Scavenger receptor BI--a cell surface receptor for high density lipoprotein

Curr Opin Lipidol. 1997 Jun;8(3):181-8. doi: 10.1097/00041433-199706000-00009.


The receptor-mediated transfer of lipids between cells and lipoproteins plays an important role in lipoprotein metabolism and cardiovascular disease. Although there have been many valuable studies of HDL binding to tissues, cells and membranes, and of the potential role of such binding in the transport of lipids between HDL and cells, much less is known about HDL receptors than about receptors for other lipoproteins (e.g. LDL, chylomicrons, vitellogenin). Here we review recent studies of the class B, type I scavenger receptor, which appears to be a physiologically relevant, cell surface HDL receptor that mediates the selective uptake of lipids by cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • CD36 Antigens / biosynthesis
  • CD36 Antigens / metabolism*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Humans
  • Lipoproteins, HDL / metabolism*
  • Membrane Proteins*
  • Organ Specificity
  • Receptors, Immunologic*
  • Receptors, Lipoprotein*
  • Receptors, Scavenger
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Scavenger Receptors, Class B


  • CD36 Antigens
  • Lipoproteins, HDL
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Receptors, Immunologic
  • Receptors, Lipoprotein
  • Receptors, Scavenger
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • SCARB1 protein, human
  • Scarb1 protein, mouse
  • Scavenger Receptors, Class B