The Physico-Chemical Properties of Lipids in Lipoproteins

  • M. C. Phillips
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 15)


As can be seen from Table 1, serum lipoproteins comprise a variety of lipid molecules. The density of the particles decreases as the content of neutral lipid increases. Thus, low density lipoproteins (LDL) and chylomicrons contain a preponderance of triglycerides and cholesterol esters which are immiscible with water. Apart from chylomicrons, the various lipoprotein classes contain roughly the same proportion of polar, water-dispersible lipids (phospholipids). Clearly, any physico-chemical discussion of the properties of lipoprotein lipids must consider their mixing behaviour, as well as the properties of the pure, anhydrous species and their interactions with water.


Cholesteryl Ester Hydrocarbon Chain Dipalmitoyl Phosphatidylcholine Isotropic Liquid Krafft Point 
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  • M. C. Phillips
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  1. 1.Unilever Research LaboratoryWelwyn, HertsUK

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