Analysis of the matrix metalloproteinase family reveals that MMP8 is often mutated in melanoma.
A mutational analysis of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) gene family in human melanoma identified somatic mutations in 23% of melanomas. Five mutations in one of the most commonly mutated genes, MMP8, reduced MMP enzyme activity. Expression of wild-type but not mutant MMP8 in human melanoma cells inhibited growth on soft agar in vitro and tumor formation in vivo, suggesting that wild-type MMP-8 has the ability to inhibit melanoma progression.
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Chromosomal Instability | Glaucoma | Glioma | Humans | Matrix Metalloproteinase 8 | Melanoma | Mutation