Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

HDL-C mimetic did not induce plaque regression in post-ACS patients

Effect of Serial Infusions of CER-001, a Pre-Beta High-Density Lipoprotein Mimetic on Coronary Atherosclerosis: Results of the CARAT Study

Presented at ACC.17 by Stephen J Nicholls

News - Mar. 18, 2017

Main results


In post-ACS patients with at least one site of stenosis with PAV >30% in the proximal 10 mm of the target vessel, the administration of CER-001 did not lead to a significant PAV or TAV reduction. These findings suggest that short-term therapy with this dose of CER-001 is not a promising strategy in ACS patients.

Thusfar, disappointing results have been obtained when studying HDL-modifying agents; no CV benefit has been observed with attempts to raise HDL. During the press conference, Dr. Nicholls mentioned that HDL mimetics “continues to be an unfulfilled promise”. During the discussion, he was asked why he still believed this was an avenue to follow and when the moment will come to accept that it does not work. He said he walks various avenues, but the progressive failure of HDL-targeted therapies in the context of statins over the past years, shows that targeting HDL is more complicated than LDL. We know very little about HDL, and how to target it. Nicholls did acknowledge that “with every negative trial, it gets harder to believe in it”. That might mean we should look at other risk factors, or even better compliance with therapies known to work.


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