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Biochemistry, Therapeutics, and Biomarker Implications of Neprilysin in Cardiorenal Disease.

Neprilysin (NEP) [3] (neutral endopeptidase, enkephalinase, E.C.24.11) was discovered from rabbit kidney proximal tubule brush border membranes by Kerr and coworkers (1).

Biochemistry of NEP and NEP Inhibition

Biochemistry of NEP

NEP is a zinc-dependent membrane metallopeptidase with a subunit molecular weight of 90 kDa and contains glycosylation sites (2). NEP is highly conserved among mammals, with strong similarity between rat and rabbit and only a 6--amino acid (AA) difference in sequences between human and rat. NEP belongs to the M13 subfamily of neutral endopeptidases and consists of a short intracellular N-terminal domain, a single transmembrane helix, and a large C-terminal extracellular domain (3). The enzyme active site is located in the C-terminal extracellular domain.

The crystal structure of the extracellular domain (residues 52-749) of human NEP bound to the inhibitor phosphoramidon at 2.1-[Angstrom] resolution revealed that extracellular NEP exists as 2 multiply connected folding domains that embrace a large central cavity containing the active site (3). The selectivity of NEP substrates limited to 3000 Da (3) probably results from the molecular sieving function of domain 2, which restricts the active site access by larger peptides. This may partly explain why larger natriuretic peptides (NPs) such as dendroaspis NP (DNP), cenderitide [CD-NP (a 37-AA designer NP consisting of the mature 22-AA form of native human C type NP fused with the 15-AA C- terminus of dendroaspis NP)], and mutant atrial NP (MANP) are poor substrates for NEP (4-6).

NEP SUBSTRATES

NEP is widely distributed in various tissues, which include kidney, lung, brain, heart, and vasculatures. Importantly, the kidney is the richest source, which was identified with the use of an NEP monoclonal antibody in porcine renal tissues (7). A critical property of NEP is that it cleaves and degrades a variety of bioactive peptides (Table 1). From this perspective, NEP has high relevance to cardiovascular and renal regulation, and understanding the modulations of these substrates by NEP is critical for understanding therapeutic as well as diagnostic implications.

NEP cleaves peptides at the amino side of hydrophobic residues (e.g., Phe, Leu, Tyr, Trp) and was previously given the name enkephalinase, as it hydrolyzes enkephalin at its Gly3-Phe4 bond. Extensive work has focused on the NPs, as they may play a key role in the therapeutics of NEP inhibition. Studies have established that the cleavage sites of human atrial NP (hANP) are Cys7-Phe8, Arg4-Ser5, Arg11-Met12, Arg14-Ile15, Gly16-Ala17, Gly20-Leu21, and Ser25-Phe26, with Cys7-Phe8 as the primary cleavage site (8). Human B-type NP (hBNP) cleavage sites are Met4-Val5 and Arg17-Ile18 (8). Human C-type NP (hCNP) cleavage sites are Cys6-Phe7, Gly8-Leu9, Lys10-Leu11, Arg13-Ile14, Ser16-Met17, and Gly19-Leu20 (8). Another NP, urodilatin (URO), may present a similar degradation pattern as ANP, with an initial cleavage site at the Cys11-Phe12 (9). It should be noted that the addition of 4 AA to the N-terminus of ANP that forms URO renders URO more resistant to degradation. The open ring structure of ANP and C-type NP (CNP) by NEP cleavage at Cys-Phe leads to the loss of activity.

