Lovastatin raises serum osteoprotegerin level in people with type 2 diabetic nephropathy

Nariman Nezami, Javid Safa, Amir Taher Eftekhar-Sadat, Behzad Salari, Sona Ghorashi, Khashayar Sakhaee, Khashayar Khosraviani

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Objectives: Osteoprotegerin (OPG), a glycoprotein, is a member of the tumor necrotizing factor alpha receptor super-family. By considering the possible role of OPG in cardiovascular disease (CVD), higher incidence of CVD in people with type 2 diabetic nephropathy (T2DN), and anti-atherosclerotic effects of statins, the present study aimed to investigate the effects of lovastatin on serum levels of OPG and soluble receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (sRANKL) in people with T2DN. Design and methods: Thirty patients completed the study course, out of 38 adult male patients with T2DN who were initially enrolled. Lovastatin, 20 mg/d, was administered for 90 days. Afterwards, lovastatin was withdrawn for the next 30 days. Serum levels of OPG and sRANKL were measured using commercial ELISA kits at baseline, after 90 days of intervention, and after 30 days of withdrawal of lovastatin. Results: Serum level of OPG was significantly increased (10.76 ± 16.44) and decreased (-7.38 ± 11.98) during 90 days of intervention and 30 days of withdrawal periods, respectively, while, sRANKL level was significantly decreased (-1192.08 ± 578.20) and increased (4418.67 ± 2124.66) during the same periods, respectively. Conclusions: Lovastatin therapy increased serum OPG level and decreased sRANKL level in people with T2DN. The withdrawal of lovastatin decreased serum OPG level, while sRANKL level was extensively increased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1294-1299
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Biochemistry
Issue number16-17
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Diabetes
  • HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors
  • Lovastatin
  • Nephropathy
  • Osteoprotegerin
  • RANK ligand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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