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A potent neuromedin U receptor 2-selective alkylated peptide

A potent neuromedin U receptor 2-selective alkylated peptide
Neuromedin U (NMU) mediates various physiological functions via NMUR1 and NMUR2 receptors. NMUR2 has been considered a promising treatment option for diabetes and obesity. Although NMU-8, a shorter peptide, has potent agonist activity for both receptors, it is metabolically unstable. Therefore, NMU-8 analogs modified with long-chain alkyl moieties via a linker were synthesized. An octadecanoyl analog (17) with amino acid substitutions [αMePhe19, Nle21, and Arg(Me)24] and a linker [Tra-γGlu-PEG(2)] dramatically increased NMUR2 selectivity, with retention of high agonist activity. Subcutaneous administration of 17 induced anorectic activity in C57BL/6J mice. Owing to its high metabolic stability, 17 would be useful in clarifying the physiological role and therapeutic application of NMU.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0960894X17309046

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