NEP AND THE NP SYSTEM

From a biological perspective, the degradation and clearance of NPs have been implicated as a critical regulatory pathway controlling sodium, water balance, and blood pressure homeostasis, which has prompted interest in NEP inhibitors as a therapeutic strategy to potentiate native NPs. Sonnenberg et al. compared the degradation products by rat NEP and kidney cortex membrane to identify the major degrading enzyme of rat ANP (rANP). They reported that ANP cleavage by NEP produces a major hydrolytic product that is consistent with kidney cortex membrane degradation (10). Thus, they concluded that NEP is the major degrading enzyme for NPs, particularly ANP. Compared to murine ANP degradation by wild-type mice kidney membranes, incubation with the NEP inhibitor candoxatrilat and membranes from NEP-deficient mice resulted in substantial delay in ANP degradation (11). Consistent with the rich distribution of NEP in the kidney, whole-body radioautography in rats revealed that the kidney is the predominant organ involved in hANP metabolism and clearance (12). Another NP, CNP, is also a preferred substrate for NEP in which hCNP is quickly degraded (8). In contrast, BNP is more resistant to NEP degradation (8). In vitro kinetic data for hANP, hBNP, and hCNP incubated with purified human NEP were ([K.sub.cat]/[K.sub.m]) CNP 7.85 > ANP 5.12 > BNP 0.53 (8). Other studies have reported that hBNP is a poor substrate of NEP (13, 14). Rodent BNP has also been reported to be resistant to NEP degradation (11, 15, 16). However, future studies to compare the difference in catabolism between rodent and human BNP are needed. Similar to what was observed with BNP, URO is degraded relatively more slowly by NEP than ANP (9, 17). In an experiment in which URO and hANP were incubated with NEP, URO remained intact or was partially degraded, while most of the ANP was degraded (17). Such data may provide insight into which NPs may be contributing to therapeutic outcomes with NEP inhibition.

NEP INHIBITION

NEP inhibitors have been developed that show enhanced diuretic and natriuretic actions through NPs and the second messenger cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), particularly in the setting of experimental heart failure (HF), in which endogenous ANP and BNP are increased. Previously, our laboratory reported that chronic oral NEP inhibition by candoxatril delays the onset of reduction in [Na.sup.+] excretion, enhances ANP activity, and suppresses aldosterone activation in experimental HF (18). The NEP inhibitor candoxatril in human chronic HF increased plasma ANP levels and promoted natriuresis and diuresis (19). Thus, NEP inhibitors may supplement conventional HF treatment.

Importantly, given that many substrates for NEP are peptides with vasoactive as well as neuroregulatory properties, inhibiting NEP could potentially result in undesirable adverse effects. For example, amyloid [beta] (A[beta]), which plays a central role in Alzheimer disease pathology, is a known substrate for NEP in the brain, where NEP is also distributed. The possibility of NEP inhibitors, especially small molecules, crossing the blood--brain barrier in patients with cardiovascular disease raises concerns regarding NEP inhibition in treating HF patients. Thus, surveillance studies are warranted with ongoing NEP inhibition in human disease (20). In addition, NEP (or common acute lymphoblastic leukemia antigen, CD10) is involved in tumor cell proliferation and extracellular matrix structure regulation, which raises the question of possible multifaceted functions either inhibiting or enhancing tumor development. Studies have shown that NEP inhibits initiation or progression of small-cell carcinoma of the lung or may enhance metastasis of colorectal cancer (21,22). Thus, inhibition of NEP could also modulate the risk for oncogenesis or cancer outcomes also warranting surveillance strategies.

Targeting NEP as a Therapeutic Strategy for HF

SELECTIVE NEP INHIBITION

With the realization that the NPs are a major substrate for NEP inhibition, their biology has been the focus of extensive investigation with selective NEP inhibitors. As illustrated in Fig. 1, the NPs target particulate guanylyl cyclase receptors A [pGC-A, natriuretic peptide receptor A (NPRA)] and B [pGC-B, natriuretic peptide receptor B (NPRB)]. Through activation of cGMP and the downstream-signaling pathways, NPs mediate widely pleotropic beneficial actions. To date, NEP inhibition clearly potentiates the biological actions of NPs such as ANP. In mild experimental HF in which the reninangiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) is not activated, NEP inhibition was natriuretic and cardiac unloading (23). In contrast, in severe experimental HF in which the RAAS was activated, NEP inhibition resulted in less natriuretic actions providing initial insights into the need to cotarget the RAAS in the presence of inhibition of NEP (23). In human studies, the importance of targeting the RAAS as well was reflected in the report that candoxatril also increased circulating angiotensin II (ANG II) (24). In human chronic HF, candoxatril treatment increased both ANP and BNP, augmented diuresis and natriuresis, and reduced clearance of exogenously administered ANP (19). Finally, although plasma NPs were increased and there was an enhanced renal response, systemic and pulmonary vascular resistances were not reduced by candoxatril in human HF, which was consistent with observations in experimental HF in which NEP inhibition was natriuretic and aldosterone suppressing without hemodynamic benefit (18).

