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X-Ray and Neutron Small-Angle Scattering on Plasma Lipoproteins

  • Peter Laggner

Abstract

Plasma lipoproteins are macromolecular complexes of such chemically diverse substances as proteins, various kinds of lipids and, to minor proportions, carbohydrates. They serve primarily as transport vehicles for lipids in the aqueous environment of blood and lymph and represent an enormously broad spectrum of compostions and particle sizes. Traditionally lipoproteins are classified upon the operationally useful characteristic of buoyant density initiated by the ultracentrifugal separation studies by DeLalla and Gofman (1954) (Table 1). A biochemically more specific nomenclature was pioneered by Alaupovic (1972), whereby lipoprotein families are defined by their specific apolipoproteins. This concept of lipoprotein families has proven particularly useful in relating certain biochemical functions of individual lipoprotein classes to their apoproteins.

Keywords

Cholesteryl Ester High Density Lipoprotein Plasma Lipoprotein Distance Distribution Function Phospholipid Headgroups 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Laggner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für RöntgenfeinstrukturforschungOsterreichischen Akademie der WissenschaftenGrazAustria
  2. 2.European Molecular Biology LaboratoryHamburg OutstationHamburgFed. Rep. Germany

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