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Life Sci. 1992;51(20):PL189-93.

Synthesis of [D-Ala2,4'-125I-Phe3,Glu4]deltorphin and characterization of its delta opioid receptor binding properties.

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Pharmacology Department, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson 85724.

Abstract

Both [D-Ala2,Glu4]Deltorphin and [D-Ala2,4'-I-Phe3,Glu4]Deltorphin are highly selective ligands for delta, relative to mu, opioid receptors. Radiolabeled [D-Ala2, 4'-125I-Phe3,Glu4]Deltorphin ([125I]Deltorphin) was prepared with a specific activity of 2200 Ci/mmol from [D-Ala2, 4'-NH2-Phe3, Glu4]Deltorphin through a diazonium salt intermediate. The inhibition of [125I]Deltorphin binding to rat brain membranes by ligands selective for mu, delta, and kappa opioid receptors is consistent with binding by the radioligand to a single site having the properties of a delta opioid receptor. The results of these studies are in good agreement with those obtained by structurally different delta opioid receptor ligands. The similarity between the delta receptor site labeled by [125I]Deltorphin and those labeled by other delta receptor agonists, in contrast to differences seen by in vivo studies of their analgesic effects, is discussed.

PMID:
1331636
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