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Aliases MMP15, MT2-MMP, MTMMP2, SMCP-2, MMP-15, MT2MMP, matrix metallopeptidase 15
External IDs MGI: 109320 HomoloGene: 20549 GeneCards: MMP15
Species Human Mouse
RefSeq (mRNA)



RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC) Chr 16: 58.03 – 58.05 Mb Chr 8: 95.35 – 95.38 Mb
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Matrix metalloproteinase 15 also known as MMP15 is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the MMP15 gene.[3][4]


Proteins of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family are involved in the breakdown of extracellular matrix in normal physiological processes, such as embryonic development, reproduction, and tissue remodeling, as well as in disease processes, such as arthritis and metastasis. Most MMP's are secreted as inactive proenzymes which are activated when cleaved by extracellular proteinases. However, the protein encoded by this gene is a member of the membrane-type MMP (MT-MMP) subfamily; members of this subfamily can be anchored to the extracellular membrane by either a transmembrane domain or glycophosphatidylinositol linkage, suggesting that these proteins are expressed at the cell surface rather than secreted in a soluble form.[5]


  1. ^ "Human PubMed Reference:". 
  2. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". 
  3. ^ Sato H, Tanaka M, Takino T, Inoue M, Seiki M (February 1997). "Assignment of the human genes for membrane-type-1, -2, and -3 matrix metalloproteinases (MMP14, MMP15, and MMP16) to 14q12.2, 16q12.2-q21, and 8q21, respectively, by in situ hybridization". Genomics. 39 (3): 412–3. doi:10.1006/geno.1996.4496. PMID 9119382. 
  4. ^ Mattei MG, Roeckel N, Olsen BR, Apte SS (February 1997). "Genes of the membrane-type matrix metalloproteinase (MT-MMP) gene family, MMP14, MMP15, and MMP16, localize to human chromosomes 14, 16, and 8, respectively". Genomics. 40 (1): 168–9. doi:10.1006/geno.1996.4559. PMID 9070935. 
  5. ^ "Entrez Gene: MMP15". 

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External links[edit]

  • The MEROPS online database for peptidases and their inhibitors: M10.015

This article incorporates text from the United States National Library of Medicine, which is in the public domain.