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J Biol Chem. 1987 Oct 15;262(29):14010-3.

Isolation, characterization, and pharmacological actions of peptide histidine valine 42, a novel prepro-vasoactive intestinal peptide-derived peptide.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, United Kingdom.


The primary structure and biological activity of a novel prepro-vasoactive intestinal peptide (prepro-VIP)-derived peptide has been determined from an adrenal pheochromocytoma. The peptide was purified sufficiently for characterization by fast atom bombardment mapping after cation-exchange and reverse-phase fast protein liquid chromatography. The sequence of this novel peptide corresponds exactly to prepro-VIP-81-122 and has been designated peptide histidine valine 42 (PHV-42). Synthetic PHV-42 reduced both the force and frequency of spontaneous contractions of isolated rat uterus and was at least 12 times more potent than peptide histidine methionine (prepro-VIP-81-107), and over a hundred times more potent than noradrenaline. PHV-42 was also more potent than peptide histidine methionine in relaxing smooth muscle preparations of rat stomach and guinea pig trachea, but was approximately 4-fold less potent in reducing blood pressure than VIP. PHV-42 thus forms a separate subsystem in the VIP family of peptides and may be the most biologically active product of prepro-VIP in certain tissues such as the uterus and trachea.

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