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Pro-Gastrin Releasing Peptide

Alternative name:

  • GRP
  • GRP10

The prognostic significance of the circulating neuroendocrine markers chromogranin A, pro-gastrin-releasing peptide, and neuron-specific enolase in patients with small-cell lung cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cancer, and small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) accounts for around 20 % of lung cancers. SCLC has a neuroendocrine cellular origin, and the tumor cells usually express neuroendocrine markers. There have been major recent advances in the management of SCLC, and multimodal approaches are now the norm. An improved knowledge of the prognostic variables would assist in defining which patients were better candidates to receive these newer intensive therapies. This single-center retrospective study of 97 previously untreated and histologically proven SCLC patients analysed the circulating neuroendocrine markers chromogranin A (CGA), pro-gastrin-releasing peptide (ProGRP), and neuron-specific enolase (NSE) in addition to the other more classical variables. Fifty patients had limited-stage disease and 47 had extensive disease. Sixty patients had an ECOG performance status (PS) of 0-1 and 37 had PS 2-4. Median survival for the whole study population was 13 months. Univariate analysis and univariate Cox regression modeling found a statistically significant association between survival and PS, disease stage, and CGA, ProGRP, and NSE levels. Age and sex were not prognostic. A shorter survival time was found in patients with a PS equal to or >2, extensive stage disease, a serum CGA level >56 ng/ml, a serum ProGRP level >58 pg/ml, and a serum NSE level >19 ng/ml. This study has found that there is a potential role for ProGRP, NSE, and CGA in both staging and prognosing survival in SCLC patients.
Petrović M, et al. Med Oncol. 2014 Feb;31(2):823. doi: 10.1007/s12032-013-0823-1. Epub 2013 Dec 30.

Hepatocyte growth factor-mediated gastrin-releasing peptide induces IL-8 expression through Ets-1 in gastric cancer cells

Gastric cancer cells secrete a variety of proangiogenic molecules, including IL-8 and VEGF. However, factors regulating the expression of proangiogenic genes for gastric cancer remain largely undefined. We investigated the role of HGF-induced activation of GRP and Ets-1 transcription factor in expression of the proangiogenic factor IL-8. The genes associated with angiogenesis induced by HGF were screened using cDNA micro-array technology in two gastric cancer cell lines (NUGC-3 and MKN-28). First, GRP RNA and protein were confirmed to be upregulated. Then, expression of GRP, Ets-1, and IL-8 were further estimated by Western blot analysis. A role for Ets-1 in HGF-induced upregulation of IL-8 was determined by knockdown of Ets-1 with Ets-1 sh-RNA and a chromatin immune precipitation assay. The levels of GRP, Ets-1, and IL-8 were upregulated in cells treated with HGF in a dose-dependent manner. HGF-induced expression of Ets-1 and IL-8 was increased more by GRP treatment and inhibited by pretreatment with an ERK 1/2 inhibitor (PD098059). HGF-induced upregulation of IL-8 was repressed by Ets-1 knockdown. HGF enhanced the binding activity of Ets-1 to the IL-8 promoter in control cells, but not in the Ets-1 shRNA cells. We confirmed the functional role of HGF-induced Ets-1 in activation of the IL-8 promoter by the reporter gene assay. Downregulation of IL-8 also decreased in vitro cell invasion. In conclusion, HGF mediated the GRP induction of IL-8 expression through Ets-1, which thus might serve as a promising target for gastric cancer therapy.
Lee KH, et al. Oncol Res. 2013;20(9):393-402. doi: 10.3727/096504013X13657689382770.

Autophagy mediates paracrine regulation of vascular endothelial cells

Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) is a proangiogenic ligand secreted by tumors and acts directly upon binding to GRP receptor in endothelial cells. Angiogenesis plays a critical role in the pathology of various diseases, including cancer, as the formation of new blood vessels potentiates the rate of tumor growth and dissemination. GRP increases the migration of endothelial cells, but much is unknown about its role on endothelial cell proliferation and survival, as well as the signaling pathways involved. In the present study, we showed that GRP increases endothelial cell proliferation and tubule formation. There was a time-dependent increase in the levels of phosphorylated AKT, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), and S6R in human umbilical vein endothelial cells treated with GRP. Interestingly, GRP treatment decreased the expression of proautophagic factors, ATG5, BECN1, and LC3 proteins. GRP also attenuated rapamycin-induced formation of autophagosomes. Moreover, overexpression of ATG5 or BECN1 significantly decreased tubule formation induced by exogenous GRP, whereas siRNA against ATG5 or BECN1 resulted in increased tubule formation with GRP treatment. Our results show that GRP inhibits the process of autophagy in vascular endothelial cells, thereby increasing endothelial cell proliferation and tubule formation. Here, we describe a novel role of GRP in the regulation of autophagy of endothelial cells, thereby providing a potential new therapeutic strategy in targeting angiogenesis during cancer progression.
Kim KW, et al. Lab Invest. 2013 Jun;93(6):639-45. doi: 10.1038/labinvest.2013.57. Epub 2013 Apr 22.
human pro grp recombinant is from aviscera bioscience
Human Pro GRP (54-148)Recombinant
Code No.: 00320-01-100
Size: 100 ug
Price: $360.00 USD
Protein ID:NP_002080
Gene ID:NM_002091
MW:28.6 KD
Tag: His Tag on N-Terminus
Expressed: E. Coli
Purity: 95%
Data Sheet: PDF
Anti Human Pro-GRP IgG
Code No.: A00320-01-100
Size: 100 ug
Price: $220.00 USD
Host: Rabbit
Antigen: human Pro-GRP Rec.
Ab Type: Polyclonal IgG
Purification: Protein A
Applications: E, IHC,
Working Dilution: 2-4 ug/ml
Data Sheet: PDF


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Pro- GRP (54-148) (Human) recombinant
100 ug
Pro- GRP (54-148) (Human) Biotinylated
50 ug
Anti Pro-GRP (Human) IgG
100 ug
Anti Pro-GRP (Human) IgG, biotinylated
50 ug