NOVEL TACHYKININS FROM THE BRAIN OF THE SEA LAMPREY, PETROMYZON-MARINUS, AND THE SKATE, RAJA-RHINA

D WAUGH, S SOWER, C BJENNING, J M CONLON

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Abstract

Using radioimmunoassay for mammalian tachykinins, peptides with substance P-like immunoreactivity and neurokinin A-like immunoreactivity were identified in an extract of the brain of the longnose skate, Raja rhina (elasmobranch) but only a peptide with neurokinin A-like immunoreactivity was identified in the brain of the sea lamprey, Petromyzon marinus (agnathan). The primary structure of the skate peptide with substance P-like immunoreactivity (Ala-Lys-His-Asp-Lys-Phe-Tyr-Gly-Leu-Met-NH2) shows one amino acid substitution (Phe(3) --> His) compared with scyliorhinin I, previously isolated from dogfish brain and gut. The skate neurokinin A-related peptide (His-Lys-Leu-Gly-Ser-Phe-Val-Gly-Leu-Met-NH2) shows tow substitutions (Thr(3) --> Leu and Asp(4) --> Gly) compared with mammalian neurokinin A. Although the COOH-terminus of the lamprey tackhykinin (Arg-Lys-Pro-His-Pro-Lys-Gly-phe-Val-Gly-Leu-Met-NH2) resembles neurokinin A, the presence of the strongly conserved Lys/Arg-Pro-Xaa-Pro motif at the NH2-terminus of the peptide indicates greater structural similarity with substance P. The additional arginine residue at position 1 in the peptide suggests that the lamprey is utilizing a site of postranslational processing in the tachykinin precursor that is different from the equivalent site in mammalian and other lower vertebrate preprotachykinin(s).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-161
Number of pages7
JournalPeptides
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1994

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