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Peptides of Insulin and Glucagon Superfamilies in Fish

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Clusters of structurally related biologically active peptides have been appropriately dubbed 'families' or 'superfamilies'. However, structural resemblance does not necessary predict similar function. This short overview deals with two couples of peptides: insulin and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) belonging to the insulin superfamily, and glucagon and glucagon-like peptide I (GLP-I) belonging to the glucagon superfamily. An attempt is made to compare structure, expression and functions of peptides of either fish or mammalian origin. It appears that fish insulin, IGF-I and glucagon share with their mammalian counterparts a number of similar features and functions while glucagon-like peptide function is strongly different. Insulin and glucagon families of peptides have been extensively reviewed during the past two years. To avoid repetition most attention is paid to the latest findings that have not been included in previous reviews.

Affiliations: 1: School of Fisheries, Box 355100, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.


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