[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: PCSK9 inhibition is a potential novel strategy for treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Alirocumab is a fully human PCSK9 monoclonal antibody in phase III clinical
development. We evaluated the antiatherogenic potential of alirocumab in
Mice received a Western-type diet and were treated with alirocumab (3 or 10 mg/kg,
weekly subcutaneous dosing) alone and in combination with atorvastatin (3.6
mg/kg/d) for 18 weeks. Alirocumab alone dose-dependently decreased total
cholesterol (-37%; -46%, P < 0.001) and triglycerides (-33%; -36%, P < 0.001) and
further decreased cholesterol in combination with atorvastatin (-48%; -58%, P <
0.001). Alirocumab increased hepatic LDLR protein levels but did not affect hepatic
cholesterol and triglyceride content. Fecal output of bile acids and neutral sterols was
Alirocumab dose-dependently decreased atherosclerotic lesion size (-71%; -88%, P
< 0.001) and severity and enhanced these effects when added to atorvastatin (-89%;
-98%, P < 0.001). Alirocumab reduced monocyte recruitment and improved the lesion
composition by increasing the smooth muscle cell and collagen content and
decreasing the macrophage and necrotic core content.
Alirocumab dose-dependently decreases plasma lipids and as a result
atherosclerosis development, and enhances the beneficial effects of atorvastatin in
APOE*3Leiden.CETP mice. In addition, alirocumab improves plaque morphology.
The Journal of Lipid Research 08/2014; · 4.39 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS), perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are stable perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS) surfactants, and PFHxS and PFOS are frequently detected in human biomonitoring studies. Some epidemiological studies have shown modest positive correlations of serum PFOS with non-high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol (C). This study investigated the mechanism underlying the effect of PFAS surfactants on lipoprotein metabolism. APOE*3-Leiden.CETP mice were fed a Western-type diet with PFBS, PFHxS, or PFOS (30, 6, and 3 mg/kg/day, respectively) for 4-6 weeks. Whereas PFBS modestly reduced only plasma triglycerides (TG), PFHxS and PFOS markedly reduced TG, non-HDL-C, and HDL-C. The decrease in very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) was caused by enhanced lipoprotein lipase-mediated VLDL-TG clearance and by decreased production of VLDL-TG and VLDL-apolipoprotein B. Reduced HDL production, related to decreased apolipoprotein AI synthesis, resulted in decreased HDL. PFHxS and PFOS increased liver weight and hepatic TG content. Hepatic gene expression profiling data indicated that these effects were the combined result of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha and pregnane X receptor activation. In conclusion, the potency of PFAS to affect lipoprotein metabolism increased with increasing alkyl chain length. PFHxS and PFOS reduce plasma TG and total cholesterol mainly by impairing lipoprotein production, implying that the reported positive correlations of serum PFOS and non-HDL-C are associative rather than causal.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Remote ischaemic preconditioning (RIPC) is a strategy to protect a target organ against ischaemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) by inducing short-term ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) in a remote organ. RIPC of the kidney by temporary limb occlusion would be a safe, inexpensive and noninvasive method to prevent renal damage in, e.g., transplantation and aortic surgery. We investigated whether brief hind limb occlusion can protect against renal IRI and whether this protection is adenosine dependent.
Rats underwent either no RIPC, unilateral RIPC or bilateral RIPC. The preconditioning stimulus was either continuous (12'/12' I/R) or fractionated (three times 4'/4' I/R). After the last reperfusion period, we induced 25' ischaemia in the right kidney.
After 24 h of reperfusion, renal function was improved by 30-60% in both bilateral RIPC groups and in the fractionated unilateral group. Renal tubule damage and kidney injury molecule-1 expression were reduced in three of four RIPC groups. Treatment with the adenosine receptor blocker 8-(p-sulfophenyl)theophylline had no effect on fractionated or continuous RIPC.
Brief hind limb ischaemia induces protection against renal IRI, which makes this a promising strategy to prevent renal IRI in a clinical setting. Bilateral RIPC was more effective than unilateral RIPC, and this protection occurs via an adenosine-independent mechanism.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibition by rofecoxib was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events. We hypothesized that concomitant treatment with thromboxane prostanoid receptor antagonist S18886 might ameliorate possible negative effects. We evaluated the effects of S18886, rofecoxib, and the interaction of both compounds in a combined treatment on myocardial infarct (MI) size and cardiac function after experimental ischemia/reperfusion injury in hyperlipidemic APOE*3Leiden transgenic mice.
Prospective, randomized, control trial.
Hyperlipidemic APOE*3Leiden transgenic mice.
After four weeks of feeding an atherogenic diet, MI was induced by a 30-min ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery, followed by reperfusion. Oral compound treatment was initiated 90 mins before MI, and continued daily by gavage for seven days. Four treatment groups (n = 12, each) were studied: solvent (Control), S18886, rofecoxib, and S18886 plus rofecoxib.
One week after MI, the mice were anesthetized and cardiac function was quantified by left ventricular (LV) pressure-volume relationships obtained by miniature pressure-conductance catheters. The ischemic area was measured by morphometry and expressed as percentage of LV area. No significant differences in infarct size were found between groups. Compared with control, treatment with S18886 did not affect heart function whereas the rofecoxib group had significantly lower cardiac output (4.5 +/- 0.8 vs. 3.2 +/- 1.1 mL/min, p < 0.01), lower ejection fraction (40 +/- 8 vs. 27 +/- 11%, p < 0.005), and increased end-systolic volume (18.6 +/- 5.7 vs. 28.6 +/- 9.0 muL, p < 0.05). The group with combined (S18886+rofecoxib) treatment was not different from control. Statistical analysis showed significant interactive effects between S18886 and rofecoxib indicating that negative effects of rofecoxib on cardiac function were prevented by S18886 treatment.
Rofecoxib treatment reduced global and systolic LV function after ischemia-reperfusion injury in APOE*3Leiden mice. These negative effects are prevented by combined treatment with thromboxane prostanoid-receptor antagonist S18886 (terutroban).
Critical care medicine 09/2008; 36(9):2576-82. · 6.37 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Atherosclerosis is a multifactorial highly-complex disease with numerous etiologies that work synergistically to promote lesion development. The ability to develop preventive and ameliorative treatments will depend on animal models that mimic the human subject metabolically and pathophysiologically and will develop lesions comparable to those in humans. The mouse is the most useful, economic, and valid model for studying atherosclerosis and exploring effective therapeutic approaches. Among the most widely used mouse models for atherosclerosis are apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE-/-) and LDL receptor-deficient (LDLr-/-) mice. An up-and-coming model is the ApoE*3Leiden (E3L) transgenic mouse. Here, we review studies that have explored how and to what extent these mice respond to compounds directed at treatment of the risk factors hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, hypertension, and inflammation. An important outcome of this survey is that the different models used may differ markedly from one another in their response to a specific experimental manipulation. The choice of a model is therefore of critical importance and should take into account the risk factor to be studied and the working spectrum of the compounds tested.