Antilipemic Agents

By: Sami Barghshoon, BioFiles v7 n5, 2012, 21–24

BioFiles Volume 7, Number 5 – Pharmaceutical Drugs and Drug Candidates

3-Hydroxy-3-Methylglutaryl Coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) Reductase Inhibitors

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Randomized controlled clinical studies have suggested 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors (statins) are effective in both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events.1 Primary prevention refers to interventions that obviate the first occurrence of a disease or condition, secondary interventions deter reoccurrence.

The use of statins for primary intervention is extensive for individuals with no previous CVD but who have both elevated cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, or individuals who have coronary heart disease plus multiple risk factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure.2

While cholesterol has been singled out as the primary factor in the development of atherosclerosis, some research studies suggest that C-reactive protein (CRP) may also be a marker for the development and progression of atherosclerosis.3-5 Elevated basal levels of CRP can lead to inflammation of arterial vessels, increasing the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.4

In 2010, rosuvastatin was approved in the U.S. to prevent CVD in individuals over 50 with normal low density lipid (LDL)-cholesterol levels and no history of heart disease, but elevated CRP levels coupled with one other risk factor such as high blood pressure.6

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HMG-CoA References

  1. Pichandi et al. 2011. The role of statin drugs in combating cardiovascular diseases. Int J Cur Sci Res 1:47-56.
  2. Goldenberg, N. and Glueck, C. 2009. Efficacy, effectiveness and real life goal attainment of statins in managing cardiovascular risk. Vasc Hlth & Risk Mgmt 5:369-76.
  3. Kleemann, R. and Kooistra, T. 2005. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors: Effects on chronic subacute inflammation and onset of atherosclerosis induced by dietary cholesterol. Cardiovasc & Haem Disorders 5:441-53.
  4. Danesh et al. 2004. C-reactive P-protein and other circulating markers of inflammation in the prediction of coronary heart disease. N Engl J Med 350:1387-97.
  5. Levinson, S. 2006. Inflammatory and long-term risk markers. Clin Lab Med 26:553-70.
  6. MacDonald, GP. 2010. Cost-effectiveness of rosuvastatin for primary prevention of cardiovascular events according to Framingham risk score in patients with elevated C-reactive protein. J Am Osteopath Assoc 110:427-36.


Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor (PPAR) Agonists

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Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR) are nuclear receptors that function as transcription factors on targeted genes when heterodimerized with the retinoid X receptor.1

PPAR-α is mainly involved in fatty acid oxidation and is expressed in the liver, kidney, and skeletal muscle, while PPAR-γ is primarily involved in fat cell differentiation and insulin sensitivity.2 Both are expressed in smooth muscle cells and myocardium.

PPAR agonists have been shown to reduce blood pressure in several models of hypertension, correct endothelial dysfunction, and exert anti-inflammatory actions.3-5 Therefore, these therapeutic agents are used to prevent vascular and cardiac complications associated with hypertension.


PPAR References

  1. Francis et al. 2003. PPAR agonists in the treatment of atherosclerosis. Curr Opin Pharmacol 3:186-91.
  2. Calkin, AC and Thomas, MC. 2007. PPAR agonists and cardiovasuclar disease in diabetes. PPAR Research 2008:1-12.
  3. Buchan, KW and Hassall, DG. 2000. PPAR agonists as direct modulators of the vessel wall in cardiovascular disease. Med Res Rev 20:350-66.
  4. Inoue et al. 1998. Expression of peroxisome proliferatoractivated receptor a in primary cultures of human vascular endothelial cells. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 246: 370-4.
  5. Vu-Dac et al. 1998. The nuclear receptors peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor a and Rev-erba mediate the species-specific regulation of apolipoprotein A-I expression by fibrates. J Biol Chem 273:25713-20.


Acyl–Coenzyme A:Cholesterol Acyltransferase (ACAT) Inhibitors

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The enzyme acyl-coenzyme A:cholesterol acyltransferase (ACAT) esterifies cholesterol in a variety of tissues. In some animal models, ACAT inhibitors act alone or in combination with HMG-CoA inhibitors to exert their antiatherosclerotic effects.1 This effect is presumed to occur through the regulation of cholesterol trafficking pathways in the liver and vascular cells.2

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ACAT References

  1. Nissen et al. 2006. Effect of ACAT inhibition on the progression of coronary atherosclerosis. N Engl J Med 354:1253-63.
  2. Bocan et al. 1998. HMG-CoA reductase and ACAT inhibitors act synergistically to lower plasma cholesterol and limit atherosclerotic lesion development in the cholesterol-fed rabbit. Atherosclerosis 139:21-30.