Jun 12, 1976

A new approach to the management of familial hypercholesterolaemia: Removal of plasma-cholesterol based on the principle of affinity chromatography

P J LupienJ Awad


Reduction of plasma-cholesterol by the removal of low-density lipoproteins (L.D.L.) in an extracorporeal system is described as a possible approach in the treatment of familial hypercholesterolaemia. L.D.L. were removed from the blood by their interaction with heparin linked to agarose beads in the presence of calcium ions. Plasma-L.D.L. was markedly decreased in two patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia. The technique is specific for the removal of L.D.L., as the concentration of high-density lipoproteins was not affected. The treatment was well tolerated by all three subjects (i.e., two hypercholesterolaemic patients and a normal volunteer), and there were no undesirable effects. Several haematological parameters, clinical-chemistry tests, including serum enzymes, and immunoelectrophoresis of plasma proteins were all unaffected by the treatment.

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Enzymes, antithrombotic
Hypercholesterolemia, Familial
Calcium ion

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