Use of Transgenic Mice to Assess the Systemic Effects of Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP) on Tumor Progression, Liver Fibrosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wound Healing, and Angiogenesis

NIH researchers have produced transgenic mice over expressing human tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (hTIMP) in the liver under the control of an albumin promoter. These mice produce large amounts of hTIMP-1 for extended periods of time, resulting in high levels of biologically active inhibitor released into the systemic circulation. In considering that the sustained high levels of circulating hTIMP-1 do not appear to affect the general health of these mice, this model can be used to study the protective effects of TIMP-1 on diseases, which involve extensive proteolytic matrix degradation and tissue remodeling. Examples of such diseases include malignant tumors, liver fibrosis, wound healing, rheumatoid arthritis, and a variety of angioproliferative diseases.


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Updated: Jun 16, 2010