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The Role of Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) in COPD

Elaboration of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), zinc-dependent proteases, within the airways contributes to COPD.
CME credit is no longer available for this conference.

Course Authors

Robert Foronjy, M.D., and Jeanine D'Armiento, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Foronjy is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Dr. D'Armiento is Associate Professor of Medicine, Columbia University, Department of Medicine, Division of Molecular and Pulmonary Medicine, New York.

Within the past 12 months, Drs. Foronjy and D'Armiento report no commercial conflicts of interest.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CCME staff and interMDnet staff have nothing to disclose.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • List the pathologic features of chronic bronchitis and emphysema

  • Discuss whether MMPs contribute to the development of COPD

  • Discuss if MMP inhibitors might effectively treat or prevent COPD.



The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsor or its publisher. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.


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