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Neprilysin 2: A Novel Messenger Peptide-Inactivating Metalloprotease

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Neprilysin 2 is a recently identified glycoprotein displaying the highest degree of sequence identity with neprilysin (EC, the prototypical member of the M13 family of zinc-dependent metalloproteases. Whereas neprilysin has been shown to be involved in the inactivation of endogenous messenger peptides, like enkephalins and tachykinins, the true physiological functions of neprilysin 2 remain unknown.
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Keywords: enkephalin; m13 family of metalloproteases; neprilysin; neprilysin 2; peptide inactivation; phosphoramidon; substance p; thiorphan

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Unite de Neurobiologie et Pharmacologie Moleculaire (U573) de l'INSERM. Centre Paul Broca, 2ter rue d'Alesia, 75014 Paris, France.

Publication date: 2004-10-01

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