, Volume 59, Issue 5, pp 335-338
Date: 21 Feb 2010

Decreased cholesterol levels reflect a consumption of anti-inflammatory isoprenoids associated with an impaired control of inflammation in a mouse model of mevalonate kinase deficiency

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The aim of this study was to evaluate, in a mouse model of mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD), the possible link between inflammatory symptoms and serum cholesterol levels.

Materials and methods

Balb/c mice were treated with alendronate and bacterial muramyl dipeptide. Body temperature, interleukin-1β (IL-1β) secretion and serum cholesterol levels were measured.


An increased production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1β (p < 0.05) and a rise in body temperature (p < 0.05) was observed, while, in parallel, serum cholesterol concentration significantly decreased (p < 0.05). These effects were completely reversed when animals were treated with exogenous isoprenoids.


In the mouse model of MKD, the inflammatory response is associated with a reduction in cholesterol levels, and hence this parameter could be used as an indicator of isoprenoid consumption. In addition, plant derived isoprenoids could represent candidate treatments for this disease.