1. Male chicks were deprived of feed for 48 hr to study the effect of metabolic stress on hepatic membrane and lipoprotein fluidity and binding of radioiodinated lipoproteins to hepatic membranes. 2. Plasma levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL) were markedly and slightly elevated, respectively. 3. There was a reduction in lipoprotein and hepatic membrane fluidity. 4. Binding of [125I]LDL, but not [125I]HDL, to hepatic membranes was decreased. 5. It is suggested that a reduction in the fluidity of LDL and/or hepatic membranes impedes LDL catabolism in vivo.
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