Plasma proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 is associated with Lp(a) in type 2 diabetic patients.


AIM Recent in vitro researches have shown that plasma Lp(a) can be reduced using a proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9)-inhibitory monoclonal antibody. In our clinical study we tried to investigate the association between plasma Lp(a) and PCSK9 in Type 2 diabetic patients with elevated plasma Lp(a), and to check whether such an association would be related to LDL-receptor (LDL-R) levels. METHODS Plasma PCSK9 and LDL-R concentrations were measured by sandwich ELISA methods using recombinant human PCSK9 protein and LDL-R protein as standards in a cohort with type 2 diabetic patients (n=50) compared to an age- and sex-matched control group (n=50). Both clinical and biochemical parameters were determined in all patients. RESULTS Plasma PCSK9 level was significantly elevated in T2DM patients compared to controls (44.61±14.44 and 33.22±11.79ng/mL, respectively, P<0.0001). However LDL-R levels did not differ between the two groups. Remarkably, plasma PCSK9 levels were positively correlated with Lp(a) levels in whole population (r=+0.227, P=0.03) as well as in T2DM group (r=+0.398, P=0.0061) but not in control group. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that plasma Lp(a) levels were independently associated to those of PCSK9. CONCLUSION Lp(a) has been proposed as a contributing factor to the accelerated development of macrovascular complications in T2DM. Its synergic effect with PCSK9 may explain the enhanced atherogenicity in T2DM patients.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2015.08.003

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@article{Nekaies2015PlasmaPC, title={Plasma proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 is associated with Lp(a) in type 2 diabetic patients.}, author={Ym{\`e}ne Nekaies and Bruno Baudin and Sami Kelbousi and Mohsen Sakly and Nebil Attia}, journal={Journal of diabetes and its complications}, year={2015}, volume={29 8}, pages={1165-70} }