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Title:  Composition for the treatment and prevention of endothelial dysfunction

United States Patent:  6,596,708

Issued:  July 22, 2003

Inventors:  Petrus; Edward J. (Austin, TX)

Assignee:  Advanced Medical Instruments (Austin, TX)

Appl. No.:  947674

Filed:  September 7, 2001

Abstract

A composition for the treatment and prevention of endothelial dysfunction comprising a therapeutically effective amount of anti-inflammatory agents comprising; acetylsalicylic acid, an amino sugar and a zinc compound.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to a composition for the treatment and prevention of endothelial dysfunction consisting of a therapeutically effective amount of anti-inflammatory agents comprising; acetylsalicylic acid, an amino sugar and a zinc compound.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Each year 1.5 million Americans suffer heart attacks (myocardial infarction) and 500,000 die of that first attack, with 48% being females. Most of the 500,000 deaths occur within 2 hours after chest pain or other symptoms. In Britain half of all heart attack patients die within two hours of symptom onset and two-thirds of the deaths occur before admission to the hospital. Rawles J, Pre-Hospital Immediate Care 1997;1:12-18. During this critical 120 minute period, coronary thrombosis could be eliminated and the heart attack prevented if the thrombus could be averted. While the nation's death rate from heart attacks peaked in the 1960s, when the death rate from heart disease was 307.4 per 100,000 people, the rate has plummeted to 134.6 in 1996, but myocardial infarction still ranks as the nation's leading killer. Coronary artery disease (CAD) affects 13.5 million Americans, a million have survived heart attacks, 7 million have angina (myocardial ischemia), 600,000 have undergone coronary bypass surgery and 2,000 have had heart transplants. The economic burden is estimated at $150 billion annually. Tindall W N, Business & Health February 1998.

The vascular endothelium modulates blood vessel tone by secreting a variety of dilating and constricting substances. Dilating agents include nitric oxide (NO), prostacyclin, bradykinin, and endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) and heparinoids; constricting agents include endothelin, superoxide anion, endothelium-derived constricting factor, locally produced antiotensin II, and thromboxane. These agents not only control and alter vascular tone, but also can affect platelet adhesion and aggregation, influence thrombogenicity of the blood, and participate in cell proliferation and the development and progression of atherosclerosis.

Injury to endothelial cell function, primarily resulting from increased oxidant stress within the endothelium, leads to a cascade of events beginning with activation of vascular cytokines such as interleukin-1 (IL-1) and tumor necrosis factor-.alpha. (TNF .alpha.) and proceeding to expression of adhesion molecules on the cell surface that include vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), and endothelial-leucocyte adhesion molecule (ELAM), which attracts monocytes and other leucocytes to adhere to the endothelial surface. Adherence is followed by infiltration of mononuclear cells into the vascular wall, together with activation of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), leads to scavenging of oxidized low-density lipoproteins (LDL), formation of lipid-laden foam cells, and development or progression of atherosclerotic plaque. Activation of prothrombogenic stimuli and inactivation of fibrinolytic factors with endothelial dysfunction predisposes these blood vessels to thrombosis. Quyyumi A A, Am J of Med 1998;105(1A):32S-39S.

Vascular injury triggers thrombosis and a proliferative response. By the release of tissue factor and exposure of subendothelial matrix, the coagulation and platelet pathways are activated and a thrombus is formed, either on a micro or macroendoluminal level. Additionally, platelet activation leads to a variety of mitogens, growth-promoting factors, and cytokines. Potent mitogens, such as platelet-derived growth factor and fibroblast growth factor, cause smooth muscle cells, fibroblasts, inflammatory cells, and endothelial cells to participate in reendothelialization. Smooth muscle cell and fibroblast proliferation and migration result from signal transduction pathways initiated by factors biding to their specific cell-surface receptor. Smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts migrate from the media to the intimal surface. Smooth muscle cells are phenotypically transformed to the synthetic subtype and secrete an extracellular matrix consisting of proteoglycans. Ward S R, Topol E J, Resident & Staff Physician 1995;41(3):11-18.

British scientists have reported a well-established link between inflammation and cardiovascular events mediated by inflammation-induced dysfunction of the arterial endothelium. Even mild systemic inflammatory responses are associated with significant alteration in endothelial function which lead to increased cardiovascular risk. Hingorani A D, et al., Circulation 2000;102:994-999.

