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Relationship of lipoprotein-associated apolipoprotein C-III with lipid variables and coronary artery disease risk: The EPIC-Norfolk prospective population study



Plasma apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III) levels are associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) risk.


To assess whether lipoprotein-associated apoC-III levels predict risk of CAD events.


apoC-III associated with apoB, apoAI, and Lp(a) (apoCIII-apoB, apoCIII-apoAI, and apoCIII-Lp(a), respectively) were measured using high-throughput chemiluminescent enzyme-linked immunoassays in 2711 subjects (1879 controls and 832 cases with CAD) in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Norfolk prospective population study with 7.4 years of follow-up. These measures were correlated with a variety of lipid measurements and the presence of CAD. The indices of "total apoCIII-apoB" and "total apoCIII-apoAI" were derived by multiplying plasma apoB and apoAI, respectively.


apoCIII-apoB (P = .001), apoCIII-Lp(a) (P < .001), apoCIII-apoAI (P = .005) were higher in cases vs controls; tended to correlate positively with body mass index, hsCRP, apoC-III, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, remnant cholesterol, very low density lipoprotein, LDL and high-density lipoprotein particle number and very low density lipoprotein size; but negatively with LDL and high-density lipoprotein particle size (P < .001 for all). apoCIII-apoB, apoCIII-apoAI, apoCIII-Lp(a), total apoCIII-Lp(a), and total apoCIII-apoB were predictors of CAD after adjustment of age, sex, body mass index, smoking, diabetes, hypertensive and lipid-lowering drug use, but they lost their significance after further adjustment of lipid and lipoprotein variables.


This study suggests that enzyme-linked immunoassay-measured lipoprotein-associated apoC-III markers reflect atherogenic lipid particles but do not independently predict risk of CAD events.

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