Biochemical and molecular characterization of two phosphatidic acid-selective phospholipase A1s, mPA-PLA1alpha and mPA-PLA1beta.

Tatsufumi Hiramatsu, Hirofumi Sonoda, Yasukazu Takanezawa, Rei Morikawa, Mayuko Ishida, Kohji Kasahara, Yutaka Sanai, Ryo Taguchi, Junken Aoki, Hiroyuki Arai

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We have identified a novel phospholipase A1, named mPA-PLA1beta, which is specifically expressed in human testis and characterized it biochemically together with previously identified mPA-PLA1alpha. The sequence of mPAPLA1beta encodes a 460-amino acid protein containing a lipase domain with significant homology to the previously identified phosphatidic acid (PA)-selective PLA1, mPA-PLA1alpha. mPA-PLA1beta contains a short lid and deleted beta9 loop, which are characteristics of PLA1 molecules in the lipase family, and is a member of a subfamily in the lipase family that includes mPA-PLA1alpha and phosphatidylserine-specific PLA1. Both mPA-PLA1beta and mPA-PLA1alpha recombinant proteins exhibited PA-specific PLA1 activity and were vanadate-sensitive. When mPAPLA1beta-expressing cells were treated with bacterial phospholipase D, the cells produced lysophosphatidic acid (LPA). In both mPA-PLA1alpha and beta-expressing cells, most of the PA generated by the phospholipase D (PLD) treatment was converted to LPA, whereas in control cells it was converted to diacylglycerol. When expressed in HeLa cells most mPA-PLA1alpha protein was recovered from the cell supernatant. By contrast, mPA-PLA1beta was recovered almost exclusively from cells. Consistent with this observation, we found that mPA-PLA1beta has higher affinity to heparin than mPA-PLA1alpha. We also found that the membrane-associated mPA-PLA1s were insoluble in solubilization by 1% Triton X-100 and were detected in Triton X-100-insoluble buoyant fractions of sucrose gradients. The present study raises the possibility that production of LPA by mPA-PLA1alpha and -beta occurs on detergent-resistant membrane domains of the cells where they compete with lipid phosphate phosphatase for PA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49438-49447
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of biological chemistry
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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