Association between the lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 activity and the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis

Jing Liu, Wei Wang, Yue Qi, Qiang Yong, Guanghua Zhou, Miao Wang, Jiayi Sun, Jun Liu, Zhangrong Jia, Dong Zhao
Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis 2014, 21 (6): 532-42

AIM: The lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2(Lp-PLA2) level has been shown to be associated with the risk of clinical cardiovascular events. We aimed to investigate whether Lp-PLA2 is associated with the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis in the general population.

METHODS: The degree of carotid plaque and the maximal intima-media thickness(IMT) were measured twice over a 5-year interval in 913 participants 45 to 74 years of age at baseline in a cohort study. The associations between the plasma Lp-PLA2 activity and the progression of carotid plaque and changes in the IMT level were assessed according to sex after adjusting for traditional risk factors and the high-sensitivity C-reactive protein(hsCRP) level.

RESULTS: During the 5-year follow-up period, the progression of plaque was observed in 58.5% of men and 48.3% of women. The median maximal IMT level increased by 0.12 mm in men and 0.09 mm in women per year. The progression of plaque and changes in the IMT level increased according to the quartile of the Lp-PLA2 activity in men(p<0.05 for trend), but not women. Following adjustment for traditional risk factors and the hsCRP level, the odds ratio for plaque progression associated with an increase in the Lp-PLA2 activity of one standard deviation was 1.28(95% CI=1.09-1.49, p=0.043) in men and 0.92(95% CI=0.78-1.08, p=0.273) in women. The regression coefficient for IMT progression was 0.003(p=0.004) in men and -0.001(p=0.166) in women after adjusting for the other factors.

CONCLUSIONS: The Lp-PLA2 level is associated with the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis in men. Lp-PLA2 may play an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and be a potential target for the early prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"