Structure-function relationship of human insulin-like peptide 3.

Grant number: 509048 | Funding period: 2008 - 2010



The hormone, insulin-like peptide 3, has recently been shown to act directly on male and female germ cells to cause their maturation. It has considerable promise as a therapeutic agent for the regulation of fertility. Drugs based on the peptide may be used to assist in cases of infertility, and drugs that block its action have great potential as male and female contraceptives. Towards these goals, our project aims to understand how this peptide exerts its unique biological effects.

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