Increasing evidence implicates the activation of inflammatory pathways in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. Accordingly, there is considerable interest in the development of new cardioprotective therapies that target inflammatory factors that promote the progression of heart disease. Secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) generates a range of fatty acid and prostaglandin metabolites that play a pivotal role in the molecular events involved in the formation, progression and rupture of atherosclerotic plaque. The findings of sPLA2 in atherosclerotic plaque, accelerated disease in transgenic models and association between elevated sPLA2 levels in plasma and adverse cardiovascular events in population studies suggest that the pharmacological inhibition of sPLA2 may be beneficial. The early experience with the clinical development of sPLA2 inhibitors to reduce cardiovascular risk will be reviewed.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Heart and Metabolism|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2013|
- Cardiovascular disease
- Risk factor