DUAL INHIBITION OF NEP AND ANGIOTENSIN TYPE 1 RECEPTOR ANTAGONISM

Based on the findings that RAAS overactivation attenuates the renal actions of NEP inhibition, as well as the observation of increases in circulating ANG II with NEP inhibition, the concept of dual inhibition of NEP with simultaneous angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT1R) antagonism emerged. Margulies et al. in experimental HF established that ANG II inhibition with an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) potentiated the glomerular filtration rate (GFR)-enhancing and natriuretic actions of NEP inhibition (25). Further, intrarenal administration of ANG II attenuated the actions of NEP inhibition. Originally, vasopeptidase inhibitors (VPIs) were developed to pursue the strategy of targeting NEP and RAAS. VPIs were single-molecular entities, with omapatrilat as the most advanced of those that inhibited NEP and ACE. This novel class possessed the renal- and aldosterone-suppressing actions of NEP inhibition, together with the favorable hemodynamic actions of ACEIs, and had lower risk of cardiovascular death or hospitalization (26). Their clinical development was stopped owing to the development of angioedema, however.

An alternative to the VPI strategy is the combination of NEP inhibition with angiotensin receptor blockade (27). Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), unlike ACEIs, do not alter bradykinin metabolism, which is thought to mediate the angioedema associated with VPIs. Thus, a new class of drugs has emerged that combines the actions of ARBs and NEP inhibition, and this novel class is called angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitors (ARNis) (27).

LCZ696 (Entresto) is the most clinically advanced of the ARNis and has recently been approved for the treatment of HF (27). LCZ696 is orally available and provides a 1:1 ratio blockade of AT1R in a valsartan moiety together with NEP inhibition with AHU377 (Sacubitril), a prodrug moiety that is rapidly metabolized to an active moiety. In the landmark PARADIGM-HF trial reported by McMurray et al. (n = 8442), LCZ696 was compared with enalapril in patients who had HF with reduced ejection fraction (28). Because of an overwhelming benefit with LCZ696, the trial was stopped early. The seminal finding was that LCZ696 was superior to enalapril in reducing the risks ofdeath and hospitalization for HF.

DESIGNER NPs RESISTANT TO NEP DEGRADATION

Native NPs include ANP, BNP, and URO. Recombinant ANP (carperitide) and BNP (nesiritide) were approved for acute HF treatment. URO (ularitide) is currently undergoing Phase III trial (TRUE AHF). Based on the biology of the NPs (Fig. 1), the concept of designer NPs has emerged for the treatment of various cardiovascular, renal, and metabolic diseases. Designer NPs are the result of novel peptide engineering in which strategic modifications in NP AA sequences are employed (29). Our rationale behind this concept is to produce chimeric NPs whose pharmacological and beneficial biological profiles go beyond those of native NPs while minimizing undesirable effects. Another goal has been to engineer designer NPs that are highly resistant to NEP. The administration strategy of designer NPs in human studies is subcutaneous injection, and it is expected that they will be available as oral drugs in the future.

CD-NP (cenderitide) is a novel 37-AA designer NP consisting of the mature 22-AA form of native human CNP fused with the 15-AA C-terminus of DNP (30). This first-generation designer NP retains the antifibrotic, antiproliferative, and antihypertrophic effects and venodilatation of CNP via pGC-B, as well as natriuretic and diuretic and aldosterone-suppressing effects of DNP via pGC-A. Importantly, CD-NP has antiproliferative actions in cardiac fibroblasts and stimulates cGMP production in fibroblasts to a greater extent than BNP (30, 31). In vitro studies have demonstrated that CD-NP is the first NP to activate both the pGC-A and the pGC-B receptors at physiological doses and is more resistant to proteolytic degradation than hANP, hBNP, and hCNP (4). In normal canines, intravenous infusion of CD-NP activates plasma cGMP and has natriuretic, diuretic, RAAS-suppressing actions and unloads the heart with minimal effects on blood pressure (30). When compared to BNP (nesiritide), CD-NP increased GFR and was less hypotensive than BNP. In a model of mild renal insufficiency and impaired diastolic function with cardiac fibrosis, chronic CD-NP prevented cardiac fibrosis and inhibited development of diastolic impairment (32). In healthy human subjects, CD-NP increased urinary and plasma cGMP concentrations, suppressed aldosterone, and induced diuretic and natriuretic responses, with a minimal reduction in mean arterial pressure (33). In March 2011, CD-NP received a fast-track designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and currently is in Phase II clinical trials targeting post-acute HF patients using chronic subcutaneous infusion technology.

