Changes in the blood fatty-acid profile associated with oxidative-antioxidant disturbances in coronary atherosclerosis

Yuliya I. Ragino, Viktoriya S. Shramko, Ekaterina M. Stakhneva, Elena I. Chernyak, Sergey V. Morozov, Elena V. Shakhtshneider, Yana V. Polonskaya, Liliia V. Shcherbakova, Alexander M. Chernyavskiy

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The objective of this work was to study the profile of fatty acids and to search for associations of fatty acids with oxidative-antioxidant parameters and an oxidative-inflammatory biomarker (lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2) in men with coronary atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Analysis of 20 fatty acids was performed in 60 men with angiographically confirmed coronary atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease and in a control group of men without coronary heart disease. Serum fatty-acid content was evaluated by high-performance gas-liquid chromatography. The blood levels of oxidative stress, total antioxidative defence, and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase 2 were analyzed. In the group of men with coronary atherosclerosis the levels of myristic and palmitic fatty acids were higher by 59% and 22%, respectively. An increase in the weight percentage of monounsaturated fatty acids was noted, such as palmitoleic, oleic, and octadecenic. Significantly lower levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as linolic, eicosadienoic, eicosatrienoic, arachidonic, eicosapentaenoic, γ-linolenic, docosapentaenoic, and docosahexaenoic were detected in the group with coronary atherosclerosis. The lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 level was higher by 48%. Oxidative stress was higher by 17%, and the total antioxidant defence in serum was lower by 45%. We found correlations between fatty acids and oxidative-antioxidative alterations. The relative risk of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques correlated with increased levels of palmitic, stearic, oleic, and linolic fatty acids. Significant alterations in the profile of fatty acids are associated with oxidative-antioxidative alterations and are accompanied by an increase in free-radical formation, which can probably serve as a risk factor of atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-53
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Medical Biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2020


  • atherosclerosis
  • atherosclerotic plaque
  • fatty acid
  • lipid
  • lipoprotein-associated phospholipase 2
  • oxidative stress
  • RISK


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