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Reduction of arteriosclerotic nanoplaque formation and size by n-3 fatty acids in patients after valvular defect operation
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2009 (English)In: Forschende Komplementärmedizin, ISSN 1424-7364, E-ISSN 1424-7372, Vol. 16, no 4, 237-245 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND/METHODS: Coating a silica surface with the isolated lipoprotein receptor heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HS-PG) from arterial endothelium and vascular matrices, we could observe the very earliest stages of arteriosclerotic plaque development by ellipsometric techniques in vitro (patent EP 0 946 876). This so-called nanoplaque formation is represented by the ternary aggregational complex of the HS-PG receptor, lipoprotein particles and calcium ions. The model was validated in several clinical studies on statins in cardiovascular high-risk patients applying their native blood lipoprotein fractions. RESULTS: In 7 patients who had undergone a valvular defect operation, the reduction of arteriosclerotic nanoplaque formation in normal Krebs solution amounted to 6.1 +/- 2.3% (p < 0.0156) and of nanoplaque size to 37.5 +/- 13.2% (p < 0.0312), respectively, after a 3-month therapy with n-3 fatty acids (3 ..3 g daily, Ameu 500 mg). Additionally, the quotient oxLDL/LDL was lowered by 6.8 +/- 2.1% (p < 0.0166), the MDA concentration remained unchanged and the lipoprotein(a) concentration decreased by 15.8 +/- 5.6% (p < 0.0469) in the patients' blood. The concentration of the nanoplaque promoting particles VLDL and total triglycerides was diminished by 34.1 +/- 11.6% (p < 0.0469) and 26.7 +/- 10.8% (p < 0.0156), respectively. Furthermore, the ratio of the strongly atherogenic small dense to the total LDL cholesterol (LDL5+LDL6)/LDLtot decreased by 9.9 +/- 3.0% (p < 0.0174). CONCLUSIONS: A combinatorial regression analysis revealed a basis for a mechanistic explanation of nanoplaque reduction under n-3 fatty acid treatment. This effect was possibly due to the beneficial changes in lipid concentrations and an attenuation of the risk factors oxLDL/LDL and (LDL5+LDL6)/LDLtot.

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2009. Vol. 16, no 4, 237-245 p.
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Proteoglycan receptor, Lipoproteins, Nanoplaque formation, n-3 Fatty acids, Clinical trial
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Pharmaceutical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-109439DOI: 10.1159/000229786ISI: 000269571700004PubMedID: 19729934OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-109439DiVA: diva2:272457
Available from: 2009-10-15 Created: 2009-10-15 Last updated: 2010-07-08Bibliographically approved

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