Reduction of Synovial MMP-3 levels. Presented are the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3 levels in synovial fluid collected from 5-Loxin® treated and placebo patients with osteoarthritis. At day 90 there was no significant change in MMP-3 concentration in the placebo group compared with baseline. In comparison with the placebo group, at the end of the study the groups receiving100 mg/day and 250 mg/day 5-Loxin® showed 31.37% (P = 0.002) and 46.4% (P < 0.001) reductions in MMP-3 concentration, respectively. Change in MMP-3 concentration between the active treatment groups was not significant (P = 0.213). Each bar represents mean concentration of MMP-3 (ng/ml synovial fluid) ± standard deviation.
Sengupta et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2008 10:R85 doi:10.1186/ar2461