Determinants of plasma HDL-cholesterol in hypertriglyceridemic patients: Role of cholesterol-ester transfer protein and lecithin cholesteryl acyl transferase

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Abstract

Hypertriglyceridemic patients commonly have low levels of HDL cholesterol. Elevated triglycerides per se may be one cause of low HDL levels, but other factors also may be involved. The current study was designed to define the role of cholesterol-ester transfer protein (CETP) in causation of a low HDL cholesterol in hypertriglyceridemic patients: in addition other factors-lecithin cholesterol acyl transferase (LCAT), hepatic triglyceride lipase (HTGL), and lipoprotein lipase (LPL)-were examined. Plasma activities of CETP and LCAT were measured in 137 male patients with moderate hypertriglyceridemia (plasma triglycerides [TGS] 200 to 500 mg/dL and LDL cholesterol < 160 mg/dL). Results were compared with those from 50 normolipidemic men of similar age and body habitus. In addition, lipase activities in postheparin plasma were measured in 118 of the subjects with hypertriglyceridemia. The activities of CETP and LCAT were 17% (P<.01) and 7% (P<.05), respectively, higher in the hypertriglyceridemic group than in control subjects. By stepwise regression analysis CETP appeared to contribute 15.2% and LCAT 9.8% to variation in HDL-cholesterol levels. Activities of LPL and HTGL together contributed an additional 14.1% to HDL-cholesterol variation. In contrast, levels of plasma TG accounted for only 5.4% of the variation. There were no differences in relative contributions of these parameters in patients with and those without coronary heart disease. This study indicates that several factors contribute to the variation in HDL- cholesterol levels in hypertriglyceridemic patients, and five factors-CETP, LCAT, HTGL, LPL, and triglyceride levels-account for almost half of this variation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-63
Number of pages8
JournalArteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

Keywords

  • cholesterol-ester transfer protein
  • hypertriglyceridemia
  • lecithin acyl transferase
  • low HDL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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