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Identification of Dmt-D-Lys-Phe-Phe-OH as a highly antinociceptive tetrapeptide metabolite of the opioid-neurotensin hybrid peptide PK20.

  • January 1, 2013

Recently, we presented a novel compound (PK20, Dmt-D-Lys-Phe-Phe-Lys-Lys-Pro-Phe-Tle-Leu-OH) that targets single entity opioid and neurotensin pharmacophores. This endomorphin-2-like opioid peptide was introduced as a highly active analgesic because it elicited a strong dose- and time-dependent antinociceptive response when administered centrally and peripherally. Its pain-relieving activity was observed as rapidly as 5 min after drug injection. Such promising results led us to perform further studies, such as determining the resistance to enzymatic degradation, which resulted in obtaining a very stable opioid pharmacore PK20 metabolite.

 

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