Identification of a novel isoform of microsomal triglyceride transfer protein.

Mohler PJ, Zhu MY, Blade AM, Ham AJ, Shelness GS, Swift LL
J Biol Chem. 2007 282 (37): 26981-8

PMID: 17635917 · DOI:10.1074/jbc.M700500200

Microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) has been studied extensively, primarily because of its role in the assembly of very low density lipoproteins by the liver and chylomicrons by the intestine. Recent studies have suggested that MTP may also play key roles in other cellular processes. In this paper we report the identification of a novel splice variant of MTP in mice. This isoform, MTP-B, has a unique first exon located approximately 2.7 kilobases upstream of canonical MTP (MTP-A) exon 1. The alternative exon encodes 35 amino acids compared with 20 amino acids encoded by exon 1 of MTP-A. MTP-B represents approximately 90% of total MTP mRNA in mouse adipocytes and 3T3-L1 cells and <5% in mouse liver and intestine. Expression of the alternate isoform in mouse liver was confirmed by mass spectrometry. Co-transfection of COS cells with truncated forms of apoB and either MTP-A or MTP-B demonstrated that both isoforms are effective in the assembly and secretion of nascent apoB-containing lipoproteins. Confocal microscopy of 3T3-L1 cells transfected with enhanced green fluorescent protein or DsRed fusions of the two proteins revealed that MTP-A is localized to the endoplasmic reticulum, whereas MTP-B localizes primarily to the Golgi complex in these cells. We conclude that MTP-B functions similarly to MTP-A in lipoprotein assembly. However, in nonlipoprotein-secreting cells, such as the adipocyte, MTP-B may have different localization properties, perhaps reflecting a distinct role in lipid storage and mobilization.

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3T3-L1 Cells Amino Acid Sequence Animals Carrier Proteins Cercopithecus aethiops COS Cells Mass Spectrometry Mice Mice, Inbred C57BL Molecular Sequence Data Protein Isoforms Transfection

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