Pseudononapeptide bombesin antagonists containing C-terminal Trp or Tpi

Ren Zhi Cai, Sinisa Radulovic, Jacek Pinski, Attila Nagy, Tommie W. Redding, Donald B. Olsen, Andrew V. Schally

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Seven new antagonists of bombesin (Bn)/gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) containing C-terminal Trp or Tpi (2,3,4,9-tetrahydro-1H-pyrido[3,4-b]indol-3-carboxylic acid) in a reduced peptide bond were synthesized by solid phase methods and evaluated biologically. The reduced bond in four [Leu13ψ(CH2NH)Trp14]Bn(6-14) analogs was formed by reductive alkylation at the dipeptide stage. In the case of three [Leu13ψ(CH2N)Tpi14]Bn(6-14) analogs, the Trp dipeptide with reduced bond was reacted with formaldehyde to form the corresponding Tpi derivative. These Tpi-containing analogs have a new reduced bond which is structurally more constrained. Leu13ψ(CH2N)Tpi14 analogs inhibit [125I][Tyr4]bombesin binding to Swiss 3T3 cells with IC50 values of 2-4 nM, compared to 5-10 nM for Leu13ψ(CH2NH)Trp14 analogs. Leu13ψ(CH2N)Tpi14 analogs are also more potent than Leu13ψ(CH2NH)Trp14 analogs in growth inhibition studies using Swiss 3T3 cells. The two best bombesin antagonists of this series, [D-Trp6,Leu13ψ(CH2N)Tpi14]Bn(6-14) (RC-3415) and [Tpi6,Leu13ψ(CH2N)Tpi14]Bn(6-14) (RC-3440), inhibited GRP-stimulated growth of Swiss 3T3 cells with IC50 values less than 1 nM. RC-3440 was also active in vivo, suppressing GRP(14-27)-stimulated serum gastrin secretion in rats. Bombesin/GRP antagonists, such as RC-3440, containing the new reduced bond (CH2N) reported herein are very potent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Bombesin antagonist
  • New reduced bond Tpi
  • Pseudononapeptide
  • Solid phase synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Physiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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