Mechanism of Lipid Binding of Human Apolipoprotein E3 by Hydrogen/Deuterium Exchange/Mass Spectrometry and Fluorescence Polarization

Author(s): Charina S. Fabilane, Patricia N. Nguyen, Roy V. Hernandez, Sasidhar Nirudodhi, Mai Duong, Claudia S. Maier, Vasanthy Narayanaswami

Journal Name: Protein & Peptide Letters

Volume 23 , Issue 4 , 2016

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Background: Human apolipoprotein E3 (apoE3) is an exchangeable apolipoprotein that plays a critical role in maintaining plasma cholesterol/triglyceride homeostasis. The C-terminal (CT) domain of apoE3 (residues 201-299) is composed of amphipathic α-helices C1: W210-S223, C2: V236-E266, and C3: D271-W276, which play a dominant role in mediating high-affinity lipid binding. Objective: The objective is to understand the accessibility of the CT domain at the sub-domain level and the mechanistic details regarding lipid-binding interaction. Methods: Hydrogen-deuterium exchange coupled to mass spectrometry (HDX/MS) of recombinant wild type (WT) apoE(201-299), chemical-induced unfolding monitored as changes in fluorescence polarization (FP) of labeled apoE(201-299) bearing a probe at specified sites, and lipid binding studies were carried out. Results: HDX/MS revealed that residues towards the C-terminal end of the domain display significantly lower %D uptake compared to those towards the center, suggesting extensive protein-protein interaction in this segment. Functional assays showed that locking apoE(201-299) in an inter-molecular disulfide-bonded state at position 209, 223, 255, or 277 significantly decreases its ability to interact with lipids, especially when tethered towards the ends; this could be restored by reduction. Unfolding studies indicate that the C-terminal end offers less resistance to unfolding compared to the central portion of the domain. Conclusion: Taken together, our data suggest that two dimers of CT domain are juxtaposed around helix C3 leading to apoE3 tetramerization, and that dissociation to monomeric units is a required step in lipid binding, with helix C3 likely seeking stability via lipid interaction prior to helices C1 or C2.

Keywords: Apolipoprotein E3, C-terminal domain, fluorescence polarization, hydrogen-deuterium exchange, lipid binding mechanism, lipoprotein, mass spectrometry.

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Year: 2016
Published on: 01 March, 2016
Page: [404 - 413]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/0929866523666160223122257
Price: $65

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