Rosario Herranz

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Metabolic studies on insect allatostatins have suggested that the dipeptide Leu-Tyr may be a target for endopeptidases. In order to increase resistance to degradation, methyleneamino psi [CH2NH] and ketomethylene psi [COCH2] peptide bond surrogates have been introduced at the position Leu3-Tyr4 of the allatostatin Asp-Arg-Leu-Tyr-Ser-Phe-Gly-Leu-amide(More)
Cholecystokinin (CCK) is a regulatory peptide hormone, predominantly found in the gastrointestinal tract, and a neurotransmitter present throughout the nervous system. In the gastrointestinal system CCK regulates motility, pancreatic enzyme secretion, gastric emptying, and gastric acid secretion. In the nervous system CCK is involved in anxiogenesis,(More)
1. The pyridopyrimidine derivative IQM-95,333 ((4aS,5R)-2-benzyl-5-[N alpha-tert-butoxicarbonyl)L-tryptophyl] amino-1,3dioxoperhydropyrido[1,2-c]pyrimidine), a new non-peptide antagonist of cholecystokinin type A (CCKA) receptors, has been evaluated in vitro and in vivo in comparison with typical CCKA and CCKB receptor antagonists, such as devazepide,(More)
PAR1, member of the family of protease-activated receptors, is a GPCR whose activation requires a proteolytic cleavage at its extracellular N-terminus to unveil a tethered activating ligand. Although thrombin is the main activator of this receptor, diverse other proteases can also activate and disarm PAR1. Besides, tethered activating ligand-based peptides(More)
The protective effects of insulin-like growth factor I on the somatostatin (SRIF) system in the temporal cortex after beta-amyloid (Abeta) injury may be mediated through its N-terminal tripeptide glycine-proline-glutamate (GPE). GPE is cleaved to cyclo[Pro-Gly] (cPG), a metabolite suggested to mediate in neuroprotective actions. We evaluated the effects of(More)
By applying a diversity oriented synthesis strategy for the search of new antagonists of the thrombin receptor PAR1, a series of peptide-based ureas and thioureas, including analogues of the PAR1 reference antagonist RWJ-58259, has been designed and synthesized. The general synthetic scheme involves reduction of basic amino acid-derived amino nitriles by(More)
The synthesis and cytostatic activity of several chloromethyl- and iodomethylpyrazole nucleosides are described. Glycosylation of ethyl 3(5)-(chloromethyl)pyrazole-5(3)-carboxylate (3) and 3(5)-(chloromethyl)pyrazole-5(3)-carboxamide (4) with poly(O-acetylated) sugars via an acid-catalyzed fusion method gave the corresponding 3-(chloromethyl)-5-carboxylate(More)
A series of pseudodipeptide-based chiral 1,3,4,5-tetrasubstituted-2-oxopiperazines has been designed and synthesized as potential PAR1 antagonists. These highly functionalized piperazines were synthesized from aromatic and basic amino acid derived Ψ[CH(CN)NH]pseudodipeptides through a four step pathway that involves reduction of the cyano group to build the(More)
The syntheses of dipeptide derivatives of the general formula X-Trp(Nps)-OR (R = H or Me; X = Lys, Gly, Ala, Leu, Ser, Glu, His, Arg, Orn, Dpr, Gpr and Har) are described. The analgesic activities of Gpr- and Har-containing dipeptides have been evaluated and, in the light of these results, the influence of the side chain length of the basic amino acid on(More)
Intracerebroventricular administration of the synthetic dipeptide derivative Lys-Trp (Nps) (LTN) elicits a potent and naloxone-sensitive antinociceptive effect in mice and in rats using heat and electrical current respectively as the noxious stimuli. LTN does not induce analgesia by directly acting on opioid receptors but the peptidase inhibiting activity(More)