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Correlation of circulating matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) concentrations with skin fibrosis and with concentrations of transforming growth factor β (TGFβ)

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posted on 31.12.2011, 05:06 by Wan-Uk Kim, So-Youn Min, Mi-La Cho, Kyung-Hee Hong, Yong-Joo Shin, Sung-Hwan Park, Chul-Soo Cho

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Taken from "Elevated matrix metalloproteinase-9 in patients with systemic sclerosis"

Arthritis Research & Therapy 2004;7(1):R71-R79.

Published online 10 Nov 2004

PMCID:PMC1064883.

Copyright © 2004 Kim et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Correlation of MMP-9 concentrations with skin scores. The extent of skin involvement of systemic sclerosis was determined by modified Rodnan scores. Broken line indicates cutoff value for patients with severe skin involvement (Rodnan score ≥20). Bars represent the mean ± standard error of the mean of MMP-9 in patients with severe versus mild-to-moderate skin involvement (Rodnan score

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