Seventeen analogues of dermorphin were synthesized and bio-assayed to determine the influence of side chains of the individual amino acid residues forming the sequence of dermorphin on the biological activity of this opioid peptide. Syntheses were carried out using solid-phase procedure, and the analogues obtained were purified by gel filtration on Sephadex G-10. Biological activities determined in guinea pig ileum (GPI) and mouse vas deferens (MVD) tests showed that the N-terminal tetrapeptide is responsible for the activity of dermorphin. Substitutions in the C-terminal fragment, particularly in position 5, for other amino acid residues results in substantial differentiation towards μ and δ receptors.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience