Collagenase and surgical disease

Timothy R. Donahue, Jonathan R. Hiatt, Ronald W. Busuttil

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Collagen types I, II, and III are the most abundant extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Collagenase is a member of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family of enzymes, and is the principal enzyme involved with collagen degradation. Cellular-ECM interactions are vitally important to tissue structure and function. In this review, we summarize recent work that highlights the role of collagenase in ECM remodeling and repair, and further report that alterations of collagenase expression, function, and/or regulation are found in many diverse disease states, including aortic aneurysms, tumor invasiveness and their metastases, and hernias. Collagenase is intimately involved in many surgical diseases, and represents a potential target for therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-485
Number of pages8
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Aneurysm
  • Collagenase
  • Hernia
  • Matrix metalloproteinase
  • Wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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