The pentapeptide LQVVR plays a pivotal role in human cystatin C fibrillization

FEBS Lett. 2015 Jan 2;589(1):159-64. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2014.11.041. Epub 2014 Dec 3.


Human cystatin C (HCC) is a low molecular weight member of the cystatin family (type2). HCC consists of 120 amino acids. Normally it is an inhibitor of cysteine proteases, but in pathological conditions it forms amyloid fibrils in brain arteries of young adults. An 'aggregation-prone' pentapeptide ((47)LQVVR(51)) was located within the HCC sequence using AmylPred, an 'aggregation-prone' peptide prediction algorithm developed in our lab. This peptide was synthesized and self-assembled into amyloid-like fibrils in vitro, as electron microscopy, X-ray fiber diffraction, Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier-Transform Spectroscopy and Congo red staining studies reveal. Thus, the (47)LQVVR(51) peptide seems to have an important role in HCC fibrillization.

Keywords: 3D-domain swapping; Alzheimer’s disease; Amyloid fibrils; Hereditary Cystatin C Amyloid Angiopathy; Human cystatin C; ‘Aggregation-prone’ pentapeptide LQVVR.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Algorithms
  • Amyloid / chemistry*
  • Amyloid / genetics
  • Amyloid / metabolism
  • Cystatin C / chemistry*
  • Cystatin C / genetics
  • Cystatin C / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Oligopeptides / chemical synthesis
  • Oligopeptides / chemistry*
  • Oligopeptides / genetics
  • Oligopeptides / metabolism
  • Protein Aggregates*
  • Sequence Analysis, Protein


  • Amyloid
  • CST3 protein, human
  • Cystatin C
  • Oligopeptides
  • Protein Aggregates