Treatment of rats with pharmacological doses of oestrogen resulted in a 3-fold decrease in the activity of hepatic 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMG-CoA reductase) and a 4-fold increase in saturable binding of 125I-labelled chylomicron remnants to liver membranes in vitro. Intragastric administration of mevalonolactone to rats did not affect the capacity of the liver membranes to bind to labelled chylomicron remnants even though there was a substantial decrease in the activity of HMG-CoA reductase. Similar results were obtained after cholesterol feeding. Simultaneous treatment of rats with cholestyramine and compactin increased hepatic HMG-CoA reductase activity 6-fold. However, liver membranes derived from these animals showed no change in their capacity to bind to labelled chylomicron remnants in vitro. Administration of mevalonolactone to the cholestyramine/compactin-treated animals also failed to produce a change in remnant-binding capacity. Although administration of mevalonolactone alone produced a significant 3-fold decrease in the activity of hepatic HMG-CoA reductase it was unable to suppress significantly the increase in enzyme activity caused by treatment with cholestyramine and compactin.

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