alexa PCSK9: From discovery to therapeutic applications

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PCSK9: From discovery to therapeutic applications

The proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) regulates cholesterol metabolism mainly by targeting the low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) for degradation in the liver. Gain-of-function mutations in PCSK9 are one of the genetic causes of autosomal dominant hypercholesterolaemia. Conversely, loss-of-function mutations are associated with lower concentrations of LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) and reduced coronary heart disease. As these loss-of-function mutations are not associated with apparent deleterious effects, PCSK9 inhibition is an attractive new strategy for lowering LDL-C concentration.

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