Intracellular trafficking of recycling apolipoprotein E in Chinese hamster ovary cells

Nicole A. Braun, Peter J. Mohler, Karl H. Weisgraber, Alyssa H. Hasty, MacRae F. Linton, Patricia G. Yancey, Ru Su Yan, Sergio Fazio, Larry L. Swift

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We have investigated apolipoprotein E (apoE) recycling in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, a peripheral cell that does not produce lipoproteins or express apoE. Using a pulse-chase protocol in which cells were pulsed with 125I-apoE-VLDL and chased for different periods, ∼30% of the apoE internalized during the pulse was resecreted within a 4 h chase in a relatively lipid-free state. The addition of lysosomotropic agents or brefeldin A had no effect on apoE recycling. Unlike previous results with hepatocytes and macrophages, neither apoA-I nor upregulation of ABCA1 stimulated apoE recycling. However, cyclodextrin, which extracts cholesterol from plasma membrane lipid rafts, increased recycling. Confocal studies revealed that apoE, internalized during a 1 h pulse, colocalizes with early endosomal antigen-1, Rab5, Rab11a, and lysobisphosphatidic acid but not with lysosomal-associated membrane protein-1. Colocalization of apoE and Rab11a persisted even after cells had been chased for 1 h, suggesting a pool of apoE within the endosomal recycling compartment (ERC). Our data suggest that apoE recycling in CHO cells is linked to cellular cholesterol removal via the ERC and phospholipid-containing acceptors in a pathway alternative to the ABCA1-apoA-I axis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1176-1186
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of lipid research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • ATP binding cassette transporter A1
  • Cholesterol efflux
  • Early endosomes
  • Rab11a
  • Rab5
  • Recycling endosomes
  • β-cyclodextrin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


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