Implications for the role of lipopolysaccharide in the development of atherosclerosis

Armita Mahdavi Gorabi, Nasim Kiaie, Arezou Khosrojerdi, Tannaz Jamialahmadi, Khalid Al-Rasadi, Thomas P Johnston, Amirhossein Sahebkar

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Mounting scientific evidence over decades has established that atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disorder. Among the potentially critical sources of vascular inflammation during atherosclerosis are the components of pathogenic bacteria, especially lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4, expressed on different inflammatory cells involved with the recognition of bacterial LPS, has been recognized to have mutations that are prevalent in a number of ethnic groups. Such mutations have been associated with a decreased risk of atherosclerosis. In addition, epidemiological investigations have proposed that LPS confers a risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis. Gram-negative bacteria are the major source of LPS in an individual's serum, which may be generated during subclinical infections. The major cell receptors on inflammatory cells involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, like macrophages, monocytes, and dendritic cells (DCs), are CD14, MD-2, and LPS binding protein (LBP). These receptors have been blamed for the development of atherosclerosis through dysregulated activation following LPS recognition. Lipoproteins may also play a role in modulating the LPS-induced inflammatory events during atherosclerosis development. In this review article, we attempt to clarify the role of LPS in the initiation and progression of atherosclerotic lesion development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-533
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Issue number8
Early online dateSept 5 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Gram-negative bacteria
  • Inflammation
  • Lipopolysaccharide
  • Toll-like receptor-4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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