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What is the official name of the MMP2 gene?
The official name of this gene is “matrix metallopeptidase 2.”
MMP2 is the gene's official symbol. The MMP2 gene is also known by other names, listed below.
Read more about gene names and symbols on the About page.
What is the normal function of the MMP2 gene?
The MMP2 gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called matrix metallopeptidase 2. This enzyme is produced in cells throughout the body and becomes part of the extracellular matrix, which is an intricate lattice of proteins and other molecules that forms in the spaces between cells. One of the major known functions of matrix metallopeptidase 2 is to cut (cleave) a protein called type IV collagen. Type IV collagen is a major structural component of basement membranes, which are thin, sheet-like structures that separate and support cells as part of the extracellular matrix.
The activity of matrix metallopeptidase 2 appears to be important for a variety of body functions. These include the breakdown of the uterine lining (endometrium) during menstruation, formation and growth of new blood vessels, repair of damaged tissues, and inflammation. Matrix metallopeptidase 2 also plays a role in bone remodeling, which is a normal process in which old bone is broken down and new bone is created to replace it.
How are changes in the MMP2 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the MMP2 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 16q12.2
Molecular Location on chromosome 16: base pairs 55,478,830 to 55,506,691
(Homo sapiens Annotation Release 107, GRCh38.p2) (
The MMP2 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 16 at position 12.2.
More precisely, the MMP2 gene is located from base pair 55,478,830 to base pair 55,506,691 on chromosome 16.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about MMP2?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about MMP2 helpful.
You may also be interested in these resources, which are designed for genetics professionals and researchers.
What other names do people use for the MMP2 gene or gene products?
See How are genetic conditions and genes named? in the Handbook.
Where can I find general information about genes?
The Handbook provides basic information about genetics in clear language.
These links provide additional genetics resources that may be useful.
What glossary definitions help with understanding MMP2?
basement membranes ; bone remodeling ; breakdown ; collagen ; endometrium ; enzyme ; extracellular ; extracellular matrix ; gene ; inflammation ; inherited ; joint ; menstruation ; protein ; syndrome ; tissue
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.
References (8 links)
The resources on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Users seeking information about a personal genetic disease, syndrome, or condition should consult with a qualified healthcare professional. See How can I find a genetics professional in my area? in the Handbook.