Current Cardiology Reports

, 13:559 | Cite as

CETP Inhibition: Does the Future Look Promising?

Lipid Abnormalities and Cardiovascular Prevention (Michael H. Davidson, Section Editor)


Based on epidemiologic studies conducted throughout the world, it is established that there is an inverse relationship between high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). The incidence of low HDL-C is high and increasing throughout the world. A variety of pharmacologic approaches are being developed to therapeutically modulate serum levels of HDL-C. One controversial approach to this is the use of molecules that inhibit the activity of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP), an enzyme involved in neutral lipid transfer between lipoproteins. The inhibition of CETP can lead to substantial elevations in HDL-C. Based on a number of considerations, including the complex relationship between loss of function mutations in CETP and risk for CAD and the clinical experience with torcetrapib, it is difficult to predict if CETP inhibition will be associated with reductions in rates of atherosclerosis disease progression and risk for cardiovascular events.


Apolipoprotein A-I Apolipoprotein B Atherosclerosis Cholesterol Cholesteryl ester transfer protein CETP Coronary artery disease High-density lipoprotein Low-density lipoprotein receptor Reverse cholesterol transport Polymorphism Scavenger receptor BI Very low density lipoprotein 

Clinical Trial Acronyms


Atherothrombosis Intervention in Metabolic Syndrome with Low HDL/High Triglycerides: Impact on Global Health Outcomes


Dalcetrapib HDL Evaluation, Atherosclerosis, and Reverse Cholesterol Transport Program


Determining the Efficacy and Tolerability of CETP Inhibition with Anacetrapib


Investigation of Lipid Level Management to Understand Its Impact in Atherosclerotic Events


Investigation of Lipid Level Management Using Coronary Ultrasound to Assess Reduction of Atherosclerosis by CETP Inhibition and HDL Elevation


Treatment of High-Density Lipoprotein to Reduce the Incidence of Vascular Events


Rating Atherosclerotic Disease Change by Imaging with a New CEPT Inhibitor


Regression Growth Evaluation Statin Study


Randomized Evaluation of the Effects of Anacetrapib Through Lipid Modification



Conflicts of interest: P.P. Toth: has been a consultant for Amgen, Abbott, Genentech, and Merck; and has received payment for development of educational presentations including speakers’ bureaus from Abbott, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Kowa, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Takeda, and AstraZeneca.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Director of Preventive CardiologySterling Rock Falls ClinicSterlingUSA
  2. 2.University of Illinois School of MedicinePeoriaUSA

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