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Peptides. 1996;17(1):111-8.

Bombesin-like peptide receptors in human bronchial epithelial cells.

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Section of Medical Oncology, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, CO 80220, USA.


Northern blot and RNAse protection assays previously failed to detect bombesin-like peptide (BLP) receptors in normal human lung tissue, but by RT/PCR cultured human bronchial epithelial (HBE) cells expressed all three BLP receptor subtypes, predominantly neuromedin B (NMB) receptor. By RT/PCR, we found expression of all three BLP receptor subtypes by human lung tissue and confirmed NMB receptor expression in six out of six HBE samples. However, transformed HBE BEAS B2B cells expressed only gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) receptors; saturable, high-affinity (Kd = 3.5 nM) specific [125I]GRP binding confirmed functional GRP receptor, with M(r) = 75 kDa and immunologic cross-reactivity with GRP receptor from human small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) NCI-H345 cells. Altered regulation of BLP receptors may accompany transformation of normal lung cells to cancer.

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