Conformational analysis of human growth hormone [6-13] peptide analogues

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The conformational analysis of a series of ten hGH[6-13] peptide analogues is reported. As part of our earlier studies, the a-aminosuccinimide modified fragment Asun-hGH[6-13] has previously been identified as a potentiator of insulin activity in intravenous insulin tolerance tests, and various analogues have been subsequently designed, synthesised and employed to acquire structure-activity data. These studies have lead to the conclusion that the conformational characteristics at the C-terminus of each of the active peptide analogues is important to the biological activity. In the present investigation, molecular dynamics and simulated annealing techniques have been used to examine the accessible conformational states of the C-terminal region of ten different hGH[6-13] peptide analogues. Of these six are active peptide analogues while the other four show no biological activity. Examination of the conformer groups identified using this molecular dynamics approach showed a common conformational motif for each of the active peptides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Peptide and Protein Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1996


  • Computer modelling
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Peptide analogue
  • Peptide conformation
  • Simulated annealing

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