TY - JOUR TI - Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP-1, -8, -13) in chronic periapical lesions AU - Andonovska Biljana AU - Dimova Cena AU - Panov Sašo JN - Vojnosanitetski pregled PY - 2008 VL - 65 IS - 12 SP - 882 EP - 886 PT- Article AB- Background/Aim. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are proteolytic enzymes capable of degrading almost all extracellular matrix and basement membrane components in many destructive pathological processes, such as chronic inflammation and bone-destructive lesions. The aim of this study was to determinate the correlation between concentration of collagenases (MMP-1, -8, -13) in chronic periapical lesions and their dimension calculated with software predilection through X-ray. Metods. Chronic periapical tissues were collected by periapical surgery from 60 teeth with clinically and radiographically verified different chronic periapical lesions (20 granulomas, 20 diffuse periapical lesions, 10 cysts). Ten normal pulps used as controls were obtained by extirpation of the pulp of impacted third molars after their surgery. For rapid analysis of MMP-1, -8, -13 collagenase activities in the examined material Chemicon Collagenase Activity Assay Kit were used. From the X-ray trough software predilection (Image Tool3 Program) of the volume of chronic periapical tissue, correlation between concentration of MMPs in the periapical lesions and their dimension was confirmed. Results. Different concentrations of collagenases (MMP-1, -8 and -13) in chronic periapical process from different inflammation types showed different activity of MMPs. The obtained results showed the highest values of collagenases concentration (MMP-1, -8, -13) in chronic diffuse lesions (5.39 ng/ml). Low values of concentration of MMPs accompanied less serious lesions, whereas chronical periapical lesions of large dimension had high concentration of MMPs, which was proportional to progression of the lesion and destruction of bone tissue. Conclusions. This study confirmed the destructive role of collagenases (MMP-1, -8 and -13) in inflammation process, which directly depends on the concentration of MMPs in pathologically changed tissue.