Solution structures of human parathyroid hormone fragments hPTH(1-34) and hPTH(1-39) and bovine parathyroid hormone fragment bPTH(1-37)

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Jan 7;267(1):213-20. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.1999.1958.


Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is involved in regulation of the calcium level in blood and has an influence on bone metabolism, thus playing a role in osteoporosis therapy. In this study, the structures of the human PTH fragments (1-34) and (1-39) as well as bovine PTH(1-37) in aqueous buffer solution under near physiological conditions were determined using two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The overall structure of the first 34 amino acids of these three peptides is virtually identical, exhibiting a short NH(2)-terminal and a longer COOH-terminal helix as well as a defined loop region from His14 to Ser17, stabilized by hydrophobic interactions. bPTH(1-37), which has a higher biological activity, shows a better-defined NH(2)-terminal part. In contrast to NH(2)-terminal truncations, which cause destabilization of helical structure, neither COOH-terminal truncation nor elongation significantly influences the secondary structure. Furthermore, we investigated the structure of hPTH(1-34) in 20% trifluoroethanol solution. In addition to its helix-stabilizing effect, trifluorethanol causes the loss of tertiary hydrophobic interactions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Circular Dichroism
  • Humans
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Biomolecular
  • Parathyroid Hormone / chemistry*
  • Peptide Fragments / chemistry*
  • Protein Structure, Secondary
  • Solutions
  • Spectrophotometry, Ultraviolet
  • Teriparatide / chemistry*
  • Thermodynamics
  • Water


  • Parathyroid Hormone
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Solutions
  • Water
  • Teriparatide