Human apolipoprotein A-I polymorphism. Identification of amino acid substitutions in three electrophoretic variants of the Münster-3 type

J Biol Chem. 1984 Mar 10;259(5):3070-6.


Variant forms of apolipoprotein A-I (apo-A-I) have been shown to exist in the human population. One mutant form, referred to as apo-A-I-Münster-3, is one charge unit more basic than normal apo-A-I on isoelectric focusing gels. This variant has the same immunologic characteristics and molecular weight as normal apo-A-I. The apo-A-I-Münster-3 from subjects in three unrelated families (in two of which the trait has been shown to be transmitted as an autosomal co-dominant) has been analyzed by partial amino acid sequencing to define the cause of the electrophoretic abnormality. In the apo-A-I of family A, the abnormality was shown to occur in the smallest cyanogen bromide fragment, CB-2 (residues 87-112), and amino acid sequencing revealed asparagine instead of the usual aspartic acid at residue 103. Subjects with this mutant form have shown no signs of dyslipoproteinemia. The NH2-terminal cyanogen bromide fragment (CB-1, residues 1-86) from the apo-A-I of family B was shown to differ electrophoretically from normal CB-1, and amino acid sequencing revealed that a substitution of arginine for proline at residue 4 was responsible for this variant form. Analysis of the plasma lipids of one affected family B member demonstrated that the percentage of the total cholesterol that was esterified was somewhat lower than that normally observed. In a third family, family C, a variant having the same electrophoretic abnormality as the other two was determined to have an amino acid substitution at yet a different position. In this variant, histidine was found at residue 3 in the apo-A-I sequence, rather than the usual proline. In all three cases, the substitution could account for the electrophoretic abnormality. It is proposed that these three apo-A-I-Münster-3 variants be designated apo-A-I(Asp103----Asn), apo-A-I(Pro4----Arg), and apo-A-I(Pro3----His), respectively, to indicate the substitution that accounts for the abnormality in isoelectric focusing gels.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids / analysis
  • Apolipoprotein A-I
  • Apolipoproteins / blood
  • Apolipoproteins / genetics*
  • Cyanogen Bromide
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Female
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Humans
  • Isoelectric Focusing
  • Male
  • Pedigree
  • Peptide Fragments / analysis
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*


  • Amino Acids
  • Apolipoprotein A-I
  • Apolipoproteins
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Cyanogen Bromide