Liver fatty acid-binding protein in two cases of human lipid storage

Lodovica Vergani, Marina Fanin, Andrea Martinuzzi, Andrea Galassi, Andrea Appi, Rosalba Carrozzo, Maurizio Rosa, Corrado Angelini

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FABPs in the various tissues play an important role in the intracellular fatty acid transport and metabolism. Reye's syndrome (RS) and multisystemic lipid storage (MLS) are human disorders characterized by a disturbance of lipid metabolism of unknown etiology. We investigated for the first time L-FABP in these two conditions. Affinity purified antibodies against chicken L-FABP were raised in rabbits, and found to cross-react specifically with partially purified human L-FABP. L-FABP content in liver samples of two patients with RS and MLS was investigated by immuno-histochemistry, SDS-PAGE and ELISA. L-FABP immuno-histochemistry showed increased reactivity in the liver of RS patient and normal reactivity in MLS liver. L-FABP increase in RS liver was confirmed by densitometry of SDS-PAGE and ELISA method. By these two methods the increase amounted to 180% and 199% (p <0.02), respectively, as compared to controls. A possible role of L-FABP in the pathogenesis of RS is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-230
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1990


  • FABP
  • fatty liver
  • L-FABP
  • multisystemic lipid storage
  • Reye's syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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