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Gene Found That Plays Role In Regulating Cholesterol Levels

October 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A study that analyzed genetic data from 100,000 people of European ancestry has found a gene that affects cholesterol levels by generating omega-6 fatty acids known as lipoxins. Anti-inflammatory lipoxins actually help rid the body of so-called bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein, or LDL). The Austrian researchers believe their findings could lead to development of new therapies to prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and stroke. They also found that aspirin also stimulates production of lipoxins.
Ivan Tancevski et al. , "The Arachidonic Acid Metabolome Serves as a Conserved Regulator of Cholesterol Metabolism. ", Cell Metabolism, October 24, 2014, © Tancevski et al.
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