Dalcetrapib restoring belief in modulating CETP as a beneficial mechanism in cardiovascular disease

Doggrell, Sheila (2012) Dalcetrapib restoring belief in modulating CETP as a beneficial mechanism in cardiovascular disease. Expert Opinion in Investigational Drugs, 21(4), pp. 569-573.

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Abstract Background: As low HDL cholesterol levels are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, raising HDL cholesterol substantially by inhibiting or modulating cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) may be useful in coronary artery disease. The first CETP inhibitor that went into clinical trial, torcetrapib, was shown to increase the levels of HDL cholesterol, but it also increased cardiovascular outcomes, probably due to an increase in blood pressure and aldosterone secretion, by an off-target mechanism/s. Objective/methods: Dalcetrapib is a new CETP modulator that increases the levels of HDL cholesterol, but does not increase blood pressure or aldosterone secretion. The objective was to evaluate a paper describing the effects of dalcetrapib on carotid and aortic wall thickness in subjects with, or at high risk, of coronary artery disease; the dal-PLAQUE study. Results: dal-PLAQUE showed that dalcetrapib reduced the progression of atherosclerosis and may also reduce the vascular inflammation associated with this, in subjects with, or with high risk of, coronary heart disease, who were already taking statins. Conclusions: These results suggest that modulating CETP with dalcetrapib may be a beneficial mechanism in cardiovascular disease. The results of the dal-HEART series, which includes dal-PLAQUE 1 and 2, and dal-OUTCOMES, when complete, will provide more definitive information about the benefit, or not, of dalcetrapib in coronary artery disease.

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ID Code: 54564
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: dalcetrapib, CETP, cARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
DOI: 10.1517/13543784.2012.659817
ISSN: 1744-7658 (online) 1354-3784 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Informa Healthcare
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2012 01:53
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2012 05:10

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