Individual matrix metalloproteinases control distinct transcriptional responses in airway epithelial cells infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Infect Immun. 2007 Dec;75(12):5640-50. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00799-07. Epub 2007 Oct 8.


Airway epithelium is the initial point of host-pathogen interaction in Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection, an important pathogen in cystic fibrosis and nosocomial pneumonia. We used global gene expression analysis to determine airway epithelial transcriptional responses dependent on matrilysin (matrix metalloproteinase 7 [MMP-7]) and stromelysin-2 (MMP-10), two MMPs induced by acute P. aeruginosa pulmonary infection. Extraction of differential gene expression (EDGE) analysis of gene expression changes in P. aeruginosa-infected organotypic tracheal epithelial cell cultures from wild-type, Mmp7-/-, and Mmp10-/- mice identified 2,091 matrilysin-dependent and 1,628 stromelysin-2-dependent genes that were differentially expressed. Key node network analysis showed that these MMPs controlled distinct gene expression programs involved in proliferation, cell death, immune responses, and signal transduction, among other host defense processes. Our results demonstrate discrete roles for these MMPs in regulating epithelial responses to Pseudomonas infection and show that a global genomics strategy can be used to assess MMP function.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Enzyme Induction
  • Gene Expression Regulation / physiology*
  • Male
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 10 / biosynthesis
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 10 / genetics
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 10 / physiology*
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 7 / biosynthesis
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 7 / genetics
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 7 / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Pseudomonas Infections / enzymology*
  • Pseudomonas Infections / genetics*
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / growth & development*
  • RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • Respiratory Mucosa / enzymology
  • Respiratory Mucosa / metabolism
  • Respiratory Mucosa / physiology
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • RNA, Messenger
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 10
  • Matrix Metalloproteinase 7

Associated data

  • GEO/GSE7957