PCSK9 and diabetes: Is there a link?

Amir Abbas Momtazi, Maciej Banach, Matteo Pirro, Evan A. Stein, Amirhossein Sahebkar

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Inhibitors of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) have emerged as effective low-density lipoprotein cholesterol-lowering compounds. Although the results of available epidemiological, preclinical, and clinical studies suggest a positive association of plasma PCSK9 levels with glycemic parameters and risk of type 2 DM (T2DM), genetic findings have shown contradictory results. Overall, the impact of PCSK9 inhibitors on glycemic control parameters in patients with DM remains unclear. Here, we assess the available evidence for the association of PCSK9 status with the incidence and control of DM in preclinical and clinical studies, and identify molecular mechanisms regulating PCSK9 expression in the diabetic state. Here, we provide a comprehensive overview of preclinical and clinical studies on the role of PCSK9 and PCSK9 inhibition in diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-895
Number of pages13
JournalDrug Discovery Today
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


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