Animation: Cholesterol transport

Watch or download our animation, which explores how cholesterol is transported around the body

We need cholesterol for a variety of important reasons, from maintaining healthy cell membranes to building hormones and vitamins. Cholesterol is a non-polar, hydrophobic lipid, so how does it get around the body? This animation explores the molecules and mechanisms our bodies use to make sure cholesterol gets to where it is needed.

If too much cholesterol accumulates in the bloodstream an atheroma may form. Find out how this happens in our animation ‘Atheroma in the artery’.

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Fat’ in December 2015.

Immunology, Medicine, Health, infection and disease
Fat, Food and Diet, The Cell
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development