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See detailAssociation Of Synthetic Peptide-Fragments Of Human Apolipoprotein-A-I With Phospholipids
Vanloo, B.; Demoor, L.; Boutillon, C. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (1995), 36(8), 1686-96

The sequences of the plasma apolipoproteins have a high degree of internal homology as they contain several 22-mer internal repeats. These amphipathic helical repeats are considered as the structural and ... [more ▼]

The sequences of the plasma apolipoproteins have a high degree of internal homology as they contain several 22-mer internal repeats. These amphipathic helical repeats are considered as the structural and functional units of this class of proteins. We proposed that the 22-mer repeats of the plasma apolipoproteins consist of 17-mer helical segments separated by extended beta-strands comprising five amino acid residues with a proline in the center of this segment. These beta-strand segments help reverse the orientation of the consecutive helices of apoA-I, A-IV, and E in a discoidal apolipoprotein-phospholipid complex. In order to support this hypothesis, we synthesized apoA-I fragments consisting of, respectively, one putative helix (residues 166-183), one helix plus a beta-strand (residues 161-183), and a pair of helices separated by a beta-strand (residues 145-183). The structural and lipid-binding properties of these peptides were investigated by turbidity, fluorescence, binding studies with unilamellar phospholipid vesicles, electron microscopy, and circular dichroism measurements. Our data show that one single putative helical segment or one helical segment plus one extended beta-strand do not form stable complexes with phospholipids. The addition of a second adjacent helix has no influence on the lipid affinity of the apoA-I 145-183 peptide compared to the shorter segments but substantially improves the stability of the complexes. The helical content of the peptide increases upon lipid association as observed with apoA-I. The complexes generated with the apoA-I 145-183 peptide appear as discoidal particles by negative staining electron microscopy, with heterogeneous sizes ranging between 250 and 450 A. The relative orientation of the peptide and the phospholipid is the same as in a DMPC/apoA-I complex as the helices are oriented parallel to the acyl chains of the phospholipid. However, the stability of these complexes is significantly lower than that of the corresponding DMPC/apoA-I complexes. The transition temperature, fluidity, and cooperativity of the phospholipid bilayer are only weakly affected by the association with the apoA-I 145-183 peptide. These data suggest that a pair of helical peptides linked through a beta-strand associates more tightly with lipids and can form discoidal lipid-peptide complexes, than a single helix. A comparison with the properties of native apoA-I suggests, however, that the cooperativity between pairs of helices in native apoA-I further contributes to strengthen the lipid-protein association. [less ▲]

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See detailHelix Helix Interactions In Reconstituted High-Density-Lipoproteins
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; De Pauw, Mc. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Lipids and Lipid Metabolism (1995), 1258(1), 10-8

In this work we calculated the ionic interactions between adjacent amphipathic helices of apo A-I and apo A-IV. The calculation of the electrostatic potential around the helices helps identify the charged ... [more ▼]

In this work we calculated the ionic interactions between adjacent amphipathic helices of apo A-I and apo A-IV. The calculation of the electrostatic potential around the helices helps identify the charged residues susceptible to form salt bridges between adjacent helices. An estimation of the stability of the different pairs of helices is derived from the calculation of the energy of interaction between contiguous helices at a water/lipid interface after energy minimization. The most stable energetic conformation corresponds to the 17-residue helices oriented anti-parallel and separated by a stretch of 5 residues in an extended beta-strand conformation, as calculated through the 'stereo alphabet' calculation procedure. In a pair of helices, the hydrophobic faces are directed towards the lipid core of the discoidal phospholipid-apolipoprotein complex and the hydrophobic lipid-protein interactions are major determinants for the stability of the complex. Interactions between polar residues located on the opposite face of the helix and water molecules can also contribute to the overall energy of the system. Finally, salt bridge formation between residues of opposite charge along the edge of the helical segments contribute to the cooperativity of the phospholipid-apolipoprotein complex formation. The mode of assembly of the amphipathic helical repeats of the apolipoproteins around the edge of a discoidal complex is therefore determined both by the hydrophobic character of the residues and by the charge complementarity along the edge of the helices which increases the structural stability and determines the relative orientation of the helices. [less ▲]

