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Structure and regulation of the LDL-receptor and its gene.

Authors
  • Soutar, A K
  • Knight, B L
Type
Published Article
Journal
British medical bulletin
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1990
Volume
46
Issue
4
Pages
891–916
Identifiers
PMID: 2100691
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The structural features necessary for the efficient functioning of the LDL receptor are beginning to emerge from investigation of naturally-occurring and artificially-produced mutations in the gene. Six of the seven repeated sequences in the highly-structured NH2-terminal region are needed for optimal binding of LDL and some of the detailed requirements have been elucidated. The membrane-spanning region is required for insertion of the protein into the plasma membrane, and the cytoplasmic region for internalisation and self-association. Many apparently unrelated mutations affect receptor processing in the Golgi and the role of the carbohydrate chains remains obscure. The main means of regulating LDL-receptor activity is through repression of gene transcription by sterols. This requires a specific element in the promoter region and probably involves more than one transcription factor. Independent effects could be achieved by modulating the activity of these factors.

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