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Current Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 0929-8673
ISSN (Online): 1875-533X

Structural Bases for Substrate and Inhibitor Recognition by Matrix Metalloproteinases

Author(s): Loretta Aureli, Magda Gioia, Ilaria Cerbara, Susanna Monaco, Giovanni Francesco Fasciglione, Stefano Marini, Paolo Ascenzi, Alessandra Topai and Massimo Coletta

Volume 15, Issue 22, 2008

Page: [2192 - 2222] Pages: 31

DOI: 10.2174/092986708785747490

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Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc-dependent endopeptidases which are involved in the proteolytic processing of several components of the extracellular matrix. As a consequence, MMPs are implicated in several physiological and pathological processes, like skeletal growth and remodelling, wound healing, cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, raising a very widespread interest toward this class of enzymes as potential therapeutic targets. Here, structure-function relationships are discussed to highlight the role of different MMP domains on substrate/inhibitor recognition and processing and to attempt the formulation of advanced guidelines, based on natural substrates, for the design of inhibitors more efficient in vivo.

Keywords: Matrix metalloproteinases, Enzyme-substrate recognition, Enzyme-inhibitor recognition, Structural bases

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