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Cavelier, C; Lorenzi, I; Rohrer, L; von Eckardstein, A (2006). Lipid efflux by the ATP-binding cassette transporters ABCA1 and ABCG1. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1761(7):655-666.

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Plasma levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) are inversely correlated with the risk of cardiovascular disease. One major atheroprotective mechanism of HDL and apoA-I is their role in reverse cholesterol transport, i.e., the transport of excess cholesterol from foam cells to the liver for secretion. The ATP-binding cassette transporters ABCA1 and ABCG1 play a pivotal role in this process by effluxing lipids from foam cells to apoA-I and HDL, respectively. In the liver, ABCA1 activity is one rate-limiting step in the formation of HDL. In macrophages, ABCA1 and ABCG1 prevent the excessive accumulation of lipids and thereby protect the arteries from developing atherosclerotic lesions. However, the mechanisms by which ABCA1 and ABCG1 mediate lipid removal are still unclear. Particularly, three questions remain controversial and are discussed in this review: (1) Do apoA-I and HDL directly interact with ABCA1 and ABCG1, respectively? (2) Does cholesterol efflux involve retroendocytosis of apoA-I or HDL? (3) Which lipids are directly transported by ABCA1 and ABCG1?


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Clinical Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
540 Chemistry
Date:July 2006
Deposited On:18 Mar 2009 19:58
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:05
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.bbalip.2006.04.012
PubMed ID:16798073

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