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Molecular basis of the anchoring and stabilization of human islet amyloid polypeptide in lipid hydroperoxidized bilayers

Yanis R. Espinosa, and Daniel I. Barrera Valderrama, and C. Manuel Carlevaro, and Eugenio J. Llanos,


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Status: Published

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - General Subjects 1866 (10): 130200


The molecular structure of membrane lipids is formed by mono- or polyunsaturations on their aliphatic tails that make them susceptible to oxidation, facilitating the incorporation of hydroperoxide (R-OOH) functional groups. Such groups promote changes in both composition and complexity of the membrane significantly modifying its physicochemical properties. Human Langerhans islets amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) is the main component of amyloid deposits found in the pancreas of patients with type-2 diabetes (T2D). hIAPP in the presence of membranes with oxidized lipid species accelerates the formation of amyloid fibrils or the formation of intermediate oligomeric structures. However, the molecular bases at the initial stage of the anchoring and stabilization of the hIAPP in a hydroperoxidized membrane are not yet well understood. To shed some light on this matter, in this contribution, three bilayer models were modeled: neutral (POPC), anionic (POPS), and oxidized (POPCOOH), and full atom Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations were performed. Our results show that the POPCOOH bilayer increases the helicity in hIAPP when compared to POPC or POPS bilayer. The modification in the secondary structure covers the residues of the so-called amyloidogenic core of the hIAPP. Overall, the hydroperoxidation of the neutral lipids modifies both the anchoring and the stabilization of the peptide hIAPP by reducing the random conformations of the peptide and increasing of hydrogen bond population with the hydroperoxidized lipids.