Apr 7, 2000

Oxidation of methionine residues to methionine sulfoxides does not decrease potential antiatherogenic properties of apolipoprotein A-I

The Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ute PanzenböckRoland Stocker


The initial stage of oxidation of high density lipoproteins (HDL) is accompanied by the lipid hydroperoxide-dependent, selective oxidation of two of the three Met residues of apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) to Met sulfoxides (Met(O)). Formation of such selectively oxidized apoA-I (i.e. apoA-I(+32)) may affect the antiatherogenic properties of HDL, because it has been suggested that Met(86) and Met(112) are important for cholesterol efflux and Met(148) is involved in the activation of lecithin:cholesterol acyl transferase (LCAT). We therefore determined which Met residues were oxidized in apoA-I(+32) and how such oxidation of apoA-I affects its secondary structure, the affinity for lipids, and its ability to remove lipids from human macrophages. We also assessed the capacity of discoidal reconstituted HDL containing apoA-I(+32) to act as substrate for LCAT, and the dissociation of apoA-I and apoA-I(+32) from reconstituted HDL. Met(86) and Met(112) were present as Met(O), as determined by amino acid sequencing and mass spectrometry of isolated peptides derived from apoA-I(+32). Selective oxidation did not alter the alpha-helicity of lipid-free and lipid-associated apoA-I as assessed by circular dichroism, and the affinity for LCAT wa...Continue Reading

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Protein Sequence Determination
LCAT gene
CETP protein, human
Apolipoprotein A-I Measurement
Lecithinum, lecithin, Homeopathic preparation
Methionine sulfoxide,35S-labeled, (+-)-isomer
APOA1 gene

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