Studies on the structure and function of the apolipoprotein(a) gene.


Lp(a) is an LDL-like lipoprotein that is a major inherited risk factor for atherosclerosis. It is distinguished from Lp(a) by the addition of apolipoprotein(a). The gene structure of apolipoprotein(a) is homologous to plasminogen, and competition with plasminogen activity may account for some of the pathophysiology associated with Lp(a). Six highly related… (More)


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