of patients with higher risk for cancer recurrence. MMP-9 and TIMP-1 have significant potential tumor marker impact in CRC. Their diagnostic sensitivity is consistently higher than those of conventional biomarkers. The pharmacological targeting of CRC by the development of a new generation of selective inhibitors of MMPs, that is highly specific for certain MMPs, is a promising and challenging area for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13240-13263
Number of pages24
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Adenoma
  • Biomarker
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Invasion
  • Matrix metalloproteinase
  • Metastasis
  • Prognosis
  • Tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase
  • Tumor progression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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