Plasma cholesterol metabolism was investigated in normotriglyceridemic patients with end-stage renal disease treated by hemo- or continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), and compared with that in a control group with normal renal function. A reversed net transport of free cholesterol from plasma to cultured fibroblasts, as well as greatly reduced levels of plasma cholesterol esterification and cholesterol ester transfer rates to low and very low density lipoproteins (LDL and VLDL), was found in the hemodialysis group compared to the controls. The LDL and VLDL contained increased amounts of free cholesterol and inhibited cholesterol ester transfer when recombined with control plasma. The LDL triglyceride content was doubled in the hemodialysis group, whereas cholesterol esters were decreased. Patients treated by CAPD, in marked contrast, had cholesterol metabolic rates that were within the normal range, as well as normal lipoprotein composition.
H Dieplinger, P Y Schoenfeld, C J Fielding