Review: Peptidases and Peptidase Inhibitors in the Pathogenesis of Diseases

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With this review we wanted to present three aspects of proteinases in diseases, namely (i) the newly energing involvement of the ubiquitin mediated proteolysis system in a growing number of clinical manifestations; (ii) the importance of the fine tuning of the delicate balance of PMN proteases and their inhibitors in inflammatory diseases and (iii) the very special effects exerted by lysosomal cysteine proteinases on tumour metastasis and progression. In all three topics during the last few years have been published surprising new results leading to better understanding of the normal and pathologic functions influenced by proteolytic enzymes. It is easy to forecast the continuation of this process, and this makes one curious what might be the next steps of discovery in this field.