Journal article

Expression and function of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) in normal and cancerous urological tissues

Joseph Ischia, Oneel Patel, Damien Bolton, Arthur Shulkes, Graham S Baldwin

BJU International | WILEY | Published : 2014


Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) acts as an important regulatory peptide in several normal physiological processes and as a growth factor in certain cancers. In this review we provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of knowledge of GRP in urological tissues under both normal and cancerous conditions. GRP and its receptor, GRP-R, are expressed in the normal kidney and renal cancers. GRP can stimulate the growth of renal cancer cells. GRP and GRP-R are expressed in prostate cancer and GRP can stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cell lines. Importantly, GRP is a key neuroendocrine peptide, which may be involved in the progression of advanced prostate cancer and in the neuroendo..

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