Gene that reduces ‘bad cholesterol’ identified

March 17th, 2008 - 3:09 pm ICT by admin  

London, March 17 (IANS) Swedish scientists have identified a gene that reduces levels of bad cholesterol and combats atherosclerosis, a condition brought about by thickening of inner walls of arteries carrying blood to the heart. In a new study on mice, Karolinska Institutet researchers have shown that the accumulation of the plaque that causes myocardial infarction and stroke can be prevented if levels of the “bad” LDL cholesterol are reduced before atherosclerotic plaque has progressed beyond a particular point.

The group has also identified a network of 37 genes that lowers levels of blood cholesterol and brings about beneficial effect, reports ScienceDaily.

“Previously, much atherosclerosis research was focussed on identifying ways to stabilise the most dangerous plaques in order to prevent them rupturing and causing myocardial infarction or stroke,” said Johan Bj

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