Intensive lifestyle modification reduces Lp-PLA2 in dyslipidemic HIV/HAART patients

Joshua S. Wooten, Preethi Nambi, Baiba K. Gillard, Henry J. Pownall, Ivonne Coraza, Lynne W. Scott, Vijay Nambi, Christie M. Ballantyne, Ashok Balasubramanyam

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PURPOSE: Patients with dyslipidemia associated with HIV-1 infection and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) have elevated levels of Lp-PLA2 and CCL5/regulated on activation, normal T-cell expressed and secreted (RANTES), which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine whether an intensive diet and exercise (D/E) program, independently or combined with fenofibrate or niacin, could reduce Lp-PLA2 or RANTES. METHODS: Patients with hypertriglyceridemic HIV on stable HAART (n = 107) were randomized to one of five interventions: 1) usual care, 2) D/E with placebos, 3) D/E with fenofibrate and placebo, 4) D/E with niacin and placebo, or 5) D/E with fenofibrate and niacin for 24 wk. Lp-PLA2 and RANTES concentrations were measured in fasting plasma samples at baseline and postintervention. General linear models were used to compare Lp-PLA2 and RANTES levels between the five groups postintervention, controlling for baseline levels, age, body mass index, CD4 T-cell count, viral load, duration of infection, and HAART. RESULTS: At baseline, fasting plasma Lp-PLA2 (388.5 ± 127.5 ng·mL) and RANTES (43.8 ± 25.5 ng·mL) levels were elevated when compared with healthy controls. Posttreatment Lp-PLA2 mass was lower in patients who received D/E only (323.0 ± 27.2 ng·mL), D/E plus fenofibrate (327.2 ± 25.9 ng·mL), and D/E plus niacin (311.1 ± 27.8 ng·mL) when compared with patients receiving usual care (402.2 ± 25.3 ng·mL). RANTES concentrations were not significantly affected by any intervention. CONCLUSIONS: Elevated plasma Lp-PLA2 mass can be reduced by an intensive D/E program in patients with HIV/HAART-associated dyslipidemia. RANTES is elevated but is not reduced by lifestyle modification, fenofibrate, or niacin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1043-1050
Number of pages8
JournalMedicine and science in sports and exercise
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2013


  • dyslipidemia
  • fenofibrate
  • niacin
  • Platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase
  • rantes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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