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Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) (EC 184.108.40.206) is a member of the lipase gene family, which includes pancreatic lipase, hepatic lipase, and endothelial lipase. It is a water soluble enzyme that hydrolyzes triglycerides in lipoproteins, such as those found in chylomicrons and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), into two free fatty acids and one monoacylglycerol molecule. It is also involved in promoting the cellular uptake of chylomicron remnants, cholesterol-rich lipoproteins, and free fatty acids. LPL requires ApoC-II as a cofactor.
LPL is attached to the luminal surface of endothelial cells in capillaries. It is most widely distributed in adipose, heart, and skeletal muscle tissue, as well as in lactating mammary glands.
In brief, LPL is secreted from parenchymal cells as a glycosylated homodimer, after which it is translocated through the extracellular matrix and across endothelial cells to the capillary lumen. After translation, the newly synthesized protein is glycosylated in the endoplasmic reticulum. The glycosylation sites of LPL are Asn-43, Asn-257, and Asn-359. Glucosidases then remove terminal glucose residues; it is believed that this glucose trimming is responsible for the conformational change needed for LPL to form homodimers and become catalytically active. In the Golgi apparatus, the oligosaccharides are further altered to result in either two complex chains, or two complex and one high-mannose chain. In the final protein, carbohydrates account for about 12% of the molecular mass (55-58 kDa).
The crystal structure of LPL has not been discovered; however, there are substantial experimental evidence and structural homology between members of the lipase family to predict the likely structure and functional regions of the enzyme. LPL is composed of two distinct regions: the larger N-terminus domain that contains the lipolytic active site, and the smaller C-terminus domain. These two regions are attached by a peptide linker. The N-terminus domain has an α/β hydrolase fold, which is a globular structure containing a central β sheet surrounded by α helices. The C-terminus domain is a β sandwich formed by two β sheet layers, and resembles an elongated cylinder.
The active site of LPL is composed of the conserved Ser-132, Asp-156, and His-241 triad. Other important regions of the N-terminal domain for catalysis includes an oxyanion hole (Trp-55, Leu-133), a lid region (residues 216-239), as well as a β5 loop (residues 54-64). The ApoC-II binding site is currently unknown, but it is predicted that residues on both N-and C-terminal domains are necessary for this interaction to occur. The C-terminal domain appears to confer LPL’s substrate specificity; it has a higher affinity for large triacylglyceride-rich lipoproteins than cholesterol-rich lipoproteins. The C-terminal domain is also important for binding to LDL’s receptors. Both the N-and C-terminal domains contain heparin binding sites distal to the lipid binding sites; LPL therefore serves as a bridge between the cell surface and lipoproteins. Importantly, LPL binding to the cell surface or receptors is not dependent on its catalytic activity.
The LPL non-covalent homodimer has a head-to-tail arrangement of the monomers. The Ser/Asp/His triad is contained in a hydrophobic groove that is blocked from solvent by the lid. Upon binding to ApoC-II and lipid in the lipoprotein, the C-terminal domain presents the lipid substrate to the lid region. The lipid interacts with both the lid region and the hydrophobic groove at the active site; this causes the lid to move, providing access to the active site. The β5 loop folds back into the protein core, bringing one of the electrophiles of the oxyanion hole into position for lipolysis. The glycerol backbone of the lipid is then able to enter the active site and is hydrolyzed.
Two molecules of ApoC-II can attach to each LPL dimer. It is estimated that up to forty LPL dimers may act simultaneously on a single lipoprotein. In regard to kinetics, it is believed that release of product into circulation is the rate-limiting step in the reaction.
LPL encodes lipoprotein lipase, which is expressed on endothelial cells in the heart, muscle, and adipose tissue. LPL functions as a homodimer, and has the dual functions of triglyceride hydrolase and ligand/bridging factor for receptor-mediated lipoprotein uptake. Through catalysis, VLDL is converted to IDL and then to LDL. Severe mutations that cause LPL deficiency result in type I hyperlipoproteinemia, while less extreme mutations in LPL are linked to many disorders of lipoprotein metabolism.
LPL isozymes are regulated differently depending on the tissue. For example, insulin is known to activate LPL in adipocytes and its placement in the capillary endothelium. By contrast, insulin has been shown to decrease expression of muscle LPL. Muscle and myocardial LPL is instead activated by glucagon and adrenaline. This helps to explain why during fasting, LPL activity increases in muscle tissue and decreases in adipose tissue, whereas after a meal, the opposite occurs.
