Fahad Al-Obeidi

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Alpha-MSH has a wide variety of putative biological activities in addition to its classical melanocyte dispersing activity. Since each of these activities appears to be mediated by a discrete receptor, this peptide is an excellent candidate for exploring conformational restrictions which determine the chemical-physical basis for hormone action on specific(More)
Histidine phosphorylation (pHis) is well studied in bacteria; however, its role in mammalian signaling remains largely unexplored due to the lack of pHis-specific antibodies and the lability of the phosphoramidate (P-N) bond. Both imidazole nitrogens can be phosphorylated, forming 1-phosphohistidine (1-pHis) or 3-phosphohistidine (3-pHis). We have developed(More)
We investigated the structure-activity relationships of alpha-MSH (alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone) fragment derivatives of the generic formulae Ac-alpha-MSH(x-13)-NH2 and Ac-alpha-MSH(6-x)-NH2. The minimal C-terminal sequences required for melanotropic activity were 8-13 and 7-13, respectively, in the frog and lizard skin bioassays. The Arg8-Trp9(More)
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