Regulation of fatty acid transport and storage: influence of acylation-stimulating protein

  • Katherine Cianflone
  • Sabina Paglialunga


Postprandial lipemia and fatty acid fluxes occur several times daily, resulting in very efficient absorption of dietary fat and redistribution to various tissues. Absorbed dietary lipids are incorporated into chylomicrons to distribute triglycerides either for storage in adipose tissue or for immediate use in muscle. Commonly, the dietary sources of fat exceed the actual needs and the tissues are faced with dealing with the excess. Under these circumstances, the removal process of dietary triglycerides and fatty acids becomes overloaded, resulting in excessive postprandial lipemia and accumulation of chylomicrons, remnant particles and non-esterified fatty acids. These particles are associated with disruptions in lipoprotein metabolism and changes in inflammatory factors, thus their association with cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes is not surprising. Dietary factors, not just fat, influence postprandial fluxes. This leads to the question: do we need a standardized fat tolerance test? The recognition of the factors influencing postprandial lipemia and fatty acid uptake and clearance is constantly increasing. Numerous proteins, transporters, enzymes and hormones have been shown to affect fatty acid flux at the level of absorption, peripheral uptake and hepatic remnant clearance. This summary targets fatty acid fluxes, with a focus on acylation-stimulating protein. Keywords: C3adesArg; lipoprotein lipase; postprandial; triglyceride


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Cianflone, K., & Paglialunga, S. (2006). Regulation of fatty acid transport and storage: influence of acylation-stimulating protein. Food & Nutrition Research, 92-98.