A small library of cyclic RGD pseudopentapeptides incorporating stereoisome
ric 6,5- and 7,5-fused bicyclic lactams was synthesized with the aim of dev
eloping active and selective integrin antagonists. The solid-phase synthesi
s and activity of these RGD derivatives is described, The approach led to t
wo of the most active known inhibitors of alpha (v)beta (3) receptor.