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What is the official name of the MMP14 gene?
The official name of this gene is “matrix metallopeptidase 14 (membrane-inserted).”
MMP14 is the gene's official symbol. The MMP14 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 MMP14 gene?
The MMP14 gene (also known as MT1-MMP) provides instructions for making an enzyme called matrix metallopeptidase 14. This enzyme is found on the surface of many types of cells. It normally helps modify and break down various components of the extracellular matrix, which is the intricate lattice of proteins and other molecules that forms in the spaces between cells. These changes influence many cell activities and functions. For example, they have been shown to promote cell growth, stimulate cell movement (migration), and trigger the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis).
Matrix metallopeptidase 14 also turns on (activates) a protein called matrix metallopeptidase 2 in the extracellular matrix. The activity of matrix metallopeptidase 2 appears to be important for a variety of body functions, including bone remodeling, which is a normal process in which old bone is broken down and new bone is created to replace it.
Although most research has focused on the role of matrix metallopeptidase 14 in the extracellular matrix, studies suggest that it may also be involved in signaling pathways within cells. Little is known about this function of the enzyme.
How are changes in the MMP14 gene related to health conditions?
Where is the MMP14 gene located?
Cytogenetic Location: 14q11.2
Molecular Location on chromosome 14: base pairs 22,836,532 to 22,847,599
The MMP14 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 14 at position 11.2.
More precisely, the MMP14 gene is located from base pair 22,836,532 to base pair 22,847,599 on chromosome 14.
See How do geneticists indicate the location of a gene? in the Handbook.
Where can I find additional information about MMP14?
You and your healthcare professional may find the following resources about MMP14 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 MMP14 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 MMP14?
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.
References (5 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.