Liposomes pp 83-94 | Cite as

Liposomal Reconstitution of Monotopic Integral Membrane Proteins

  • Zahra MirAfzaliEmail author
  • David L. DeWitt
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 606)


In spite of considerable progress in the methodology for reconstitution of membrane proteins into the liposomes, a successful reconstitution still appears to be more an art than a science. Reconstitution of membrane proteins into bilayers is required for establishing several aspects of the functions of membrane proteins and lipids and for elaborating models of naturally occurring membranes.

Cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 and -2 (also prostaglandin endoperoxide H2 synthase, PGHS-1 and -2) belong to the class of monotopic membrane proteins. Membrane-binding domains of both COX-1 and -2 contain four short, consecutive, amphipathic α-helices (A, B, C, and D). Crystal structures of the COXs indicate that basic, hydrophobic, and aromatic residues in the membrane-binding domain are oriented away from the protein core and form a surface on the enzyme, which has been proposed to interact with the lipid bilayer (1).

In this chapter, we describe a fast and efficient method for direct incorporation of COX-1 and -2 isozymes - as models for monotopic integral membrane proteins - into preformed liposomes containing fatty acids without loss of activity.

Key words

Monotopic membrane protein Proteoliposomes Liposome reconstitution Direct incorporation Membrane defect Incorporating impurities into membranes Cyclooxygenase enzyme 



The authors would like to thank Dr. Alicia Pastor and Mr. Robert Pcionek from Michigan State University Center for Advanced Microscopy for their help with the electron microscopy work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Encapsula NanoSciences LLCNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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