Experimentally determined lipocalin structures

Biochim Biophys Acta. 2000 Oct 18;1482(1-2):46-56. doi: 10.1016/s0167-4838(00)00147-3.


Twelve structures of distinct members of the lipocalin protein family have been solved experimentally. These structures have revolutionised our understanding of the properties of the lipocalins. Many more members of the family have been crystallised and now await structure solution. The number of solved lipocalin structures is steadily increasing, and with it increases our knowledge of this enigmatic and challenging protein family.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carrier Proteins / chemistry*
  • Hemeproteins / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Insect Proteins*
  • Lactoglobulins / chemistry*
  • Protein Conformation
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Salivary Proteins and Peptides / chemistry
  • X-Ray Diffraction


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Hemeproteins
  • Insect Proteins
  • Lactoglobulins
  • Proteins
  • Salivary Proteins and Peptides
  • bilin-binding protein, insect
  • major urinary proteins
  • nitrophorin