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Primary structure of helodermin, a VIP-secretin-like peptide isolated from Gila monster venom.


PMID 6439576

Abstract

The complete amino acid sequence of helodermin isolated from the venom of Gila monster was elucidated. The peptide was shown to be a basic pentatriacontapeptide amide: His-Ser-Asp-Ala-Ile-Phe-Thr-Gln-Gln-Tyr-Ser-Lys-Leu-Leu-Ala-Lys-Leu-Ala- Leu-Gln-Lys- Tyr-Leu-Ala-Ser-Ile-Leu-Gly-Ser-Arg-Thr-Ser-Pro-Pro-Pro-NH2. A high degree of sequence similarities to secretin/VIP/PHI/(PHM)/GRF from mammal and bird was observed over the entire N-terminal 1-27 sequence. In particular, the amino acid residues in positions 3, 6 and 7 were found to be common to 9 peptides of the family. Another interesting feature of the structure of helodermin was its C-terminal -Pro-Pro-Pro-NH2 sequence. Isolation of helodermin was the first demonstration of the existence of a secretin/VIP-related peptide in an animal that is neither mammal nor bird.

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