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Synthesis, expression and biological activity of the prohormone for gastrin releasing peptide (ProGRP)

C Dumesny, O Patel, S Lachal, AS Giraud, GS Baldwin, A Shulkes



Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) has a widespread distribution and multiple stimulating effects on endocrine and exocrine secretions and metabolism. The prohormone for GRP (ProGRP, 125 amino acids) is processed to the amidated, biologically active end products GRP(1-27) and GRP(18-27). Amidated forms of GRP are putative autocrine or paracrine growth factors in a number of cancers including colorectal cancer. However, the potential role and biological activity of proGRP has not been investigated. Using a newly developed antisera directed to the N terminus of human proGRP, proGRP immunoreactivity was detected in all of the endometrial, prostate, and colon cancer cell lines tested and in nine of..

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