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Cover Picture: A Cyclic CCK8 Analogue Selective for the Cholecystokinin Type A Receptor: Design, Synthesis, NMR Structure and Binding Measurements (ChemBioChem 11/2003)
The cover picture shows a molecular model of the interaction between the new CCK8 analogue, Cycle29,34[Dpr29,Lys34]-CCK8 (shown as a CPK model) and the receptor fragment CCKA-R(1–47) (represented by a pink ribbon). The introduction of the cyclic constraint between the Dpr29 sidechain and the CCK8 C terminus (Lys34) decreases the flexibility of the molecule to stabilize the bioactive conformation of Cycle29,34[Dpr29,Lys34]-CCK8. The Trp30 and Met31 side chains are in favorable orientations for interaction with the CCKA receptor. Expansions of the aromatic/amide regions of the 1H NMR spectra of Cycle29,34[Dpr29,Lys34]-CCK8 in aqueous solution (top) and in presence of dodecylphosphocholine-d38 micelles (bottom) are shown in the inset. Further details can be found in the article by Morelli and co-workers on p. 1176 ff.