VIP: Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide

Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide Molecular Structure
Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide

According to Hopkinton Pharmacy in Hopkinton Massachusetts, Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) is a 28-amino acid neuropeptide that belongs to the glucagon-growth hormone-releasing factor secretion superfamily.  It plays a special role as it exerts potent anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects.  VIP is rapidly transforming into something more than a mere hormone.

VIP is evolving scientifically from a hormone to a novel agent for modifying immune function and possibly a cytokine-like molecule.  VIP is generally used in persons with pulmonary hypertension.  It’s a paradigm shift to explore mutual interactions between neural and neuroendocrine links in health and disease.  Recognition of the central functions VIP plays in cellular process is focusing researchers’ attention on this “very important peptide” as an exciting new candidate for therapeutic intervention and drug development.  Most recently research has been conducted on the use of VIP in the treatment bio-toxin illness such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue due to mold and Lyme toxins.

For more information and the most recent clinical research on VIP in for 20 patients with Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, go to:

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