Helén L. Dichek

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A new lipoprotein lipase-like gene has been cloned from endothelial cells through a subtraction methodology aimed at characterizing genes that are expressed with in vitro differentiation of this cell type. The conceptual endothelial cell-derived lipase protein contains 500 amino acids, including an 18-amino acid hydrophobic signal sequence, and is 44%(More)
Hepatic lipase (HL) and lipoprotein lipase (LPL) are key enzymes that mediate the hydrolysis of triglycerides (TG) and phospholipids (PL) present in circulating plasma lipoproteins. Relative to triacylglycerol hydrolysis, HL displays higher phospholipase activity than LPL. The structural basis for this difference in substrate specificity has not been(More)
The molecular defects resulting in a deficiency of lipoprotein lipase activity in a patient with the familial hyperchylomicronemia syndrome have been identified. Increased lipoprotein lipase mass but undetectable lipoprotein lipase activity in the patient's post-heparin plasma indicate the presence of an inactive enzyme. No major gene rearrangements were(More)
P-Glycoprotein (Pgp), product of the mdr-1 gene, is a 130- to 180-kDa plasma membrane phosphoglycoprotein which mediates multidrug resistance in cell culture by increasing efflux of the natural product chemotherapeutic agents. High levels of expression of mdr-1/Pgp are found in both the normal adrenal and adrenocortical cancers. By RNA in situ hybridization(More)
The male sex steroid, testosterone (T), is synthesized from cholesterol in the testicular Leydig cell under control of the pituitary gonadotropin LH. Unlike most cells that use cholesterol primarily for membrane synthesis, steroidogenic cells have additional requirements for cholesterol, because it is the essential precursor for all steroid hormones. Little(More)
High density lipoprotein (HDL) particles and HDL cholesteryl esters are taken up by both receptor-mediated and non-receptor-mediated pathways. Here we show that cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPG) participate in hepatic lipase (HL)- and apolipoprotein (apo) E-mediated binding and uptake of mouse and human HDL by cultured hepatocytes. The HL(More)
To determine the mechanisms by which human hepatic lipase (HL) contributes to the metabolism of apolipoprotein (apo) B-containing lipoproteins and high density lipoproteins (HDL) in vivo, we developed and characterized HL transgenic mice. HL was localized by immunohistochemistry to the liver and to the adrenal cortex. In hemizygous (hHLTg+/0) and homozygous(More)
OBJECTIVE Impairment of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta1 signaling accelerates atherosclerosis in experimental mice. However, it is uncertain whether increased TGF-beta1 expression would retard atherosclerosis. The role of TGF-beta1 in aneurysm formation is also controversial. We tested whether overexpression of active TGF-beta1 in hyperlipidemic mice(More)
Hepatic lipase (HL)-mediated lipoprotein hydrolysis provides free fatty acids for energy, storage, and nutrient signaling and may play a role in energy homeostasis. Because HL-activity increases with increased visceral fat, we hypothesized that increased HL-activity favors weight gain and obesity and consequently, that HL deficiency would reduce body fat(More)
To improve the overnight 8-mg dexamethasone (DEX) suppression test (DST) for differential diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome and to develop optimal criteria for its interpretation, we increased the number of blood samples and measured the suppression of both plasma ACTH and cortisol. Forty-one patients who were subsequently proven at surgery to have Cushing's(More)