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Relaxin-3 is a neuropeptide that is implicated in the regulation of stress responses and memory. The elucidation of its precise physiological role(s) has, however, been hampered by cross-activation of the relaxin-2 receptor, RXFP1, in the brain. The current study undertook to develop analogues of human relaxin-3 (H3 relaxin) that can selectively bind and(More)
Diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (DTPA) is a popular chelator agent for enabling the labeling of peptides for their use in structure-activity relationship study and biodistribution analysis. Solid phase peptide synthesis was employed to couple this commercially available chelator at the N-terminus of either the A-chain or B-chain of H2 relaxin. The(More)
Insulin-like peptide 5 (INSL5) is a complex two-chain peptide hormone constrained by three disulfide bonds in a pattern identical to insulin. High expression of INSL5 in the colon suggests roles in activation of colon motility and appetite control. A more recent study indicates it may have significant roles in the regulation of insulin secretion and β-cell(More)
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)
Insulin-like peptide 5 (INSL5) is a member of insulin/relaxin superfamily of peptides. It has recently been identified as the cognate ligand for the G-protein-coupled receptor, RXFP4. Although the complete physiological role of this naturally occurring peptide is still under investigation, there is evidence that it acts to both stimulate appetite and(More)
Solid-phase peptide synthesis has been refined to a stage where efficient preparation of long and complex peptides is now achievable. However, the postsynthesis handling of poorly soluble peptides often remains a significant hindrance to their purification and further use. Several synthetic schemes have been developed for the preparation of such peptides(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)
In natural proteins and peptides, amino acids exist almost invariably as l-isomers. There are, however, several examples of naturally-occurring peptides containing d-amino acids. In this study we investigated the role of a naturally-occurring d-amino acid in a small peptide identified in the transcriptome of a marine cone snail. This peptide belongs to a(More)
α-Conotoxin RgIA is both an antagonist of the α9α10 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subtype and an inhibitor of high-voltage-activated N-type calcium channel currents. RgIA has therapeutic potential for the treatment of pain, but reduction of the disulfide bond framework under physiological conditions represents a potential liability for clinical(More)