Robert O. Blaustein

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Once-daily losartan reduces BP in a dose-dependent manner and is well tolerated in hypertensive children aged 6-16 years. This study assessed the dose-response relationship, safety, and tolerability of losartan in hypertensive children aged 6 months to 6 years. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS This was a 12-week,(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS This multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessed the lipid-modifying efficacy/safety profile of anacetrapib 100 mg added to ongoing statin ± other lipid-modifying therapies (LMT) in Japanese patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH). METHODS Patients 18-80 years with a(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS We aimed to assess the effects of cholesteryl ester transfer protein inhibitor anacetrapib added to statin ± other lipid-modifying therapies (LMT) in Japanese patients with dyslipidemia who were not at their LDL-C goal. METHODS Patients on a stable dose of statin ± other LMT with LDL-C ≥100 mg/dL to <145 mg/dL, ≥120 mg/dL to <165(More)
Background Dyslipidemia, particularly high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), has recently been implicated in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss. However, epidemiological studies have yielded conflicting results. Methods We investigated the causal role of plasma lipid levels in AMD in(More)
RATIONALE Diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN), a major complication of diabetes mellitus, is characterized, in part, by impaired cardiac parasympathetic responsiveness. Parasympathetic stimulation of the heart involves activation of an acetylcholine-gated K+ current, I(KAch), via a (GIRK1)2/(GIRK4)2 K+ channel. Sterol regulatory element binding protein-1(More)
Rationale: Diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN), a major complication of diabetes mellitus, is characterized, in part, by impaired cardiac parasympathetic responsiveness. Parasympathetic stimulation of the heart involves activation of an acetylcholine-gated K current, IKAch, via a (GIRK1)2/(GIRK4)2 K channel. Sterol regulatory element binding protein-1(More)
Anacetrapib is a novel cholesteryl-ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitor in late-stage clinical development, shown in preceding clinical trials to have residual pharmacological activity after prolonged washout after chronic dosing. Preclinical findings suggest that white adipose tissue is a potential depot and that accumulation into adipose tissue governs(More)
Parasympathetic stimulation of the heart, which provides protection from arrhythmias and sudden death, involves activation of the G protein-coupled inward rectifying K+ channel GIRK1/4 and results in an acetylcholine-sensitive K+ current, I KACh. We describe a unique relationship between lipid homeostasis, the lipid-sensitive transcription factor SREBP-1,(More)