Nanolipid Mimics ‘Good’ Cholesterol to Fight Heart Disease

October 14, 2014

(Nanowerk) – Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have created a synthetic molecule that mimics “good” cholesterol and have shown it can reduce plaque buildup in the arteries of animal models. The molecule, taken orally, improved cholesterol in just two weeks. This research, published in the October issue of Journal of Lipid Research (“In vivo efficacy of HDL-like nanolipid particles containing multivalent peptide mimetics of apolipoprotein A-1”), points scientists toward a new method for treating atherosclerosis, a condition where plaque buildup in the arteries can cause heart attacks and strokes.

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