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Putative medicines that mimic mutations

Molecules that block the activity or production of the protein ANGPTL3 have now been found to lower blood levels of lipoproteins and cholesterol in mice and healthy humans, mimicking the protective effects of genetic mutations in ANGPTL3.

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Figure 1: Triglyceride-rich lipoproteins and the risk of heart attack.


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Kathiresan, S. Putative medicines that mimic mutations. Nature 548, 530–531 (2017).

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