Rotational and hinge dynamics of discoidal high density lipoproteins probed by interchain disulfide bond formation

Ling Li, Songlin Li, Martin K. Jones, Jere P. Segrest

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Scopus citations


To develop a detailed double belt model for discoidal HDL, we previously scored inter-helical salt bridges between all possible registries of two stacked antiparallel amphipathic helical rings of apolipoprotein (apo) A-I. The top score was the antiparallel apposition of helix 5 with 5 followed closely by appositions of helix 5 with 4 and helix 5 with 6. The rationale for the current study is that, for each of the optimal scores, a pair of identical residues can be identified in juxtaposition directly on the contact edge between the two antiparallel helical belts of apoA-I. Further, these residues are always in the '9th position' in one of the eighteen 11-mer repeats that make up the lipid-associating domain of apoA-I. To illustrate our terminology, 129j (LL5/5) refers to the juxtaposition of the Cα atoms of G129 (in a '9th position') in the pairwise helix 5 domains. We reasoned that if identical residues in the double belt juxtapositions were mutated to a cysteine and kept under reducing conditions during disc formation, we would have a precise method for determining registration in discoidal HDL by formation of a disulfide-linked apoA-I homodimer. Using this approach, we conclude that 129j (LL5/5) is the major rotamer orientation for double belt HDL and propose that the small ubiquitous gap between the pairwise helix 5 portions of the double belt in larger HDL discoidal particles is significantly dynamic to hinge off the disc edge under certain conditions, e.g., in smaller particles or perhaps following binding of the enzyme LCAT. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Advances in High Density Lipoprotein Formation and Metabolism: A Tribute to John F. Oram (1945-2010).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-489
Number of pages9
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the UAB Information Technology's Research Computing Group and the UAB Department of Mechanical Engineering for use of the Cheaha High Performance Computing resource that they jointly maintain. This work was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health grants P01 HL34343 and R01 AG031846 .


  • ApoA-I
  • Crosslinking
  • LCAT
  • Molecular dynamics simulation
  • Molecular modeling
  • Site-directed mutagenesis


Dive into the research topics of 'Rotational and hinge dynamics of discoidal high density lipoproteins probed by interchain disulfide bond formation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this