Korean J Pathol.  2003 Dec;37(6):400-406.

Expression of MMP-2, MT1-MMP, and TIMP-2 mRNA in Breast Carcinomas

  • 1Department of Pathology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea. pathol@hosp.sch.ac.kr


BACKGROUND: The activation of proMMP-2 is induced by membrane type 1-matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP), but inhibited by tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinase type 2 (TIMP-2). This study was carried out to establish the pattern of mRNA expression of MMP-2, MT1-MMP, and TIMP-2 in breast carcinomas.
Seventy-nine cases of invasive ductal carcinoma, 10 of ductal carcinoma in situ, and 10 of fibrocystic disease as a control were analysed for the expression of MMP-2, MT1-MMP, and TIMP-2 mRNA, using in situ hybridization. Correlations of the results with the clinical stage, tumor size, nodal status, and nuclear grade were analysed.
The expression rates of MMP-2, MT1-MMP, and TIMP-2 mRNA in invasive ductal carcinoma were 68%, 73%, and 56%, respectively. They were localized to both stromal and tumor cells, but mainly in the latter. The MMP-2 mRNA expression was significantly correlated with the clinical stage (p < 0.05), while the expression of TIMP-2 mRNA was inversely correlated with clinical stage and tumor size(p < 0.05). Significant positive correlations between MMP-2 and MT1-MMP expressions, along with inverse relationships between MMP-2 and TIMP-2, and between TIMP-2 and MT1-MMP, were also found.
MMP-2 and TIMP-2 mRNA expressions might be useful as one of a range of prognostic parameters in breast carcinoma patients.


Breast Neoplasms; Gelatinase A; Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase 2; Membrane; type 1 Matrix Metalloproteinase; In Situ Hybridization

MeSH Terms

Breast Neoplasms*
Carcinoma, Ductal
Carcinoma, Intraductal, Noninfiltrating
In Situ Hybridization
Matrix Metalloproteinase 14*
Matrix Metalloproteinase 2
RNA, Messenger*
Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase-2*
Matrix Metalloproteinase 14
Matrix Metalloproteinase 2
RNA, Messenger
Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase-2
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