, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 145–150 | Cite as

Development of an in vitro system for screening the ligands of a membrane glycoprotein CD36

  • Hitomi Inagaki
  • Satoshi Tsuzuki
  • Takashi Iino
  • Kazuo Inoue
  • Tohru Fushiki
JAACT Special Issue.


It has well been known that human and rodents exhibit a preference for fats. This suggests the existence of an orosensory system responsible for the detection of dietary fats. A plasma membrane glycoprotein CD36, besides the role in the uptake of long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) as well as oxidized low-density lipoprotein (OxLDL) in a variety of cells, has been postulated to be a candidate fat taste receptor on the tongue. Therefore, molecules that bind with CD36 to cause intracellular signaling but have fewer calories could be substitutes for dietary fats. In the present study, we developed an in vitro system for the screening of CD36 ligands using Chinese hamster ovary-K1 cells (CHO-K1) stably transfected with human or mouse CD36. When incubated with OxLDL labeled with fluorescence dye, the fluorescence was much higher in the transfected CHO-K1 cells than in non-transfected CHO-K1 cells. Incubation of the transfected cells with OxLDL caused a rapid phosphorylation of extracellular signal regulated kinase, and the degree was significantly higher compared with that in non-transfected CHO-K1 cells. The expression system using CHO-K1 cells could be a convenient tool to screen the novel ligands of CD36.


CD36 Ligands Oxidized LDL Non-oxidized LDL Binding ERK1/2 



This study has been supported by Program for Promotion of Basic Research Activities for Innovative Bioscience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hitomi Inagaki
    • 1
  • Satoshi Tsuzuki
    • 1
  • Takashi Iino
    • 2
  • Kazuo Inoue
    • 1
  • Tohru Fushiki
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Nutrition Chemistry, Division of Food Science and Biotechnology, Graduate School of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Pharmafoods International Co. Ltd.KyotoJapan

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