Increased Circulating Levels of PCSK9 and Pro-Atherogenic Lipoprotein Profile in Pregnant Women with Maternal Supraphysiological Hypercholesterolemia

Claudette Cantin, María Jesús Garchitorena, Rodrigo Escalona, Jorge A. Carvajal, Sebastián E. Illanes, Jaime Gutierrez, Andrea Leiva*

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Abstract

Maternal physiological hypercholesterolemia (MPH) occurs during pregnancy to assure fetal development. Some pregnant women develop maternal supraphysiological hypercholesterolemia (MSPH) characterized by increased levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL). We aim to determine if proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) levels (a protein that regulate the availability of LDL receptor in the cells surface), as well as the composition and function of LDL, are modulated in MSPH women. This study included 122 pregnant women. Maternal total cholesterol (TC), LDL, triglycerides and PCSK9 increased from first (T1) to third trimester (T3) in MPH women. At T3, maternal TC, LDL, PCSK9 and placental abundances of PCSK9 were significantly higher in MPSH compared to MPH. Circulating PCSK9 levels were correlated with LDL at T3. In MSPH women, the levels of lipid peroxidation and oxidized LDL were significantly higher compared to MPH. LDL isolated from MSPH women presented significantly higher triglycerides and ApoB but lower levels of ApoAI compared to MPH. The formation of conjugated dienes was earlier in LDL from MSPH and in endothelial cells incubated with these LDLs; the levels of reactive oxygen species were significantly higher compared to LDL from MPH. We conclude that increased maternal PCSK9 would contribute to the maternal elevated levels of pro-atherogenic LDL in MSPH, which could eventually be related to maternal vascular dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number869
JournalAntioxidants
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This work was supported by Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (FONDECYT 1221362 and 1190250). C Cantin hold ANID (Chile) and Facultad de Medicina, PUC (Chile) fellowships.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Cient?fico y Tecnol?gico (FONDECYT 1221362 and 1190250). C Cantin hold ANID (Chile) and Facultad de Medicina, PUC (Chile) fellowships. We thank the personnel at the Hospital Cl?nico UC-CHRISTUS and Cl?nica D?vila labor ward for their support in supplying placentas and to Amparo Pacheco for technical assistance.

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Keywords

  • atherogenic profile
  • low-density lipoproteins
  • PCSK9
  • pregnancy

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