In HepG2 cells, inhibition of apolipoprotein B100 (apoB) translocation across the endoplasmic reticulum by an microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) inhibitor (CP-10447) in the presence of N-acetyl-leucinyl-norleucinal, a proteasomal inhibitor, results in accumulation of newly synthesized apoB in the translocation channel. Here we demonstrated that such accumulation led to a specific reduction of apoB synthesis. ApoB mRNA levels remained unchanged, but we observed reduced rates of elongation of nascent apoB in puromycin-synchronized cells pretreated with MTP inhibitor. This observation was consistent with a longer half-ribosome transit time for the synthesis of apoB in MTP-inhibited cells. Initiation of translation of apoB mRNA was not impaired by MTP inhibition. Overall, these findings suggest that translocation arrest of apoB in the endoplasmic reticulum channel can exert a selective and negative effect on the synthesis of apoB at the stage of elongation.