A new virus-like particle-based vaccine leads to dramatic reductions in ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in mice and macaques, says a team of scientists led by the University of New Mexico and NIH’s Lung and Blood Institute.
This image shows that high levels of active PCSK9 gene (green color) prevent LDL cholesterol (red color) from binding to the surface of liver cells. Image credit: Rockefeller University.
LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol, makes up the majority of the body’s cholesterol.
A high LDL cholesterol level is considered a risk factor for coronary artery disease because, under certain conditions, it can cause hardening of the arteries.
According to the CDC, 73.5 million adults (31.7%) in the United States have high LDL… Read more