Effects of candesartan cilexetil and enalapril on inflammatory markers of atherosclerosis in hypertensive patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

Department of Medical Surgical Sciences, University of Brescia, Italy.
Journal of Hypertension (Impact Factor: 4.72). 03/2005; 23(2):435-44. DOI: 10.1097/00004872-200502000-00027
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Circulating adhesion molecules may have a prognostic significance as markers of endothelial damage. Drugs which inhibit the renin-angiotensin system may be effective in reducing circulating or tissue adhesion molecules, albeit data available are scarce. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, enalapril and a highly selective angiotensin receptor blocker, candesartan cilexetil, on circulating adhesion molecules in a large sample of patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). The study was comparative, multicenter, randomized and double blind, with two parallel groups.
NIDDM patients with a diagnosis of mild (grade 1) essential hypertension were included in the study, at the end of a 2-week placebo run-in period. The primary end-point of the study was to evaluate changes of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) plasma levels during treatment. The secondary end-points were: changes in vascular cells adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), von Willebrand factor (vWF), fibrinogen and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) circulating levels and of urinary albumin excretion rate (AER) as well; 129 patients were randomized: 66 in the candesartan group and 63 in the enalapril group, 118 of them completed the scheduled 24-week treatment period.
Candesartan and enalapril equally reduced circulating level of ICAM-1 and exerted comparable effects on changes of other adhesion molecules and coagulation factors. A similar blood pressure-lowering effect was observed with the two drugs (candesartan: from 148/90 +/- 11/8 to 132/82 +/- 12/7 mmHg, P < 0.01, enalapril: from 148/91 +/- 12/8 to 131/85 +/- 14/6 mmHg, P < 0.01). Candesartan was more effective than enalapril in the reduction of albuminuria (P < 0.05 between treatments), although urinary protein excretion can be considered normal in the majority of patients. The two drugs were comparable in terms of adverse events reported.
Candesartan and enalapril showed similar effects on blood pressure and on circulating adhesion molecules. In this study urinary protein excretion was reduced more by candesartan.

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    • "Enalapril is a dose-dependent antihypertensive drug, with its maximum effect occurring 6–8 hours after administration and a total duration of effect of 24–36 hours.40 Enalapril has been shown to be an effective antihypertensive agent, with positive effects on cardiovascular risk factors, prevention of decline in renal function and other organ damage,41–44 like progression of intima media thickness in the carotid artery, an independent risk factor for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.43 The cardiovascular protection associated with enalapril may be caused by potentiation of the effects of bradykinin.45 "
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    ABSTRACT: Hypertension is one of the most important and widespread risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease. Once, combination therapy was traditionally reserved as a third-line or fourth-line approach in the management of hypertension. However, several major intervention trials in high-risk patient populations have shown that an average of 2-4 antihypertensive agents are required to achieve effective blood pressure control. Combination treatment should be considered as a first choice in patients at high cardiovascular risk and in individuals for whom blood pressure is markedly above the hypertension threshold (eg, more than 20 mmHg systolic or 10 mmHg diastolic), or when milder degrees of blood pressure elevation are associated with multiple risk factors, subclinical organ damage, diabetes, renal failure, or associated cardiovascular disease. A number of clinical trials have demonstrated that a fixed combination of lercanidipine and enalapril has better efficacy and tolerability than monotherapy with either agents. The fixed-dose formulation of lercanidipine-enalapril was well tolerated in all clinical trials, with an adverse event rate similar to that of the component drugs as monotherapy. The advantages of combination therapy include improved adherence to therapy and minimization of blood pressure variability. In addition, combining two antihypertensive agents with different mechanisms of action may provide greater protection against major cardiovascular events and the development of end-organ damage.
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    • "Candesartan improves endothelial function as evidenced by significantly increasing flow-mediated dilation in patients with hypertension, stable CAD, and endothelial dysfunction.49 Candesartan significantly improves the percent flow-mediated dilator response to hyperemia (P = 0.019); significantly decreases plasma levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1) antigen (P < 0.001) as well as monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (P = 0.004),50 and significantly reduces circulating levels of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 (P < 0.05).51 Candesartan has also been shown to slow the progression of carotid remodeling in patients with hypertension and type 2 diabetes.52 "
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    • "Moreover, the treatment with ACE inhibitors reversed the increase in the production of superoxide anions and the activation of NF-kB system, as well as the elevated expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines, in aortas of rat with reduced NO synthesis [18] and in a rabbit model of atherosclerosis [19]. Also, a reduction in the circulating levels of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) has been observed in hypertensive patients [20] and in human aortic endothelial cells [21] after the treatment with an ACE inhibitor. "
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