alpha-Calcitonin-gene-related peptide (alpha CGRP) lacking its C-terminal phenylalaninamide residue was found not to bind to its receptor as did full-length (amidated) alpha CGRP. Investigation of the structure of these peptides by c.d. and n.m.r. revealed no significant difference, so it seemed that the effect of deleting the C-terminal phenylalaninamide on the biological activity of alpha CGRP was not by disruption of the peptide's structure. Thus the C-terminal phenylalaninamide is an important factor in this ligand-receptor interaction, and the group itself may interact directly with the receptor.

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