Identification and localization of a neprilysin-like activity that degrades tachykinin-related peptides in the brain of the cockroach, Leucophaea maderae, and locust, Locusta migratoria.

Abstract

Neprilysin (NEP) is an endopeptidase, which has an important role in the inactivation of mammalian tachykinins. NEP-like activity has also been found in the brain of several insects; however, the lack of information about the cellular localization of this peptidase has hindered our understanding of its role in peptidergic signaling in insects. We now… (More)

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