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Andrea De Lorenzo, Juliana Duarte Lopes da Silva, Cinthia E James, Alexandre C Pereira, Annie Seixas Bello Moreira
BACKGROUND: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common autosomal dominant disorder, characterized by a high level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and a high risk of premature cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinical and anthropometric characteristics of patients with the familiar hypercholesterolemia (FH) phenotype, with or without genetic confirmation of FH. METHODS: Forty-five patients with LDL-C > 190 mg/dl were genotyped for six FH-related genes: LDLR, APOB, PCSK9, LDLRAP1, LIPA and APOE...
February 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Robert M Stoekenbroek, John J P Kastelein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review describes the pivotal role of genetic insights and technologies in the discovery of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) and the rapid development of PCSK9 inhibitors - a revolutionary new class of lipid-lowering agents. RECENT FINDINGS: PCSK9 was discovered as a the third gene implicated in familial hypercholesterolemia. Population genetics studies, enabled by technological advances, were instrumental in validating PCSK9 as a therapeutic target...
March 20, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Xi Yang, Jun Zhang, Linmu Chen, Qiong Wu, Chao Yu
Chitosan oligosaccharides (COS), linear polymers of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine and deacetylated glucosamine, exhibit diverse pharmacological effects such as antimicrobial, antitumor, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Here, we explored their hypocholesterolemic effects in vivo and the molecular mechanisms of COS in hepatic cells. Our in vivo study of dyslipidemic ApoE-/- male mice showed that COS treatment of 500mg·kg-1 ·d-1 for 4 weeks clearly reduced the lipid deposits in the aorta and significantly decreased the hepatic proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) protein levels versus HFD groups (p < 0...
March 13, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Dean G Karalis, Usha G Mallya, Ameen F Ghannam, Joseph Elassal, Rishab Gupta, Susan H Boklage
Two proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors are approved for patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia who require additional low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering. This retrospective study sought to determine differences between eligible patients who were prescribed and those who were not prescribed a PCSK9 inhibitor. Patients from an electronic medical record database were included in the analysis, and their demographic, clinical, and treatment characteristics were evaluated...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Guglielmo Maulucci, Francesco Cipriani, Dolores Russo, Grazia Casavecchia, Carlo Di Staso, Luigi Di Martino, Antonio Ruggiero, Matteo Di Biase, Natale Daniele Brunetti
BACKGROUND: The reduction of cholesterol levels with cholesterol-lowering therapy may improve endothelial function. Lipid-lowering therapy has been greatly enhanced by the introduction of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) antibodies. Less is known of the effect of PCSK9 inhibitors on endothelial function of subjects with hypercholesterolemia. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether treatment with PCSK9 inhibitors may improve endothelial function evaluated by brachial artery vasoreactivity test...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
Vesa M Olkkonen, Juha Sinisalo, Matti Jauhiainen
Remarkably good results have been achieved in the treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases (CVD) by using statin, ezetimibe, antihypertensive, antithrombotic, and PCSK9 inhibitor therapies and their proper combinations. However, despite this success, the remaining CVD risk is still high. To target this residual risk and to treat patients who are statin-intolerant or have an exceptionally high CVD risk for instance due to familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), new therapies are intensively sought. One pathway of drug development is targeting the circulating triglyceride-rich lipoproteins (TRL) and their lipolytic remnants, which, according to the current view, confer a major CVD risk...
March 8, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Bernardo Cortese, Gaetano Di Palma, Corrado Lettieri, Giuseppe Musumeci
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February 2018: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Erin A Bohula, Robert P Giugliano, Lawrence A Leiter, Subodh Verma, Jeong-Gun Park, Peter S Sever, Armando Lira Pineda, Narimon Honarpour, Huei Wang, Sabina A Murphy, Anthony Keech, Terje R Pedersen, Marc S Sabatine
BACKGROUND : In the FOURIER trial (Further Cardiovascular Outcomes Research With PCSK9 Inhibition in Patients With Elevated Risk), the PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) inhibitor evolocumab reduced low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and cardiovascular risk. It is not known whether the efficacy of evolocumab is modified by baseline inflammatory risk. We explored the efficacy of evolocumab stratified by baseline high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP). We also assessed the importance of inflammatory and residual cholesterol risk across the range of on-treatment LDL-C concentrations...
