The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor fluvastatin (Flu) on angiotensin II (AII)-stimulated neutrophils of patients with hypercholesterolemia. Results suggest that a 6-week-long Flu administration completely counteracted the AII-induced increase in superoxide anion and leukotriene C4 production of the neutrophils of patients with hypercholesterolemia. However, the failure of signal processing through pertussis toxin-sensitive G protein, the increase in [Ca2+] i in membrane-bound protein kinase C activity, and the increase in neutrophil-bound cholesterol content were only partially restored by Flu. In addition, Flu had no effect on the increased membrane rigidity of the neutrophils of patients with hypercholesterolemia. To sum it up, Flu administration had a beneficial effect on AII-triggered reactive oxygen species generation; it resulted in partial restoration of signaling processes and of membrane composition, but membrane fluidity remained unchanged.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism