Metabolism and Genetics of Hypobetalipoproteinemia
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Hypobetalipoproteinemia is characterized by extremely low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Familial hypobetalipoproteinemia (FHBL) is a monogenic form of hypobetalipoproteinemia caused by mutations in the APOB gene. There are cases of hypobetalipoproteinemia not caused by mutations in APOB, however. The purpose of this study is to identify novel genetic causes of hypobetalipoproteinemia.