Consistent with this, dietary macronutrients differentially affect adipose and muscle LPL activity. After 16 days on a high-carbohydrate or a high-fat diet, LPL activity increased significantly in both tissues 6 hours after a meal of either composition, but there was a significantly greater rise in adipose tissue LPL in response to the high-carbohydrate diet compared to the high-fat diet. There was no difference between the two diets' effects on or insulin sensitivity, or on fasting LPL activity in either tissue.
The concentration of LPL displayed on endothelial cell surface cannot be regulated by endothelial cells, as they neither synthesize nor degrade LPL. Instead, this regulation occurs by managing the flux of LPL arriving at the lipolytic site and being released into circulation attached to lipoproteins. The typical concentration of LPL in plasma is in the nanomolar range.
A high tissue LPL response to a high-carbohydrate diet may predispose toward fat gain. One study reported that subjects gained more body fat over the next four years if, after following a high-carbohydrate diet and partaking of a high-carbohydrate meal, they responded with an increase in adipose tissue LPL activity per adipocyte, or a decrease in skeletal muscle LPL activity per gram of tissue.
Lipoprotein lipase has been shown to interact with LRP1. It is also a ligand for α2M, GP330, and VLDL receptors. LPL has been shown to be a ligand for LRP2, albeit at a lower affinity than for other receptors; however, most of the LPL-dependent VLDL degradation can be attributed to the LRP2 pathway. In each case, LPL serves as a bridge between receptor and lipoprotein. While LPL is activated by ApoC-II, it is inhibited by ApoC-III.
Interactive pathway map 
Click on genes, proteins and metabolites below to link to respective articles. [§ 1]
- The interactive pathway map can be edited at WikiPathways: "Statin_Pathway_WP430".
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- Braun JE, Severson DL (October 1992). "Regulation of the synthesis, processing and translocation of lipoprotein lipase". Biochem. J. 287 ( Pt 2): 337–47. PMC 1133170. PMID 1445192.
- Semb H, Olivecrona T (March 1989). "The relation between glycosylation and activity of guinea pig lipoprotein lipase". J. Biol. Chem. 264 (7): 4195–200. PMID 2521859.
- Wong H, Davis RC, Thuren T, Goers JW, Nikazy J, Waite M, Schotz MC (April 1994). "Lipoprotein lipase domain function". J. Biol. Chem. 269 (14): 10319–23. PMID 8144612.
- Vannier C, Ailhaud G (August 1989). "Biosynthesis of lipoprotein lipase in cultured mouse adipocytes. II. Processing, subunit assembly, and intracellular transport". J. Biol. Chem. 264 (22): 13206–16. PMID 2753912.
- Ong JM, Kern PA (February 1989). "The role of glucose and glycosylation in the regulation of lipoprotein lipase synthesis and secretion in rat adipocytes". J. Biol. Chem. 264 (6): 3177–82. PMID 2644281.
- McIlhargey TL, Yang Y, Wong H, Hill JS (June 2003). "Identification of a lipoprotein lipase cofactor-binding site by chemical cross-linking and transfer of apolipoprotein C-II-responsive lipolysis from lipoprotein lipase to hepatic lipase". J. Biol. Chem. 278 (25): 23027–35. doi:10.1074/jbc.M300315200. PMID 12682050.
- Lookene A, Nielsen MS, Gliemann J, Olivecrona G (April 2000). "Contribution of the carboxy-terminal domain of lipoprotein lipase to interaction with heparin and lipoproteins". Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 271 (1): 15–21. doi:10.1006/bbrc.2000.2530. PMID 10777674.
- Medh JD, Bowen SL, Fry GL, Ruben S, Andracki M, Inoue I, Lalouel JM, Strickland DK, Chappell DA (July 1996). "Lipoprotein lipase binds to low density lipoprotein receptors and induces receptor-mediated catabolism of very low density lipoproteins in vitro". J. Biol. Chem. 271 (29): 17073–80. doi:10.1074/jbc.271.29.17073. PMID 8663292.
- Beisiegel U, Weber W, Bengtsson-Olivecrona G (October 1991). "Lipoprotein lipase enhances the binding of chylomicrons to low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 88 (19): 8342–6. doi:10.1073/pnas.88.19.8342. PMC 52504. PMID 1656440.
- "Entrez Gene: LPL lipoprotein lipase".
- Kiens B, Lithell H, Mikines KJ, Richter EA (October 1989). "Effects of insulin and exercise on muscle lipoprotein lipase activity in man and its relation to insulin action". J. Clin. Invest. 84 (4): 1124–9. doi:10.1172/JCI114275. PMC 329768. PMID 2677048.
