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Vertebrate hepatic lipase genes and proteins: a review supported by bioinformatic studies

Authors Holmes R, VandeBerg, Cox

Published 26 April 2011 Volume 2011:3 Pages 85—95


Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Roger S Holmes1,2, John L VandeBerg1, Laura A Cox1
1Department of Genetics, Southwest National Primate Research Center, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, USA; 2School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia

Abstract: Hepatic lipase (gene: LIPC; enzyme: HL; E.C. is one of three members of the triglyceride lipase family that contributes to vascular lipoprotein degradation and serves a dual role in triglyceride hydrolysis and in facilitating receptor-mediated lipoprotein uptake into the liver. Amino acid sequences, protein structures, and gene locations for vertebrate LIPC (or Lipc for mouse and rat) genes and proteins were sourced from previous reports and vertebrate genome databases. Lipc was distinct from other neutral lipase genes (Lipg encoding endothelial lipase and Lpl encoding lipoprotein lipase [LPL]) and was located on mouse chromosome 9 with nine coding exons on the negative strand. Exon 9 of human LIPC and mouse and rat Lipc genes contained “stop codons” in different positions, causing changes in C-termini length. Vertebrate HL protein subunits shared 58%–97% sequence identities, including active, signal peptide, disulfide bond, and N-glycosylation sites, as well as proprotein convertase (“hinge”) and heparin binding regions. Predicted secondary and tertiary structures revealed similarities with the three-dimensional structure reported for horse and human pancreatic lipases. Potential sites for regulating LIPC gene expression included CpG islands near the 5”-untranslated regions of the mouse and rat LIPC genes. Phylogenetic analyses examined the relationships and potential evolutionary origins of the vertebrate LIPC gene family with other neutral triglyceride lipase gene families (LIPG and LPL). We conclude that the triglyceride lipase ancestral gene for vertebrate neutral lipase genes (LIPC, LIPG, and LPL) predated the appearance of fish during vertebrate evolution.

Keywords: vertebrates, amino acid sequence, hepatic lipase, evolution, gene duplication

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