Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies on the amino-terminal (receptor-binding) domain of human apolipoprotein E3 from serum very low density lipoproteins

J Mol Biol. 1988 Jul 5;202(1):179-81. doi: 10.1016/0022-2836(88)90531-1.


Human apolipoprotein E is a component of several classes of circulating plasma lipoproteins. In addition to binding lipids, this apolipoprotein, which is composed of two structural domains, mediates some lipoprotein-receptor interactions by binding to the low density lipoprotein receptor. The receptor-binding function, as well as some lipid-binding capability, is contained in the amino-terminal structural domain of apolipoprotein E. Thrombin-catalyzed hydrolysis of apolipoprotein E yields a fragment (residues 1 to 191) that has the same properties as, and seems to be a good model for, the amino-terminal domain. Crystals of this amino-terminal fragment suitable for high-resolution X-ray diffraction experiments have now been grown. The crystals belong to the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) and have unit cell dimensions of a = 86.0 A, b = 40.9 A, and c = 53.3 A (1 A = 0.1 nm). This is the first human serum apolipoprotein to be crystallized.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Apolipoprotein E3
  • Apolipoproteins E*
  • Crystallization
  • Humans
  • Lipoproteins, VLDL / analysis*
  • X-Ray Diffraction


  • Apolipoprotein E3
  • Apolipoproteins E
  • Lipoproteins, VLDL