The expression of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 2 (TIMP-2) is required for normal development of zebrafish embryos.
MMP activities are controlled by a combination of proteolytic pro-enzyme activation steps and inhibition by endogenous inhibitors like alpha2-macroglobulin and the tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs). TIMPs are the key inhibitors in tissue. The expression of both MMPs and TIMPs is controlled during tissue remodeling to maintain a balance in the turnover of extracellular matrix. Disruption of this balance may result in a broad spectrum of diseases. Additionally, TIMP-2 has been rep...Expand abstract
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