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Peptides. 1987 Sep-Oct;8(5):811-7.

[D-Ala2, (F5) Phe4]-dynorphin 1-13-NH2 (DAFPHEDYN): a potent analog of dynorphin 1-13.

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Department of Psychology, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.


Intracerebroventricular administration of the dynorphin analog, [D-Ala2,(F5)Phe4]-dynorphin 1-13-NH2 (DAFPHEDYN) in rats produced diuresis and profound analgesia. Both effects were antagonized by central administration of naltrexone or naloxone. Intravenous administration of 10, 25, and 50 mg/kg of DAFPHEDYN failed to induce diuresis. The increased potency of DAFPHEDYN was apparent from the failure of an equal dose of the parent compound (dynorphin 1-13) to produce diuresis and the failure of [D-Ala2]-dynorphin 1-13-NH2 to produce analgesia. Radioligand binding studies indicated the DAFPHEDYN retains the same degree of kappa selectivity as the parent compound (dynorphin 1-13) though a drop in affinity occurred. DAFPHEDYN may be of significant interest because it retains the essential pharmacology of the parent compound and exhibits marked in vivo potency.

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