Human CD36 is a high affinity receptor for the native lipoproteins HDL, LDL, and VLDL

J Lipid Res. 1998 Apr;39(4):777-88.


Mouse and hamster SR-BI glycoproteins and their putative human counterpart CLA-I are so far the only scavenger receptors known to bind both native and modified lipoproteins. CD36, a multigland glycoprotein structurally related to SR-BI and CLA-1, has been reported to bind oxidized low density lipoprotein (OxLDL) and acetylated LDL (AcLDL). In this report, we have studied the ability of CD36 to bind native lipoproteins. By transient expression of human CD36 in mammalian and insect cells, we demonstrate that CD36 is a high affinity receptor for the native lipoproteins HDL, LDL, VLDL, and, as previously reported, for OxLDL and AcLDL. The specificity of these interactions is supported by the dose-dependent inhibiton, effect of a monoclonal antibody against CD36. Furthermore, at least for HDL, binding to CD36 does not require the presence of apoE. These findings, together with preferential expression of CD36 in tissues performing very active fatty acid metabolism (skeletal muscle, heart, mammary epithelium, and adipose tissue) and its involvement in foam cell formation (macrophages), suggest that binding of lipoproteins to CD36 might contribute to the regulation of lipid metabolism, and to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apolipoproteins E / metabolism
  • CD36 Antigens / genetics
  • CD36 Antigens / metabolism*
  • COS Cells
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Humans
  • Lipoproteins, HDL / metabolism*
  • Lipoproteins, LDL / metabolism*
  • Lipoproteins, VLDL / metabolism*
  • Macrophages / cytology
  • Monocytes / cytology
  • Protein Binding
  • Receptors, Lipoprotein / genetics
  • Receptors, Lipoprotein / metabolism*
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Spodoptera / cytology


  • Apolipoproteins E
  • CD36 Antigens
  • Lipoproteins, HDL
  • Lipoproteins, LDL
  • Lipoproteins, VLDL
  • Receptors, Lipoprotein
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • acetyl-LDL
  • oxidized low density lipoprotein