The interplay between statins, caveolin-1, and aldosterone

Haas, A. V. et al. (2020) The interplay between statins, caveolin-1, and aldosterone. Hypertension, 76(3), pp. 962-967. (doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.14777) (PMID:32755411) (PMCID:PMC7418929)

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Statin use is associated with lower aldosterone levels. We hypothesized that caveolin-1 may be important for the uptake of statins into the adrenal gland and would affect statin’s aldosterone-lowering effects. The aim of this study was to test whether the caveolin-1 risk allele (rs926198) would affect aldosterone levels associated with statin use. The Hypertensive Pathotype database includes healthy and hypertensive individuals who have undergone assessment of adrenal hormones. Individuals were studied off antihypertensive medications but were maintained on statins if prescribed by their personal physician. Adrenal hormones were measured at baseline and after 1 hour of angiotensin II stimulation on both high- and low-sodium diets. A mixed-model repeated-measures analysis was employed with a priori selected covariates of age, sex, body mass index, and protocol (low versus high sodium, baseline versus angiotensin II stimulated aldosterone). A total of 250 individuals were included in the study; 31 individuals were taking statins (12.4%) and 219 were not. Among statin users, carrying a caveolin-1 risk allele resulted in a 25% (95% CI, 1–43.2) lower aldosterone level (P=0.04). However, among nonstatin users, carrying a caveolin-1 risk allele resulted in no significant effect on aldosterone levels (P=0.38). Additionally, the interaction between caveolin-1 risk allele and statin use on aldosterone levels was significant (P=0.03). These findings suggest caveolin-1 risk allele carrying individuals are likely to receive the most benefit from statin’s aldosterone-lowering properties; however, due to the observational nature of this study, these findings need further investigation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Touyz, Professor Rhian
Authors: Haas, A. V., Baudrand, R., Easly, R. M., Murray, G. R., Touyz, R. M., Pojoga, L. H., Jeunemaitre, X., Hopkins, P. N., Rosner, B., Williams, J. S., Williams, G. H., and Adler, G. K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Hypertension
Publisher:American Heart Association
ISSN (Online):1524-4563
Published Online:03 August 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Hypertension 76:962–967
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300689Vascular Noxs as therapeutic targets and biomarkers in hypertensionRhian TouyzBritish Heart Foundation (BHF)CH/12/4/29762CAMS - Cardiovascular Science