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Evaluation of novel cyclic analogues of apelin

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Apelin regulates various cell signaling processes through interaction with its specific cell-surface receptor, APJ, which is a member of a seven transmembrane G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. To develop a novel apelin analogue, we synthesized cyclic analogues of minimal apelin fragment RPRLSHKGPMPF (apelin-12), and evaluated their bioactivities in a recombinant human APJ-expressed cell line. Three cyclic analogues were synthesized: cyclo apelin-12 (C1) in combination with amino-terminal to carboxy-terminal, cyclourea apelin-12 (C3) in combination with amino-terminal and amino acid side chain at positions 7, and cyclic apelin-12 (C4) in combination with amino acid side chain at positions 7 to carboxy-terminal. All cyclic analogues exhibited dose-dependent inhibitory effects against forskolin-induced cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) accumulation, and the maximal effects were almost abolished by pertussis toxin (PTx) treatment. Moreover, they could modulate the intracellular signaling pathways composed of Akt and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) serine/threonine protein kinases in PTx-sensitive manner. This is the first approach to apply cyclization on apelin, and these results provide the basis for the development of drug-like apelin analogues.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Ankhs Incorporated, Tsukuba Industrial Liaison and Cooperative Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577, Japan

Publication date: 01 January 2008

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