ACS Chemical Biology
Chemical biologists commonly seek out correlations between the physicochemical properties of molecules and their behavior in biological systems. However, a new paradigm is emerging for peptides in which conformation is recognized as the primary determinant of bioactivity and bioavailability. This review highlights an emerging body of work that directly addresses how a peptide’s conformation controls its biological effects, cell penetration, and intestinal absorption. Based on this work, the dream of mimicking the potency and bioavailability of natural product peptides is getting closer to reality.
Bock, Jonathan E.; Gavenonis, Jason; and Kritzer, Joshua A., "Getting in Shape: Controlling Peptide Bioactivity and Bioavailability Using Conformational Constraints" (2013). Dickinson College Faculty Publications. Paper 905.