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Jens Lagerstedt


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Structure of apolipoprotein A-I's N-terminus on nascent high density lipoprotein.


  • Jens Lagerstedt
  • Giorgio Cavigiolio
  • Madhu S Budamagunta
  • Ioanna Pagani
  • John C Voss
  • Michael N Oda

Summary, in English

Apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) is the major protein component of high density lipoproteins (HDL) and a critical element of cholesterol metabolism. To better elucidate the role of apoA-I structure-function in cholesterol metabolism, the conformation of apoA-I's N-terminus (residues 6-98) on nascent HDL was examined by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopic analysis. A series of 93 apoA-I variants bearing single nitroxide spin label at positions 6-98 was reconstituted onto 9.6 nm HDL particles (rHDL). These particles were subjected to EPR spectral analysis, measuring regional flexibility and side chain solvent accessibility. Secondary structure was elucidated from side-chain mobility and molecular accessibility, wherein two major α-helical domains were localized to residues 6-34 and 50-98. We identified an unstructured segment (residues 35-39) and a β-strand (residues 40-49) between the two helices. Residues 14, 19, 34, 37, 41 and 58 were examined by EPR on 7.8, 8.4, and 9.6 nm rHDL to assess the effect of particle size on N-terminal structure. Residues 14, 19 and 58 showed no significant rHDL size-dependent spectral or accessibility differences, whereas residues 34, 37, and 41, displayed moderate spectral changes along with substantial rHDL size-dependent differences in molecular accessibility. We have elucidated the secondary structure of the N-terminal domain of apoA-I on 9.6 nm rHDL (residues 6-98) and identified residues in this region that are affected by particle size. We conclude that the inter-helical segment (residues 35-49) plays a role in apoA-I's adaptation to HDL particle size.


  • Cellular Biomechanics
  • EXODIAB: Excellence of Diabetes Research in Sweden

Publishing year







Journal of Biological Chemistry





Document type

Journal article


American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • Cell and Molecular Biology



Research group

  • Cellular Biomechanics


  • ISSN: 1083-351X