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J Clin Med Res. 2017 Jun;9(6):476-481. doi: 10.14740/jocmr2782w. Epub 2017 Apr 26.

Effect of Ezetimibe Monotherapy on Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and on Markers of Cholesterol Synthesis and Absorption in Japanese Patients With Hypercholesterolemia.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology, St. Marianna University School of Medicine, 2-16-1, Sugao, Miyamae-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, 216-8511, Japan.



The aim of this study was to evaluate effect of ezetimibe monotherapy on serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in Japanese patients and to investigate the association between changes of LDL-C and changes of markers for cholesterol synthesis and absorption.


Seventy-six hypercholesterolemic patients without statin therapy were enrolled and randomized to two groups, which were an ezetimibe group (group E, n = 44) and a control group without ezetimibe treatment that received diet therapy alone (group C, n = 32). The study period was 12 weeks. In group E, 10 mg of ezetimibe was administered daily after breakfast. Serum lipids were measured every 4 weeks, while lathosterol (a cholesterol synthesis marker) and campesterol and sitosterol (cholesterol absorption markers) were examined at baseline and at 12 weeks.


A significant reduction of LDL-C was observed in group E at both 4 and 12 weeks (from 155 ± 3.9 to 128 ± 3.4 mg/dL and 132 ± 3.9 mg/dL, respectively, both P < 0.01), associated with an increase of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C)at 12 weeks (from 53 ± 1.3 to 55 ± 1.5 mg/dL, P < 0.05) and no change of triglycerides. In contrast, none of these lipids changed in group C. An increase of lathosterol and a decrease of campesterol and sitosterol were observed in group E, while none of these markers changed in group C. When group E was divided into two subgroups according to the reduction of LDL-C, which were a good response group (reduction ≥ 20 mg/dL, ΔLDL-C = -27.9 ± 1.3 mg/dL, n = 18) and a poor response group (reduction < 20 mg/dL, ΔLDL-C = -3.7 ± 2.5 mg/dL, n = 26), baseline levels of campesterol and sitosterol were higher in the good response group.


Ezetimibe monotherapy reduced LDL-C and increased HDL-C, with the reduction of LDL-C being greater in patients with higher levels of cholesterol absorption markers.


Campesterol; Ezetimibe; Lathosterol; Monotherapy; Sitosterol

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