Alpha-Melanocyte stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) is a tridecapeptide which interacts with a family of G protein-coupled receptors, the melanocortin receptors, to cause its biological effects. We have modelled the low energy conformations of the alpha-MSH derivatives as part of a project to probe the receptor binding conformation of melanocortins, and also to design ligands for targeting cytotoxic drugs to MC1 receptors expressed by melanoma cells. Here we report a molecular dynamics study of beta turns in a cyclic lactam analogue [Nle4, Asp5, D-Phe7, Lys10]alpha-MSH. The data show that it is possible for a beta turn to exist in the ring portion of this molecule which contains the melanocortin conserved sequence - His-Phe-Arg-Trp-, even though the lowest energy conformers lack a beta turn.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
- Amino Acid Sequence Models, Molecular Molecular Sequence Data Protein Conformation Receptors, Corticotropin/metabolism Receptors, Melanocortin alpha-MSH/analogs & derivatives/*chemistry