|Title||A lipase fusion feasts on fat|
|Author(s)||Ruppert, Philip M.M.; Kersten, Sander|
|Source||Journal of Biological Chemistry 295 (2020)10. - ISSN 0021-9258 - p. 2913 - 2914.|
Nutrition, Metabolism and Genomics
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
The enzyme lipoprotein lipase (LPL) is responsible for breaking down triglycerides in the blood. Mutations in LPL cause a rare but debilitating disorder characterized by excessive plasma triglyceride levels for which treatment options are limited. Nimonkar et al. now present a fusion protein between LPL and its physiological transporter GBIHBP1 that is highly active and largely resistant to physiological inhibitors of LPL. Injecting this fusion protein effectively lowers plasma triglycerides in mice and represents a promising new approach for lowering triglycerides in patients with familial chylomicronemia syndrome.