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Matrix Metalloproteinase Inspired Therapeutic Strategies for Bone Diseases

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Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), as a family of zinc-containing enzymes, show the function of decomposing extracellular matrix (ECM) and participate in the physiological processes of cell migration, growth, inflammation, and metabolism. Clinical and experimental studies have indicated that MMPs play an essential role in tissue injury and repair as well as tumor diagnosis, metastasis, and prognosis. An increasing number of researchers have paid attention to their functions and mechanisms in bone health and diseases. The present review focuses on MMPs-inspired therapeutic strategies for the treatment of bone-related diseases. We introduce the role of MMPs in bone diseases, highlight the MMPs-inspired therapeutic options, and posit MMPs as a trigger for smart cell/drug delivery.
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Keywords: MMP-responsive; Matrix metalloproteinase; bone disease; drug delivery; hydrogel; nanomedicine

Affiliations: 1: Department of Pharmacy, The Second Affiliated Hospital and Yuying Children’s Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China. 2: School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wenzhou Medical University, Chashan, Wenzhou, China.

Appeared or available online: July 14, 2020

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