Identification of an amyloid fibril forming peptide comprising residues 46-59 of apolipoprotein A-I Academic Article uri icon


  • Apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) is deposited as amyloid within various major organs in hereditary apoA-I amyloidosis, and in arterial plaques associated with atherosclerosis. We have identified a tryptic fragment of apoA-I, apoA-I(46-59), that retains the ability to form amyloid-like fibrils with cross-β structure. ApoA-I(46-59) corresponds closely to a conformationally extended segment in the crystal structure of apoA-IΔ(185-243) and is located in the N-terminal region of apoA-I, which accumulates in hereditary apoA-I amyloidosis. Our results provide direct experimental evidence that this region of apoA-I is amyloidogenic and integral to initiation and propagation of amyloid formation by the protein.

publication date

  • June 21, 2012