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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2001 Feb 12;11(3):323-5.

Stereospecific synthesis of (2S)-2-methyl-3-(2',6'-dimethyl-4'-hydroxyphenyl)-propionic acid (Mdp) and its incorporation into an opioid peptide.

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Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Peptide Research, Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


To examine the effect of replacing the N-terminal amino group in opioid peptides with a methyl group on biological activity, a stereospecific synthesis of the tyrosine analogue (2S)-2-methyl-3-(2',6'-dimethyl-4'-hydroxyphenyl)-propionic acid (Mdp) was performed. The enkephalin analogue (2S)-Mdp-D-Ala-Gly-Phe-Leu-NH2 turned out to be a quite potent delta opioid antagonist and a somewhat less potent mu antagonist, indicating that a positively charged N-terminal amino group is not a conditio sine qua non for the binding of opioid peptides to delta and mu receptors but may be required for signal transduction.

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