Demonstration of the Efficacy of Statins in Resolution of Plaque Inflammation by Serial FDG Imaging

Author(s): Nobuhiro Tahara, Sho-ichi Yamagishi, Minori Mizoguchi, Takeshi Kondo, Hisashi Kai, Tsutomu Imaizumi, Jagat Narula

Journal Name: Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (Under Re-organization)
Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents

Volume 8 , Issue 2 , 2008


Statins contribute to stabilization of atherosclerotic plaques not only by reduction in circulating levels of atherogenic lipoproteins, but also by pleiotropic effects such as resolution of plaque inflammation. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) imaging, which is commonly employed for the detection of malignant tumors, has been recently shown to identify inflamed atherosclerotic lesions, and prospective studies have demonstrated close relationship between FDG uptake and the extent of vascular inflammation. The FDG uptake is highly reproducible. Use of statins abrogates FDG uptake, suggesting favorable effect on plaque inflammation. Recent demonstration of FDG uptake in coronary vessels suggests that detection of vulnerable plaques may become a possibility.

Keywords: Atherosclerosis, molecular imaging, positron emission tomography, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor

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Year: 2008
Page: [183 - 188]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/187152208784587908
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