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How Well Does BODIPY-Cholesteryl Ester Mimic Unlabeled Cholesteryl Esters in High Density Lipoprotein Particles? B
- Karilainen, Topi, Vuorela, Timo, Vattulainen, Ilpo
- The Journal of physical chemistry 2015 v.119 no.52 pp. 15848-15856
- cholesteryl esters, high density lipoprotein, molecular dynamics
- We compare the behavior of unlabeled and BODIPY-labeled cholesteryl ester (CE) in high density lipoprotein by atomistic molecular dynamics simulations. We find through replica exchange umbrella sampling and unbiased molecular dynamics simulations that BODIPY labeling has no significant effect on the partitioning of CE between HDL and the water phase. However, BODIPY-CE was observed to diffuse more slowly and locate itself closer to the HDL-water interface than CE due to the BODIPY probe that is constrained to the surface region, and because the CE body in BODIPY-CE prefers to align itself away from the HDL surface. The implications as to the suitability of BODIPY to explore lipoprotein properties are discussed.