Reduction of HDL levels lowers plasma PLTP and affects its distribution among lipoproteins in mice

H (Hannelore) Samyn, M (Matthijs) Moerland, T Gent, Rien van Haperen, Aad Tol, Rini Crom

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


Phospholipid transfer protein (PLTP) is associated with HDL particles in plasma, where it transfers phospholipids between lipoproteins and remodels HDL particles. Tangier disease patients, with a mutated ABCA1 transporter, have extremely low plasma HDL concentration and reduced PLTP activity levels, a phenotype that is also observed in mice lacking ABCA1. We investigated whether low HDL levels and low PLTP activity are mechanistically related. Firstly, we studied PLTP expression and distribution among lipoproteins in mice lacking ABCA1 (ABCA1(-/-)). Parallel to the strong reduction in PLTP activity in plasma of ABCA1(-/-) mice, decreased PLTP protein levels were observed. Neither PLTP synthesis in liver or macrophages nor the ability of the macrophages to secrete PLTP were impaired in ABCA1(-/-) mice. However, the PLTP activity level in the medium of cultured macrophages was determined by HDL levels in the medium. PLTP was associated with HDL particles in wild type mice, whereas in ABCA1(-/-) mice, PLTP was associated with VLDL and LDL particles. Secondly, we treated different mouse models with varying plasma HDL and PUP levels (wild type, ABCA1(-/-), apoE(-/-) and PLTPtg mice, overexpressing human PLTP) with a synthetic LXR ligand, and investigated the relationship between LXR-mediated PUP induction and HDL levels in plasma. Plasma PLTP activity in wild type mice was induced 5.6-fold after LXR activation, whereas in ABCA1(-/-), apoE(-/-) and PLTPtg mice, all having reduced HDL levels, induction of PLTP activity was 2.4-, 3.2- and 2.0-fold, respectively. The less pronounced PLTP induction in these mice compared to wild type mice was not caused by a decreased PLTP gene expression in the liver or macrophages. Our findings indicate that the extent of LXR-mediated PLTP induction depends on plasma HDL levels. In conclusion, we demonstrate that ABCA1 deficiency in mice affects plasma PLTP level and distribution through an indirect effect on HDL metabolism. In addition, we show that the extent of LXR-mediated PLTP induction is HDL-dependent These findings indicate that plasma HDL level is an important regulator of plasma PLTP and might play a role in the stabilization of PLTP in plasma. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)790-796
Number of pages7
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta-Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Research programs

  • EMC MGC-02-13-03

Cite this