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See detailCharacterization Of The Lipid-Binding Properties And Lipoprotein Lipase Inhibition Of A Novel Apolipoprotein C-Iii Variant Ala23thr
Liu, Hq.; Labeur, C.; Xu, Cf. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (2000), 41(11), 9201-12

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated ... [more ▼]

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated in lipid binding (L9T/T20L, F64A/W65A) or LPL inhibition (K21A), were compared. Relative lipid binding efficiencies to dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) were L9T/T20L > WT >K21A > F64A/W65A with an inverse correlation with size of the discoidal complexes formed. Physicochemical analysis (Trp fluorescence, circular dichroism, and GdnHCl denaturation) suggests that L9T/T20L forms tighter and more stable lipid complexes with phospholipids, while F64A/W65A associates less tightly. Lipid displacement properties were tested by gel-filtrating apoE:dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) discoidal complexes mixed with the various apoC-III variants. All apoC-III proteins bound to the apoE:DPPC complexes; the amount of apoE displaced from the complex was dependent on the apoC-III lipid binding affinity. All apoC-III proteins inhibited LPL in the presence or absence of apoC-II, with F64A/W65A displaying the most inhibition, suggesting that apoC-III inhibition of LPL is independent of lipid binding and therefore of apoC-II displacement. Taken together. these data suggest that the hydrophobic residues F64 and W65 are crucial for the lipid binding properties of apoC-III and that redistribution of the N-terminal helix of apoC-III (L9T/T20L) enhances the stability of the lipid-bound protein, while LPL inhibition by apoC-III is likely to be due to protein:protein interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of recombinant wild type and site-directed mutations of apolipoprotein C-III: lipid binding, displacement of ApoE, and inhibition of lipoprotein lipase.
Liu, H.; Talmud, P. J.; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2000), 39(31), 9201-12

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated ... [more ▼]

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated in lipid binding (L9T/T20L, F64A/W65A) or LPL inhibition (K21A), were compared. Relative lipid binding efficiencies to dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) were L9T/T20L > WT >K21A > F64A/W65A with an inverse correlation with size of the discoidal complexes formed. Physicochemical analysis (Trp fluorescence, circular dichroism, and GdnHCl denaturation) suggests that L9T/T20L forms tighter and more stable lipid complexes with phospholipids, while F64A/W65A associates less tightly. Lipid displacement properties were tested by gel-filtrating apoE:dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) discoidal complexes mixed with the various apoC-III variants. All apoC-III proteins bound to the apoE:DPPC complexes; the amount of apoE displaced from the complex was dependent on the apoC-III lipid binding affinity. All apoC-III proteins inhibited LPL in the presence or absence of apoC-II, with F64A/W65A displaying the most inhibition, suggesting that apoC-III inhibition of LPL is independent of lipid binding and therefore of apoC-II displacement. Taken together. these data suggest that the hydrophobic residues F64 and W65 are crucial for the lipid binding properties of apoC-III and that redistribution of the N-terminal helix of apoC-III (L9T/T20L) enhances the stability of the lipid-bound protein, while LPL inhibition by apoC-III is likely to be due to protein:protein interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental gerontology in Belgium: from model organisms to age-related pathologies
Toussaint, Olivier; Baret, P. V.; Brion, J.-P. et al

in Experimental Gerontology (2000), 35(8), 901-916

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See detailbeta-amyloid peptide interacts specifically with the carboxy-terminal domain of human apolipoprotein E: Relevance to Alzheimer's disease
Pillot, T.; Goethals, M.; Najib, J. et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (1999), 72(1), 230-7

Growing evidence indicates the involvement of apolipoprotein E (apoE) in the development of late-onset and sporadic forms of Alzheimer's disease, although its exact role remains unclear. We previously ... [more ▼]

Growing evidence indicates the involvement of apolipoprotein E (apoE) in the development of late-onset and sporadic forms of Alzheimer's disease, although its exact role remains unclear. We previously demonstrated that beta-amyloid peptide (Abeta) displays membrane-destabilizing properties and that only apoE2 and E3 isoforms inhibit these properties. In this study, we clearly demonstrate that the carboxy-terminal lipid-binding domain of apoE (e.g., residues 200-299) is responsible for the Abeta-binding activity of apoE and that this interaction involves pairs of apoE amphipathic alpha-helices. We further demonstrate that Abeta is able to inhibit the association of the C-terminal domain of apoE with lipids due to the formation of Abeta/apoE complexes resistant to sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. On the contrary, the amino-terminal receptor-binding domain of apoE (e.g., residues 129-169) is not able to form stable complexes with Abeta. These data extend our understanding of human apoE-dependent binding of Abeta by involving the C-terminal domain of apoE in the efficient formation of apoE/Abeta complex. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution Of The Hydrophobicity Gradient To The Secondary Structure And Activity Of Fusogenic Peptides
Decout, A.; Labeur, C.; Vanloo, B. et al

in Molecular Membrane Biology (1999), 16(3), 237-46

Fusogenic peptides belong to a class of helical amphipathic peptides characterized by a hydrophobicity gradient along the long helical axis. According to the prevailing theory regarding the mechanism of ... [more ▼]

