ECE-2: ProductsECE-2 is a zinc protease of the neprilysin (NEP) family, which also includes ECE-1, PEX, XCE, DINE, Kell and several NEPlike proteins. ECE-2 is a type II transmembrane protein with a short cytoplasmic tail and a large ectodomain. Three alternatively spliced forms differ in their cytoplasmic tail. In addition to big endothelin-1, ECE-2 cleaves a variety of bioactive peptides such as bradykinin, neurotensin, angiotensin I, substance P, dynorphin B, proenkephalin-derived peptides such as peptide E, BAM22 and BAM18, and PENLEN, an endogenous inhibitor of prohormone convertase 1. Together with ECE-1, it is also involved in degradation of beta-amyloid peptide.