Jyh-Yeuan Lee

Jyh-Yeuan Lee

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA

Title: ABCG5/ABCG8: structural role in ABC transporter-mediated sterol transport


Jyh-Yeuan (Eric) Lee completed his PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and drug resistance ABC transporters. He has performed his postdoctoral studies in large-scale membrane protein expression and purification of human ABC transporters and X-ray crystallography of the sterol transporter ABCG5/ABCG8 from Texas Tech University Health Sceinces Center and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is currently a postdoctoral research scientist at the McDermott Center in Human Growth and Development at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.


ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporters play critical roles in maintaining sterol balance in higher eukaryotes, as exemplified by the ABCG5/ABCG8 heterodimer (G5G8) that mediates sterol excretion in liver and intestines. Mutations disrupting G5G8 cause sitosterolemia, a disorder characterized by sterol accumulation and premature atherosclerosis. Here we use crystallization in lipid bilayers to determine the X-ray structure of human G5G8 in a nucleotide-free state at 3.9 Å resolution, generating the first atomic model of an ABC sterol transporter. The structure reveals a new transmembrane fold that is present in a large and functionally diverse superfamily of ABC transporters. The transmembrane domains (TMD) are coupled to the nucleotide-binding sites (NBS) by networks of interactions that differ between the active and inactive  ATPases , reflecting the catalytic asymmetry of the transporter. We discovered the TMD  polar network  that may play a role in transmitting signals from ATPase catalysis in the NBS to sterol transport on the TMD. Based on  molecular dynamic simulation  and long-range coevolution analysis, as well as in vivo structure-based functional mutagenesis, we  propose an updated model for sterol transport mechanism. The G5G8 structure provides a mechanistic framework for understanding sterol transport and the disruptive effects of mutations causing sitosterolemia, and will serve as a new structural template for homology modelling to a wide range of transport system that are regulated by ABCG transporters.