Studies of synthetic peptide analogs of the amphiphatic helix. Correlation of structure with function

Academic Article


  • The four peptide analogs of the amphiphatic helix whose interactions with dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine were described in the preceding paper were compared with apolipoproteins (apo) A-I and A-II in ability to displace native apolipoprotein from high density lipoprotein (HDL) and in ability to activate lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase. The rank order of the ability of the four peptide analogs to displace apo-A-I from intact HDL was 18A-Pro-18A > 18A > des-Val10-18A > reverse-18A, the same order suggested in the preceding paper for relative lipid affinities. Modified HDL from which 40% of the apo-A-I had been displaced by 18A was indistinguishable from unmodified HDL in its ability to act as a lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase substrate. This suggests that the easily displaced apo-A-I molecules in polydisperse HDL are relatively ineffectual as lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase activators and/or 18A replaces the lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase activity lost. The peptide analog 18A-Pro-18A was found to be a powerful activator of lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase when incubated with unilamellar egg phosphatidylcholine (PC) vesicles, reaching 140% of the activity of apo-A-I at a 1:1.75 peptide-to-egg PC ratio. In another experiment, it was found that discoidal egg PC complexes of 18A-Pro-18A, 18A, and des-Val10-18A, formed by cholate dialysis, had 30-45% of the activity of apo-A-I/egg PC discoidal complexes, also formed by cholate dialysis, at the same peptide/lipid weight ratio. Examination of the structures formed when the 18A-Pro-18A peptide was incubated with unilamellar egg PC vesicles indicated that the ability of 18A-Pro-18A to exceed apo-A-I in lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase activating ability is due to the spontaneous conversion by 18A-Pro-18A of egg PC vesicles to small protein annulus-bilayer disc structures. Apo-A-I, apo-A-II, nor any of the other three peptide analogs of the amphiphatic helix studied were able to convert a significant fraction of egg PC unilamellar vesicles to discoidal structures.
  • Published In

    Author List

  • Chung BH; Anatharamaiah GM; Brouillette CG; Nishida T; Segrest JP
  • Start Page

  • 10256
  • End Page

  • 10262
  • Volume

  • 260
  • Issue

  • 18