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Research article2006Peer reviewed

Chemical synthesis of analogs of the glycopeptide contulakin-G, an analgetically active conopeptide from Conus geographus

Westerlind U, Norberg T


Cone snails are marine predators that use immobilizing venoms for catching prey. Chemical analysis of the venoms has revealed a variety of biologically active small and intermediate size peptides rich in post-translational modifications (modified amino acids, glycosylation). The glycopeptide contulakin-G(pGlu-Ser-Glu-Glu-Gly-Gly-Ser-Asn-Ala-[beta-D-Galp-(1 -> 3)-alpha-D-GalpNAc(I ->]Thr-Lys-Lys-Pro-Tyr-Ile-Leu-OH) is a potent analgesic from Conus geographus venom. The in vivo activity of synthetic contulakin-G was previously found to be significantly higher compared to that of a peptide lacking the glycan. In order to further investigate the importance of the glycan, we have now synthesized analogs of contulakin-G where the glycan chain O-linked to threonine has been altered either to beta-D-Galp-(1 -> 3)-P-D-GalpNAc-, alpha-D-Galp-(1 -> 3)-alpha-D-GalpNAc-, or beta-D-Galp-(1 -> 6)-alpha-D-GalP-NAc-. The glycopeptides were assembled on a Wang resin using commercially available Fmoc amino acids and synthetically prepared Fmoc-protected threonine derivatives carrying O-acetyl protected sugar chains. The final products were thoroughly characterized by NMR and mass spectroscopy. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved

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Carbohydrate Research
2006, Volume: 341, number: 1, pages: 9-18

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