The Synthesis and Physical Properties of Thymosin α1 and Its Analogs Prepared by Fragment Condensation
The isolation of biologically important peptides from the thymus gland has been studied extensively in the last few years. Several thymic peptides have been shown to play certain roles in T-cell maturation (White, 1980; Trainin et al., 1980a, b; Goldstein and Lau, 1980; Bach and Goldstein, 1980). Thymosin α1, a highly acidic Nα-acetyl octacosapeptide, isolated from calf thymus gland (Goldstein et al., 1977) and characterized by sequence analysis (Low and Goldstein, 1979), has been reported to exhibit biological activities involved in the development of thymus-dependent lymphocytes (T cells) (Goldstein et al., 1977). Thymosin a1 has been synthesized by classical procedures in solution (Wang et al., 1979; Birr and Stollenwerk, 1979) and by solid-phase methods (Wong and Merrifield, 1980; Wang et al., 1980; Colombo, 1981).
KeywordsCircular Dichroism Solid Phase Synthesis Preparative HPLC Thymus Gland Thymic Hormone
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