Alevel bio Watch
LD L cholesterol found in plasma binds to receptor proteins and is taken into cells by endocytosis.
A gene found on chromosome 19 is responsible for making LD L receptor proteins in human cell membranes.
*(a) F amilial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is an inherited condition. The recessive allele (f) makes normal LD L receptor proteins.
The dominant allele (F) makes LD L receptor proteins that do not function.
Exp lain why people who inherit the dominant allele have an increased risk of
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If more LDL cholesterol is in the blood it can lead to cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, and it increases the chances of developing atherosclerosis and arterial/venule thrombosis. Therefore, people with this “faulty” allele have an increased risk of developing these diseases or health complications and as such have an increased risk of a premature death.