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Atherosclerosis. 2011 Nov;219(1):291-7. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2011.06.001. Epub 2011 Jun 13.

Lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) is associated with total and cardiovascular mortality in individuals with or without stable coronary artery disease--results from the Ludwigshafen Risk and Cardiovascular Health Study (LURIC).

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Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Ulm, 89081 Ulm, Germany.



Atherosclerosis of coronary arteries is hallmarked by non-specific local inflammatory processes accompanied by a systemic response. Lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) has been suggested to be associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in a previous study without follow-up.


LBP plasma levels were measured in 2959 participants of the Ludwigshafen Risk and Cardiovascular Health (LURIC) cohort study referred to coronary angiography at baseline between 1997 and 2000. Median follow-up time was 8.0 years. Primary and secondary end points were cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, respectively. Multivariable adjusted logistic regression analyses were conducted to investigate the role of LBP.


Serum LBP concentration was significantly increased in 2298 patients with angiographically confirmed CAD compared to 661 individuals without coronary atherosclerosis (6.78 μg/mL (5.46-8.84) vs. 6.13 μg/mL (5.05-7.74), respectively; p<0.001). Moreover in multivariable logistic regression analyses, adjusted for established cardiovascular risk factors and markers of systemic inflammation, LBP was a significant and independent predictor of total and cardiovascular mortality (hazard ratio (HR) for all cause mortality: 1.43, 95% CI: 1.06-1.94, p=0.024; HR for cardiovascular mortality in the 4th quartile of LBP: 1.55, 95% CI: 1.06-2.27, p=0.025).


The present results add information on LBP in CAD. The data underscore the potential importance of innate immune mechanisms for atherosclerosis. Further studies are needed to clarify the pathways between innate immune system activation and atherosclerosis.

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