March 12, 2018: Circulation
Angelos D Karagiannis, Martin Liu, Peter P Toth, Shijia Zhao, Devendra K Agrawal, Peter Libby, Yiannis S Chatzizisis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Clinical trials with PCSK9 inhibitors have shown a robust decrease in plasma LDL levels and a significant reduction in the incidence of cardiovascular atherosclerotic events. However, the role of PCSK9 in atherosclerosis is not well investigated and it remains unclear whether PCSK9 inhibition has direct, LDL-independent, anti-atherosclerotic effects. This review outlines the molecular pathways and targets of PCSK9 in atherosclerosis and summarizes the experimental and clinical data supporting the anti-atherosclerotic (pleiotropic) actions of PCSK9 inhibitors...
March 10, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Daniel Pettersen, Ola Fjellström
Proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin like type 9 (PCSK9) has since its discovery been a key protein target for the modulation of LDL cholesterol. The interest in PCSK9 has grown even more with the positive clinical trial outcomes in cardiovascular disease recently reported for two PCSK9 antibodies. Currently, there are no PCSK9 small molecule programs active in clinical development. However, there has been a steady increase in publications and patent applications within the PCSK9 small molecule field. This digest will provide a summary of small molecule and peptide PCSK9 modulators reported both in scientific journals and in patent applications, most of them originating from the last 3-4 years...
February 26, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
K Tabeta, M Hosojima, M Nakajima, S Miyauchi, H Miyazawa, N Takahashi, Y Matsuda, N Sugita, Y Komatsu, K Sato, T Ishikawa, K Akiishi, K Yamazaki, K Kato, A Saito, H Yoshie
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Previous reports suggest that several serum biomarkers play roles in the pathogenesis, inflammatory response, and oxidative stress in periodontitis caused by bacterial infections, linking chronic periodontitis to atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASVD). The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate, in a Japanese cross-sectional community survey, potential serum biomarkers of periodontitis that are associated with ASVD and chronic periodontitis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study cohort included a total of 108 male subjects who underwent annual health examinations...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
Cori Russell, Samip Sheth, Douglas Jacoby
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We provide an overview of our current understanding of combination lipid-lowering therapies intended for dyslipidemia treatment and cardiovascular disease prevention. First, we analyze recent statin and non-statin combination therapy guidelines and clinical studies since the publication of 2013 American College of Cardiology Cholesterol Guidelines. Second, we examine the clinical utility of non-statin agents alone and in combination in terms of LDL-C lowering and ASCVD risk reduction...
March 7, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Seth J Baum, Christopher P Cannon
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has been extensively evaluated. Prospective cohort studies, randomized controlled trials, biology, pathophysiology, genetics, and Mendelian randomization studies, have clearly taught us that LDL-C causes atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The newest class of drugs to lower LDL-C, the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) monoclonal antibodies, have been found to safely reduce LDL-C approximately 60% when added to high-intensity statin therapy...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Barbara S Wiggins, Jeffrey Senfield, Helina Kassahun, Armando Lira, Ransi Somaratne
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the efficacy, safety, pharmacology, and pharmacokinetics of evolocumab, a proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor. RECENT FINDINGS: PCSK9 inhibitors are a class of lipid-lowering agents that significantly reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and hyperlipidemia. Evolocumab is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits PCSK9 and has been evaluated in phase II and III studies as monotherapy, in combination with statins and other lipid-lowering therapies, in patients who are statin intolerant, and in patients with heterozygous and homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia...