MANP (ZD100) is a best-in-class pGC-A activator designed at the Mayo Clinic, which consists of the 28-AA of ANP fused at the C-terminus to a novel 12-AA linear peptide (6). In in vivo studies in normal canines and in models of hypertension and hypertensive HF, MANP is more natriuretic, cardiac unloading, aldosterone suppressing, and blood pressure lowering than native ANP or nitroglycerin (6, 34, 35). The mechanism of these enhanced biological activities may be mediated by marked resistance to degradation by NEP. Like CD-NP, the elongated C-terminus may render MANP less susceptible to the actions of NEP (5). MANP has recently completed a Phase I trial in humans with stable hypertension, as well as in patients with resistant hypertension. Specifically, Chen and coworkers reported that subcutaneous injection of MANP once daily reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with resistant hypertension for 24 h. MANP increased GFR and sodium excretion while suppressing aldosterone (36). As there are no approved drugs for resistant hypertension and it is associated with increased risk for HF, stroke, myocardial infarction, and chronic kidney disease, MANP may represent a therapeutic opportunity, serving as a direct pGC-A activator but also being highly resistant to NEP degradation.

NEP and Implications for Biomarkers in HF

BNP and NT-proBNP AS BIOMARKERS FOR HF

BNP and the N-terminal proBNP (NT-proBNP) are widely used as gold standards for the diagnosis of acute HF (37,38). Maisel and colleges reported that rapid measurement of BNP is useful in establishing or excluding the diagnosis of HF in patients with acute dyspnea (37). Further, NT-proBNP's diagnostic value for HF was established in a pool of 600 dyspneic patients presenting in the emergency department (38). BNP and NT-proBNP also have powerful prognostic value in HF patients, where baseline, predischarge values and changes have been shown to be associated with mortality and future outcomes (39).

As a preprohormone, preproBNP (134 AA) is processed to proBNP (108 AA), which is then cleaved by furin or corin to produce biologically active BNP (77-108, 32 AA) and the inactive fragment NTproBNP (1-76, 76 AA) (40) (Fig. 2). BNP is a pGC-A activator and generates the second messenger cGMP, in which pluripotent biological actions are induced. NT-proBNP is biologically inactive and does not bind to the pGC-A receptor. BNP's half-life in humans is relatively short, and BNP is rapidly degraded in human plasma through protease degradation and clearance receptor endocytosis. NT-proBNP is more stable and lasts longer in vivo than BNP. Evidence also suggests that there is a difference of BNP/NT-proBNP processing between acute and chronic HF. Vodovar and coworkers reported a difference with regard to the release of glycosylated proBNP (41, 42). In acute HF, increased release of proBNP involved release of more nonglycosylated proBNP, which was rapidly processed to active BNP by furin. In contrast, increased production and release of proBNP in chronic HF involved release of more glycosylated proBNP, which is more resistant to enzymatic processing such as corin, resulting in less biologically active circulating proBNP. Thus, the diagnostic and prognostic value of BNP or proBNP may alter in the settings of acute or chronic HF. One might speculate that with regard to BNP, an NEP inhibitor would be more effective in acute HF, with increased concentrations of biologically active BNP as compared to chronic HF, in which there is a high concentration of nonbiologically active proBNP, which has reduced pGC-A activity (43). This underscores again the importance of ANP as a substrate in chronic HF, recognizing the lack of glycosyation of proANP and the biologically active properties of both proANP and ANP upon pGC-A (44, 45).

