Neutral endopeptidase can hydrolyze beta-amyloid(1-40) but shows no effect on beta-amyloid precursor protein metabolism

Peptides. 1995;16(4):647-52. doi: 10.1016/0196-9781(95)00021-b.


High performance liquid chromatographic analyses of incubations of beta-amyloid(1-40) with neutral endopeptidase revealed at least nine product peaks, indicating that neutral endopeptidase can cleave beta-amyloid at multiple sites. Mass spectroscopic analysis of hydrolyzed beta-amyloid identified at least five cleavage sites, between residues Glu3-Phe4, Gly9-Trp10, Phe19-Phe20, Ala30-Ile31, and Gly33-Leu34. In contrast, amyloid precursor protein metabolism in Neuro2A cells was unaffected by the expression of recombinant neutral endopeptidase in the same cells or by the addition of a secreted form of neutral endopeptidase to spent Neuro2A cell media.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Amyloid beta-Peptides / metabolism*
  • Amyloid beta-Protein Precursor / metabolism*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Hydrolysis
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neprilysin / pharmacology*
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism*


  • Amyloid beta-Peptides
  • Amyloid beta-Protein Precursor
  • Peptide Fragments
  • amyloid beta-protein (1-40)
  • Neprilysin