BON cells display the intestinal pattern of neurotensin/neuromedin N precursor processing

Robert E. Carraway, Sankar P. Mitra, B. Mark Evers, Courtney M. Townsend

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Antisera towards the bioactive peptides, neurotensin (NT, 13 residues) and neuromedin N (NMN, 6 residues), as well as towards three regions of their 147-residue canine precursor were used to identify and to quantitate precursor-derived peptides in extracts of human BON cells. This cell-line, which was obtained from a human pancreatic carcinoid tumor, constituitively expresses NT/NMN mRNA and secretes NT. Quantitation of seven precursor-derived peptides led us to conclude that BON cells display the intestinal pattern of NT/NMN precursor processing, which is primarily characterized by the production of a large molecular (125 amino acid) form of NMN. Four large molecular components, identified by immunochemical analyses and Western blotting, displayed physico-chemical properties which, for the most part, were consistent with the structures predicted from the partially-known human mRNA sequence. However, as shown previously for these peptides in canine gut, the empirically determined Mr and pI values were slightly higher than those predicted solely from the amino acid content, perhaps due to the presence of additional substituents. These results suggest that BON cells may provide a good in vitro model in which to study the regulation of intestinal NT/NMN precursor processing and the nature of the enzyme(s) involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalRegulatory Peptides
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 31 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • BON cell
  • Neuromedin N
  • Neurotensin
  • Precursor-processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Physiology
  • General Neuroscience


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