Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) play a deleterious role in numerous vascular diseases. In contrast, gingival matrix remodelling is adequately regulated by the gingival fibroblast (GF). Here, we aimed to evaluate the GF activity on MMP-7 expression and secretion in coculture with aorta rings. We evaluated MMP-7 transcription and secretion in rabbit aorta rings cultured or not with gingival fibroblasts in collagen gels. GF induced an increase of TIMP-1 transcription and secretion, followed, similarly to other MMPs, by the formation of TIMP-1/MMP-7 complexes. There was also a decrease of MMP-7 mRNA by RT-PCR in aorta rings cocultured with gingival fibroblasts. Interestingly, in contrast with other MMPs (which were not influenced at a transcription level), GF stimulated the release of TGF-beta1, which in turn inhibited the transcription and synthesis of MMP-7, as shown by neutralizing MMP-7 inhibition due to gingival fibroblast by overexpressing decorin (a TGF beta 1 inhibitor) or by silencing TGF beta 1 using siRNA. We showed that healing properties of the GF could be transposed to another organ, i.e., ex vivo aneurism model, implicating a down-regulation of MMP-7.