Position 2 and position 2/Ala15-substituted analogs of bovine growth hormone-releasing factor (bGRF) with enhanced metabolic stability and improved in vivo bioactivity.


In order to prepare GRF analogs with high activity in vivo, a strategy was undertaken to stabilize the peptide to dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPP-IV), a protease found in plasma which inactivates native human and bovine GRF by cleavage of the Ala2-Asp3 bond. Replacement of the Ala2 residue with Ser, Thr, or Gly in [Leu27]bGRF(1-29)NH2 resulted in peptides… (More)