Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1981, 46, 300-302

Biological activity of some insulin derivatives

Asja Šiševaa, Ljuben M. Sirakova, Jiřina Slaninováb and Tomislav Barthb

a Department of Biochemistry, Medical Academy, 1431 Sofia, Bulgaria
b Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 166 10 Prague 6, Czechoslovakia


The ability of insulin and some of its derivatives to compete with 125I-insulin for the binding site in the membrane fraction prepared from the mammary gland of lactating mice is reported. The binding affinity decreased in the following order: insulin desoctapeptide-insulin tert-butyloxycarbonyl3-insulin tert-butyloxycarbonyl2-desoctapeptide-insulin. Insulin hexamethyl ester and its desoctapeptide in concentrations 5.5 . 10-11 - 2 . 10-5 M did not inhibit the binding of 125I-insulin. The comparison of the ability to decrease the blood glucose level showed that tert-butyloxycarbonyl3-insulin had 5% of the activity of insulin and that the other derivatives had less than 0.5% of that of insulin.