PCSK9 loss-of-function variants and Lp(a) phenotypes among black US adults

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  • The pharmacologic inhibition of proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin type 9 (PCSK9) lowers lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] concentrations. However, the impact of genetic PCSK9 loss-of-function variants (LOFVs) on Lp(a) is uncertain. We determined the association of PCSK9 LOFVs with Lp(a) measures among black adults. Genotyping for PCSK9 LOFVs was conducted in 10,196 black Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke study participants. Among 241 participants with and 723 randomly selected participants without PCSK9 LOFVs, Lp(a) concentations, apo(a) kringle IV (KIV) repeats (a proxy for isoform size), and oxidized phospholipid (OxPL) apoB levels were measured using validated methods. Median Lp(a) concentrations among participants with and without PCSK9 LOFVs were 63.2 and 80.4 nmol/l, respectively (P = 0.016). After adjusting for age, sex, estimated glomerular filtration rate, LDL cholesterol, and statin use, participants with versus without a PCSK9 LOFV had a lower median Lp(a) concentration [Δ = ¯18.8 nmol/l (95% CI: ¯34.2, ¯3.3)]. Median apo(a) isoform sizes were 24 and 23 KIV repeats (P = 0.12) among participants with and without PCSK9 LOFVs, respectively [Δ = 1.1 (95% CI: 0.2, 2.0) after adjustment]. Median OxPL-apoB levels among participants with and without PCSK9 LOFVs were 3.4 and 4.1 nM (P = 0.20), respectively [Δ = ¯1.2 nM (95% CI ¯2.4, ¯0.04) after adjustment]. Among black adults, PCSK9 LOFVs were associated with lower Lp(a) concentration and OxPL-apoB levels.
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  • Mefford MT; Marcovina SM; Bittner V; Cushman M; Brown TM; Farkouh ME; Tsimikas S; Monda KL; Antonio López JG; Muntner P
  • Start Page

  • 1946
  • End Page

  • 1952
  • Volume

  • 60
  • Issue

  • 11