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Rapid Communication - Journal of Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2023) Volume 7, Issue 2

Peptides: The building blocks of life & their role in health and medicines.

Rahul Tikko*

Department of Medicinal Chemistry, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Punjab, India

*Corresponding Author:
Rahul Tikko
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Punjab, India

Received: 01-Apr-2023, Manuscript No. AACBC-22-94706; Editor assigned: 03-Apr-2023, PreQC No. AACBC-22-94706(PQ); Reviewed: 17-Apr-2023, QC No. AACBC-22-94706; Revised: 23-Apr-2023, Manuscript No. AACBC-22-94706(R); Published: 28-Apr-2023, DOI:10.35841/aacbc-7.2.139

Citation: Tikko R. Peptides: The building blocks of life & their role in health and medicines. J Clin Bioanal Chem. 2023;7(2):139

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Peptides are short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. They play a critical role in various physiological processes in the body and have gained significant attention in the fields of health and medicine due to their diverse and versatile functions. In this article, we will explore the world of peptides, their properties, functions, and applications in health and medicine. Peptides are composed of two or more amino acids linked together by peptide bonds, which are formed through a process called peptide synthesis. Amino acids are organic molecules that contain an amino group (-NH2) and a carboxyl group (-COOH) attached to a central carbon atom, along with a variable side chain. The sequence and arrangement of amino acids in a peptide chain determine its properties and functions [1]. Peptides can vary in size and complexity, ranging from small peptides with just a few amino acids to larger peptides with dozens or even hundreds of amino acids. Peptides can also be classified based on their functions, such as signaling peptides, antimicrobial peptides, and neuropeptides, among others.

Peptides play diverse and crucial roles in various physiological processes in the body. Some of the common functions of peptides include:

Signaling of peptides act as signaling molecules in the body, transmitting information between cells and tissues. For example, hormones such as insulin and glucagon are peptides that regulate glucose metabolism, while neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine are peptides that transmit signals in the nervous system. Antimicrobial activity of some peptides have antimicrobial properties and can act as natural defense mechanisms against pathogens. These peptides, called antimicrobial peptides, are part of the innate immune system and can directly kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi [2].

Growth and development: Peptides play a crucial role in growth and development processes in the body. For example, growth hormone-releasing peptides stimulate the release of growth hormone, which regulates growth and development in children and adolescents. Enzymatic activity of peptides can act as enzymes, which are proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions in the body. Enzymatic peptides play a key role in various metabolic processes, such as digestion, energy production, and DNA replication. Structural support of peptides can provide structural support to tissues and organs in the body. For example, collagen, a peptide-rich protein, is a major component of connective tissues such as skin, bones, and cartilage, providing strength and stability [3,4].

Peptides have emerged as a promising area of research and development in the field of health and medicine. Their unique properties and functions make them attractive for various applications, including:

Therapeutics of peptides are used as therapeutics in the treatment of various diseases and conditions. For example, peptide-based drugs are used in the management of diabetes (insulin), cancer (peptide-based chemotherapy), and cardiovascular diseases (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors). Peptide-based therapeutics offer several advantages, such as high specificity, low toxicity, and ease of synthesis, making them a promising class of drugs for targeted therapies.

Diagnosis and monitoring of peptides are used in diagnostics and monitoring of diseases. Peptide-based assays, such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), are commonly used in clinical laboratories for the detection of specific proteins and biomarkers in blood or other body fluids. Peptide-based imaging agents, such as peptide-conjugated nanoparticles or radiolabeled peptides, are also used in medical imaging for the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases [5].


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