Cionin, a protochordean hybrid of cholecystokinin and gastrin: biological activity in mammalian systems.


The protochordean octapeptide cionin is structurally a hybrid of mammalian cholecystokinin (CCK) and gastrin, and thus their possible common ancestor. To determine whether cionin behaves like CCK or gastrin, we examined its effect on canine fundic somatostatin cells and on porcine and bovine gallbladder muscles. Cionin released somatostatin with a potency… (More)


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