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See detailPhospholipid-Binding And Lecithin-Cholesterol Acyltransferase Activation Properties Of Apolipoprotein-A-I Mutants
Holvoet, P.; Zhao, Za.; Vanloo, B. et al

in Biochemistry (1995), 34(41), 13334-42

Recombinant human apolipoprotein A-I (apo A-I) and three deletion mutants: apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243), purified from the periplasmic space ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human apolipoprotein A-I (apo A-I) and three deletion mutants: apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243), purified from the periplasmic space of Escherichia coli, were studied. The rate of turbidity decrease following mixing of apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243) with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) vesicles at 23 degrees C was 10-fold lower than that of the other apo A-I proteins, confirming that the carboxy-terminal region of apo A-I plays a role in rapid lipid binding. The Stokes radii of reconstituted high-density lipoproteins (rHDL), containing dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine and cholesterol, were larger for the three apo A-I mutants [6.3 nm for apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), 6.1 nm for apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and 6.5 nm for apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243)] than for intact apo A-I (5.0 nm). The mutant rHDL all contained 4 apo A-I molecules per particle as compared to 2 for intact apo A-I. Circular dichroism measurements revealed 8 alpha-helices per apo A-I molecule, 5 per apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), 6 per apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and 4 per apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243) molecule as compared to predicted values of 8, 5, 6, and 6 alpha-helices, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and orientation of apo B-100 peptides into a lipid bilayer.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Rosseneu, M. et al

in Journal of Protein Chemistry (1994), 13(1), 77-88

Peptides corresponding to lipid binding domains of Apo B-100 were synthesized, purified, and incubated with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) liposomes. The secondary structure of the apo B-100 ... [more ▼]

Peptides corresponding to lipid binding domains of Apo B-100 were synthesized, purified, and incubated with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) liposomes. The secondary structure of the apo B-100 peptide-lipid complexes was evaluated by attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). Those peptides belonging to the hydrophobic "core" domain of apo B-100 when associated with phospholipids were rich in beta sheet structure; a predominant alpha helical conformation was shown to be associated with one peptide located in a surface region of apo B-100. IR dichroic spectra revealed, in the case of the "core" peptides, that the beta sheet component is the only oriented structure with respect to the phospholipid acyl chains. This orientation of the beta sheet was recently found in LDL particles after proteolytic digestion by trypsin (Goormaghtigh, E., Cabiaux, V., De Meutter, J., Rosseneu, M., and Ruysschaert, J. M., 1993, Biochemistry 32, 6104-6110). Altogether, the data suggest that beta sheet, present in a high proportion in the native apo B-100, is probably another protein structure in addition to the amphipathic helix which strongly interacts with the lipid outer layer surrounding the LDL particle. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic hydrolysis of reconstituted dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine-apo A-I complexes.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Piron, S.; Conrath, K. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1151(2), 137-42

Apolipoproteins share a common structural feature, their interaction with phospholipids. It is believed that amphipathic helical sequences enable apolipoproteins to bind to lipid bilayer and to form ... [more ▼]

Apolipoproteins share a common structural feature, their interaction with phospholipids. It is believed that amphipathic helical sequences enable apolipoproteins to bind to lipid bilayer and to form discoidal particles of defined dimensions. While the knowledge of the apo A-I sequence and secondary structure has been used to make predictions about its mode of association with lipids, the available experimental data necessary to propose a precise model of these discoidal structures are still limited. An important step in our understanding of these structures would be to identify the apolipoprotein lipid-associated domains. Proteolysis of apo A-I-DMPC reconstituted HDL (rHDL) and free apo A-I is used here to identify lipid-protected domains of apo A-I. Free cleaved peptides were separated from rHDL associated peptides by density gradient centrifugation. The lipid-associated peptides were further analyzed by SDS-PAGE and transferred by Western blot to a ProBlott membrane for sequencing. Cleavage occurred at residue 43 with proteinase K, 46 with trypsin and residue 47 or 48 with pronase. A large domain from about residue 45 to the C-terminal remains highly protected against hydrolysis eventhough it contains several bonds susceptible to proteolytic cleavage. No protected fragments were detected by SDS-PAGE after enzymatic cleavage of free apo A-I in identical experimental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthetic model peptides for apolipoproteins. I. Design and properties of synthetic model peptides for the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins.
Brasseur, Robert ULg; Vanloo, B.; Deleys, R. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1170(1), 1-7

