Structural and functional analysis of APOA5 mutations identifi ed in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia

Elena Mendoza-Barberá, Josep Julve, Stefan K. Nilsson, Aivar Lookene, Jesús M. Martín-Campos, Rosa Roig, Alfonso M. Lechuga-Sancho, John H. Sloan, Pablo Fuentes-Prior, Francisco Blanco-Vaca

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During the diagnosis of three unrelated patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia, three APOA5 mutations [p.(Ser232-Leu235)del, p.Leu253Pro, and p.Asp332ValfsX4] were found without evidence of concomitant LPL , APOC2 , or GPIHBP1 mutations. The molecular mechanisms by which APOA5 mutations result in severe hypertriglyceridemia remain poorly understood, and the functional impairment/s induced by these specifi c mutations was not obvious. Therefore, we performed a thorough structural and functional analysis that included follow-up of patients and their closest relatives, measurement of apoA-V serum concentrations, and sequencing of the APOA5 gene in 200 nonhyperlipidemic controls. Further, we cloned, overexpressed, and purifi ed both wild-type and mutant apoA-V variants and characterized their capacity to activate LPL. The interactions of recombinant wild-type and mutated apoA-V variants with liposomes of different composition, heparin, LRP1, sortilin, and SorLA/LR11 were also analyzed. Finally, to explore the possible structural consequences of these mutations, we developed a three-dimensional model of full-length, lipid-free human apoA-V. A complex, wide array of impairments was found in each of the three mutants, suggesting that the specifi c residues affected are critical structural determinants for apoA-V function in lipoprotein metabolism and, therefore, that these APOA5 mutations are a direct cause of hypertriglyceridemia.Copyright © 2013 by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc..
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-661
JournalJournal of Lipid Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


  • ApoA-V
  • Familial hyperchylomicronemia
  • Homology modeling
  • LRP1
  • Molecular bases of disease
  • SorLA/LR11
  • Sortilin
  • Triglyceride metabolism
  • Type V hyperlipidemia


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