Browsing by Subject "PHOSPHOLIPIDS"

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  • Khattab, Ayman; Barroso, Marta; Miettinen, Tiera; Meri, Seppo (2015)
  • Stepien, Piotr; Augustyn, Bozena; Poojari, Chetan; Galan, Wojciech; Polit, Agnieszka; Vattulainen, Ilpo; Wisnieska-Becker, Anna; Rog, Tomasz (2020)
    Lipid nanodiscs are macromolecular assemblies, where a scaffold protein is wrapped around a nanosized disc of a lipid bilayer, thus protecting the hydrocarbon chains at the disc edges from unfavorable interactions with water. These nanostructures have numerous applications in, e.g., nanotechnology and pharmaceutics, and in investigations of membrane proteins. Here, we present results based on atomistic molecular dynamics simulations combined with electron paramagnetic spectroscopy measurements on the structure and dynamics of lipids in single-component nanodiscs. Our data highlight the existence of three distinctly different lipid fractions: central lipids residing in the center of a nanodisc, boundary lipids in direct contact with a scaffold protein, and intermediate lipids between these two regions. The central lipids are highly ordered and characterized by slow diffusion. In this part of the nanodisc, the membrane is the thickest and characterized by a gel-like or liquid-ordered phase, having features common to cholesterol-rich membranes. The boundary lipids in direct contact with the scaffold protein turned out to be less ordered and characterized by faster diffusion, and they remained in the liquid-disordered phase even at temperatures that were somewhat below the main phase transition temperature (Tm). The enthalpies associated with the central-boundary and central-intermediate transitions were similar to those observed for lipids going through the main phase transition. Overall, the study reveals lipid nanodiscs to be characterized by a complex internal structure, which is expected to influence membrane proteins placed in nanodiscs.
  • Kiiski, Iiro; Ollikainen, Elisa; Artes, Sanna; Järvinen, Päivi; Jokinen, Ville; Sikanen, Tiina (2021)
    UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs), located in the endoplasmic reticulum of liver cells, are an important family of enzymes, responsible for the biotransformation of several endogenous and exogenous chemicals, including therapeutic drugs. However, the phenomenon of 'latency', i.e., full UGT activity revealed by disruption of the microsomal membrane, poses substantial challenges for predicting drug clearance based on in vitro glucuronidation assays. This work introduces a microfluidic reactor design comprising immobilized human liver microsomes to facilitate the study of UGT-mediated drug clearance under flow-through conditions. The performance of the microreactor is characterized using glucuronidation of 8-hydroxyquinoline (via multiple UGTs) and zidovudine (via UGT2B7) as the model reactions. With the help of alamethicin and albumin effects, we show that conducting UGT metabolism assays under flow conditions facilitates in-depth mechanistic studies, which may also shed light on UGT latency.
  • Zhang, Lu; Diaz-Diaz, Norberto; Zarringhalam, Kourosh; Hermansson, Martin; Somerharju, Pentti; Chuang, Jeffrey (2012)
  • Alves, Ana Catarina; Magarkar, Aniket; Horta, Miguel; Lima, Jose L. F. C.; Bunker, Alex; Nunes, Claudia; Reis, Salette (2017)
    Despite doxorubicin being commonly used in chemotherapy there still remain significant holes in our knowledge regarding its delivery efficacy and an observed resistance mechanism that is postulated to involve the cell membrane. One possible mechanism is the efflux by protein P-gp, which is found predominantly in cholesterol enriched domains. Thereby, a hypothesis for the vulnerability of doxorubicin to efflux through P-gp is its enhanced affinity for the ordered cholesterol rich regions of the plasma membrane. Thus, we have studied doxorubicin's interaction with model membranes in a cholesterol rich, ordered environment and in liquid-disordered cholesterol poor environment. We have combined three separate experimental protocols: UV-Vis spectrophotometry, fluorescence quenching and steady-state anisotropy and computational molecular dynamics modeling. Our results show that the presence of cholesterol induces a change in membrane structure and doesn't impair doxorubicin's membrane partitioning, but reduces drug's influence on membrane fluidity without directly interacting with it. It is thus possible that the resistance mechanism that lowers the efficacy of doxorubicin, results from an increased density in membrane regions where the efflux proteins are present. This work represents a successful approach, combining experimental and computational studies of membrane based systems to unveil the behavior of drugs and candidate drug molecules.
