The clinical significance of MMP-1 expression in oesophageal carcinoma

Br J Cancer. 2001 Jan;84(2):276-82. doi: 10.1054/bjoc.2000.1568.


Matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1) is involved in the degradation of interstitial collagen and thus thought to play a role in invasion of carcinoma. We investigated 51 oesophageal carcinoma patients to clarify the significance of MMP-1. MMP-1 mRNA was demonstrated to be expressed exclusively in almost all carcinoma tissue specimens (T) (94.1%) by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, but not found in normal mucosal tissue specimens (N). The mean T/N ratio of MMP-1 was 42.5 and cases with T/N > or = 10 had a higher incidence of cases involving muscularis propria than those with T/N < 10 which included all the cases involving the submucosa (P< 0.05). MMP-1 mRNA was significantly associated with both 40 kD (putative active MMP-1) and 50 kD (putative latent MMP-1) gelatinolytic bands (n = 17). These findings indicated that MMP-1 mRNA reflected the net function of MMP-1 and suggested MMP-1 to be involved in carcinoma invasive process. On the other hand, MMP-1 mRNA was inversely correlated with the patient prognosis (P< 0.01). These results indicated that MMP-1 might therefore play a crucial role in local invasion, but not in systemic dissemination. As a result, MMP-1 might be a novel prognostic factor independent from those previously reported in oesophageal carcinoma.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Blotting, Western
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / enzymology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / genetics*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / enzymology
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Female
  • Gelatin / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Male
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 1 / genetics*
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 1 / metabolism
  • Middle Aged
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Survival Analysis


  • RNA, Messenger
  • Gelatin
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 1