encodes five predicted neuropeptide-like proteins; in C. elegans, nlp-31
is part of the YGGWamide neuropeptide family that also contains nlp-24
, and nlp-27
is expressed in the hypodermis, and its expression is also detected in precomma-stage embryos; nlp-31
expression is upregulated in response to fungal infection and, when synthesized in vitro, demonstrates antifungal activity.