Francesco Travascio

Dr. Francesco Travascio received a doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. He is currently Assistant Professor at the College of Engineering of the University of Miami, where he conducts research in the field of orthopedics at the Biomechanics Research Laboratory. In particular, Dr. Travascio investigates the mechanisms regulating the homeostasis of the extracellular matrix of cartilaginous tissues and the etiology of its degeneration with the ultimate goal of developing therapeutic approaches for tissue regeneration.

Francesco Travascio

2books edited

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Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of proteolytic zinc-containing enzymes involved in physiological as well as in pathological processes in the human organism. MMPs play a key role in the remodeling of the extracellular matrix. Such a process may occur because of tissue homeostasis, morphogenesis, and tissue repair. However, remodeling could also be a part of many pathological states such as arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, or impaired development in congenital anomalies. This book overviews the role of MMPs in different pathologies affecting the human body.

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