Gelatinase activities in wounds of healing-impaired mice versus wounds of non-healing-impaired mice

A. N. Neely, C. E. Clendening, J. Gardner, David G Greenhalgh

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The gelatinases, matrix metalloproteinase-2 and -9 (MMP-2 and MMP-9), have been implicated in different aspects of wound repair. However, little is known about MM-2 and MMP-9 activity in animal models of impaired wound healing. We sought to compare serial gelatinase activities for 25 days after full-thickness excisional wounds in genetically diabetic healing-impaired mice and their nondiabetic non-healing-impaired littermates. Wound samples were frozen, homogenized, clarified by centrifugation, and analyzed on zymography gels, and MMP bands were quantitated relative to a conditioned media standard from HT-1080 cells. Gelatinase activity in both diabetic mice and nondiabetic mice increased after the mice were wounded. However, levels of latent gelatinases peaked earlier in the diabetic wounds, and there was more active MMP-2 and MMP-9 in the wounds of the diabetic mice than in the wounds of the nondiabetic mice. Because the higher gelatinase activity in the wounds of the diabetic mice was similar to the higher levels of gelatinase reported in difficult-to-heal wounds such as ulcers and burns, this diabetic mouse model may be useful for studies of these proteinases and their inhibitors in impaired wound healing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-402
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Professions(all)


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