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Cell distribution differences of matrix metalloproteinase-9 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 in patients with kawasaki disease.

Department of Pediatrics and Child Neurology, Oita University Faculty of Medicine, Hasama, Yufu, Oita, Japan.
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal (Impact Factor: 3.14). 09/2012; 31(9):973-4. DOI: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31825ba6b3
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ABSTRACT The interaction of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 has been implicated in the formation of coronary aneurysms in Kawasaki disease. MMP-9 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 were distributed predominantly in the granulocytes and platelets, respectively, in patients with Kawasaki disease. The plasma values of MMP-9 correlated positively with the circulating neutrophil count. Inhibiting the activity of granulocytes and maintaining the platelet activity might prevent coronary aneurysms.

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