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J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2013 Jun;28(3):639-43. doi: 10.3109/14756366.2011.651463. Epub 2012 Feb 3.

Tripeptides with non-code amino acids as potential serine proteases inhibitors.

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Department of Organic Chemistry, Poland.


Eight peptides of the general H-D-Ser-AA-Arg-OH formula, where AA = phenylglycine, phenylalanine, homophenylalanine, cyclohexylglycine, cyclohexylalanine, homocyclohexylalanine, α-methylphenylalanine and 1-aminocyclohexyl carboxylic acid were obtained and tested for their effect on the amidolytic activities of urokinase, thrombin, trypsin, plasmin, t-PA and kallikrein. We tested the hemolytic activity of the peptides against porcine erythrocytes and the antitumor activity against the human breast cancer cells, standard MCF-7 and estrogen-independent MDA-MB-231. The most active compounds were H-D-Ser-Chg-Arg-OH towards thrombin and H-D-Ser-Phg-Arg-OH towards plasmin with K(i) value 5.02 μM and 5.7 μM, respectively.

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