Tetrapeptide-amide analogues of enkephalin: The role of C-terminus in determining the character of opioid activity

A. Z. Rónai, J. I. Székely, I. Berzétei, E. Miglécz, S. Bajusz

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Abstract

The opioid activities of tetrapeptide-amide analogues of enkephalin /H-Tyr-D-Met-Gly-Phe-NH2; H-Tyr-D-Nle-Gly-Phe-NH2/ were studied in isolated, electrically stimulated longitudinal muscle strip of guinea-pig ileum and mouse vas deferens preparations in vitro and in vivo in the rat tail-flick test. Their effects were compared to those of the parent L-Pro5-NH2 containing analogues, and to other enkephalin derivatives substituted with D-Met in position 2 and L-amino/imino acids of different character in position 5. It was found that whilst the opioid receptor in mouse vas deferens preferred aliphatic residues of acidic character at the C-terminus of pentapeptides and was highly sensitive to the removal of C-terminal amino acid, the other systems were either much less responsive to these changes, or the effects were opposite to those found in mouse vas deferens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1239-1249
Number of pages11
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Volume91
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 28 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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