BACKGROUND: Returning stenosis in Crohn's disease (CD) patients is poorly understood. After resection, newly developed strictures are seen within 10 years in 50% to 70%. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are involved in matrix-turnover processes. This study analyzes spatial expression of MMP-1, MMP-3, MMP-9, tissue inhibitor of MMP-1, and collagen III to get better insight in tissue remodeling of terminal ileum of CD patients. METHODS: Expressions were analyzed on mRNA and the protein level (...Expand abstract
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Matrix metalloproteinases as profibrotic factors in terminal ileum in Crohn's disease.
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