Matrix metalloproteinases in human choroidal neovascular membranes excised following verteporfin photodynamic therapy

Olcay Tatar, Annemarie Adam, Kei Shinoda, Tillmann Eckert, Gábor B. Scharioth, Micheal Klein, Efdal Yoeruek, Karl Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Salvatore Grisanti*

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Aim: To evaluate expression of proangiogenic matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) 2 and 9 at distinct intervals after verteporfin photodynamic therapy (PDT) in human choroidal neovascular membranes (CNV) secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Methods: Retrospective review of an interventional case series of 49 patients who underwent removal of CNV. Twenty-six patients were treated with PDT 3 to 383 days prior to surgery. Twenty-three CNV without previous treatment were used as controls. CNV were stained for CD34, cytokeratin 18, endostatin, MMP-2 and MMP-9 by immunohistochemistry. Results: CNV without previous therapy disclosed MMP-2, MMP-9 in RPE-Bruch's membrane, vessels and stroma in different intensities. Three days after PDT, MMP-9 expression was significantly weaker in stroma (p = 0.0019). Endostatin was significantly reduced in vessels (p<0.001). At longer post-PDT intervals, a significant increase of MMP-9 in stroma (p = 0.037) and of endostatin in RPE-Bruch's membrane (p = 0.02), vessels (p = 0.005) and stroma (p<0.001) were disclosed. No significant changes in MMP-2 expression were detected. Conclusions: PDT induced an early, temporary decrease in MMP-9 and endostatin expression. At longer intervals, MMP-9 increase is possibly associated with the angiogenic process responsible for recurrence after PDT. MMP-9, however, acts as a double-edged sword by concomitant induction of endostatin, an endogenous inhibitor of angiogenesis.

Translated title of the contributionMatrix-Metalloproteinasen in menschlichen choroidalen neovaskulären Membranen, die nach einer photodynamischen Verteporfin-Therapie ausgeschnitten wurden
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1183-1189
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2007


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