PloS one

Overexpression of MMP-9 and its inhibitors in blood mononuclear cells after myocardial infarction--is it associated with depressive symptomatology?

PMID 25153995


Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 may play a central role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. Emerging evidence also indicates an association between MMP-9 and depressive symptomatology. Here, we investigated whether expression of MMP-9 and its inhibitors in blood mononuclear cells and plasma were related to depressive symptoms in patients with a recent myocardial infarction (MI). Blood sampling was performed between 6 and 18 months after MI in 57 patients. Forty-one clinically healthy subjects were included as controls. Gene expression of MMP-9 and its main tissue inhibitors TIMP-1 and -2 were analyzed in freshly isolated or cultured blood mononuclear cells. Corresponding protein levels were assessed in cell supernatants and plasma. In post-MI patients, mRNA levels of MMP-9 and TIMP-1 and -2 were significantly higher than in controls while protein levels in cell supernatants and plasma did not differ between groups. The Center for Epidemiological Studies - Depression (CES-D) scale was used to assess depressive symptomatology. Repeated assessments during the first 18 months after MI showed significantly higher CES-D scores in patients compared with controls. However, there were no relationships between depressive mood and any of the measurements of MMP-9 or TIMPs. Our findings indicate that overexpression of MMP-9 and TIMPs in blood mononuclear cells and elevated depressive symptoms represent two unrelated phenomena after MI.