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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2012 Dec 15;22(24):7471-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2012.10.049. Epub 2012 Oct 17.

Development of sub-nanomolar dipeptidic ligands of neuropeptide FF receptors.

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University of Strasbourg, CNRS, UMR7200, Faculty of Pharmacy, F-67400 Illkirch Graffenstaden, France.


Based on our earlier reported neuropeptide FF receptors antagonist (RF9), we carried out an extensive structural exploration of the N-terminus part of the amidated dipeptide Arg-Phe-NH(2) in order to establish a structure-activity relationships (SAR) study towards both NPFF receptor subtypes. This SAR led to the discovery of dipeptides (12, 35) with subnanomolar affinities towards NPFF1 receptor subtype, similar to endogenous ligand NPVF. More particularly, compound 12 exhibited a potent in vivo preventive effect on opioid-induced hyperalgesia at low dose. The significant selectivity of 12 toward NPFF1-R indicates that this receptor subtype may play a critical role in the anti-opioid activity of NPFF-like peptides.

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