Such deposition, eventually leading to atherosclerosis, is the leading contributory factor in diseases of the coronary arteries. Cholesterol back to the top Biosynthesis of Cholesterol Slightly less than half of the cholesterol in the body derives from biosynthesis de novo. The cholesterol biosynthesis pathway involves enzymes that are in the cytoplasm, microsomes ER , and peroxisomes. Synthesis of cholesterol, like that of most biological lipids, begins from the two-carbon acetate group of acetyl-CoA.
The initial steps in the pathway of cholesterol biosynthesis are collectively called the mevalonate pathway which itself culminates with the synthesis of the isoprenoid molecule, isopentenyl pyrophosphate IPP. The acetyl-CoA utilized for cholesterol biosynthesis is derived from an oxidation reaction e. Acetyl-CoA can also be synthesized from cytosolic acetate derived from cytoplasmic oxidation of ethanol which is initiated by cytoplasmic alcohol dehydrogenase ADH. The isoprenoid intermediates of cholesterol biosynthesis can be diverted to other synthesis reactions, such as those for dolichol used in the synthesis of N-linked glycoproteins , coenzyme Q of the oxidative phosphorylation pathway or the side chain of heme-a.
Additionally, these intermediates are used in the lipid modification of some proteins. Pathway for the movement of acetyl-CoA units from within the mitochondrion to the cytoplasm.
Note that the cytoplasmic malic enzyme catalyzed reaction generates NADPH which can be used for reductive biosynthetic reactions such as those of fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis.
SLC25A1 is the citrate transporter also called the dicarboxylic acid transporter. Transport of pyruvate across the plasma membrane is catalyzed by the SLC16A1 protein also called the monocarboxylic acid transporter 1, MCT1 and transport across the outer mitochondrial membrane involves a voltage-dependent porin transporter. Pyruvate transport across the inner mitochondrial membrane requires a heterotetrameric transport complex mitochondrial pyruvate carrier consisting of the MPC1 gene and MPC2 gene encoded proteins.
The process of cholesterol synthesis can be considered to be composed of five major steps where the reactions that culminate in the synthesis of isopentenyl pyrophosphate, and its isomeric form dimethylallyl pyrophosphate, are commonly referred to as the mevlonate pathway: 1. HMG-CoA is converted to mevalonate 3. Mevalonate is converted to the isoprene based molecule, isopentenyl pyrophosphate IPP 4. IPP molecules are converted to squalene 5.
Squalene is converted to cholesterol. Pathway of cholesterol biosynthesis. Synthesis of cholesterol begins with the transport of acetyl-CoA from within the mitochondria to the cytosol. The phosphorylation reactions are required to solubilize the isoprenoid intermediates in the pathway. Intermediates in the mevalonate pathway are used for the synthesis of prenylated proteins, dolichol, coenzyme Q and the side chain of heme a. The abbreviation "PP" e.
MVK: mevalonate kinase. PMVK: phosphomevalonate kinase. MVD: diphosphomevalonate decarboxylase. FDPS: farnesyl diphosphate synthase. GGPS1: geranylgeranyl diphosphate synthase 1. FDFT1: farnesyl-diphosphate farnesyltransferase 1 more commonly called squalene synthase. SQLE: squalene epoxidase also called squalene monooxygenase. LSS: lanosterol synthase 2,3-oxidosqualene-lanosterol cyclase. DHCR7: 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase. Unlike the HMG-CoA formed during ketone body synthesis in the mitochondria, this form is synthesized in the cytoplasm.
However, the pathway and the necessary enzymes are similar to those in the mitochondria. Two moles of acetyl-CoA are condensed in a reversal of the thiolase reaction, forming acetoacetyl-CoA. The cytoplasmic thiolase enzyme involved in cholesterol biosynthesis is acetoacetyl-CoA thiolase acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase 2 encoded by the ACAT2 gene.
Although the bulk of acetoacetyl-CoA is derived via this process, it is possible for some acetoacetate, generated during ketogenesis , to diffuse out of the mitochondria and be converted to acetoacetyl-CoA in the cytosol via the action of acetoacetyl-CoA synthetase AACS. The HMGCS1 gene is located on chromosome 5p12 and is composed of 12 exons that generate two alternatively spliced mRNAs that encode two different isoforms: isoform 1 amino acids and isoform 2 amino acids.
