Development of a potent thrombin receptor ligand

J Med Chem. 1995 Sep 29;38(20):4125-30. doi: 10.1021/jm00020a029.


The N-terminal thrombin receptor peptide H-Ser-Phe-Leu-Leu-Arg-Asn-Pro-Asn-Asp-Lys-Tyr-Glu-Pro-Phe-OH (1) fully activates the thrombin receptor with an EC50 of 10 microM. Structural features in the tetradecapeptide which are responsible for receptor activation have been elucidated. Agonist potency has been enhanced 1000-fold with the design of the shortened peptide H-Ala-Phe(p-F)-Arg-Cha-HArg-Tyr-NH2 (56). This analog exhibits an EC50 of 0.01 microM and is the most potent agonist for receptor activation reported to date. The monoiodinated derivative H-Ala-Phe(p-F)-Arg-Cha-HArg-Tyr(3-I)-NH2 (59) exhibits an EC50 of 0.03 microM, a level sufficient for development of a radioligand.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Humans
  • Ligands
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oligopeptides / pharmacology*
  • Receptors, Thrombin / agonists*
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Ligands
  • Oligopeptides
  • Receptors, Thrombin