INTRODUCTION: A growing amount of data suggest that atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease and in it's development Chlamydia pneumoniae infection may contribute. Recent studies have shown that administration of micronized fenofibrate reduces the plasma levels of several markers of the inflammatory response. AIM: The aim of the authors was to evaluate the effect of micronized fenofibrate on the lipids and Chlamydia pneumoniae antibody levels of 20 patients with coronary artery disease. METHODS: The plasma total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, triglyceride, lipoprotein (a), ApoA1, ApoB, fibrinogen and Chlamydia Ig A, IgG and IgM antibody concentrations were examined. The patients were on strict lipid lowering diet and were treated by daily 200 mg micronized fenofibrate for 3 weeks. RESULTS: A significant reduction of the total cholesterol (18.3%), LDL cholesterol (17.7%), triglyceride (37.8%), ApoB (18.4%), fibrinogen (16.1%) levels was observed. The concentration of HDL cholesterol (17.0%) and ApoA1 (12.2%) showed a significant elevation. The Chlamydia pneumoniae IgM antibody (characterizing the acute infections) was not detectable. The IgA antibody level decreased from 13.0 EIU to 12.3 EIU (p < 0.05) and IgG from 85.1 EIU to 78.7 EIU (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Beside the expected lipid lowering effect of the micronized fenofibrate a significant reduction in the plasma Chlamydia pneumoniae IgA and IgG antibody levels was observed supporting the anti-inflammatory, pleiotropic effect of this drug.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 20 2003|
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