Serum choline plasmalogens-those with oleic acid in sn-2-are biomarkers for coronary artery disease

Megumi Nishimukai, Ryouta Maeba, Akiko Ikuta, Naoya Asakawa, Kiwamu Kamiya, Shiro Yamada, Takashi Yokota, Mamoru Sakakibara, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Toshihiro Sakurai, Yuji Takahashi, Shu Ping Hui, Hitoshi Chiba, Tomoki Okazaki, Hiroshi Hara

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Background: Identifying risk factors is crucial for preventing cardiovascular events, but there are no widely accepted predictive biomarkers. In our previous study of Japanese asymptomatic cohorts, we performed global analysis of serum ether glycerophospholipids (Egp) molecular profiles, and found that choline plasmalogens (PlsCho; 1-O-alk-1'-enyl-2-acyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine), particularly those containing oleic acid (18:1) in the sn-2 position, were strongly associated with a wide range of risk factors for metabolic syndrome/atherosclerosis. Methods: We determined serum concentrations of Egp molecular species of coronary artery disease patients (n = 50; 31 males and 19 females) by LC/MS/MS, and plasmalogen (Pls; 1-O-alk-1'-enyl-2-acyl-sn-glycerophospholipids) contents in lipoprotein fractions by HPLC using radioactive iodine. Results: We found that the serum concentrations of ether choline glycerophospholipids (EgpCho), particularly PlsCho, were not only significantly lower in males with significant coronary stenosis but also associated with atherosclerosis-related parameters, and their association was stronger than either high-density lipoprotein cholesterol or adiponectin. In addition, serum PlsCho containing 18:1 or linoleic acid (18:2) in sn-2 showed the highest correlations with a wide range of atherogenic parameters among PlsCho molecular species. Conclusion: These results verify our previous findings that serum PlsCho, particularly those containing 18:1 in sn-2, may serve as reliable biomarkers for atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-154
Number of pages8
JournalClinica Chimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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