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Lipoprotein Metabolism: Structure and Function

  1. John D Brunzell,
  2. Alan Chait

Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000609



How to Cite

Brunzell, J. D. and Chait, A. 2003. Lipoprotein Metabolism: Structure and Function. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAY 2003


Lipoproteins are particles in plasma which carry cholesterol and triglyceride. Lipoprotein metabolism is described based on structure and function of their apolipoproteins and the enzymes, transfer proteins and receptors involved in their assembly and catabolism. Genetic defects in lipoprotein metabolism highlight the functions of these metabolic parameters.


  • cholesterol;
  • triglyceride;
  • lipoprotein;
  • atherosclerosis;
  • dyslipidaemia