Isolation of remnant particles by immunoseparation: a new approach for investigation of postprandial lipoprotein metabolism in normolipidemic subjects

P. C. Schreuder, T. B. Twickler, T. Wang, K. Nakajima, D. W. Erkelens, G. M. Dallinga-Thie

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Abnormal postprandial lipoproteins are associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Postprandial remnant lipoproteins were usually analyzed indirectly using retinyl esters (RE) as a chylomicron core label during an oral fat loading test. Apo B-100 containing VLDL remnants in addition to apo B-48 containing chylomicron remnants can also be directly quantified using the RLP-Cholesterol Immunoseparation Assay. This recently available method uses monoclonal antibodies to apo A-I and apo B-100 to remove non-remnant lipoproteins and quantifies cholesterol in the remaining apo E-rich remnant fraction. In the present study we compared the analysis of retinyl ester with the immuno-based RLP-Cholesterol (RLP-C) analysis in measuring postprandial remnant lipoproteins in healthy normolipidemic subjects. Sixteen healthy normolipidemic subjects were selected for this study. Postprandial plasma retinyl esters peaked at 5.0+/-1.2 h, whereas plasma RLP-C showed a peak significantly earlier (P <0.001) at 3.5+/-0.6 h. In comparison, postprandial plasma TG and FFA peaked at 3.3+/-1.1 h (P <0.005 compared to retinyl esters). In conclusion, levels of RLP-C changed, during the postprandial phase, in parallel with plasma TG and FFA concentrations and peaked significantly earlier than retinyl esters. Postprandial measurements of RLP-C can be considered as a fast alternative method for the more laborious retinyl-ester analysis in clinical studies
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-150
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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