protease

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protease

[′prōd·ē‚ās]
(cell and molecular biology)
An enzyme that digests proteins.
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The inflammation resulting from cigarette smoke exposure, subsequently, the released agents from the inflammatory cells, and the protease-antiprotease imbalance in the lungs lead to the damage of the alveolar epithelium (2,6).
We administrated COPD rats with BJF during weeks 9 to 20 and then found BJF had long-term anti-COPD effect and could effectively inhibit the inflammatory cytokine expression, protease-antiprotease imbalance, and the collagen deposition on week 32.
[[alpha].sub.1]-Antitrypsin (A1AT) [2] deficiency is a serious, life-threatening disorder driven by abnormally low circulating concentrations of A1AT, which lead to protease-antiprotease imbalance. This imbalance accentuates protease activity and can lead to tissue damage, the most important of which leads to impairment of lung function (1).

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