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Chemokine N-terminal-derived peptides differentially regulate signaling by the receptors CCR1 and CCR5

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November 23, 2023


"Inflammatory chemokines are often elevated in disease settings, where the largest group of CC-chemokines are the macrophage inflammatory proteins (MIP), which are promiscuous for the receptors CCR1 and CCR5. MIP chemokines, such as CCL3 and CCL5 are processed at the N-terminus, which influences signaling in a highly diverse manner. Here, we investigate the signaling capacity of peptides corresponding to truncated N-termini. These 3 to 10-residue peptides displayed weak potency but, surprisingly, retained their signaling on CCR1. In contrast, none of the peptides generated a signal on CCR5, but a CCL3-derived tetrapeptide was a positive modulator boosting the signal of several chemokine variants on CCR5. In conclusion, chemokine N-termini can be mimicked to produce small CCR1-selective agonists, as well as CCR5-selective modulators."

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