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Atherosclerosis. 2009 Jul;205(1):55-62. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2008.10.043. Epub 2008 Nov 18.

The calcimimetic R-568 retards uremia-enhanced vascular calcification and atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E deficient (apoE-/-) mice.

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Inserm Unit 845, Necker Hospital, Paris-Descartes University Paris V, Paris, France.



Secondary hyperparathyroidism of chronic kidney disease promotes vascular calcification. Calcimimetics reduce serum parathyroid hormone, calcium (Ca), and phosphorus by calcium-sensing receptor (CaR) activation. Here we examined possible effects of the calcimimetic R-568 (R-568) on the progression of aortic calcification and atherosclerosis in apoE(-/-) mice with chronic renal failure (CRF) and the potential implication of aortic smooth muscle cell CaR.


ApoE(-/-) mice were assigned to 3 CRF groups and 1 non-CRF group receiving daily gavage with R-568, calcitriol, or vehicle. Serum Ca and phosphorus and parathyroid gland volume of CRF mice were decreased by R-568, whereas elevated serum FGF23 and total cholesterol remained unchanged. Both aortic plaque and non-plaque calcification was lower in R-568 mice, and so was atherosclerotic plaque area fraction. In vitro, R-568 induced a decrease in smooth muscle cell calcification when cultured in high phosphate medium. This decrease was abolished in CaR-SiRNA-transfected cells.


The calcimimetic R-568 delayed the progression of both aortic calcification and atherosclerosis in uremic apoE(-/-) mice. This effect was mediated via a better control of hyperparathyroidism including serum Ca and phosphorus. Direct vascular CaR activation also could have played a role in the observed effects.

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