Triglycerides and triglyceride-rich lipoproteins in the development and progression of atherosclerosis


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Abstract

Purpose of reviewIn this review, we intend to show the heterogenicity of the triglyceride group, including the triglyceride-rich lipoproteins and its subparticles, apolipoproteins, and its role in atherogenesis through epidemiological and genetic studies, observing the association of these various components and subclasses with subclinical atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events. Also, we reevaluated the moment of blood collection for the triglyceride measurement and its repercussion in atherosclerosis. Finally, we present the current scenario and new insights about the pharmacologic treatment of hypertriglyceridemia.Recent findingsRecent studies have been observed, a correlation between cardiovascular disease and triglyceride components (as apolipoproteins A-V, C-I, C-III) as well as proteins involved in the metabolism pathway, such as the angiopoietin-like proteins. Also, the triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, also known as remnants, were recently associated with atherogenesis. Another important topic addressed is about nonfasting triglyceride level, which has been postulated as a better predictor of cardiovascular events than fasting collection.SummaryRegarding hypertriglyceridemia treatment, the drug therapy was updated, as the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were tested in primary prevention as eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid combination resulted in no benefit, whereas the administration of icosapent ethyl in secondary prevention and high-risk patients showed a robust decrease of the cardiovascular outcomes.

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