S-Space College of Dentistry/School of Dentistry (치과대학/치의학대학원) Dept. of Dentistry (치의학과) Journal Papers (저널논문_치의학과)
Expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and -9 in oral squamous cell carcinomas with regard to the metastatic potential
- Hong, Sam-Pyo; Hong, Seong-Doo; Lee, Jae-Il; Lim, Chang-Yun
- Issue Date
- Oral Oncology, 2000;36:207-213.
- gelatin zymography; immunohistochemistry; metastasis; MMP-2; MMP-9; squamous cell carcinoma
- In order to evaluate the significance of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in predicting the metastatic potential of oral squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), we compared MMP-2 and -9 expression in 19 metastasizing oral SCCs with that in 25 non-metastasizing cases by immunohistochemistry and gelatin zymography. Immunohistochemistry showed that increased MMP-2 expression was not significantly related to metastasis; increased MMP-9 expression found in oral SCCs was, however, statistically significant (oral SCCs with metastasis, 73.7%; those without metastasis, 36.0%; P<0.05). Gelatin zymography revealed no significant difference in the activated form of MMP-2 between metastasizing and non-metastasizing oral SCCs. In metastasizing SCCs, on the other hand, increases in the activated form of MMP-9 were significant. These results suggest that oral SCCs express MMP-2 and -9, and that MMP-9 may play a more important role than MMP-2 in the metastasis of oral SCCs to adjacent tissue. An analysis of MMP-9 expression may be useful for predicting the metastatic potential of oral SCCs.
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