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Endogenous peptides (e.g. enkephalins) control many aspects of brain function, cognition, and perception. The use of these neuroactive peptides in diverse studies has led to an increased understanding of brain function. Unfortunately, the use of brain-derived peptides as pharmaceutical agents to alter brain chemistry in vivo has lagged because peptides do(More)
The blood-brain barrier prevents the entry of many potentially therapeutic peptide drugs to the brain. Glycosylation has shown potential as a methodology for improving delivery to the CNS. Previous studies have shown improved bioavailability and improved centrally mediated analgesia of glycosylated opioids. In this study we investigate the effect of(More)
The synthesis and biological activity of two fragments of the very potent opioid peptide biphalin, showed that Tyr-D-Ala-Gly-Phe-NH-NH<-Phe is the minimal fragment necessary to express equal affinities and the same biological activity profile as the parent biphalin. The replacement of N'-Phe with other L- or D- lipophilic amino acids showed the possibility(More)
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