In Dr. Green’s recent Baylor U presentation, he noted research that showed that rapa protected the integrity of the blood-brain barrier by downregulating MMP-9, which downregulates tight junction proteins. This may reduce Alzheimers disease.
I then searched for papers on MMP-9 in the gut, since one common but unproven theory is that when the gut is too permeable, various autoimmune diseases are initiated or exacerbated.
A 2015 study on colitis “suggest[s] a role of MMP-9 in modulation of colonic epithelial permeability and inflammation”
A 2021 study showed the mechanism MMP-9 regulation of tight junction gut permeability was through an activation of the NF-κB protein complex.
MMP-9 and other metalloproteinases are also dysregulated in type 1 diabetes, probably due to the higher blood glucose levels.
Other similar papers can be found on inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis.
The question is: will rapamycin’s downregulation of MMP-9 alter the course of some autoimmune diseases?