Fusogenic peptides belong to a class of helical amphipathic peptides characterized by a hydrophobicity gradient along the long helical axis. According to the prevailing theory regarding the mechanism of action of fusogenic peptides, this hydrophobicity gradient causes the tilted insertion of the peptides in membranes, thus destabilizing the lipid core and, thereby, enhancing membrane fusion. To assess the role of the hydrophobicity gradient upon the fusogenic activity, two of these fusogenic peptides and several variants were synthesized. The LCAT-(57-70) peptide, which is part of the sequence of the lipolytic enzyme lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase, forms stable beta-sheets in lipids, while the apolipoprotein A-II (53-70) peptide remains predominantly helical in membranes. The variant peptides were designed through amino acid permutations, to be either parallel, perpendicular, or to retain an oblique orientation relative to the lipid-water interface. Peptide-induced vesicle fusion was monitored by lipid-mixing experiments, using fluorescent probes, the extent of peptide-lipid association, the conformation of lipid-associated peptides and their orientation in lipids, were studied by Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy. A comparison of the properties of the wild-type and variant peptides shows that the hydrophobicity gradient, which determines the orientation of helical peptides in lipids and their fusogenic activity, further influences the secondary structure and lipid binding capacity of these peptides. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization Of Functional Residues In The Interfacial Recognition Domain Of Lecithin Cholesterol Acyltransferase (Lcat)
Peelman, F.; Vanloo, B.; Perez-Mendez, O. et al

in Protein Engineering (1999), 12(1), 71-8

Lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) is an interfacial enzyme active on both high-density (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Threading alignments of LCAT with lipases suggest that residues ... [more ▼]

Lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) is an interfacial enzyme active on both high-density (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Threading alignments of LCAT with lipases suggest that residues 50-74 form an interfacial recognition site and this hypothesis was tested by site-directed mutagenesis. The (delta56-68) deletion mutant had no activity on any substrate. Substitution of W61 with F, Y, L or G suggested that an aromatic residue is required for full enzymatic activity. The activity of the W61F and W61Y mutants was retained on HDL but decreased on LDL, possibly owing to impaired accessibility to the LDL lipid substrate. The decreased activity of the single R52A and K53A mutants on HDL and LDL and the severer effect of the double mutation suggested that these conserved residues contribute to the folding of the LCAT lid. The membrane-destabilizing properties of the LCAT 56-68 helical segment were demonstrated using the corresponding synthetic peptide. An M65N-N66M substitution decreased both the fusogenic properties of the peptide and the activity of the mutant enzyme on all substrates. These results suggest that the putative interfacial recognition domain of LCAT plays an important role in regulating the interaction of the enzyme with its organized lipoprotein substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced Efficiency Of A Targeted Fusogenic Peptide
Decout, A.; Labeur, C.; Goethals, M. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes (1998), 1372(1), 102-16

Membrane targeting was investigated as a potential strategy to increase the fusogenic activity of an isolated fusion peptide. This was achieved by coupling the fusogenic carboxy-terminal part of the beta ... [more ▼]

Membrane targeting was investigated as a potential strategy to increase the fusogenic activity of an isolated fusion peptide. This was achieved by coupling the fusogenic carboxy-terminal part of the beta-amyloid peptide (Abeta, amino acids 29-40), involved in Alzheimer's disease, to a positively charged peptide (PIP2-binding peptide, PBP) interacting specifically with a naturally occurring negatively charged phospholipid, phosphatidylinositol 4, 5-bisphosphate (PIP2). Peptide-induced vesicle fusion was spectroscopically evidenced by: (i) mixing of membrane lipids, (ii) mixing of aqueous vesicular contents, and (iii) an irreversible increase in vesicle size, at concentrations five to six times lower than the Abeta(29-40) peptide. In contrast, at these concentrations the PBP-Abeta(29-40) peptide did not display any significant activity on neutral vesicles, indicating that negatively charged phospholipids included as targets in the membranes, are required to compensate for the lower hydrophobicity of this peptide. When the alpha-helical structure of the chimeric peptide was induced by dissolving it in trifluoroethanol, an increase of the fusogenic potential of the peptide was observed, supporting the hypothesis that the alpha-helical conformation of the peptide is crucial to trigger the lipid-peptide interaction. The specificity of the interaction between PIP2 and the PBP moiety, was shown by the less efficient targeting of the chimeric peptide to membranes charged with phosphatidylserine. These data thus demonstrate that the specific properties of both the Abeta(29-40) and the PBP peptide are conserved in the chimeric peptide, and that a synergetic effect is reached through chemical linkage of these two fragments. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign Of A New Class Of Amphipathic Helical Peptides For The Plasma Apolipoproteins That Promote Cellular Cholesterol Efflux But Do Not Activate Lcat
Labeur, C.; Lins, Laurence ULg; Vanloo, B. et al

in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (1997), 17(3), 580-8

Amphipathic helical peptides represent the lipid-binding units of the soluble plasma apolipoproteins. Several synthetic peptide analogues have been designed to mimic such structures and have been used to ... [more ▼]

