Specific labelling by [125I]helodermin of high-affinity VIP receptors in rat liver membranes.

Helodermin, a newly isolated peptide from Gila Monster venom, is structurally related to VIP and secretin. When used as radioligand, [125I]helodermin bound rapidly and reversibly to crude rat liver membranes, the dissociation being accelerated by GTP. Competition binding curves of [125I]helodermin and [125I]VIP with unlabelled peptides showed the following… (More)