Biological properties of new analogues, which represent Phe°-propeptides of a variety of opioid peptides, are described. All Phe°-opioid analogues expressed both receptor binding affinities and in vitro biological activities at least at the level of the primary opioid peptides. Surprisingly, some of the propeptides expressed slightly higher activity than the primary opioid peptides. Nevertheless, no significant shift in receptor selectivity was observed, which indicate that these Phe°-analogues undoubtedly are propeptides. The possible role of membrane proteolytic enzymes associated with opioid receptors in transformation of propeptides is discussed.
- Drug design
- Opioid peptides
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)