The reaction catalyzed by HMGR is the rate limiting step of cholesterol biosynthesis, and this enzyme is subject to complex regulatory controls as discussed below. Mevalonate is then activated by two successive phosphorylations catalyzed by mevalonate kinase, and phosphomevalonate kinase yielding, sequentially, mevalonate 5-phosphate and then mevalonate 5-diphosphate the latter compound is also called 5-pyrophosphomevalonate or mevalonate 5-pyrophosphate.
In humans, mevalonate kinase is a peroxisome localized enzyme encoded by the MVK gene. The MVK gene is located on chromosome 12q24 and is composed of 12 exons that generate three alternatively spliced mRNAs. Phosphomevalonate kinase is also a peroxisomal enzyme and it is derived from the PMVK gene.
The PMVK gene is located on chromosome 1q22 and is composed of 6 exons that encode a amino acid protein. Isopentenylpyrophosphate IPP Synthesis Following the formation of mevalonate 5-diphosphate, an ATP-dependent decarboxylation yields isopentenyl pyrophosphate IPP which is an activated isoprenoid molecule. The synthesis of IPP is catalyzed by diphosphomevalonate decarboxylase also called mevalonatepyrophosphate decarboxylase derived from the MVD gene. The MVD gene is located on chromosome 16q Isopentenyl pyrophosphate is in equilibrium with its isomer, dimethylallyl pyrophosphate DMAPP via the action of isopentenyl-diphosphate delta isomerase also called isopentenylpyrophosphate isomerase.
The IDI1 gene is located on chromosome 10p The IDI2 gene is located on the same chromosomal region as the IDI1 gene but is composed of only 5 exons and encodes a amino acid protein.
Farnesyl diphosphate synthase is derived from the FDPS gene which is located on chromosome1q22 and is composed of 11 exons that generate five alternatively spliced mRNAs that, together, encode three different isoforms of the enzyme.
The synthesis of squalene, from FPP, represents the first cholesterol-specific step in the cholesterol synthesis pathway. This is due to the fact that, as depicted in the pathway Figure above, several intermediates in the pathway can be diverted to the production of other biologically relevant molecules.
The synthesis of squalene is catalyzed by the NADPH-requiring enzyme, farnesyl-diphosphate farnesyltransferase 1 commonly called squalene synthase. Farnesyl-diphosphate farnesyltransferase 1 encoded by the FDFT1 gene catalyzes the two-step head-to-head condensation of two molecules of FPP, yielding squalene. The FDFT1 gene is located on chromosome 8p Squalene to Cholesterol Squalene then undergoes a two step cyclization to yield lanosterol. The first reaction in this two-step cyclization is catalyzed by the enzyme, squalene epoxidase also called squalene monooxygenase.
This enzyme uses NADPH as a cofactor to introduce molecular oxygen as an epoxide at the 2,3 position of squalene forming the intermediate, 2,3-oxidosqualene. In the second step, this epoxide intermediate is converted to lanosterol through the action of the enzyme lanosterol synthase 2,3-oxidosqualene-lanosterol cyclase.
Squalene epoxidase is derived from the SQLE gene which is located on chromosome 8q Lanosterol synthase is derived from the LSS gene which is located on chromosome 21q Through a series of 19 additional reactions, lanosterol is converted to cholesterol.
These 19 reaction steps are catalyzed by nine different enzymes that are localized either to the ER or to the peroxisomes. The terminal reaction in cholesterol biosynthesis is catalyzed by the enzyme 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase encoded by the DHCR7 gene. Functional DHCR7 protein is a The DHCR7 gene is located on chromosome 11q Important Isoprenoids from Intermediates of Cholesterol Synthesis Dolichol Phosphate Synthesis Dolichol phosphate is a polyisoprenoid compound synthesized from the isoprenoid intermediates of the de novo cholesterol biosynthesis pathway.
The function of dolichol phosphate is to serve as the foundation for the synthesis of the precursor carbohydrate structure, termed the lipid-linked oligosaccharide, LLO also referred to as the en bloc oligosacchariode , required for the attachment of carbohydrate to asparagine residues in N-linked glycoproteins.
As indicated in the Figure above showing the pathway of cholesterol biosynthesis a molecule of geranylpyrophosphate GPP and a molecule of isopentenylpyrophosphate IPP are condensed into farnesylpyrophosphate FPP through the action of the farnesyl diphosphate synthase enzyme which is encoded by the FDPS gene.
