Elevated levels of sE-selectin in post-menopausal females are decreased by hormone replacement therapy to levels observed in pre-menopausal females

Gwen Kennedy, Margaret McLaren, Jill J. F. Belch, Mary Seed

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    Observational epidemological studies have shown that mortality from coronary heart disease is reduced in post-menopausal women by hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The aim of this study was to measure sE-selectin levels in post-menopausal females before and after HRT and to compare these with pre-menopausal females and aged matched males. Post-menopausal females (n = 70) were given HRT or no treatment to act as a control group. sE-selectin levels were significantly lower in the pre-menopausal (n = 36) when compared with the post-menopausal females (n = 70) (p = 0.027), whereas no difference between two age matched male groups was found (n = 40). Oral and transdermal HRT significantly decreased sE-selectin levels (p <0.0001and p = 0.0005 respectively) with no change in the control group. The reduction in the levels of this marker of endothelial activation after HRT, may reflect a decrease in leucocyte/endothelial interaction which may reduce atherosclerotic risk in post-menopausal females.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1433-1436
    Number of pages4
    JournalThrombosis and Haemostasis
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999


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