Current Atherosclerosis Reports

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 125–133 | Cite as

The role of CETP inhibition in dyslipidemia

  • Karim El Harchaoui
  • Wim A. van der Steeg
  • Erik S. G. Stroes
  • John J. P. Kastelein
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Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitors are currently being investigated because of their ability to increase high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. In various metabolic settings, the relationship between CETP and lipoprotein metabolism is complex and may depend largely on the concentration of triglyceriderich lipoproteins. Two CETP inhibitors, JTT-705 and torcetrapib, are in an advanced phase of development. Following hopeful intermediate results, a large endpoint study using torcetrapib has just been discontinued due to increased mortality in torcetrapib-treated subjects. In this review we summarize clinical data on the use of CETP inhibitors.


Atorvastatin Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein Familial Hypercholesterolemia Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol Torcetrapib 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karim El Harchaoui
    • 1
  • Wim A. van der Steeg
  • Erik S. G. Stroes
  • John J. P. Kastelein
  1. 1.Department of Vascular Medicine, Academic Medical CentreUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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