1,2-Dipalmitoyl-3-β-2-furylacryloyltriacylglycerol: a chromophoric substrate for lipoprotein lipase

James T. McFarland, Camilo Rojas

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We have investigated the suitability of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-3-β-2-furylacryloyltriacylglycerol as a chromophoric substrate for lipoprotein lipase from Pseudomonas fragi. Steady-state kinetic experiments of the hydrolysis of emulsions of the ester chromophore catalyzed by lipoprotein lipase indicate that the Michaelis constant (Km) has the same value throughout the pH range 7 to 9.5. The value of Km was determined to be 0.1 mM from appropriate reciprocal plots; this Km value is comparable to that for emulsions of other triacylglycerol substrates. Studies of the rate of hydrolysis, Vmax, at different pH values indicate that the reaction is faster at basic pH, suggesting base catalysis of hydrolysis. A coupled assay for glycerol formed in the hydrolysis reaction catalyzed by lipoprotein lipase suggests that the rate of hydrolysis of the furylacryloyl side chain is faster than the rate of hydrolysis of the palmitoyl side chain at position 2, indicating that the chromophoric substrate is sufficiently reactive so that the usual stereochemical preference for hydrolysis at the 3 position is preserved. When mixed liposomes of phosphatidylcholine and chromophoric substrate are incubated with lipoprotein lipase there is an initial breakdown of the liposomes with release of chromophore into solution followed by a slow hydrolysis of chromophore; this result shows that the chromophoric substrate can be useful to monitor physical changes that occur in liposomes during the hydrolysis reaction catalyzed by lipoprotein lipase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-449
Number of pages12
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)/Lipids and Lipid Metabolism
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 21 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • Chromophoric substrate
  • Glycerol dehydrogenase
  • Lipoprotein lipase
  • Liposome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology


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