Atherogenic low density lipoprotein phenotype in long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Jyoti Malhotra, Emily S. Tonorezos, Marina Rozenberg, Gloria L. Vega, Charles A. Sklar, Joanne Chou, Chaya S. Moskowitz, Debra A. Eshelman-Kent, Peter Janiszewski, Robert Ross, Kevin C. Oeffinger

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Survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Small density lipoproteins are atherogenic but have not been studied in this population. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 110 ALL survivors (mean age, 24.3 years) to determine prevalence of small dense LDL (pattern B) phenotype in ALL survivors and identify associated factors. Lipid subfractions were measured using Vertical Auto Profile-II. Participants with greater than 50% of LDL-cholesterol (LDL-c) in small dense LDL fractions (LDL3+4) were classified as LDL pattern B. Visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue (VAT, SAT) volumes were also measured by computed tomography. While the mean LDL-c level of ALL survivors was 108.7 ± 26.8 mg/dl, 36% (40/110) of survivors had atherogenic LDL pattern B. This pattern was more common in males (26/47; 55%) than in females (14/63; 22%, P = 0.001) and more common in survivors treated with cranial radiotherapy (15/33; 45%) than in those who were treated with chemotherapy alone (25/77; 33%; P = 0.04, adjusted for age, gender, history of hypertension, and smoking history). VAT was associated with atherogenic lipids: LDL pattern B and LDL3+4 levels. This association was independent of other measures of body fat. We conclude that a substantial proportion of ALL survivors had an atherogenic LDL phenotype despite normal mean LDL-c levels. An atherogenic LDL phenotype may contribute to the increase in cardiovascular mortality and morbidity in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2747-2754
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of lipid research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Dyslipidemias
  • LDL subfractions
  • Lipids
  • Lipoproteins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


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