Markers of Triglyceride-rich Lipoprotein Remnant Metabolism in Visceral Obesity

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Background: Triglyceride-rich lipoprotein remnants are atherogenic, and this may be particularly important in visceral obesity. We investigated remnant metabolism in obese men by measuring remnant-like particle-cholesterol (RLP-C), apolipoprotein (apo) B-48, apoC-III, and the clearance of a labeled remnant-like emulsion.Methods: Fasting RLP-C, apoB-48, and apoC-III concentrations were measured in 48 viscerally obese men and 10 lean controls. RLP-C was determined by immuno-separation assay, apoB-48 by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and enhanced chemiluminescence, and apoC-III by immunoturbidimetric assay. The catabolism of chylomicron remnants was measured by intravenous injection of a remnant-like emulsion containing cholesteryl [C-13]oleate, with isotopic enrichment of (CO2)-C-13 in breath determined by isotope-ratio mass spectrometry and a multicompartmental model to estimate fractional catabolic rate (FCR) of the emulsion.Results: Compared with controls, obese men had significantly increased plasma concentrations of RLP-C, apoB-48, and apoC-III (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-283
JournalClinical Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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