Journal article

Relaxin-3: Improved synthesis strategy and demonstration of its high-affinity interaction with the relaxin receptor LGR7 both in vitro and in vivo

RAD Bathgate, F Lin, NF Hanson, L Otvos, A Guidolin, C Giannakis, S Bastiras, SL Layfield, T Ferraro, S Ma, CX Zhao, AL Gundlach, CS Samuel, GW Tregear, JD Wade

BIOCHEMISTRY | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2006

Abstract

Relaxin-3 is a member of the human relaxin peptide family, the gene for which, RLN3, is predominantly expressed in the brain. Mapping studies in the rodent indicate a highly developed network of RLN3, RLN1, and relaxin receptor-expressing cells in the brain, suggesting that relaxin peptides have important functional roles in the central nervous system. A regioselective disulfide-bond synthesis protocol was developed and used for the chemical synthesis of human (H3) relaxin-3. The selectively S-protected A and B chains were combined by stepwise formation of each of the three insulin-like disulfides via aeration, thioloysis, and iodolysis. Judicious positioning of the three sets of S-protectin..

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