Anti-inflammatory effect of rosuvastatin in patients with HIV infection: An FDG-PET pilot study

Kevin E. Boczar, Elliot Faller, Wanzhen Zeng, Jerry Wang, Gary R. Small, Vicente F. Corrales-Medina, Robert A. deKemp, Natalie C. Ward, Rob S.B. Beanlands, Paul MacPherson, Girish Dwivedi

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Aims: This study aimed to evaluate markers of systemic as well as imaging markers of inflammation in the ascending aorta, bone marrow, and spleen measured by 18F-FDG PET/CT, in HIV+ patients at baseline and following therapy with rosuvastatin. Methods and results: Of the 35 HIV+ patients enrolled, 17 were randomized to treatment with 10 mg/day rosuvastatin and 18 to usual care for 6 months. An HIV− control cohort was selected for baseline comparison of serum inflammatory markers and monocyte markers of inflammation. 18F-FDG-PET/CT imaging of bone marrow, spleen, and thoracic aorta was performed in the HIV+ cohort at baseline and 6 months. While CD14++CD16− and CCR2 expressions were reduced, serum levels of IL-7, IL-8, and MCP-1 were elevated in the HIV+ population compared to the controls. There was a significant drop in FDG uptake in the bone marrow (TBRmax), spleen (SUVmax) and thoracic aortic (TBRmax) in the statin-treated group compared to the control group (bone marrow: − 10.3 ± 16.9% versus 5.0 ± 18.9%, p = .0262; spleen: − 9.8 ± 20.3% versus 11.3 ± 28.8%, p = .0497; thoracic aorta: − 19.1 ± 24.2% versus 4.3 ± 15.4%, p = .003). Conclusions: HIV+ patients had significantly markers of systemic inflammation including monocyte activation. Treatment with low-dose rosuvastatin in the HIV+ cohort significantly reduced bone marrow, spleen and thoracic aortic FDG uptake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3057-3068
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Nuclear Cardiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


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