Amphipathic helical peptides are the lipid-binding motives of the plasma apolipoproteins, and synthetic peptide analogs have been used to unravel the mechanism of lipid association within this class of ... [more ▼]

Amphipathic helical peptides are the lipid-binding motives of the plasma apolipoproteins, and synthetic peptide analogs have been used to unravel the mechanism of lipid association within this class of proteins. Hydrophobic interactions between the apolar amino acid residues belonging to the hydrophobic face of the amphipathic helices and the lipids are the major driving forces in the peptide-lipid association to form discoidal complexes. Ionic interactions and salt bridge formation between contiguous peptide chains in the complex can, however, contribute to the overall stability of the lipid-protein particle. This was studied by designing peptide analogs to the helical repeats of the apolipoproteins with variable degrees of salt bridge formation between adjacent peptide chains. The most stable conformation for pairs of synthetic peptides was calculated by energy minimisation together with the energy of interaction between peptides. The sequence of the peptides was derived from that of the 18A peptide synthesized by Segrest et al., and the theoretical calculations confirmed that ionic interactions between residues close to each other, along the edge of two adjacent anti-parallel peptides, can significantly contribute towards the stability of a peptide-phospholipid complex. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthetic model peptides for apolipoproteins. II. Characterization of the discoidal complexes generated between phospholipids and synthetic model peptides for apolipoproteins.
Corijn, J.; Deleys, R.; Labeur, C. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1170(1), 8-16

The structure, composition and physico-chemical properties of complexes generated between phospholipids and synthetic model peptides for the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins were studied ... [more ▼]

The structure, composition and physico-chemical properties of complexes generated between phospholipids and synthetic model peptides for the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins were studied. The sequences of the peptides were derived from that of the 18A peptide and designed to either enhance or decrease ionic interactions between pairs of peptides, as described in the accompanying paper. Complexes were prepared with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC), dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), or with DPPC and cholesterol, and isolated on a Superose 6HR column. Association kinetics for the DMPC-peptides complexes were followed by measuring the turbidity as a function of the temperature. The diameters of the DPPC-peptide complexes, measured by gradient gel electrophoresis (GGE), were about 120 A. Fluorescence polarization measurements after labeling with diphenyl hexatriene (DPH) yielded transition temperatures of, respectively, 40.6, 41.5 and 41.8 degrees C for the DPPC/18AM1-, DPPC/18AM4- and DPPC/18A-peptide complexes. These values were confirmed by differential scanning calorimetry. Circular dichroism and infrared spectroscopy revealed that the peptides adopt an alpha-helical structure in solution and this percentage increased from 30-40% in the free peptides up to 50-60% in the complexes. Attenuated total reflection (ATR) infrared measurements of the complexes indicated that the peptides are oriented parallel to the acyl chains of the phospholipid bilayer. Denaturation of the peptides and of the peptide-lipid complexes was monitored by Trp fluorescence under addition of increasing amounts of GdmCl. The mid-points of the denaturation curves lie at, respectively, 0.05, 0.25 and 0.35 M GdmCl for the 18AM4, 18A and 18AM1 peptide and are shifted towards higher GdmCl concentrations after peptide-lipid binding. GdmCl denaturation decreased the alpha-helical content of the peptides and of the complexes, as monitored by circular dichroism measurement. The helix to random coil structure transition occurred at, respectively, 2.1, 2.2, and 2.0 M GdmCl for 18A, 18AM1 and 18AM4, compared to 5.1, 5.0, and 5.3 M in the corresponding complexes. These data suggest altogether that the structural properties, the mode of lipid-protein association and the stability of the phospholipid-peptide complexes are similar to those of native plasma apolipoproteins. The 18A and 18AM4 peptides which contain charged residues along the edge of the helix, leading to salt bridge formation between peptides were shown to mimic the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure of the apolipoprotein A-IV/lipid discoidal complexes: an attenuated total reflection polarized Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Rosseneu, M. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1149(2), 267-77

Discoidal lipid particles were prepared from a reaction mixture containing apo A-IV and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in the molar ratio of 185:1 (lipid ... [more ▼]

