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Clin Chim Acta. 2011 Jan 30;412(3-4):240-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2010.10.006. Epub 2010 Oct 16.

Identification of mutations in the lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and apolipoprotein C-II (APOC2) genes using denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC).

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Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, University Hospital Leipzig, Liebigstr. 27, 04103 Leipzig, Germany.



Endothelial lipoprotein lipase (LPL) hydrolyzes triglycerides of chylomicrons and very low density lipoproteins, releasing free fatty acids for local and systemic use. Mutations in the LPL gene or its cofactor APOC2 may result in a decrease or complete loss of enzyme function and subsequently to type I hyperlipoproteinemia.


We used PCR to amplify all exons and the promoter region of LPL and APOC2. Nine blinded DNA samples with known LPL mutations were used as positive controls. In addition, nine patients from our lipid clinic and twelve healthy subjects were analyzed. DNA was screened for sequence variants by denaturing HPLC (DHPLC) followed by direct sequencing of PCR fragments showing distinct elution profiles.


All LPL sequence variants in the positive controls (D9N, V69L, delAACTG386, I225T, N291S, and S447X) were correctly identified. In the remaining patients, additional variants were detected in LPL and APOC2. These variants were also present in healthy subjects, indicating that they constituted silent variation with no relevant effect on plasma triglycerides, at least in the heterozygous state.


A semi-automated DHPLC screening method was developed for the detection of sequence variants in the LPL and APOC2 genes. Our results demonstrate that the method was robust and sensitive.

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