Expression and cDNA sequence of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) in a mammalian model of human disease processes: Tupaia belangeri

DNA Seq. 2004 Oct-Dec;15(5-6):332-7. doi: 10.1080/10425170400012925.


Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) is one of a family of proteolytic enzymes that are involved in the remodelling of tissue during normal growth processes and is capable of degrading structural components of the extracellular matrix. Increases in MMP-2 expression and activity have been reported in diseases that involve degradation of the extracellular matrix. Reported here for the first time are the relative levels of expression of MMP-2 in tissues of the tree shrew along with 2587 bases of the mRNA sequence. Translation of this sequence predicts a protein 660 amino acids in length, containing all of the features expected of mammalian MMP-2. The tree shrew is a species close to the primate line and is an emerging animal model for a variety of human diseases, including hepatitis and myopia that feature MMP-2 mediated remodelling of the extracellular matrix.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA Primers
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Gene Expression*
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 2 / genetics*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism*
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Species Specificity
  • Tupaia / genetics*


  • DNA Primers
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 2