To systematically evaluate the effects of matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP3) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP2) on chronic Achilles tendinopathy (AT) susceptibility. Chronic AT is one of the most prevalent and severe injuries in athletes. Early studies suggested that tendon extracellular matrix (ECM) may be involved in the pathogenesis of chronic AT. MMP3 is an important member of the MMP family and is important to ECM integrity. In addition, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP2) can indirectly limit the activity of MMP3 activity.
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