  • Salo, Veijo T.; Li, Shiqian; Vihinen, Helena; Hölttä-Vuori, Maarit; Szkalisity, Abel; Horvath, Peter; Belevich, Ilya; Peränen, Johan; Thiele, Christoph; Somerharju, Pentti; Zhao, Hongxia; Santinho, Alexandre; Thiam, Abdou Rachid; Jokitalo, Eija; Ikonen, Elina (2019)
    Seipin is an oligomeric integral endoplasmic reticulum (ER) protein involved in lipid droplet (LD) biogenesis. To study the role of seipin in LD formation, we relocalized it to the nuclear envelope and found that LDs formed at these new seipin-defined sites. The sites were characterized by uniform seipin-mediated ER-LD necks. At low seipin content, LDs only grew at seipin sites, and tiny, growth-incompetent LDs appeared in a Rab18-dependent manner. When seipin was removed from ER-LD contacts within 1 h, no lipid metabolic defects were observed, but LDs became heterogeneous in size. Studies in seipin-ablated cells and model membranes revealed that this heterogeneity arises via a biophysical ripening process, with triglycerides partitioning from smaller to larger LDs through droplet-bilayer contacts. These results suggest that seipin supports the formation of structurally uniform ER-LD contacts and facilitates the delivery of triglycerides from ER to LDs. This counteracts ripening-induced shrinkage of small LDs.
  • Olzynska, Agnieszka; Kulig, Waldemar; Mikkolainen, Heikki; Czerniak, Tomasz; Jurkiewicz, Piotr; Cwiklik, Lukasz; Rog, Tomasz; Hof, Martin; Jungwirth, Pavel; Vattulainen, Ilpo (2020)
    Cholesterol renders mammalian cell membranes more compact by reducing the amount of voids in the membrane structure. Because of this, cholesterol is known to regulate the ability of cell membranes to prevent the permeation of water and water-soluble molecules through the membranes. Meanwhile, it is also known that even seemingly tiny modifications in the chemical structure of cholesterol can lead to notable changes in membrane properties. The question is, how significantly do these small changes in cholesterol structure affect the permeability barrier function of cell membranes? In this work, we applied fluorescence methods as well as atomistic molecular dynamics simulations to characterize changes in lipid membrane permeability induced by cholesterol oxidation. The studied 7 beta-hydroxycholesterol (7 beta-OH-chol) and 27-hydroxycholesterol (27-OH-chol) represent two distinct groups of oxysterols, namely, ring- and tail-oxidized cholesterols, respectively. Our previous research showed that the oxidation of the cholesterol tail has only a marginal effect on the structure of a lipid bilayer; however, oxidation was found to disturb membrane dynamics by introducing a mechanism that allows sterol molecules to move rapidly back and forth across the membranebobbing. Herein, we show that bobbing of 27-OH-chol accelerates fluorescence quenching of NBD-lipid probes in the inner leaflet of liposomes by dithionite added to the liposomal suspension. Systematic experiments using fluorescence quenching spectroscopy and microscopy led to the conclusion that the presence of 27-OH-chol increases membrane permeability to the dithionite anion. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations demonstrated that 27-OH-chol also facilitates water transport across the membrane. The results support the view that oxysterol bobbing gives rise to successive perturbations to the hydrophobic core of the membrane, and these perturbations promote the permeation of water and small water-soluble molecules through a lipid bilayer. The observed impairment of permeability can have important consequences for eukaryotic organisms. The effects described for 27-OH-chol were not observed for 7 beta-OH-chol which represents ring-oxidized sterols.
  • Vidova, Veronika; Pol, Jaroslav; Volny, Michael; Novak, Petr; Havlicek, Vladimir; Wiedmer, Susanne K.; Holopainen, Juha M. (2010)