The lens fiber major intrinsic protein (otherwise known as aquaporin-0 (AQP0), MIP26 and MP26) has been examined by mass spectrometry (MS) in order to determine the speciation of acyl modifications to the side chains of lysine residues and the N-terminal amino group. The speciation of acyl modifications to the side chain of one specific, highly conserved lysine residue (K238) and the N-terminal amino group of human and bovine AQP0 revealed, in decreasing order of abundance, oleoyl, palmitoyl, stearoyl, eicosenoyl, dihomo-γ-linolenoyl, palmitoleoyl and eicosadienoyl modifications. In the case of human AQP0, an arachidonoyl modification was also found at the N-terminus. The relative abundances of these modifications mirror the fatty acid composition of lens phosphatidylethanolamine lipids. This lipid class would be expected to be concentrated in the inner leaflet of the lens fiber membrane to which each of the potential AQP0 lipidation sites is proximal. Our data evidence a broad lipidation profile that is both species and site independent, suggesting a chemical-based ester aminolysis mechanism to explain such modifications.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors thank the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (grant number 1391 ) of the Kurdistan Regional Government for funding (VSI). The financial support of Fight for Sight UK (grant numbers 1584/1585 ) and the Leverhulme Trust ( RPG-2012-554 , RAQ) is gratefully acknowledged.
Copyright 2017 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.