Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 levels are associated with erectile dysfunction in patients without known coronary artery disease

Otunctemur A., Sahin S., Ozbek E., Cekmen M., Inal A., Tulubas F., ...More

ANDROLOGIA, vol.47, no.6, pp.706-710, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/and.12322
  • Journal Name: ANDROLOGIA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.706-710
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


Endothelial dysfunction and microvascular damage play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of erectile dysfunction (ED). Lp-PLA2 is a calcium-independent member of the phospholipase A2 family and hydrolyses oxidised phospholipids on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles that plays a pivotal role in ox-LDL-induced endothelial dysfunction. The purpose of the current study was to determine the association between Lp-PLA2 levels and ED in patients without known coronary artery disease (CAD). All patients were evaluated for ED and divided into two groups: 88 patients suffering from ED for >1year were enrolled as an experimental group and 88 patients without ED were enrolled as a control group in this study. Diagnosis of ED was based on the International Index of Erectile Function Score-5. Levels of Lp-PLA2 were measured in serum by colorimetric assay. The relationship between Lp-PLA2 levels and ED in patients was evaluated statistically. The mean age of patients with ED group was 59.4 +/- 11.32 and 55.8 +/- 9.67 in the control group. Plasma Lp-PLA2 levels were significantly higher in ED than in the control group (220.3 +/- 66.90 and 174.8 +/- 58.83pgml(-1), respectively, P<0.001). The Lp-PLA2 levels were negatively correlated with score of ED (r=-0.482, P<0.05). In logistic regression analysis, enhanced plasma Lp-PLA2 levels result in approximately 1.2-fold increase in ED [1.22 (1.25-2.76)]. In this study, serum Lp-PLA2 levels were found to be associated with endothelial dysfunction predictive of ED. Serum Lp-PLA2 level appears to be a specific predictor of ED, and it may be used in early prediction of ED in the male population.