Activation of MMP-2 in response to vascular injury is mediated by phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-dependent expression of MT1-MMP.

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2H 2A6.
AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology (Impact Factor: 4.01). 01/2005; 287(6):H2861-70. DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00230.2004
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