Human endometrial tissue, sampled at different periods of the reproductive cycle, expressed interstitial collagenase mRNA, protein and activity only just before and during the menstrual period. This clear-cut correlation and the inhibition of collagenase expression by progesterone and oestradiol in tissue culture point to a pivotal role of this proteinase in the mechanism of menstrual tissue breakdown and bleeding.

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