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J Med Chem. 2009 Sep 10;52(17):5556-9. doi: 10.1021/jm900686q.

Influence of the side chain next to C-terminal benzimidazole in opioid pseudopeptides containing the Dmt-Tic pharmacophore.

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Department of Toxicology, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy. gbalboni@unica.it

Abstract

To improve the structure-activity studies of the lead delta opioid agonist H-Dmt-Tic-Asp*-Bid, we synthesized and pharmacologically characterized a series of analogues in which the side chain next to 1H-benzimidazole-2-yl (Bid) was substituted by those endowed with different chemical properties. Interesting results were obtained: (1) only Gly, Ala, and Asp resulted in delta agonism, (2) Phe yielded delta antagonism, (3) and all other residues except Glu (devoid of any activity) gave mu agonism.

PMID:
19642675
DOI:
10.1021/jm900686q
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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