MMP7

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MMP7

A gene on chromosome 11q21-q22 that encodes matrix metalloproteinase 7, which degrades proteoglycans, fibronectin, elastin and casein and activates procollagenase. It is involved in breaking down the extracellular matrix in physiological processes—e.g., embryonic development, reproduction, tissue remodelling and wound healing. It differs from most MMP family members as it lacks a conserved C-terminal protein domain.
 
Molecular pathology
Defects in MMP7 have been linked to arthritis and metastasis.