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Intake of Fish Alters the Size and Composition of HDL Particles and Camelina Sativa Oil Decreases IDL Particle Concentration in Subjects With Impaired Glucose Metabolism

Manninen SM, Lankinen MA, de Mello VD, Laaksonen DE, Schwab US, Erkkilä AT (2018) Mol Nutr Food Res.  2018 Apr 12  e1701042.  doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201701042. [Epub ahead of print]

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Intake of long-chain n-3 PUFAs affects the lipoprotein subclass profile, whereas the effect of shorter chain n-3 PUFAs remains unclear. We investigated the effect of fish and camelina sativa oil (CSO) intakes on lipoprotein subclasses.


Altogether 79 volunteers with impaired glucose metabolism were randomly assigned to CSO, fatty fish (FF), lean fish (LF) or control group for 12 weeks. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy was used to determine lipoprotein subclasses and their lipid components. The average HDL particle size increased in the FF group (overall p = 0.032) as compared with the control group. Serum concentrations of cholesterol in HDL and HDL2 (overall p = 0.024 and p = 0.021, respectively) and total lipids and phospholipids in large HDL particles (overall p = 0.012 and p = 0.019, respectively) increased in the FF group, differing significantly from the LF group. The concentration of intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL) particles decreased in the CSO group (overall p = 0.033) as compared with the LF group.


Our study suggests that FF intake causes a shift towards larger HDL particles and increases the concentration of lipid components in HDL, which may be associated with the antiatherogenic properties of HDL. Furthermore, CSO intake decreases IDL particle concentration. These changes may favorably affect cardiovascular risk. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.