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See detailTruncation mutations in ABCA1 suppress normal upregulation of full-length ABCA1 by 9-cis-retinoic acid and 22-R-hydroxycholesterol
Wellington, C. L.; Yang, Y. Z.; Zhou, S. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (2002), 43(11), 1939-1949

Mutations in ABCA1 uniformly decrease plasma HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) and reduce cholesterol efflux, yet different mutations in ABCA1 result in different phenotypic effects in heterozygotes. For example ... [more ▼]

Mutations in ABCA1 uniformly decrease plasma HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) and reduce cholesterol efflux, yet different mutations in ABCA1 result in different phenotypic effects in heterozygotes. For example, truncation mutations result in significantly lower HDL-C and apoliprotein A-I (apoA-I) levels in heterozygotes compared with nontruncation mutations, suggesting that truncation mutations may negatively affect the wild-type allele. To specifically test this hypothesis, we examined ABCA1 protein expression in response to 9-cis-retinoic acid (9-cis-RA) and 22-R-hydroxycholesterol (22-R-OH-Chol) in a collection of human fibroblasts representing eight different mutations and observed that truncation mutations blunted the response to oxysterol stimulation and dominantly suppressed induction of the remaining full-length allele to 5–10% of wild-type levels. mRNA levels between truncation and nontruncation mutations were comparable, suggesting that ABCA1 expression was suppressed at the protein level. Dominant negative activity of truncated ABCA1 was recapitulated in an in vitro model using transfected Cos-7 cells. Our results suggest that the severe reduction of HDL-C in patients with truncation mutations may be at least partly explained by dominant negative suppression of expression and activity of the remaining full-length ABCA1 allele. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression and functional analyses of novel mutations of ATP-binding cassette transporter-1 in Japanese patients with high-density lipoprotein deficiency
Nishida, Y.; Hirano, K.; Tsukamoto, K. et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2002), 290(2), 713-721

ATP-binding cassette transporter-1 (ABCA1) gene is mutated in patients with familial high-density lipoprotein deficiency (FHD). In order to know the molecular basis for FHD, we characterized three ... [more ▼]

ATP-binding cassette transporter-1 (ABCA1) gene is mutated in patients with familial high-density lipoprotein deficiency (FHD). In order to know the molecular basis for FHD, we characterized three different ABCA1 mutations associated with FHD (G1158A/A255T, C5946T/R1851X, and A5226G/N1611D) with respect to their expression in the passaged fibroblasts from the patients and in the cells transfected with themutated cDNAs. Fibroblasts from the all patients showed markedly decreased cholesterol efflux to apolipoprotein (apo)-Al. In the fibroblasts homozygous for G1158A/A255T, the immunoreactive mass of ABCA1 could not be detected, even when stimulated by 9-cisretinoic acid and 22-R- hydroxycholesterol. In the fibroblasts homozygous for C5946T/R1851X, ABCA1 mRNA was comparable. Because the mutant ABCA1 protein (R1851X) was predicted to lack the epitope for the antibody used, we transfected FLAG-tagged truncated mutant (R1851X/ABCA1-FLAG) cDNA into Cos-7 cells, showing that the mutant protein expression was markedly reduced. The expression of N1611D ABCA1 protein was comparable in both fibroblasts and overexpressing cells, although cholesterol efflux from the cells was markedly reduced. These data indicated that, in the three patients investigated, the abnormalities and dysfunction of ABCA1 occurred at the different levels, providing important information about the expression, regulation, and function of ABCA1. [less ▲]

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