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Available structures
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Aliases MMP20, AI2A2, MMP-20, matrix metallopeptidase 20
External IDs MGI: 1353466 HomoloGene: 21001 GeneCards: MMP20
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 11 (human)
Chr. Chromosome 11 (human)[1]
Chromosome 11 (human)
Genomic location for MMP20
Genomic location for MMP20
Band 11q22.2 Start 102,576,835 bp[1]
End 102,625,332 bp[1]
RNA expression pattern
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Species Human Mouse
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RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC) Chr 11: 102.58 – 102.63 Mb Chr 11: 7.63 – 7.67 Mb
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Matrix metalloproteinase-20 (MMP-20) also known as enamel metalloproteinase or enamelysin is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the MMP20 gene.[5][6]


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 proproteins which are activated when cleaved by extracellular proteinases.

MMP-20, also known as enamelysin, appears to be the only MMP that is tooth-specific and it is expressed by cells of different developmental origin (i.e. epithelial ameloblasts and mesenchymal odontoblasts).

Clinical significance[edit]

The human MMP-20 gene contains 10 exons and is part of a cluster of matrix metalloproteinase genes that localize to human chromosome 11q22.3.[6] A mutation in this gene, which alters the normal splice pattern and results in premature termination of the encoded protein, has been associated with amelogenesis imperfecta. Enamel in the absence of MMP-20 is hypoplastic (thin), contains less mineral (only one-third as much total mineral as wild type), and contains more protein and water. In general, MMP-20 functions in enamel are to cleave enamel matrix proteins at specific cleavage sites.[7]


  1. ^ a b c GRCh38: Ensembl release 89: ENSG00000137674 - Ensembl, May 2017
  2. ^ a b c GRCm38: Ensembl release 89: ENSMUSG00000018620 - Ensembl, May 2017
  3. ^ "Human PubMed Reference:". 
  4. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". 
  5. ^ Llano E, Pendas AM, Knauper V, Sorsa T, Salo T, Salido E, Murphy G, Simmer JP, Bartlett JD, Lopez-Otin C (Jan 1998). "Identification and structural and functional characterization of human enamelysin (MMP-20)". Biochemistry. 36 (49): 15101–15108. doi:10.1021/bi972120y. PMID 9398237. 
  6. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: MMP20 matrix metallopeptidase 20 (enamelysin)". 
  7. ^ Moradian-Oldak J (2012). "Protein-mediated enamel mineralization". Front. Biosci. 17: 1996–2023. doi:10.2741/4034. PMC 3442115Freely accessible. PMID 22652761. 

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External links[edit]

  • The MEROPS online database for peptidases and their inhibitors: M10.019