Increased response to cholesterol feeding in apolipoprotein C1-deficient mice

J. H. Van Ree, M. H. Hofker, J. A.A. Van den Broek, J. M.A. Van Deursen, H. Van der Boom, R. R. Frants, B. Wieringa, L. M. Havekes

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The function of apolipoprotein (apo) C1 in vivo is not well understood. From in vitro studies it has been reported that an excess of apoC1 relative to apoE inhibits receptor-mediated uptake of remnant lipoproteins. In order to gain a better understanding of the role of apoC1 in lipoprotein metabolism in vivo, we have generated apoC1-deficient mice by gene targeting in embryonic stem cells. Homozygous mutant mice are viable and do not show overt abnormalities. Serum triacylglycerol levels are increased by 60% on both a standard mouse diet and a mild hypercholesterolaemic diet compared with controls. Total serum cholesterol levels are similar to controls on the two diets. However, the level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the apoC1-deficient mice fed on the mild hypercholesterolaemic diet is slightly decreased, which is accompanied by a 3-fold increase in very-low-density plus low-density lipoprotein (VLDL + LDL) cholesterol. On a severe atherogenic diet, the homozygous apoC1-deficient mice become hypercholesterolaemic, with a serum cholesterol level of 10.7 ± 3.3 mM compared with 6.7 ± 1.8 mM and 5.1 ± 1.6 mM in heterozygous and control mice respectively. The increase in cholesterol is mainly confined to the VLDL + LDL-sized fractions. Binding experiments revealed that lipoproteins lacking apoC1 with d < 1.006 g/ml are poor competitors for 125I-labelled LDL binding to the LDL receptor on HepG2 cells. This suggests that total apoC1 deficiency leads to impaired receptor-mediated clearance of remnant lipoproteins rather than enhanced uptake, as was expected from data reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-911
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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