Table 2

Circulating baseline levels of metalloproteinases (MMPs) in surviving and non-surviving rheumatoid arthritis patients

Survivors

Non survivors by major causes of death


All causes

Circulatory disease

Neoplastic disease

Respiratory disease


Number

283

204

94

49

42

MMP-1

3.35

3.60

3.42

2.52

4.93

MMP-2

129.09

141.11

150.08

137.51

139.73

MMP-3

23.22

27.42

25.63

27.89

27.42

MMP-8

20.03

20.50

18.67

18.55

25.16*

MMP-9

384.81

375.82

377.44

386.38

449.75


Serum levels of MMPs (ng/ml) are medians.*P (adjusted for age, sex and disease duration) = 0.01 (compared with surviving patients).

Mattey et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2012 14:R204   doi:10.1186/ar4042

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