Feedback repression of the genes encoding the low density lipoprotein receptor and several enzymes of the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway is mediated by 25-hydroxycholesterol and other oxysterols. In this study, we have cloned a rabbit cDNA encoding an oxysterol-binding protein that may play a role in this regulation. The predicted amino acid sequence revealed a protein of 809 amino acids with two distinctive features: 1) a glycine- and alanine-rich region (63% of 80 residues) at the NH2 terminus, and 2) a 35-residue leucine zipper motif that may mediate the previously observed oligomerization of the protein. When transfected into simian COS cells, the rabbit cDNA produced a protein that exhibited the same affinity and specificity for sterols as the previously purified hamster liver protein. Immunoblotting analysis showed that the rabbit cDNA encodes both the 96- and 101-kilodalton forms of the oxysterol-binding protein that were previously observed. The availability of an expressible cDNA for the oxysterol-binding protein should help elucidate its role in sterol metabolism.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology