Increased Expression of Matrix Metalloproteinases in Ligamentum Flavum Hypertrophy of the Patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Eser B., Eser O., ŞİMŞEK N., BÜLBÜL E., Guven M.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS, vol.16, pp.1-9, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


This paper shows an investigation of the expressions of MMP-3,-13 and their polymorphisms in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). Hypertrophied LF tissues and peripheral bloods were obtained from 50 patients with LSS. The expressions of MMP-3,-13 and their polymorphisms were analyzed. No relationship was found between thickness of LFs and MMP-3,-13 genotypes. LF tissues were divided to three groups as grade 1, 2 and 3. Rich elastic fibrils were observed in grade 1. Elastic fibers and elastin/collagen rates decreased in grade 2-3 and 4, and collagen fibers increased and presented a cystic degeneration. MMP-3 immunopositive cells were higher than MMP-13. A correlation between LF thicknesses and MMP-3 was detected. Both MMP-3, -13 were expressed (MMP-3 in higher quantities) in high grade hypertrophied LF. The researchers expect that this paper would provide a better understanding of the pathogenesis of LF hypertrophy and lead to therapeutic alternatives for LSS patients.