Removal of plasma mature and furin-cleaved proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 by low-density lipoprotein-apheresis in familial hypercholesterolemia: development and application of a new assay for PCSK9.

CONTEXT Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 (PCSK9) is known to be a good target to decrease LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) and two forms of PCSK9, mature and furin-cleaved PCSK9, circulate in blood. However, it has not been clarified whether and how the levels of each PCSK9 are affected by LDL-apheresis (LDL-A) treatment, a standard therapy in patients with… CONTINUE READING