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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 113-119

Synthesis of a new biological response modifier thyrnosin β4 analogue and its restorative effect on depressed

Kidney Research Laboratory, Kojinkai, 1-6 Tsutsujigaoka 2-chome, Miyagino-ku, Sendai 980, Japan

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Thymosin β4 is a polypeptide isolated from thymosin fraction 5. This peptide exhibits important activities in the regulation and differentiation of thymus-dependent lymphocytes. An analogue of thymosin β4, [Phe(4F)12] deacetyl- thymosin β4, was synthesized by a solution method, followed by deprotection with 1 M trifluoromethanesulphonic acid (TFMSA)-thioanisole (molar ratio, 1:1) in trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in the presence of dimethlselenium. Finally, the deprotected peptide was incubated with dithiothreitol to reduce sulphoxide on the methionine side chain. The synthetic [Phe(4F)12]deacetyl-thymosin β4 was found to have a restoring effect on the impaired blastogenic response of T-lymphocytes isolated from uraemic patients with recurrent infectious diseases. This analogue exhibited stronger restorative activity than that of our synthetic deacetyl-thymosin β4.