Equilibrium of apoproteins between high density lipoprotein and the aqueous phase: Modelling of in vivo metabolism

Gabriel Ponsin, Henry J. Pownall

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There is a growing body of evidence that apoproteins of the high density lipoproteins (HDL) exchange between lipoprotein particles through the aqueous phase and that there is always a finite but physiologically important quantity of lipid-free apoprotein in plasma. We have studied the theoretical consequences of this concept on the catabolism of apoproteins and developed a testable model for studying the in vivo metabolism of HDL apoproteins. This model describes the putative modification of the apparent tissue distribution spaces of the apoprotein that would result from a change in the partitioning of this apoprotein between HDL and the aqueous phase. The main parameters predicted by the model include the tissue distribution spaces of free monomeric apoprotein, those of HDL-bound apoprotein and the partition coefficient of the apoprotein between HDL and the aqueous phase in blood. We have designed several ways of testing this model in vivo including the use of model synthetic apoproteins. This model can be generalized to a number of other binding systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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