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Insulin-like peptide 5 (INSL5) is a two-chain, three-disulfide bonded member of insulin/relaxin superfamily of peptides that includes insulin, insulin-like growth factor I and II (IGFI and IGFII), insulin-like peptide 3, 4, 5 and 6 (INSL3, 4, 5 and 6), relaxin-1 (H1 relaxin), -2 (H2 relaxin) and -3 (H3 relaxin). Although it is expressed in relatively high(More)
Conotoxins have emerged as useful leads for the development of novel therapeutic analgesics. These peptides, isolated from marine molluscs of the genus Conus, have evolved exquisite selectivity for receptors and ion channels of excitable tissue. One such peptide, α-conotoxin Vc1.1, is a 16-mer possessing an interlocked disulfide framework. Despite its(More)
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