Int J Biol Sci 2015; 11(3):256-265. doi:10.7150/ijbs.10258 This issue

Research Paper

High-density Lipoprotein Increases the Uptake of Oxidized Low Density Lipoprotein via PPARγ/CD36 Pathway in Inflammatory Adipocytes

Qiaoqing Zhong1, 2, 3, Shuiping Zhao3, Bilian Yu3, Xing Wang4, Robina Matyal5, Yunping Li5, Zhisheng Jiang1✉

1. Post-doctoral Mobile Stations for Basic Medicine, Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and Key Lab for Arteriosclerology of Hunan Province, University of South China, Hengyang, Hunan, 421001, China
2. Department of Cardiology, First People's Hospital of Chenzhou, Chenzhou, 423000, China
3. Department of Cardiology, The second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, 410011, China
4. Department of Cardiology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510080, China
5. Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA.

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Zhong Q, Zhao S, Yu B, Wang X, Matyal R, Li Y, Jiang Z. High-density Lipoprotein Increases the Uptake of Oxidized Low Density Lipoprotein via PPARγ/CD36 Pathway in Inflammatory Adipocytes. Int J Biol Sci 2015; 11(3):256-265. doi:10.7150/ijbs.10258. Available from

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Aim: Previous studies have demonstrated that the dysregulated-secretion of adipokines by adipocytes may contribute to obesity-associated atherosclerosis (As) and high density lipoprotein (HDL) may protect against atherogenesis through multiple pathways. This study was to explore the effect of HDL on the oxLDL uptake in inflammatory adipocytes stimulated by endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the possible mechanism.

Methods and Results: 3T3-L1 adipocytes were cultured and induced to differentiation and maturation. Acute inflammation in adipocytes was induced by LPS (100 ng/ml) for 6 hours. The adipocytes were pretreated with HDL in various concentrations (10, 50, 100 μg/ml) for 16 hours or with specific PPARγ antagonist (GW9662, 10 μM) or agonist (Rosiglitazone, 10 μM) for 30 min before administration of LPS. The results showed that LPS significantly increased the release of inflammation-related adipokines, such as monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-8 and IL-6, while decreasing the release of leptin and adiponectin. Meanwhile, LPS reduced the uptake and degradation of 125I-oxLDL, and down-regulated the expression of PPARγ and CD36. Pretreatment with HDL dose-dependently affected the release of IL-8 and IL-6 and the reduced uptake and degradation of oxLDL of adipocytes stimulated by LPS, accompanied with marked upregulation of PPARγ and CD36 expression. Pretreatment with GW9662 markedly inhibited the upregulation of CD36 expression mediated by HDL (100 μg/ml), while the effects of Rosiglitazone were opposite to GW9662.

Conclusions: HDL may increase oxLDL uptake of inflammatory adipocytes stimulated by LPS via upregulation of PPARγ/CD36 pathway, which may be a new mechanism of anti-atherosclerosis mediated by HDL.

Keywords: Lipoprotein, Atherosclerosis, Inflammation, Lipopolysaccharide