Through the action of the ER-localized enzyme, dehydrodolichyl diphosphate synthase encoded by the DHDDS gene , farnesylpyrophosphate is elongated via the sequential head-to-tail addition of multiple isopentenylpyrophosphate groups in a reaction referred to as cis-prenylation. The number of IPP substrates added ultimately determines the overall number of isoprene units in dolichol which in humans ranges from 17 to The pyrophosphate is removed by an as yet uncharacterized enzyme activity that may be either a polyprenol pyrophosphate phosphatase or a polyprenol phosphatase resulting in the formation of a polyprenol.
The SRD5A3 encoded enzyme reduces the carbon-carbon double bond closest to the hydroxyl end of the polyprenol generating dolichol. The SRD5A3 gene is located on chromosome 4q12 and is composed of 6 exons that encode a amino acid protein. Dolichol phosphate is then synthesized from dolichol through the action of the ER-localized enzyme dolichol kinase. Dolichol kinase is encoded by the DOLK gene which is located on chromosome 9q Pathway of dolichol phosphate biosynthesis.
Synthesis of dolichol phosphate begins with the farnesylpyrophosphate synthesized in the first part of the cholesterol biosynthesis pathway. Farnesylpyrophosphate is elongated through sequential head-to-tail condensation reactions with isopentenylpyrophosphate catalyzed by dehydrodolichyl diphosphate synthase DHDDS. This initial process generates polyisoprenoidpyrophosphate compounds that have varying numbers of isoprene units ranging from 17—21 in humans. The pyrophosphate is removed, by incompletely characterized enzymatic activities, forming polyprenol compounds.
The resultant dolichol is then phosphorylated on the alcohol forming dolichol phosphate through the action of CTP-dependent dolichol kinase DOLK. Coenzyme Q Ubiquinone Synthesis Coenzyme Q ubiquinone is a red-ox active molecule that is composed of a benzoquinone ring conjugated to a polyisoprenoid tail that is of variable length in different species and organisms.
In humans the polyisoprenoid tail consists of 10 isoprenoid units which impart the common name for the molecule as CoQ A minor amount of ubiquinone in humans contains 9 isoprenoid units. In undergoing reduction and oxidation reaction the electrons are accepted and donated from benzoquinone ring.
The polyisoprenoid tail of ubiquinone serves to anchor the molcule in the membrane. Structure of human coenzyme Q10 The complete pathway for the synthesis of ubiquinone in eukaryotes has been worked out in yeasts and the round worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. In humans, homologues of all of the yeast genes have been found.
The initial steps in the synthesis of ubiquinone involve the formation of the polyisoprenoid tail. In human tissues a molecule of farnesy pyrophosphate and a molecule of isopentenyl pyrophosphate are condensed to form all trans-decaprenyl diphosphate. This reaction is catalyzed by the heterotetrameric enzyme identified as decaprenyl diphosphate synthase. The PDSS1 gene is located on chromosome 10p The PDSS2 gene is located on chromosome 6q21 and is composed of 11 exons that encode a protein of amino acids.
The remainder of the genes involved in human ubiquinone synthesis all have the designation COQ. Following synthesis of the decaprenyl molecule, the enzyme, 4-hydroxybenzoate polyprenyltransferase encoded by the COQ2 gene , catalyzes covalent attachment of the decaprenyl diphosphate to the aromatic ring of 4-hydroxybenzoate para-hydroxybenzoate forming 3-decaprenylhydroxybenzoic acid.
The COQ2 encoded protein is localized to the mitochondria. The COQ2 gene is located on chromosome 4q Mutations in the COQ2 gene are associated with a form of mitochondrial encephalomyopathy as well as a COQ2 nephropathy. After the attachment of the decaprenyl group the aromatic ring undergoes a series of modifications. The first modification is a hydroxylation reaction at carbon 5 of the benzene ring.
The COQ6 gene is located on chromosome 14q In the next reaction the newly attached hydroxyl group undergoes an O-methylation reaction catalyzed by the mitochondrial SAM-dependent O-methyltransferase encoded by the COQ3 gene.
The COQ3 gene is located on chromosome 6q The next reaction involves decarboxylation of the carboxylic acid group attached to carbon 1 of the benzene ring leaving a hydroxyl group. The decarboxylation reaction is catalyzed by an as yet uncharacterized enzyme. These three reactions result in the formation of 2-methoxydecaprenylphenol.
In the next reaction, carbon 2 of the benzene ring is methylated. The C-methylation reaction is catalyzed by the mitochondrial SAM-dependent enzyme identified as 2-methoxypolyprenyl-1,4-benzoquinol methylase. This methylase is encoded by the COQ5 gene which is located on chromosome 12q The next reaction involves the hydroxylation of carbon 6 of the benzene ring.