"BNP PARADOX" IN HF

As high values of plasma BNP have emerged as an effective biomarker for HF, its therapeutic benefits have been questioned, as increased BNP was perceived as not protecting against congestion, sodium and water retention, and vasoconstriction, although chronic administration of BNP relieved HF symptoms in humans with HF. This "BNP paradox" in HF was later partially explained by more in-depth assays of BNP, NT-proBNP, and proBNP developed from mass spectrometry (MS) and specific monoclonal antibodies. Such work demonstrated that commercially available assays bind nonspecifically to both proBNP and BNP and its degradation products, and most BNP-immunoreactive forms detected by immunoassay in HF represent proBNP. The results obtained from previous commercially available kits, therefore, do not necessarily represent the actual values of mature biologically active BNP (46-48). The work done by our laboratory (46) clearly demonstrated that in HF patients' plasma, either no BNP or very low BNP concentrations were detected by MS. Degradation products of BNP are rapidly formed in the plasma by proteases such as dipeptidyl peptidase IV and NEP during measurement. Higher proBNP values may be a result of excessive production of proBNP by HF, impaired proBNP processing to BNP, and/or accelerated BNP degradation (40). It should be noted, however, that unlike proANP, which can activate pGC-A, proBNP is a poor activator of pGC-A, which underscores that high concentrations of proBNP in HF represent a molecular form with reduced receptor-activating properties.

As stated above, studies are consistent with the concept that NEP degrades ANP and BNP and NPs generate cGMP through the pGC-A receptor. HF patients with dual inhibition of NEP and angiotensin receptor blockade also show increases in plasma BNP concentrations with reductions in NT-proBNP (49). The conventional theory is that increased BNP in HF patients indicates a worse prognosis and is a requirement for drug dose/regimen increases. However, increases in BNP with NEP inhibition are consistent with the drug effect on target. During NEP inhibition therapy, the substrates ANP and BNP are protected from degradation, and thus, their second messenger cGMP concentrations are increased as well. The increases in urinary cGMP (49) reflect the fact that the peptides' levels are enhanced by NEP inhibition acting through enhancement of cGMP. Further, the reduction in NT-proBNP, which is not degraded by NEP, is a signal for biological responsiveness to NPs/cGMP, secondary to reductions in atrial pressure and NP secretion. Also, there is a hypothesis that Entresto may increase NT-proBNP and proBNP glycosylation, resulting in reduction of NT-proBNP and an increase of BNP measurements (50). The landmark work by Packer et al. (49) supports the concept that BNP, NT-proBNP, as well as cGMP values should be measured with NEP inhibition treatment to provide a thorough insight into HF pathophysiology and therapeutic action.

PREDICTIVE VALUE OF SOLUBLE NEP IN HF

Studies have documented an alternative processing form of NEP, soluble NEP, which exists in the plasma and urine (51, 52). Soluble NEP still possesses enzymatic activity to degrade peptides similarly to membrane-bound NEP. In experiments performed by Aviv et al. (51), the investigators were able to measure abundant amounts of NEP in the urine, and its activity was dose-dependently inhibited by NEP inhibitors.

Soluble NEP has been reported recently to be associated with HF prognosis and outcomes. Specifically, circulating plasma NEP concentration have been shown to be associated with future outcomes in chronic HF. Patients with higher NEP have significantly worse outcomes than those with a lower value in cardiovascular death or HF hospitalization (52). In another study in HF with preserved ejection fraction, investigators did not observe a significant association between soluble NEP concentrations and hospitalization for HF and/or death (53). The limited numbers of patients and trials supporting the positive association, as well as the inconsistency between these 2 studies, raise the question of whether soluble NEP is a reliable biomarker for HF prognosis. Therefore, plasma-soluble NEP is a promising predictor for HF outcomes, but its application in the clinic needs further investigation.

Summary

NEP inhibition and NP therapeutics have grown as promising strategies for HF treatment. The success of LCZ696 (Entresto) supports the rationale that NEP inhibition with RAAS inhibition has more beneficial effects and reduces the risks caused by NEP inhibition alone. However, NEP inhibition generates off-target effects which warrant close surveillance. Another strategy, the use of NEP-resistant NPs, may be more specific. BNP and NT-proBNP are gold-standard diagnostic biomarkers for HF. More and more evidence supports the conclusion that the "BNP paradox" is caused by inaccurate assay measurement, in which plasma BNP is overestimated by proBNP immunoreactivity (BNP deficiency, reduced BNP availability). Importantly, during ARNi treatment, BNP and cGMP were increased in parallel with a reduction of NT-proBNP, which supports the use of BNP, NT-proBNP, and cGMP as a triad of biomarkers to be used with ARNis to guide treatment. Lastly, soluble NEP and its positive association with HF outcomes make it a promising prognostic biomarker. However, its predictive value for HF is not well established, and further investigations are needed.