- Yost TJ, Jensen DR, Haugen BR, Eckel RH (August 1998). "Effect of dietary macronutrient composition on tissue-specific lipoprotein lipase activity and insulin action in normal-weight subjects". Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 68 (2): 296–302. PMID 9701186.
- Goldberg IJ (April 1996). "Lipoprotein lipase and lipolysis: central roles in lipoprotein metabolism and atherogenesis". J. Lipid Res. 37 (4): 693–707. PMID 8732771.
- Okubo M, Horinishi A, Saito M, Ebara T, Endo Y, Kaku K, Murase T, Eto M (November 2007). "A novel complex deletion-insertion mutation mediated by Alu repetitive elements leads to lipoprotein lipase deficiency". Mol. Genet. Metab. 92 (3): 229–33. doi:10.1016/j.ymgme.2007.06.018. PMID 17706445.
- Ferland A, Château-Degat ML, Hernandez TL, Eckel RH (May 2012). "Tissue-specific responses of lipoprotein lipase to dietary macronutrient composition as a predictor of weight gain over 4 years". Obesity (Silver Spring) 20 (5): 1006–11. doi:10.1038/oby.2011.372. PMID 22262159.
- Williams SE, Inoue I, Tran H, Fry GL, Pladet MW, Iverius PH, Lalouel JM, Chappell DA, Strickland DK (March 1994). "The carboxyl-terminal domain of lipoprotein lipase binds to the low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein/alpha 2-macroglobulin receptor (LRP) and mediates binding of normal very low density lipoproteins to LRP". J. Biol. Chem. 269 (12): 8653–8. PMID 7510694.
- Nykjaer A, Nielsen M, Lookene A, Meyer N, Røigaard H, Etzerodt M, Beisiegel U, Olivecrona G, Gliemann J (December 1994). "A carboxyl-terminal fragment of lipoprotein lipase binds to the low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein and inhibits lipase-mediated uptake of lipoprotein in cells". J. Biol. Chem. 269 (50): 31747–55. PMID 7989348.
- Chappell DA, Fry GL, Waknitz MA, Iverius PH, Williams SE, Strickland DK (December 1992). "The low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein/alpha 2-macroglobulin receptor binds and mediates catabolism of bovine milk lipoprotein lipase". J. Biol. Chem. 267 (36): 25764–7. PMID 1281473.
Further reading 
- Zechner R (1997). "The tissue-specific expression of lipoprotein lipase: implications for energy and lipoprotein metabolism". Curr. Opin. Lipidol. 8 (2): 77–88. doi:10.1097/00041433-199704000-00005. PMID 9183545.
- Fisher RM, Humphries SE, Talmud PJ (1998). "Common variation in the lipoprotein lipase gene: effects on plasma lipids and risk of atherosclerosis". Atherosclerosis 135 (2): 145–59. doi:10.1016/S0021-9150(97)00199-8. PMID 9430364.
- Beisiegel U (1998). "Lipoprotein metabolism". Eur. Heart J. 19 Suppl A: A20–3. PMID 9519338.
- Pentikäinen MO, Oksjoki R, Oörni K, Kovanen PT (2002). "Lipoprotein lipase in the arterial wall: linking LDL to the arterial extracellular matrix and much more". Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol. 22 (2): 211–7. doi:10.1161/hq0102.101551. PMID 11834518.
- Mead JR, Irvine SA, Ramji DP (2003). "Lipoprotein lipase: structure, function, regulation, and role in disease". J. Mol. Med. 80 (12): 753–69. doi:10.1007/s00109-002-0384-9. PMID 12483461.
- Lichtenstein L, Berbée JF, van Dijk SJ, van Dijk KW, Bensadoun A, Kema IP, Voshol PJ, Müller M, Rensen PC, Kersten S (November 2007). "Angptl4 upregulates cholesterol synthesis in liver via inhibition of LPL- and HL-dependent hepatic cholesterol uptake". Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol. 27 (11): 2420–7. doi:10.1161/ATVBAHA.107.151894. PMID 17761937.
- Lichtenstein L, Mattijssen F, de Wit NJ, Georgiadi A, Hooiveld GJ, van der Meer R, He Y, Qi L, Köster A, Tamsma JT, Tan NS, Müller M, Kersten S (December 2010). "Angptl4 protects against severe proinflammatory effects of saturated fat by inhibiting fatty acid uptake into mesenteric lymph node macrophages". Cell Metab. 12 (6): 580–92. doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2010.11.002. PMC 3387545. PMID 21109191.
- GeneReviews/NCBI/NIH/UW entry on Familial Lipoprotein Lipase Deficiency
- Gene therapy for lipoprotein lipase deficiency
- Lipoprotein lipase at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)