Neurohypofyzární peptidy v lékařství z pražských a švédských laboratoří. Část II: desmopressin, terlipressin, carbetocin – farmakologie a klinické aplikace


  • Vladimír Pliska Department of Biology, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich, Švýcarsko
  • Antonín Pařízek Perinatologické centrum, Gynekologicko-porodnická klinika 1. lékařské fakulty UK a VFN v Praze, Praha, Česká republika
  • Martin Flegel Ústav chemie přírodních látek, Fakulta potravinářské a biochemické technologie, VŠCHT Praha, Praha, Česká republika


Klíčová slova:

neurohypofyzární hormony, oxytocin, vasopressin, deamino-ᴅ-arginin vasopressin, DDAVP, Glypresin, Terlipresin, Carbetocin, společnost Ferring, peptidová léčiva


Licence agreements between the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague (IOCB), and the pharmaceutical company Ferring AB Malmö enabled the Swedish company to produce and commercialize worldwide a number of neurohypophyseal peptides designed at the IOCB. Several of them found therapeutic applications.

dDAVP: 1-deamino-8-ᴅ-arginine-vasopressin was designed in one of the IOCB peptide laboratories (M. Zaoral and F. Šorm) in 1967. It displayed an extremely high antidiuretic activity (various tests indicate a 2- to 50-fold increase, as compared to arginine vasopressin) and a very low pressor activity. The peptide (covered by the U.S. Patent No. 3,497,491, 1970) has been used as a preferred drug in the substitution therapy of the central form of diabetes insipidus (Minirin®, today as Desmopressin INN). Besides, as later discovered (Mannucci et al. 1977), dDAVP increases the plasma concentration of the blood-clotting factor VIII. This fact extended its clinical use as haemostatics in cases of milder forms of haemophilia A, von Willebrand-Jürgens syndrome and some thrombocyte dysfunctions. Despite of the clinical success of dDAVP, a closer look reveals certain inadequacies in the presently available pharmacological data: several reports declare activity values and the prolongation effect (index of persistence) in very broad ranges.

Triglycyl-8-lysine-vasopressin (Terlipressin), a peptide with lysine vasopressin chain extended at the N‑terminal by a triglycine residue, acts mainly as a prodrug (releasing lysine vasopressin after aminopeptidase splitting at the Nα group). The analogue belongs to the so-called „synthetic hormonogens“; individual peptides carrying various acylating groups were synthesized in the mid-sixties at the IOCB and legally protected by U.S. Patent No. 3,558,590 (1968). It was a part of the licence agreements mentioned above. The activities of triglycyl-8-lysine-vasopressin (both antidiuretic and vasopressor) are about 100 times lower than those of lysine vasopressin, but its persistence is 5 times longer. As such, it is occasionally used in emergency medicine in cases of esophageal (and other gastroenteral) bleeding, traumatic or septic shock, in cirrhotic patients and patients with portal hypertension. Its use as an early abortion drug was discussed but not pursued.

Carbetocin (deaminocarba1-2-O-methyltyrosin-oxytocin) was synthetized in the laboratory of Karel Jošt at the IOCB before 1971; its synthesis was covered by a Czechoslovak patent (CS-149,028 B1) in June 1973 (at that time, Czechoslovak patent law did not provide for the patentability of substances as such) and first published in a biophysical communication by Frič et al., 1974). As a part of the licence agreement, it was included in the production program of Ferring AB, but marketed later also by several other pharmaceutical companies due to an incomplete patent protection. The peptide is a moderately active uterotonic partial agonist and as such has been utilized in veterinary obstetrics for delivery induction in cows and (multiparous) pigs: its milder and better-controlled uterotonic action was found preferential as compared to oxytocin so far used for these purposes. In the last two decades, carbetocin has been commonly used also in the human obstetrics, especially to prevent the peri- and post-partum haemorrhage, from the maternal side the most frequent and most severe delivery complication. It became a life-saving drug in emergency obstetrics.



Jak citovat

Pliska, V., Pařízek, A., & Flegel, M. (2022). Neurohypofyzární peptidy v lékařství z pražských a švédských laboratoří. Část II: desmopressin, terlipressin, carbetocin – farmakologie a klinické aplikace. Chemické Listy, 116(2), 101–109.