Policosanol modulates HMG-CoA reductase activity in cultured fibroblasts

Laboratorio de Bioquímica, Centro de Productos Naturales, Centro Nacional de Investigación Científica, Havana, Cuba.
Archives of Medical Research (Impact Factor: 2.65). 01/2001; 32(1):8-12. DOI: 10.1016/S0188-4409(00)00265-4
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Cholesterol biosynthesis is strictly controlled by 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl Coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase.
Transfer of cultured fibroblasts to a lipid-depleted medium (LDM) up-regulates the enzyme levels. This, in turn, is followed by an accelerated biosynthesis of cholesterol.
Exposure of Vero fibroblasts to LDM and policosanol (0.5-50 microg/mL), a new cholesterol-lowering drug purified from sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) wax, decreased in a dose-dependent manner cholesterol biosynthesis from [14C]-acetate and 3H-water, but not from [14C]-mevalonate.
This suggests an effect on HMG-CoA reductase, the rate-controlling enzyme in cholesterol biosynthesis. When enzyme activity was measured in the presence of various concentrations of policosanol (0.5-50 microg/mL), reductase was not suppressed. Therefore, there was no evidence for a competitive or noncompetitive inhibition of enzyme activity. However, after treatment of intact cells with policosanol (50 microg/mL) in the presence of LDM, a suppressive effect on enzyme activity was observed, suggesting a modulatory effect of policosanol on reductase activity. The previous inhibition of enzyme up-regulation by policosanol suggests to date a depression of de novo synthesis of HMG-CoA reductase and/or stimulation of its degradation. However, the exact mechanism by which policosanol inhibits the activity of HMG-CoA reductase still remains unclear. Further studies are needed to clarify the precise mechanism of its inhibitory action on cholesterol biosynthesis.

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    • "The ability of policosanol to prevent the up-regulation of HMG-CoA reductase activity in these cells in response to lipid-depleted media suggested that policosanol suppresses HMG-CoA reductase synthesis or enhances enzyme degradation. Similar results were obtained with D-003 (Menendez et al., 2001), although neither study measured HMG-CoA reductase protein levels. Our studies explored that policosanol and identify the active component(s) of this natural product inhibits cholesterol synthesis by inhibiting HMGCoA reductase enzyme (Singh et al., 2006). "

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