Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) stimulates the neuroblastoma cell line (NMB) to proliferate. Neuropeptide activity can be inhibited by neutral endopeptidases that function intracellularly and in the extracellular milieu. NMB cells express neutral endopeptidase (NEP) activity that can be specifically inhibited by phosphoramidon (PA). Our data now show that phosphoramidon treatment increases the efficacy of VIP-stimulated neuroblastoma proliferation. These results suggest that membrane endopeptidases modulate VIP-associated cell proliferation and enhancement of endopeptidase activity may serve as a target for cancer therapy.
- Neuroblastoma cells
- Neutral endopeptidase
- Vasoactive intestinal peptide