Novel fatty acyl apoE mimetic peptides have increased potency to reduce plasma cholesterol in mice and macaques

Academic Article


  • Ac-hE18A-NH2 is a dual-domain apoE mimetic peptide that possesses the putative receptor binding domain from apoE (LRKLRKRLLR, denoted hE; residues 141–150) covalently attached to lipid-associating peptide 18A. Like apoE, Ac-hE18A-NH2 reduces plasma cholesterol in animal models and exhibits anti-inflammatory properties independent of its cholesterol-reducing effect. Ac-hE18A-NH2 has already undergone phase I clinical trials as a lipid-lowering agent. To explore the therapeutic potential more, we designed and synthesized new analogues by linking -aminohexanoic acid, octanoic acid, or myristic acid to LRRLRRRLLR-18A-NH2 ([R]hE18A-NH2) and examined the cholesterol-lowering potency in animals. The modified peptides effectively reduced plasma cholesterol in apoE-null mice fed standard chow or a Western diet; the myristyl analogue was the most effective. A single administration of the myristyl analogue reduced plasma total and LDL cholesterol in a dose-dependent manner in hypercholesterolemic cynomolgus macaques for up to 1 week despite the continuation of a cholesterol-supplemented diet. The myristyl peptide (7.4 mg/kg) reduced total and LDL cholesterol at 24 h by 64% and 74%, respectively; plasma HDL levels were modestly reduced and returned to baseline by day 7. These new analogues should exhibit enhanced potency at lower doses than Ac-hE18A-NH2, which may make them attractive therapeutic candidates for clinical trials.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 19051643
  • Author List

  • Anantharamaiah GM; Garber DW; Goldberg D; Morrel E; Datta G; Palgunachari MN; Register TC; Appt SE; White CR
  • Start Page

  • 2075
  • End Page

  • 2083
  • Volume

  • 59
  • Issue

  • 11