Mark P McLean

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The effects of E2 on the high-density lipoprotein receptor (HDL-R) scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) gene were examined. Four putative estrogen response element half-site motifs (ERE(1/2)) (-2176, -1726, -1622, and -1211, designated ERE(1/2)-1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively) were identified in the HDL-R SR-BI promoter. Transfection studies and mutation(More)
Sterol carrier protein x (SCPx) plays a critical role in the peroxisomal oxidation of fatty acids. It has been previously demonstrated in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats that SCPx expression is induced in association with an elevation in serum fatty acid and triglyceride levels. To elucidate the mechanisms underlying the expression of this gene during(More)
PGF2alpha, working via protein kinase C, may inhibit transcription of the StAR gene through negative regulatory factors. Administration of PGF2alpha increased c-Fos mRNA with a corresponding reduction in StAR mRNA. A search of the rat StAR promoter revealed three putative AP-1 elements at bp positions -85, -187 and -1561, which demonstrated specific binding(More)
High density lipoprotein (HDL) participates in reverse cholesterol transport and in the delivery of cholesterol to the liver and steroidogenic tissues by a mechanism called "selective lipid uptake" which is mediated by the HDL receptor, scavenger receptor B type I (SR-BI). Overexpression of SR-BI suppresses atherosclerosis by increasing reverse cholesterol(More)
Peroxisomal proliferator activated receptor alpha (PPARalpha) is activated by fibrate drugs which are known to protect against atherosclerosis. The present study examines the effects of PPARalpha on SR-BI expression. For this study, a rat SR-BI promoter-luciferase reporter gene construct was co-transfected into different cell lines with expression vectors(More)
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