This hydroxylation is catalyzed by 5-demethoxyubiquinone hydroxylase which is encoded by the COQ7 gene. The COQ7 gene is located on chromosome 16p The final reaction in ubiquinone synthesis is a SAM-dependent methylation of the newly added hydroxyl group.
This last reaction is catalyzed the COQ3 encoded O-methyltransferase. Heme a heme A Synthesis Heme a heme A is an essential component of the oxidative phosphorylation pathway by serving as the prosthetic group for cytochrome aa3 also called cytochrome c oxidase of complex IV.
Cytochrome aa3 is so-called due to the presence of two distinct heme a prosthetic groups with heme a being the direct electron donor in the complex IV catalyzed reduction of O2 to H2O. The heme a3 prosthetic group constitutes part of the copper-dependent active site of complex IV. Heme a is synthesized from heme b iron protoporphryin IX through a series of reactions that convert the methyl side group on carbon 8 C8 of the porphyrin molecule into a formyl group along with conversion of the vinyl group at position C2 to hydroxyethylfarnesyl with the isoprenoid farnesyl pyrophosphate as the substrate.
The transfer of the farnesyl group to the C2 vinyl group is catalyzed by the enzyme identified as heme A:farnesyltransferase cytochrome c oxidase assembly factor also called protoheme IX farnesyltransferase. This enzyme, which is localized to the inner mitochondrial membrane, is encoded by the COX10 gene. The COX10 gene is located on chromosome 17p12 and is composed of 7 exons that encode a amino acid protein. The addition of the farnesyl group to heme a generates the heme identified as heme o heme O.
Heme o is then converted to heme a through a series of reactions the converts the C8 methyl group into a formyl group. The conversion of heme o to heme a is catalyzed by the enzyme identified as cytochrome c oxidase assembly protein COX15 homolog which is encoded by the COX15 gene. The COX15 gene is located on chromosome 10q The level of cholesterol synthesis is regulated in part by the dietary intake of cholesterol. Cholesterol from both diet and synthesis is utilized in the formation of membranes and in the synthesis of the steroid hormones and bile acids.
The greatest proportion of cholesterol is used in bile acid synthesis. The cellular supply of cholesterol is maintained at a steady level by three distinct mechanisms: 1. Regulation of HMGR activity and levels 2. These latter two enzymes are thiolases discussed in the Lipolysis and Fatty Acid Oxidation page. Regulation of HMGR activity is the primary means for controlling the level of cholesterol biosynthesis. The enzyme is controlled by four distinct mechanisms: feed-back inhibition, control of gene expression, rate of enzyme degradation and phosphorylation-dephosphorylation.
The first three control mechanisms are exerted by cholesterol itself. Cholesterol acts as a feed-back inhibitor of pre-existing HMGR as well as inducing rapid degradation of the enzyme. The latter is the result of cholesterol-induced polyubiquitylation of HMGR and its degradation in the proteasome see proteolytic degradation below. The mechanism by which cholesterol and other sterols affect the transcription of the HMGR gene is described below under regulation of sterol content.
Regulation of HMGR through covalent modification occurs as a result of phosphorylation and dephosphorylation. The enzyme is most active in its unmodified form. Phosphorylation of the enzyme decreases its activity. AMPK itself is activated via phosphorylation.
Phosphorylation of AMPK is catalyzed by at least two enzymes. LKB1 is also found mutated in lung adenocarcinomas. Regulation of HMGR by covalent modification. HMGR is most active in the dephosphorylated state. The two basic isoforms of PP2A are a heterodimeric core enzyme and a heterotrimeric holoenzyme. The PP2A core enzyme consists of a scaffold subunit originally termed the A subunit and a catalytic subunit the C subunits.
The PP2A core enzyme interacts with a variable regulatory subunit to assemble into a holoenzyme. The PP2A regulatory subunits comprise four families originally identified as the B subunits each of which consists of multiple isoforms that are encoded by different genes. Cyclization by cyclase to form lanosterol. The cholesterol formed now has many fates. Regulation of Cholesterol Biosynthesis Under certain conditions the cholesterol obtained from the diet as well as the cholesterol synthesized in the body in combination exceed the amount required by the body for production of steroids, cellular membranes or biles.
This leads to accumulation of the excess cholesterol in the blood vessels. This accumulated cholesterol causes plaques which can result in various cardiovascular diseases.