Author Contributions: All authors confirmed they have contributed to the intellectual content of this paper and have met the following 3 requirements: (a) significant contributions to the conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; (b) drafting or revising the article for intellectual content; and (c) final approval of the published article.

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Employment or Leadership: J.C. Burnett, Zumbro Discovery.

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Honoraria: None declared.

Research Funding: Y. Chen, AHA predoctoral fellowship 16PRE30770009; John C. Burnett, NHLBI PO1 HL76611, and RO1 HL36634.

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Yang Chen [1,2] * and John C. Burnett, Jr. [2]

[1] Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program, Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, MN; [2] Cardiorenal Research Laboratory, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN.

* Address correspondence to this author at: Research Laboratory, Guggenheim 915, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Fax 507-266-4710; e-mail chen.yang@mayo.edu.

Received June 29,2016; accepted September 27,2016.

Previously published online at DOI: 10.1373/clinchem.2016.262907

[3] Nonstandard abbreviations: NEP, neprilysin; AA, amino acid; NP, natriuretic peptide; DNP, dendroaspis NP; CD-NP, cenderitide (a 37-AA designer NP consisting of the mature 22 AA form of native human C type NP fused with the 15-AA C-terminus of dendroaspis NP); MANP, mutant atrial NP; hANP, human atrial NP; hBNP, human B-type NP; hCNP, human C-type NP; URO, urodilatin; ANP, atrial NP; CNP, C-type NP; rANP, ratANP; cGMP, cyclic guanosine monophosphate; HF, heart failure; Afi, amyloid fi; pGC-A, particulate guanylyl cyclase receptor A; pGC-B, particulate guanylyl cyclase receptor B; NPRA, natriuretic peptide receptor A; NPRB, natriuretic peptide receptor B; RAAS, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system; ANG II, angiotensin II; AT1R, angiotensin type 1 receptor; ACEI, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; GFR, glomerular filtration rate, VPI, vasopeptidase inhibitor; ARB, angiotensin receptor blocker; ARNis, angiotensin receptorneprilysin inhibitors; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; NT-proBNP, N-terminal proBNP; MS, mass spectrometry.

Caption: Fig. 1. Natriuretic peptides signaling pathways and biological actions.

ANP, BNP, and/or URO activates pGC-A receptor, and CNP activates pGC-B receptor; these activations generate cGMP, which binds to protein kinase G (PKG), ion channels, and phosphodiesterases (PDEs). The NP clearance receptor (NPRC) has no guanylyl cyclase activity and mediates NPs endocytosis. NEP is a major degrading enzyme. NPs induce pluripotent biological actions. GTP, guanosine triphosphate.

Caption: Fig. 2. ProBNP processing to BNP and NT-proBNP. ProBNP is processed by corin and furin to NT-proBNP (nonactive) and mature BNP (biologically active via cGMP).
Table 1. NEP substrates and their biological actions, clinical
relevance.

Substrate               Biological actions of key substrates

ANP                     Induces natriuresis, diuresis, vasodilation,
                          antifibrosis, and anti-RAAS.
BNP                     Induces natriuresis, diuresis, vasodilation,
                          anti-fibrosis, and anti-RAAS. More resistant
                          to NEP degradation than ANP or CNP.
Urodilatin              Induces enhanced renal effects with
                          vasodilation, antifibrosis, and anti-RAAS.
                          Less susceptible to NEP degradation compared
                          to ANP or CNP.
CNP                     Induces vasodilation and antifibrosis. Highly
                          susceptible to NEP degradation.
Enkephalin              Opioid receptor agonist, induces analgesia.
Substance P             Proinflammatory peptide, induces airway smooth
                          muscle constriction.
ANG II                  Induces vasoconstriction.
Insulin B chain         Part of the insulin chains, controls blood
                          sugar.
Endothelin              Vasoconstrictor.
A[beta]                 Substrate of A[beta] olymer. A[beta]
                          degradation reduces the risk for Alzheimer
                          disease.
Bradykinin              Vasodilator, induces vasodilatation of
                          epicardial coronary and resistance arteries
                          in humans.
Bombesinlike peptides   Stimulate the growth of small-cell carcinoma
                          of the lung.
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