Behcet’s disease, Fluvastatin, Interleukin-8, Cardiovascular risk
Behcet’s disease (BD) frequently occurs in our daily clinical work. BD patients usually need intensive care in the late-stage of the disease because of frequently occurred cardiovascular events [1-3]. However, potential medical interventions to patients with BD still remain unclear. Here, we speculate that fluvastatin decreasing interleukin-8 (IL-8) production could be used to reduce the cardiovascular risk in BD patients.
BD is characterized by a multi-systemic inflammatory disorder. Previous studies showed serum IL-8 levels were significantly elevated in BD patients . Furthermore, there is sufficient evidence to support that IL-8 was involved in the establishment and preservation of the vessel wall inflammation within numerous cardiovascular disease, such as atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction , showing a novel intervention target for BD. Importantly, fluvastatin, a HMG CoA reductase inhibitor, has been firmly identified to decrease IL-8 production in whole blood6 and human vascular smooth muscle cells [6,7], suggesting its potential intervention role in cardiovascular risk in BD patients. Moreover, in addition to the possible way through regulation of IL-8，fluvastatin has been widely confirmed to achieve a remarkable therapeutic effect on cardiovascular disease by modulating lipid metabolism.
In conclusion, fluvastatin may reverse the up-regulation of serum IL-8 levels in BD. If so, reasonable application of fluvastatin as a conventional medication presents a potential therapeutic approach for treating IL-8-induced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in BD patients.
There are no conflicts of interest associated with this manuscript.
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Received date: October 20, 2017
Accepted date: November 13, 2017
Published date: November 17, 2017
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Yinfang W (2017) Fluvastatin decreasing interleukin-8 production may be used to reducecardiovascular risk in patients with Behcet’s disease. Clin Med Invest 2: DOI: 10.15761/CMI.1000146
Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital, No. 158 Shangtang Road, Hangzhou 310000, Zhejiang Province, PR China.
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