Effects of Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin/Kexin Type 9 Antibodies in Adults With Hypercholesterolemia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

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BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend statins as first-line therapy for dyslipidemia. Monoclonal antibodies targeting proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is a new lipid-lowering approach. PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy and safety of PCSK9 antibodies in adults with hypercholesterolemia. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, PubMed Central, and Google Scholar; conference proceedings; and the ClinicalTrials.gov registry through 4 April 2015. STUDY SELECTION: Phase 2 or 3 randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) comparing treatment using PCSK9 antibodies with no anti-PCSK9 therapy in adults with hypercholesterolemia. DATA EXTRACTION: Two investigators independently extracted data on study characteristics and lipid and clinical outcomes, and rated risk of bias of trials. Prespecified primary end points were all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. DATA SYNTHESIS: Twenty-four RCTs comprising 10 159 patients were included. Compared with no antibody, treatment with PCSK9 antibodies led to marked reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels (mean difference, -47.49% [95% CI, -69.64% to -25.35%]; P < 0.001] and other atherogenic lipid fractions, and it reduced all-cause mortality (odds ratio [OR], 0.45 [CI, 0.23 to 0.86]; P = 0.015; heterogeneity P = 0.63; I2 = 0%) and cardiovascular mortality (OR, 0.50 [CI, 0.23 to 1.10]; P = 0.084; heterogeneity P = 0.78; I2 = 0%). The rate of myocardial infarction was significantly reduced with use of PCSK9 antibodies (OR, 0.49 [CI, 0.26 to 0.93]; P = 0.030; heterogeneity P = 0.45; I2 = 0%), and increases in the serum creatine kinase level were reduced (OR, 0.72 [CI, 0.54 to 0.96]; P = 0.026; heterogeneity P = 0.65; I2 = 0%). Serious adverse events did not increase with administration of PCSK9 antibodies. LIMITATION: Results were derived from study-level data rather than patient-level data, and clinical outcome data are rare. CONCLUSION: PCSK9 antibodies seem to be safe and effective for adults with dyslipidemia. PRIMARY FUNDING SOURCE: CRC 1116 Masterswitches in Myocardial Ischemia, German Research Council DFG.

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Cited Authors

  • Navarese, EP; Kolodziejczak, M; Schulze, V; Gurbel, PA; Tantry, U; Lin, Y; Brockmeyer, M; Kandzari, DE; Kubica, JM; D'Agostino, RB; Kubica, J; Volpe, M; Agewall, S; Kereiakes, DJ; Kelm, M

Published Date

  • July 7, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 163 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 40 - 51

PubMed ID

  • 25915661

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-3704

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.7326/M14-2957


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States