As excessive cholesterol can be injurious to health, regulation of synthesis of cholesterol in the body has to be maintained. Moreover cholesterol synthesis is an energy consuming and a complex process thus the process should be well controlled and monitored by the body naturally.
Cholesterol synthesis is controlled by certain hormones like glucagon and insulin but the main step that regulates cholesterol synthesis is the conversion of HMG-CoA to mevalonate in presence of HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme HMG-CoA reductase is thus the rate limiting enzyme and controls excessive cholesterol formation by feedback mechanism.
When the concentration of intracellular cholesterol increases, levels of HMG-CoA reductase are reduced by decreasing the gene transcription of this enzyme.
This mechanism was concluded when studies were done to investigate LDL low density lipoprotein level regulation. As mentioned above the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase is also regulated by hormones to regulate cholesterol synthesis.
The phosphorylated form of HMG-CoA reductase is the inactivated state, whereas the the dephosphorylated form is in the active state. Dephosphorylation is promoted by insulin thereby activating the enzyme and in turn increasing cholesterol synthesis whereas phosphorylation is triggered by glucagon thereby deactivating the enzyme and in turn reducing cholesterol synthesis.
These hormones exert their effects through a series of reactions via cAMP. Also, when concentrations of cholesterol is high in the cells, an enzyme called acyl CoA-cholesterol acyl transferase is released which elevates esterification of cholesterol for storage. Moreover high cholesterol level sends a signal to the gene encoding LDL receptors to decreases transcription and in turn reduce production of receptors.
These causes a fall in level in uptake of cholesterol from the blood. When cholesterol in the body, due to genetic disorder, continues to be produced despite the excess cholesterol in the blood lack of uptake by LDL receptor it causes hypercholesterolemia. In such conditions, drugs like atorvastatin, compactin and lovastatin are used to regulate cholesterol levels.
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Farnesyl diphosphate synthase is derived from the FDPS gene which is located on chromosome1q22 and is composed of 11 exons that generate five alternatively spliced mRNAs that, together, encode three different isoforms of the enzyme. This reaction of bile acid synthesis plays a major role in hepatic regulation of overall cholesterol balance. The SRD5A3 gene is located on chromosome 4q12 and is composed of 6 exons that encode a amino acid protein.
Individuals harboring loss-of-function mutations in the APOC3 gene have significantly reduced levels of circulating triglycerides suggeting that targeting this protein may be an effective treatment of hypertriglyceridemias. Russell DW.
The bHLH domain then migrates to the nucleus where it will dimerize and form complexes with transcriptional coactivators leading to the activation of genes containing the SRE motif. Hormones such as glucagon and epinephrine negatively affect cholesterol biosynthesis by increasing the activity of the specific regulatory subunits of the PP2A family enzymes. The abbreviation "PP" e.
MTP is a heterodimeric complex composed of a large subunit encoded by the MTTP gene and a small subunit which is a member of the protein disulfide isomerase PDI family of enzymes that are involved in protein folding. The polyisoprenoid tail of ubiquinone serves to anchor the molcule in the membrane. Therefore, part of the beneficial effects of the statins is exerted via the actions of the lipoxin family of anti-inflammatory lipids. The COQ2 gene is located on chromosome 4q
Cholestyramine or colestipol resins : These compounds are nonabsorbable resins that bind bile acids which are then not reabsorbed by the liver but excreted. Several other potential targets have been identified that may prove useful for pharmacological intervention of hyperlipidemias and hypercholesterolemias. The potential for the therapeutic use of CETP inhibitors in humans was first suggested when it was discovered in that a small population of Japanese had an inborn error in the CETP gene leading to hyperalphalipoproteinemia and very high HDL levels. Such deposition, eventually leading to atherosclerosis, is the leading contributory factor in diseases of the coronary arteries.
Activation of transcriptional control occurs through the regulated cleavage of the membrane-bound transcription factor sterol regulated element binding protein, SREBP. The level of cholesterol synthesis is regulated in part by the dietary intake of cholesterol. The cytoplasmic thiolase enzyme involved in cholesterol biosynthesis is acetoacetyl-CoA thiolase acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase 2 encoded by the ACAT2 gene.
In mammalian cells, cholesterol can be synthesized from acetate precursors or taken up from dietary or exogenous sources. In addition to cell membrane attachment, prenylation is known to be important for protein-protein interactions. Berg, John L. PMVK: phosphomevalonate kinase. Excessive cholesterol is associated with several cardiovascular diseases and such levels are easily attained due to unhealthy diet.