Discoidal lipid particles were prepared from a reaction mixture containing apo A-IV and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in the molar ratio of 185:1 (lipid/protein). The complexes were isolated by gel filtration and characterized in terms of composition and size. Infrared attenuated total reflection spectroscopy was used to estimate the secondary structure of apolipoprotein A-IV and the orientation of its amphipathic alpha-helices with respect to the lipid hydrocarbon chains. In addition, infrared spectra were analyzed in terms of the conformation and organization of different regions of the lipid molecules in the particles. This approach has been applied successfully to reconstituted HDL particles prepared from a reaction mixture containing DPPC and apo A-I in the molar ratio of 150:1 (Wald, J.H., Goormaghtigh, E., De Meutter, J., Ruysschaert, J.M. and Jonas, A. (1990) J. Biol. Chem. 265, 20044-20050). Apo A-IV helicity increased for the protein bound to DMPC or DPPC but the increase was more pronounced for the apo A-IV/DMPC particles. In both complexes, the alpha helical amphipathic segments of the protein were parallel to the lipid acyl chains and no significant modification of the overall organization of the lipid molecules in the lipid bilayer was observed. The presence of apo A-IV seems only to affect the conformation of the lipid hydrocarbon chains in close contact with the protein in the discoidal particles. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural and functional properties of apolipoprotein B in chemically modified low density lipoproteins.
Vanderyse, L.; Devreese, A. M.; Baert, J. et al

in Atherosclerosis (1992), 97(2-3), 187-99

The structural and compositional changes occurring during in vitro chemical modification of apolipoprotein B-100 (apo B), the apolipoprotein component of low density lipoproteins (LDL), were investigated ... [more ▼]

The structural and compositional changes occurring during in vitro chemical modification of apolipoprotein B-100 (apo B), the apolipoprotein component of low density lipoproteins (LDL), were investigated in this study. The functional properties of chemically modified apo B and especially its potential to induce accumulation of cholesterol esters in macrophages were related to the structural changes of apo B. Acetylation, maleylation or malondialdehyde conjugation did not significantly affect the lipid composition of LDL. However, the unsaturated cholesteryl esters content, especially that of cholesteryl arachidonate was significantly decreased through Cu-oxidation. The number of reactive lysine residues in apo B was decreased by Cu-catalyzed LDL oxidation, acetylation, maleylation and by malondialdehyde conjugation. The number of free cysteines decreased from six in native apo B-100 to three in Cu-oxidized LDL. The tryptophan fluorescence intensity decreased most in malondialdehyde-conjugated LDL and in Cu-oxidized LDL, compared with acetylated and maleylated LDL. The secondary structure of native and chemically modified LDL was measured by attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy and by circular dichroism. No significant changes were observed in the secondary structure of any of the modified LDL. These data suggest that neither acetylation, malondialdehyde treatment or even Cu-oxidation substantially altered the secondary structure of apo B, in spite of significant modifications in the primary structure. Incubation of chemically modified LDL with J774 macrophages induced an accumulation of cellular cholesteryl esters and foam cell formation. The highest cholesterol accumulation was induced after malondialdehyde treatment of LDL. These data suggest that the cellular uptake and accumulation of modified LDL is not modulated by changes in the apo B structure. Rather it seems dependent upon the net charge of the apo B protein and probably involves the modification of critical lysine residues. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular modeling of the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins.
Brasseur, Robert ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg; Vanloo, B. et al

in Proteins (1992), 13(3), 246-57

In this paper we propose a classification of the amphipathic helical repeats occurring in the plasma apolipoprotein sequences. It is based upon the calculation of the molecular hydrophobicity potential ... [more ▼]

