We have shown previously that the age-dependent increase in plasma cholesterol levels observed in male Wistar rats is associated with relevant changes in the lipoprotein pattern (in particular, with a much higher proportion of the HDL1 class) that are evident in animals from the age of 9 months. In this study, the possibility that a decreased catabolism of HDL1 cholesterol may cause this is evaluated by infusing this lipoprotein fraction labeled with [C-14]cholesterol into both young (3.5+/-0.5 months) and adult (13.0+/-1.0 months) male Wistar rats with a permanent biliary drainage. The clearance of radioactivity from the blood compartment was slower in the older animals than in the younger ones. Conversely, the incorporation of radioactivity into plasma cholesteryl esters and the secretion of radioactivity into bile was higher in the younger animals. These results support the hypothesis that the age-related increase in HDL1 proportion is due, at least in part, to a slower liver catabolism of HDL1-cholesterol.
Influence of age on hepatic uptake of HDL1-cholesterol in male Wistar rats with bile duct cannulation / Bravo, E; Pignatelli, E; Masella, R; Verna, Roberto; Cantafora, A.. - In: JOURNAL OF BIOCHEMISTRY. - ISSN 0021-924X. - STAMPA. - 115(1994), pp. 833-836.