Novel anti-cholesterol monoclonal immunoglobulin G antibodies as probes and potential modulators of membrane raft-dependent immune functions

J Lipid Res. 2007 Jan;48(1):19-29. doi: 10.1194/jlr.M600158-JLR200. Epub 2006 Oct 5.


Natural autoantibodies against cholesterol are present in the sera of all healthy individuals; their function, production, and regulation, however, are still unclear. Here, we managed to produce two monoclonal anti-cholesterol antibodies (ACHAs) by immunizing mice with cholesterol-rich liposomes. The new ACHAs were specific to cholesterol and to some structurally closely related 3beta-hydroxyl sterols, and they reacted with human lipoproteins VLDL, LDL, and HDL. They bound, usually with low avidity, to live human or murine lymphocyte and monocyte-macrophage cell lines, which was enhanced substantially by a moderate papain digestion of the cell surface, removing some protruding extracellular protein domains. Cell-bound ACHAs strongly colocalized with markers of cholesterol-rich lipid rafts and caveolae at the cell surface and intracellularly with markers of the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi complex. These data suggest that these IgG ACHAs may serve as probes of clustered cholesterol (e.g., different lipid rafts) in live cells and thus may also have immunomodulatory potential.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / pharmacology*
  • Anticholesteremic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Cholesterol
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / pharmacology*
  • Jurkat Cells
  • Kinetics
  • Lipoproteins, HDL / blood
  • Lipoproteins, HDL / immunology
  • Lipoproteins, LDL / blood
  • Lipoproteins, LDL / immunology
  • Lipoproteins, VLDL / blood
  • Lipoproteins, VLDL / immunology
  • Liposomes
  • Membrane Lipids / metabolism
  • Membrane Microdomains / drug effects
  • Membrane Microdomains / immunology*
  • Microscopy, Confocal


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Anticholesteremic Agents
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Lipoproteins, HDL
  • Lipoproteins, LDL
  • Lipoproteins, VLDL
  • Liposomes
  • Membrane Lipids
  • Cholesterol