Several studies have demonstrated that matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a major role in atherosclerotic plaque disruption and lead to myocardial infarction (MI). We investigated the association between the MMP1 -1607 1G/2G (rs1799750), MMP3 -1612 5A/6A (rs3025058), and MMP9 -1562 C/T (rs3918242) polymorphisms and the risk of developing MI in a Mexican mestizo cohort.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) has become a leading cause of human deaths worldwide. Recent studied showed that polymorphisms of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) genes played important roles in extracellular matrix remodeling and contribute to the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. Here, we investigated whether these MMP gene polymorphisms were associated with CHD in Han Chinese. Our case-control study was involved with 1509 unrelated individuals, including 777 CHD cases and 732 controls.