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MT1-MMP Modulates bFGF-Induced VEGF-A Expression in Corneal Fibroblasts

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Abstract:

The cornea is physiologically avascular. Following a corneal injury, wound healing often proceeds without neovascularization (NV); however, corneal NV may be induced during wound healing in certain inflammatory, infectious, degenerative, and traumatic states. Such states disrupt the physiologic balance between pro-angiogenic and antiangiogenic mediators, favoring angiogenesis. Contributors to such states are matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which are key factors in both extracellular matrix remodeling and angiogenesis. Similarly, vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) exert pro-angiogenic effects. Here, we elaborate on the facilitative role of MMPs—specifically Membrane Type 1 MMP (MT1-MMP, MMP14)—in corneal NV. Additionally, we provide new insight into the signaling relating to MT1-MMP, Ras, and ERK in the bFGF-induced VEGF-A expression pathways within the corneal fibroblasts.

Keywords: Basic FGF; Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF); ERK; MT1-MMP; Ras; VEGF-A; corneal angiogenesis; homeostasis; pro-angiogenic effect; vascular endothelial growth factor

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2174/092986612803521639

Publication date: 2012-12-01

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