Calpain activity of nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells shows a transient diminution in the early phase of differentiation. Calpain activity can be further decreased by a cell-permeable calpain inhibitor, calpeptin, which enhances the effect of NGF by stimulating neurite elongation. The number of neurites sprouted by one cell is not increased by calpeptin. A possible role of calpain inhibition during PC12 cells' early differentiation is discussed.
- Neurite growth
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