Amphipathic helical peptides represent the lipid-binding units of the soluble plasma apolipoproteins. Several synthetic peptide analogues have been designed to mimic such structures and have been used to unravel some of the mechanisms involved in the physiological function of the apolipoproteins, including lipid binding, LCAT activation, and enhancement of cholesterol efflux from lipid-laden cells. A series of novel synthetic peptides, named ID peptides, was modeled on the basis of the structural properties common to the amphipathic helices of apolipoprotein (apo) A-I. In these new peptides, however, the segregation between hydrophobic and hydrophilic faces of the helices is more pronounced than in apoA-I, so that the surface of the hydrophobic and hydrophilic faces of the amphipathic helices is equal. Moreover, there are fewer negatively charged residues in the center of the hydrophilic face of the helical peptides. Most charged amino acids are located along the edge of the helix and are susceptible to forming salt bridges with residues of an antiparallel helix, such as around a discoidal phospholipid/peptide complex. The physicochemical characteristics of these peptides and their complexes with phospholipids were compared with those of the 18A peptide and its lipid/peptide complex. All ID peptides bind dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine vesicles more rapidly than the 18A peptide to yield discoidal peptide/phospholipid complexes of comparable size. The alpha-helical content of the lipid-free ID peptides is close to that of the 18A peptide and increases slightly on lipid binding. The stability of the ID and 18A peptides and of the phospholipid/peptide complexes against guanidinium hydrochloride denaturation is higher than that of lipid-free and lipid-bound apoA-I. LCAT activation by the 18A/phospholipid/cholesterol complexes equals that of apoA-I/ phospholipid/cholesterol complexes, whereas none of the ID peptides tested is able to activate LCAT to a significant extent. Incubation of the peptide/phospholipid complexes with lipid-laden macrophages induces cellular cholesterol efflux and incorporation of cholesterol into the complexes. The cholesterol efflux capacity of the peptide/phospholipid complexes is comparable among the peptides and higher than that of apoprotein/phospholipid complexes. In conclusion, although the amphipathicity of the new peptides is higher than that of the 18A model peptide, the lack of LCAT activation by the ID peptides suggests that an enhanced segregation of the hydrophobic and hydrophilic residues, equal magnitude of hydrophobic and hydrophilic faces of the helix, and the absence of negatively charged residues in the central part of the hydrophilic face might account for the lack of LCAT activity of these peptides. These parameters do not affect the capacity of the peptide/phospholipid complexes to promote cellular cholesterol efflux. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural And Functional Properties Of The 154-171 Wild-Type And Variant Peptides Of Human Lecithin-Cholesterol Acyltransferase
Peelman, F.; Goethals, M.; Vanloo, B. et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1997), 249(3), 708-15

The 154-171 segment of the human lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) enzyme was identified as the most stable amphipathic helix in the LCAT sequence. Its mean hydrophobicity, hydrophobic moment ... [more ▼]

The 154-171 segment of the human lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) enzyme was identified as the most stable amphipathic helix in the LCAT sequence. Its mean hydrophobicity, hydrophobic moment and its orientation at a lipid/water interface are similar to those of some of the helical repeats of apolipoprotein A-IV and E. This domain was therefore proposed as a candidate peptide accounting for the association between LCAT and its lipid substrate. To investigate this hypothesis we synthesized the LCAT-(154-171)-peptide, two variants containing the natural Y156N and R158C mutations and a variant with increased hydrophobicity through Y156I, L160I, L163I and Y171W substitutions. The structural and lipid-binding properties of these synthetic peptides were investigated by turbidity, fluorescence, electron microscopy and circular dichroism. The wild-type peptide, the R158C variant in its dimeric form, as well as the more hydrophobic peptide, associated with phospholipids, whereas the Y156N and the R158C variant in its monomeric form did not. However, only the complexes generated with the hydrophobic variant were stable enough to resist dissociation during gel filtration. The wild-type peptide and hydrophobic variant formed discoidal complexes with dimyristoylglycerophosphocholine (Myr2GroPCho) as shown by negative staining electron microscopy. Comparison of the properties of the wild-type and hydrophobic variant LCAT-(154-171)-peptide stresses the contribution of the hydrophobic face of the amphipathic helix to the formation and stabilization of the peptide/lipid complexes. This is further confirmed by the decreased affinity of the Y156N variant peptide for lipids, as this mutation decreased the mean hydrophobicity of the hydrophobic face of the amphipathic helix. These results support the hypothesis that the 154-171 segment of LCAT might be involved in the interaction of the enzyme with its lipid substrate and suggest that the decreased activity of the Y156N natural LCAT mutant might result from a decreased affinity of this mutant for lipids. [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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