Enhancement by LDL of transfer of L-4F and oxidized lipids to HDL in C57BL/6J mice and human plasma

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  • The apoA-I mimetic peptide L-4F [(Ac-D-W-F-KA-F-Y-D-K-V-A-E-K-F-K-E-A-F- NH2) synthesized from all L-amino acids] has shown potential for the treatment of a variety of diseases. Here, we demonstrate that LDL promotes association between L-4F and HDL. A 2- to 3-fold greater association of L-4F with human HDL was observed in the presence of human LDL as compared with HDL by itself. This association further increased when LDL was supplemented with the oxidized lipid 15S-hydroxy-5Z, 8Z, 11Z, 3E-eicosatetraenoic acid (15HETE). Additionally, L-4F significantly ( P = 0.02) promoted the transfer of 15HETE from LDL to HDL. The transfer of L-4F from LDL to HDL was demonstrated both in vitro and in C57BL/6J mice. L-4F, injected into C57BL/6J mice, associated rapidly with HDL and was then cleared quickly from the circulation. Similarly, L-4F loaded onto human HDL and injected into C57BL/6J mice was cleared quickly with T 1/2 = 23.6 min. This was accompanied by a decline in human apoA-I with little or no effect on the mouse apoA-I. Based on these results, we propose that i ) LDL promotes the association of L-4F with HDL and ii ) in the presence of L-4F, oxidized lipids in LDL are rapidly transferred to HDL allowing these oxidized lipids to be acted upon by HDL-associated enzymes and/or cleared from the circulation. Copyright © 2011 by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
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  • Meriwether D; Imaizumi S; Grijalva V; Hough G; Vakili L; Anantharamaiah GM; Farias-Eisner R; Navab M; Fogelman AM; Reddy ST
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  • 1795
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  • 1809
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  • 52
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  • 10