Effect of an siRNA therapeutic targeting PCSK9 on atherogenic lipoproteins prespecified secondary end points in Orion 1

Kausik K. Ray, Robert M. Stoekenbroek, David Kallend, Lawrence A. Leiter, Ulf Landmesser, R. Scott Wright, Peter Wijngaard, John J.P. Kastelein

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BACKGROUND: The ORION-1 trial (Trial to Evaluate the Effect of ALN-PCSSC Treatment on Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol [LDL-C]) demonstrated that inclisiran, an siRNA therapeutic that targets protease proprotein convertase subtilisin/ kexin type 9 mRNA within hepatocytes, produces significant low-density lipoprotein cholesterol reduction. The effects of inclisiran on other lipids are less well described. METHODS: ORION-1 was a phase 2 trial assessing 6 different inclisiran dosing regimens versus placebo. Participants with elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol despite receiving maximally tolerated statin therapy received a single-dose (200, 300, or 500 mg) or 2-dose starting regimen (100, 200, or 300 mg on days 1 and 90) of inclisiran or placebo. This prespecified analysis reports the percentage reductions in non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C), apolipoprotein (apo) B, very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, lipoprotein(a), triglycerides, HDL-C, and apo A1 at the primary efficacy time point (day 180) with mixed-effect models for repeated measures. Additional prespecified analyses report time course of changes from baseline at each visit to day 210, interindividual variation in response, and lipid goal attainment. RESULTS: The mean age of the 501 participants was 63 years, 65% were male, 69% had atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, 73% used statins, and mean low-density lipoprotein cholesterol was 128 mg/dL. A single dose of inclisiran reduced apo B, non-HDL-C, and very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol over 210 days. A second dose of inclisiran provided additional lowering of these lipids. At day 180, non-HDL-C was lowered dose-dependently: by 25% from 148±43 to 110±45 mg/dL in the 200-mg single-dose group and by 46% from 161±58 to 91±58 mg/dL in the 2-dose 300-mg group. For the same dosing regimens, apo B was reduced by 23% from 101±23 to 78±29 mg/dL and by 41% from 106±31 to 65±33 mg/dL (P<0.001 for all groups versus placebo). In the 300-mg 2-dose group, all individuals experienced apo B and non-HDL-C reductions. There was larger interindividual variation in very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, and lipoprotein(a) reductions. In the 300-mg 2-dose group, the percentages of patients achieving guideline-recommended apo B goals for high- and very-high-risk patients at day 180 were 78% and 90%; 68% and 83% of participants achieved non-HDL-C <100 and <130 mg/dL. CONCLUSIONS: Inclisiran produces significant and prolonged reductions in atherogenic lipoproteins, suggesting that inhibiting the synthesis of protease proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 through siRNA may be a viable alternative to other approaches that target protease proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1304-1316
Number of pages13
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2018


  • Cholesterol
  • Proprotein convertases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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