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mmp15

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Official Full Name
matrix metallopeptidase 15 (membrane-inserted)
Background
Proteins of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family are involved in the breakdown of extracellular matrix in normal physiological processes, such as embryonic development, reproduction, and tissue remodeling, as well as in disease processes, such as arthritis and metastasis. Most MMPs are secreted as inactive proproteins which are activated when cleaved by extracellular proteinases. However, the protein encoded by this gene is a member of the membrane-type MMP (MT-MMP) subfamily; each member of this subfamily contains a potential transmembrane domain suggesting that these proteins are expressed at the cell surface rather than secreted. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
Synonyms
MMP15; matrix metallopeptidase 15 (membrane-inserted); MTMMP2; SMCP-2; MT2-MMP; matrix metalloproteinase-15; MMP-15; MT2MMP; MT-MMP 2; membrane-type matrix metalloproteinase 2; membrane-type-2 matrix metalloproteinase; matrix metalloproteinase 15 (membrane-inserted); matrix metalloproteinase 15 (membrane inserted); MT2 MMP; SMCP 2