Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 13–24 | Cite as

Lipoproteins in inflammation and sepsis. I. Basic science

  • Oliver Murch
  • Marika Collin
  • Charles J. Hinds
  • Christoph ThiemermannEmail author
Mini series: Basic research-related topics in ICM



High-density lipoproteins (HDL) have been shown to bind and neutralize lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and are regarded as possible therapeutic agents for sepsis and conditions associated with local or systemic inflammation. However, in recent years, a multitude of possible immunomodulatory properties other than LPS neutralization have become evident.


This review highlights the advances in the understanding of how HDL is protective in both in vitro and in vivo inflammatory settings, including the ability of HDL to modulate adhesion molecule expression, upregulate endothelial nitric oxide synthase and counteract oxidative stress. Also, the active components of HDL and the recent discovery of novel lipid modulators of inflammation are discussed.


High Density Lipoprotein Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein Reverse Cholesterol Transport Adhesion Molecule Expression eNOS Expression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Murch
    • 1
  • Marika Collin
    • 1
  • Charles J. Hinds
    • 1
  • Christoph Thiemermann
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.St. Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of LondonCentre for Experimental Medicine, Nephrology and Critical Care, William Harvey Research InstituteLondonUK

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