Simvastatin treatment reduces heat shock protein 60, 65, and 70 antibody titers in dyslipidemic patients: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial

Mohsen Moohebati, Shirin Bidmeshgi, Mahmoud R. Azarpazhooh, Mahdi Hassanzadeh Daloee, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan*, Shima Tavallaie, Maral Amini, Akram Momenzadeh, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Roghayeh Paydar, Amir A. Rahsepar, Seyyed M.R. Parizadeh, Saeed Akhlaghi, Gordon A.A. Ferns

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of statin therapy on serum levels of antibodies to several specific heat shock proteins (HSPs) in dyslipidemic patients. Design and methods: Participants (n= 102) were treated with simvastatin (40. mg/day), or placebo in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial. Anti-HSP60, 65, 70, and hs-CRP levels were measured before and after each treatment period. Seventy-seven subjects completed the study. Results: Treatment with simvastatin was associated with significant reductions in serum anti-HSP60, 65, and 70 titers in the dyslipidemic patients (10%, 14%, and 15% decrease, respectively) (p< 0.001). There have been previous reports of reductions in serum CRP with statin treatment, and although median CRP levels were 9% lower on simvastatin treatment, this did not achieve statistical significance. Conclusion: While it is unclear whether HSP antibodies are directly involved in atherogenesis, our findings suggest that simvastatin inhibits autoimmune responses that may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-197
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Biochemistry
Volume44
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

Keywords

  • Antibody
  • C-reactive protein
  • Cross-over study
  • Heat shock protein
  • Simvastatin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry

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