Relationships between cholesterol homeostasis and triacylglycerol-rich lipoprotein remnant metabolism in the metabolic syndrome

Dick Chan, Gerald Watts, Hugh Barrett, F.H. O'Neill, Trevor Redgrave, G.R. Thompson

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Abstract

The dysmetabolic syndrome of insulin resistance and visceral obesity is characterized by elevated plasma concentration of triacylglycerol-rich lipoprotein (TRL) remnants that may be related to increased cardiovascular risk. Perturbed hepato-intestinal cholesterol metabolism may play a contributory role in this abnormality. We therefore investigated the association between plasma markers of cholesterol absorption and synthesis with TRL remnant metabolism in 35 men with the metabolic syndrome (MS). Plasma campesterol:cholesterol and lathosterol:cholesterol ratios were measured as estimates of cholesterol absorption and synthesis respectively. Remnant metabolism was assessed by measuring remnant-like particle-cholesterol (RLP-C), apolipoprotein (apo)B-48 and the fractional catabolic rate (FCR) of a labelled remnant-like emulsion. Compared with controls, subjects with the MS had significantly lower plasma campesterol:cholesterol ratio, but higher lathosterol:cholesterol ratio (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-388
JournalClinical Science
Volume104
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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