Effect of Apabetalone Added to Standard Therapy on Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Recent Acute Coronary Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Kausik K. Ray, Stephen J. Nicholls, Kevin A. Buhr, Henry N. Ginsberg, Jan O. Johansson, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Ewelina Kulikowski, Peter P. Toth, Norman Wong, Michael Sweeney, Gregory G. Schwartz

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Importance: Bromodomain and extraterminal proteins are epigenetic regulators of gene transcription. Apabetalone is a selective bromodomain and extraterminal protein inhibitor targeting bromodomain 2 and is hypothesized to have potentially favorable effects on pathways related to atherothrombosis. Pooled phase 2 data suggest favorable effects on clinical outcomes. Objective: To test whether apabetalone significantly reduces major adverse cardiovascular events. Design, Setting, and Participants: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, conducted at 190 sites in 13 countries. Patients with an acute coronary syndrome in the preceding 7 to 90 days, type 2 diabetes, and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels were eligible for enrollment, which started November 11, 2015, and ended July 4, 2018, with end of follow-up on July 3, 2019. Interventions: Patients were randomized (1:1) to receive apabetalone, 100 mg orally twice daily (n = 1215), or matching placebo (n = 1210) in addition to standard care. Main Outcomes and Measures: The primary outcome was a composite of time to the first occurrence of cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or stroke. Results: Among 2425 patients who were randomized (mean age, 62 years; 618 women [25.6%]), 2320 (95.7%) had full ascertainment of the primary outcome. During a median follow-up of 26.5 months, 274 primary end points occurred: 125 (10.3%) in apabetalone-treated patients and 149 (12.4%) in placebo-treated patients (hazard ratio, 0.82 [95% CI, 0.65-1.04]; P =.11). More patients allocated to apabetalone than placebo discontinued study drug (114 [9.4%] vs 69 [5.7%]) for reasons including elevations of liver enzyme levels (35 [2.9%] vs 11 [0.9%]). Conclusions and Relevance: Among patients with recent acute coronary syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, the selective bromodomain and extraterminal protein inhibitor apabetalone added to standard therapy did not significantly reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02586155.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1565-1573
Number of pages9
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2020

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