Phosphatidylcholine Transfer Protein: Model for Lipid-Protein Interactions and Probe for Membrane Research

  • Karel W. A. Wirtz
  • Anton J. W. G. Visser
  • Jos A. F. Op den Kamp
  • Ben Roelofsen
  • L. L. M. van Deenen
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Nature has provided for proteins that enable the constituent lipids to leave the physical constraints of the membrane structure. By their mode of action, these proteins facilitate in vitro the transfer of monomer lipid molecules between membranes. Lipid transferring proteins have been identified for phospholipids (for reviews, see Refs. 1 and 2), cholesterol3 and glycolipids4, 5. The physiological role of these proteins is still a matter of conjecture. In this regard, it is of interest that the transfer of ganglioside GM2 between membranes is facilitated by a specific protein, whose actual function is to present this ganglioside to hexosaminidase A as a water-soluble activator/lipid complex6.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karel W. A. Wirtz
    • 1
  • Anton J. W. G. Visser
    • 2
  • Jos A. F. Op den Kamp
    • 1
  • Ben Roelofsen
    • 1
  • L. L. M. van Deenen
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of BiochemistryState University of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryAgricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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