Cholesterol transport by the placenta: Placental liver X receptor activity as a modulator of fetal cholesterol metabolism?

T. Plosch*, E. M. E. van Straten, F. Kuipers

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Cholesterol is an important sterol in mammals. Defects in cholesterol synthesis or intracellular routing have devastating consequences already in utero: the Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, desmosterolosis and Niemann-Pick C I disease provide examples of severe human inherited diseases caused by mutations in cholesterol metabolism genes. On the other hand, elevated plasma cholesterol concentrations are associated with the development of atherosclerosis which represents a major health risk in Western societies. Moreover, several studies indicate that development of atherosclerosis may already start during fetal life. Hence, a carefully balanced regulation of cholesterol metabolism appears of critical importance for both the development of the fetus and health of the adult. In the adult, the liver X receptor is a key regulator of cholesterol metabolism. Its target genes regulate cellular cholesterol efflux and thereby modulate whole-body cholesterol fluxes. LXR and several of its target genes have recently been demonstrated to be expressed in the placenta, which would provide a means to control delivery of maternal cholesterol to the fetus. Here we discuss the potential role of the placenta in the regulation of fetal cholesterol homeostasis and strategies to influence maternal-fetal cholesterol transfer. (C) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)604-610
Aantal pagina's7
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
StatusPublished - jul-2007

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