Enzymatically modified low-density lipoprotein upregulates CD36 in low-differentiated monocytic cells in a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma-dependent way

Biochem Pharmacol. 2004 Mar 1;67(5):841-54. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2003.09.041.


Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARgamma) has been suggested to upregulate CD36. Since free oxidized polyunsaturated fatty acids are PPARgamma ligands, we studied the effects of LDL modified by the simultaneous action of sPLA2 and 15-lipoxygenase (15LO) on CD36 expression and PPARgamma activation in monocytic cells. Exposure of MM6 cells, which do not express CD36 or other scavenger receptors, to such enzymatically modified LDL (enzLDL) resulted in upregulation of CD36 surface protein and mRNA expression. Similar effects were observed with free 13-hydroperoxyoctadecadienoic acid but not its esterified counterpart. Less pronounced effects were observed with LDL modified by 15LO alone. Upregulation of CD36 was inversely correlated to the state of cell differentiation, as showed by lower response to enzLDL of the scavenger receptor-expressing MM6-sr and THP1 cells. Importantly, LDL modified by sPLA2 and 15LO did not efficiently induce upregulation CD36 in PPARgamma-deficient macrophage-differentiated embryonic stem cells confirming a role of PPARgamma in CD36 expression in cells stimulated with enzLDL. Our data show that LDL modified with physiologically relevant enzymes stimulates CD36 expression in non-differentiated monocytes and that this process involves PPARgamma activation. These effects of enzLDL can be considered pro-atherogenic in the context of early atherosclerosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arachidonate 15-Lipoxygenase / metabolism
  • CD36 Antigens / genetics
  • CD36 Antigens / metabolism*
  • Cell Differentiation / physiology
  • Cell Line
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Gene Expression Regulation / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Linoleic Acids / metabolism
  • Lipoproteins, LDL / pharmacology*
  • Monocytes / drug effects*
  • Monocytes / metabolism
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Phospholipases A / metabolism
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear / physiology*
  • Receptors, LDL / metabolism
  • Transcription Factors / physiology*
  • Up-Regulation / drug effects


  • CD36 Antigens
  • Linoleic Acids
  • Lipoproteins, LDL
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear
  • Receptors, LDL
  • Transcription Factors
  • 13-hydroxy-9,11-octadecadienoic acid
  • Arachidonate 15-Lipoxygenase
  • Phospholipases A