Hepatic lipase (HL) plays a key role in the metabolism of several lipoproteins. Metabolically active HL is bound in liver parenchymal cells to specific binding sites. We studied the nature of the HL binding in rat liver. Rat livers were perfused with heparin, which lead to a loss of 80% of the HL binding capacity of the liver. The heparin-containing perfusates possessed HL binding capacity, determined by slot-blot assay. The perfusates were loaded on to a heparin-Sepharose column and eluted with a linear salt gradient (0.2-1 M). HL binding activity, assessed by a slot-blot binding assay, eluted both at 0.3 M and at 0.8 M NaCl. A 0.5 M NaCl eluate was used to further characterize the HL binding activity. In this fraction the major protein had a molecular mass of 70 kDa. The fraction showed saturable HL binding in a solid-phase binding assay. Cross-linking of the 0.5 M NaCl fraction to 125I-labelled HL yielded a complex of 130 kDa, suggesting the cross-linking of the 57 kDa 125I-labelled HL to a protein of about 73 kDa. We concluded that heparin releases a protein of about 73 kDa from rat liver, which associates with HL. This protein may represent the HL binding site in liver.

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Breedveld, B., Schoonderwoerd, K., & Jansen, H. (1998). Identification of a heparin-releasable hepatic lipase binding protein from rat liver. Biochemical Journal. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/8777