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The Use of Tripeptides for Lead Discovery of 5-HT4 Receptor Ligands

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A series of 30 tripeptides were synthesized and tested as novel 5-HT4 receptor ligands. Receptor binding assays showed that a subset of compounds had reasonable potency relative to the agonists serotonin and 5-methoxytryptamine. Structure-activity analyses and molecular docking have highlighted avenues for further synthetic work.

Keywords: 5-HT; 5-HT4; Serotonin; molecular docking; radioligand binding; tripeptide

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2009

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.

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