Current Issues of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

Gelatinase activities and TIMP-2 serum level in alcohol cirrhosis and chronic pancreatitis

Current Issues in Pharmacy and Medical Sciences Vol. 26, No. 1, Pages 57-60


1 Department of Gastroenterology with Endoscopic Unit, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
2 Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital No. 4, Lublin, Poland
3 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

DOI: 10.12923/j.2084-980X/26.1/a.12



There are some divergent data concerning the role of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, MMP-9 and tissue inhibitor of MMP (TIMP)-2 in the pathogenesis of alcoholic cirrhosis (AC) and chronic pancreatitis (CP). Our objective was to evaluate the activity of MMP-2, MMP-9 and TIMP-2 serum levels in patients with AC and CP. Twenty-one patients with diagnosis of AC and twenty-two with CP admitted to the outpatient clinic for a control visit were enrolled. All results were compared with age and sex-matched control group (n=19). The sera obtained from venous blood were stored at -70°C for further analysis. Activity of MMP-2 and MMP-9 were evaluated with gelatin zymography, TIMP-2 serum level was analyzed with the usage of ELISA method. A significant decrease of serum MMP-2 activity was noted in sera of AC and CP patients in comparison with control. Activity of MMP-9 was elevated only in CP patients and TIMP-2 serum level was elevated only in AC patients. Decreased activity of MMP-2 in AC patients can contribute to cirrhosis development. The high level of MMP-9 in serum related to CP patients theoretically can exacerbate the inflammatory process within the pancreas.


alcoholic cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, MMP-2, MMP-9, TIMP-2, zymography


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