In this paper we propose a classification of the amphipathic helical repeats occurring in the plasma apolipoprotein sequences. It is based upon the calculation of the molecular hydrophobicity potential around the helical segments. The repeats were identified using a new autocorrelation matrix, based upon similarities of hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties of the amino acid residues within the apolipoprotein sequences. The helices were constructed by molecular modeling, the molecular hydrophobicity potential was calculated, and isopotential contour lines drawn around the helices yielded a three-dimensional visualization of the hydrophobicity potential. Two classes of apolipoproteins could be differentiated by comparing the hydrophobic angles obtained by projection of the isopotential contour lines on a plane perpendicular to the long axis of the helix. The isopotential contour lines around apo AI, AIV, and E are more hydrophilic than hydrophobic, whereas they are of similar intensity for apo AII, CI, and CIII. In both cases discoidal lipid-protein complexes are generated, with the amphipathic helices around the edge of the lipid core. The long axis of the helices is oriented parallel to the phospholipid acyl chains and the hydrophilic side of the helix toward the aqueous phase. As a result of the differences in hydrophobicity potential, the contact between the hydrophobic side of the helices and the phospholipid acyl chains is larger for apo AII, CI, and CIII than for the other apolipoproteins. This might account for the greater stability of the discoidal complexes generated between phospholipids and these apoproteins. [less ▲]

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See detailLCAT activation properties of apo A-I CNBr fragments and conversion of discoidal complexes into spherical particles.
Vanloo, B.; Taveirne, J.; Baert, J. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1992), 1128(2-3), 258-66

We studied the substrate properties of the phospholipid-cholesterol-apolipoprotein complexes generated with apo A-I, apo A-I-CNBr fragments, apo A-II and apo A-IV for cholesterol esterification by the ... [more ▼]

We studied the substrate properties of the phospholipid-cholesterol-apolipoprotein complexes generated with apo A-I, apo A-I-CNBr fragments, apo A-II and apo A-IV for cholesterol esterification by the enzyme lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT). The kinetic parameters determined with the different complexes as substrates, showed that the complexes containing apo A-I and apo A-IV were about 40-times more efficient than those generated with the apo A-I fragments. In this system, the substrates containing apo A-II had the lowest efficiency. In spite of the differences in the kinetic parameters observed with the various apolipoprotein-lipid complexes, the cholesterol inserted in the complexes was esterified for more than 90% after 24 h in all systems studied. Based upon the results of the kinetic experiments, we followed the transformation of the discoidal complexes into spherical particles, due to the formation of a cholesteryl esters core, in the presence of low-density lipoproteins as an external source of cholesterol. We observed the formation of spherical particles by electron microscopy, after incubation of the discoidal complexes with LCAT for 24 h. The average percentage of cholesteryl esters in the converted particles was around 60% of the total cholesterol, varying between 40% for the apo A-I-CNBr-1-DPPC-cholesterol complex and up to 86% for the apo A-I-DPPC-cholesterol complex. The secondary structure of protein in the complexes was not significantly modified. However, the phospholipid phase transition disappeared, together with the parallel orientation of the phospholipid acyl chains with the helical segments of the apolipoproteins, as the phospholipids are organized in a monolayer at the surface of the spheres. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the discoidal complexes formed between apoA-I-CNBr fragments and phosphatidylcholine.
Vanloo, B.; Morrison, J.; Fidge, N. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (1991), 32(8), 1253-64

The structure, composition, and physico-chemical properties of lipid-protein complexes generated between dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DPMC) and the CNBr fragments of human apoA-I were studied. The ... [more ▼]

The structure, composition, and physico-chemical properties of lipid-protein complexes generated between dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DPMC) and the CNBr fragments of human apoA-I were studied. The fragments were separated by high performance liquid chromatography and purified on a reversed-phase column. The complexes with DMPC were isolated on a Superose column; their dimensions were obtained by gradient gel electrophoresis and by electron microscopy. The secondary structure of the protein in the complexes was studied both by circular dichroism and by attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy. The fragments 1 and 4 of apoA-I, containing, respectively, two and three amphipathic helices, recombined with the phospholipid to generate discoidal particles with sizes similar to that of apoA-I- and apoA-II-DMPC complexes. The infrared measurements indicated that in all complexes the apolipoprotein helical segments were oriented parallel to the phospholipid acyl chains and that the protein was located around the edges of the discs. Computer modelling of the complexes based on energy minimization techniques proposed a model for these particles in agreement with the dimensions measured experimentally. In conclusion, we propose that apoA-I and its longest CNBr fragments are able to generate discoidal particles with DMPC, with apolipoprotein helical segments oriented parallel to the acyl chains of the phospholipids. [less ▲]

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