The activation of lipoprotein lipase by apolipoprotein C-II

Grant number: 251701


Abnormalities in blood lipid levels are common in our society. Treatment of these conditions adds a heavy burden to national health-care costs. Lipoprotein lipase is a plasma enzyme that plays a central role in maintaining safe blood lipid levels. The action of lipoprotein lipase in subjects on a western diet leads to the hydrolysis of about 150g of plasma triacylglycerol daily. Naturally occurring mutations in lipoprotein lipase, associated with a complete loss of enzyme activity, result in a high blood-lipids that can lead to premature atherosclerosis. Regulation of lipoprotein lipase occurs via an interaction with the regulatory protein apolipoprotein C-II. Individuals with apolipoprotein..

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