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Minerva Med. 1983 Apr 28;74(18):993-1010.

[Asu(1,7)E-CT, an analog of eel calcitonin. A comparative study in man with reference to other synthetic calcitonins].

[Article in Italian]


(Asu) E-CT is a deaminodicarba-analog of the synthetic eel-calcitonin (E-CT) that shows specific activity and the potency reasonably high in comparison with that of the most potent natural hormone. The structure of its molecule indicates that the disulphide bond in calcitonins is not essential for the biological activity but only for the maintenance of the specific conformation by forming an intramolecular bridge. The instability of calcitonins should mainly be attributed to the presence of the disulfide bond and (Asu)E-CT proved to be more stable "in vitro" than native calcitonins. The more prolonged hypocalcemic effect of E-CT and its aminosuberic analog (Asu)E-CT has been accounted for to a greater stability of and persistence at the receptor site. (Asu) E-CT has been largely studied in Japan on experimental animals and successfully used in the treatment of hypercalcemia in man. On the contrary investigations on human administration of this analog are very scarce. The present paper reports studies carried out in normal subjects and Paget's disease patients to investigate the effects of (Asu)E-CT in man in comparison with the effects of synthetic human calcitonin (H-CT) and synthetic salmon calcitonin (S-CT). Two different experimental procedures have been used: 1) rapid intravenous injection of (Asu)E-CT (80 MRC. U.) or respectively of H-CT and S-CT (100 MRC. U.) in 15 subjects (7 normals and 8 with Paget's disease); 2) slow 7 days continuous subcutaneous infusion of similar daily amounts of (Asu)E-CT, H-CT and S-CT administered by a microjet pump device in 21 subjects (7 normals and 14 with Paget's disease). The intravenous administration of (Asu)E-CT induced a rapid and persistent decrease in total plasma calcium, ionized calcium and plasma phosphate that was more evident in Paget's disease patients than in normal subjects. No clearly cut differences have been observed with the hypocalcemic and hypophosphatemic effect of H-CT and S-CT administered intravenously; nevertheless the hypocalcemic effect proved to be more persistent in Paget's disease patients treated with (Asu)E-CT. After intravenous infusion of (Asu)E-CT the plasma level of cAMP rose more evidently in pagetic than in normal subjects but the rise was lower than in H-CT and S-CT treated subjects.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS).

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