The authors quantitatively measured levels of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in blood samples of POEMS syndrome. Circulating levels of MMP-1, -2, -3, -9, and TIMP-1 were more increased in patients with POEMS syndrome than in patients with other neurologic disorders or in healthy controls. Serum levels of VEGF and TIMP-1 were strongly correlated with each other. Increased circulating levels of MMP-1, -2, -3, -9, and TIMP-1 may lead to a better understanding the pathogenesis of POEMS syndrome.
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