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YUAN-HAN QIN, TIAN-BIAO ZHOU, FENG-YING LEI, WEI-FANG HUANG, YAN-JUN ZHAO, FA-QUAN LIN and LI-NA SU Cut-off values for serum matrix metalloproteinase-9: Is there a threshold to predict renal involvement for Henoch–Schonlein purpura in children? Nephrology 16

Article first published online: 7 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1797.2010.01360.x

Patients with Henoch–Schonlein purpura (HSP) may progress to HSP nephritis, the metal-dependent degradation enzymes matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and its inhibitor tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1 may play a role in the development of proliferative nephritis. The current study indicates that the serum and urinary MMP-9, TIMP-1 and MMP-9/TIMP-1 ratio may be potential biomarkers for early diagnosis of HSP nephritis.

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