Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A <inf>2</inf> activity is associated with large-artery atherosclerotic etiology and recurrent stroke in TIA patients

Pilar Delgado, Pilar Chacón, Anna Penalba, Dolors Pelegri, Teresa García-Berrocoso, Dolors Giralt, Estevo Santamarina, Marc Ribó, Olga Maisterra, José Alvarez-Sabín, Anna Rosell, Joan Montaner

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Background: Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A 2 (Lp-PLA 2) has emerged as a novel biomarker in cardiovascular diseases due to its ability to predict stroke in population-based studies. We aimed to investigate Lp-PLA 2 levels in transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients and to study their relationship with stroke recurrence. Methods: Lp-PLA 2 mass and activity were measured by means of the PLAC test with an automated Olympus analyzer and by a colorimetric activity method (diaDexus) in 166 TIA patients and 144 healthy controls. Vascular risk factors and stroke etiology were assessed. Outcome was defined as the presence of recurrent stroke/TIA within 7 and 30 days after the index TIA. Multivariate analyses were performed to identify potential predictors of recurrence. Results: Both Lp-PLA 2 mass and activity (p < 0.05) were higher in TIA than in controls. Several risk factors or previous treatments were associated with Lp-PLA 2 mass and activity level. During follow-up, 20 strokes/TIA (12%) occurred within the first 30 days and the presence of a large-artery atherosclerosis etiology of stroke (HR 3.28, p = 0.011), together with the past medical history of hyperlipidemia (HR 3.68, p = 0.008) and Lp-PLA 2 activity of >207 nmol/ml/min (HR 2.7, p = 0.042) were all significant predictors for recurrent stroke/TIA. Conclusions: Lp-PLA 2 activity might add significant prognostic information in the early evaluation of TIA patients. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-158
JournalCerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Phospholipase
  • Stroke, recurrent
  • Transient ischemic attack, outcome


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