Ischemic stroke and coronary heart disease are important contributors to the global disease burden and share atherosclerosis as the main underlying cause. Recent evidence from a genome-wide association study (GWAS) suggested that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) near the MMP12 gene at chromosome 11q22.3 were associated with large-vessel ischemic stroke. Here we evaluated and extended these results by examining the relationship between MMP12 and atherosclerosis in clinical and experimental studies.
Mahdessian H, Perisic Matic L, Lengquist M, Gertow K, Sennblad B, Baldassarre D, Veglia F, Humphries SE, Rauramaa R, de Faire U, Smit AJ, Giral P, Kurl S, Mannarino E, Tremoli E, Hamsten A, Eriksson P, Hedin U, Mälarstig A; IMPROVE study group. Integrative Studies Implicate Matrix Metalloproteinase 12 as a Culprit Gene for Large-Artery Atherosclerotic Stroke. J Intern Med 2017 Jul 22. doi: 10.1111/joim.12655. [Epub ahead of print]