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Clin Genet. 2011 Jun;79(6):575-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-0004.2011.01682.x.

Novel mutations in scavenger receptor BI associated with high HDL cholesterol in humans.

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Department of Medicine and Medical Genetics, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, Child and Family Research Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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  • Clin Genet. 2011 Oct;80(4):406.


The scavenger receptor class B, member 1 (SR-BI), is a key cellular receptor for high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in mice, but its relevance to human physiology has not been well established. Recently a family was reported with a mutation in the gene encoding SR-BI and high HDL cholesterol (HDL-C). Here we report two additional individuals with extremely high HDL-C (greater than the 90th percentile for age and gender) with rare mutations in the gene encoding SR-BI. These mutations segregate with high HDL-C in family members of each proband and are associated with a 37% increase in plasma HDL-C in heterozygous individuals carrying them. Both mutations occur at highly conserved positions in the large extracellular loop region of SR-BI and are predicted to impair the function of the SR-BI protein. Our findings, combined with the prior report of a single mutation in the gene encoding SR-BI, further validate that mutations in SR-BI are a rare but recurring cause of elevated HDL-C in humans.

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