March 6, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Joseph G H Lee, Kelly R Genga, Chawika Pisitsak, John H Boyd, Alex K K Leung, James A Russell, Keith R Walley
BACKGROUND: Patients with sepsis with a high ratio of visceral adipose tissue (VAT) to subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) have increased mortality. Our goal was to investigate the mechanism of this effect, noting that low LDL levels are also associated with increased sepsis mortality. Accordingly we tested for association between VAT/SAT, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, and mortality. Then we examined the effect of statin treatment, which decreases LDL production, and the effect of PCSK9 genotype, which increases LDL clearance...
March 6, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Zhen Chen, Phillip A Lichtor, Adrian P Berliner, Jonathan C Chen, David R Liu
The evolution of sequence-defined synthetic polymers made of building blocks beyond those compatible with polymerase enzymes or the ribosome has the potential to generate new classes of receptors, catalysts and materials. Here we describe a ligase-mediated DNA-templated polymerization and in vitro selection system to evolve highly functionalized nucleic acid polymers (HFNAPs) made from 32 building blocks that contain eight chemically diverse side chains on a DNA backbone. Through iterated cycles of polymer translation, selection and reverse translation, we discovered HFNAPs that bind proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) and interleukin-6, two protein targets implicated in human diseases...
March 5, 2018: Nature Chemistry
Kyoung Im Cho, Ichiro Sakuma, Il Suk Sohn, Toshio Hayashi, Kazunori Shimada, Kwang Kon Koh
Statins are important for preventing adverse cardiovascular events in patients with both high and low risk of vascular disease, by reducing the levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). However, statins dose-dependently increase adverse effects and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Previously, it was hypothesized this was caused by to off-target effects, but recent studies demonstrate it is caused by on-target effects. Nonetheless, the American guidelines recommend the use of high-intensity statin therapy, and extend its use to most people at risk of vascular diseases, particularly older people...
March 2, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Günter Klaus, Christina Taylan, Rainer Büscher, Claus Peter Schmitt, Lars Pape, Jun Oh, Joenna Driemeyer, Matthias Galiano, Jens König, Carsten Schürfeld, Ralf Spitthöver, Juergen R Schaefer, Lutz T Weber, Andreas Heibges, Reinhard Klingel
BACKGROUND: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) causes premature cardiovascular disease (CVD). Lipoprotein apheresis (LA) is recommended as first-line lipid-lowering treatment (LLT) for homozygous (ho) FH. METHODS: Efficacy of multimodal LLT including lifestyle counseling, drug treatment, and LA was analyzed in 17 pediatric hoFH or compound heterozygous (c-het) FH patients, who commenced chronic LA in Germany before the age of 18. RESULTS: At time of diagnosis, mean low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentration was 19...
March 3, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Jeanne M Dobrzynski, John B Kostis, Davit Sargsyan, Stavros Zinonos, William J Kostis
BACKGROUND: It is not known whether statins or proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) antibodies are associated with cataract and whether very low achieved low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering may cause cataract. OBJECTIVE: To examine two questions: whether statins and/or PCSK9 antibodies cause or prevent cataracts and whether very low LDL-C is associated with increased risk of cataract. METHODS: Systematic searches of PubMed, ClinicalTrials...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
Vladimír Bláha, Milan Bláha, Miriam Lánská, Eduard Havel, Pavel Vyroubal, Zdeněk Zadák, Pavel Žák
PCSK9-inhibitors belong to the new class of hypolipidemic agents. They enhance catabolism of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) through inhibiting activity of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). They are monoclonal antibodies (alirocumab, evolocumab etc). Under clinical development are also other types of PCSK9-inhibitors which act at a subcellular level. The treatment with PCSK9-inhibitors can be beneficially combined with lipoprotein apheresis (LA). If such treatment using PCSK9-inhibitors is possible with regard to an individual patients genotype, the combination of LA and PCSK9-inhibitors leads to slowing the space of LDL-C increase between individual procedures of apheresis and enables attaining of the lowest possible values of LDL-cholesterolemia for the longest possible period of time...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
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