Thrombus formation is the proximate cause of myocardial infarction, but atherosclerosis, the chief underlying cause, is a chronic disease that progresses over decades of life. Inflammation has a role in both the initiation and the progression of atherosclerosis, and anti-inflammatory agents have a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Atherosclerosis may be considered as an aberrant form of would-healing in arteries. Repeated minor trauma, leading to subendothelial hemorrhage, may well account for the tendency of atherosclerosis to occur mostly at major blood vessel flexion sites and at sites of mechanical stress, such as the carotid sinus or the bifurcation of the carotid artery. The positive injury potential resulting from petechial hemorrhages in the vascular intima will attract negatively charged platelets an leucocytes and will lead to a layered thrombus formation. Gaps between the endothelial cells of the intima will allow the insinuation of monocytes beneath the endothelium, where it seems they can become transformed into macrophages and engulf oxidized LDL to become foam cells and lead to the formation of the atherosclerotic plaque.

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a natural substance that results from an inflammatory response to injury of infection by mobilizing white blood cells. CRP is an acute-phase reactant that is a marker for underlying systemic inflammation, reported in patients with acute ischemia or myocardial ischemia and found to predict recurrent ischemia in those with unstable angina. Base-line levels of CRP in apparently healthy men can predict the risk of the first myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke. Previous infection with Chiamydia pneumonia, Heliobacter pylori, herpes simplex virus, or cytomegalovirus may be the source of the chronic inflammation detected by CRP. The rates of myocardial infarction were lower for those on acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) for all levels of CRP. Ridker P M, et al, NEJM 336(14):973-979. An elevated CRP level is related to inflammation, and increased inflammation is noted for many diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, infection, connective tissue diseases and injuries. Elevated CRP reflects an increased production of proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-6, which may be contributing to the pathophysiology of disease either directly or indirectly through their relationship to other important components of inflammation, thrombosis, or fibrinolysis. Kuller L H, Tracy R P, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2000;20(4):901

The Physicians Health Study (PHS) indicates that healthy men with baseline levels of CRP in the highest quartile had a threefold increase in risk of developing future myocardial infarction and twice the risk of developing stroke. These risk estimates were stable over an 8-10 year follow-up period, were not modified by smoking status, and were independent of other cardiovascular risk factors, including total and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, lipoproteins and fibrinogen. Elevated baseline levels of CRP are also associated with a fourfold increase in the risk of developing clinically severe peripheral arterial disease, again independent of usual risk factors. Plasma levels of ICAM-1 are elevated many years in advance of a first-ever myocardial infarction and that levels of ICAM-1 correlate with CRP. Cellular adhesion molecules, such as ICAM-1, are critical in the adhesion of circulating leucocytes to the endothelial cell and subsequent endothelial transmigration, and provide evidence that cellular mediators of inflammation have a critical role in atherogenesis. CRP levels increase with increasing prevalence of exposure to Heliobactor pylori, the bacteria responsible for gastric ulcers. Ridker P M, Circulation 1998;97:1671-1674.

Chronic subclinical infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae, Helicbacter pylori, chronic bronchitis, and chronic dental sepsis have been associated with raised values of CRP and have been implicated as risk factors for coronary heart disease. Mendall M A, BMJ 1998;316:953-954. During acute unstable angina, which if believed to be an immune system-mediated inflammatory disorder, patients had significantly greater levels of CRP and helper T-cells and significantly reduced levels of suppressor T-cells. Caligiuri G, J Am Coll Cardiol 1998;32:1295-1304.

H pylori is a spiral gram-negative rod that resides beneath the gastric mucus layer adjacent to epithelial cells. It causes a chronic mucosal inflammation and associated with peptic ulcer disease. H pylori is treated with antibiotics and bismuth or bismuth containing compounds such as bismuth subsalicylate. Tierney Jr. L M, McPhee S J, Papadakis M A, Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, Appelton & Lange, 3rd ed 1994 p.490.

CRP concentrations were increased in about 75% of patients within 24 hours after ischemic stroke, and higher values were significantly associated with large infarct size. Di Napoli M, BMJ 2001;322:1605. In 1950, the stroke death rate per 100,000 was 88.8. In 1996, it was 26.5. Stroke is the third leading cause of death (after heart disease and cancer). Americans suffer about 500,000 strokes each year and 150,000 stroke deaths. Cerebral thrombosis and cerebral embolism, known as ischemic stroke, account for about 80% of strokes. Cerebral thrombosis often occurs at night or first thing in the morning when blood pressure is normally low. About one-third of those who experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) have a stroke within five years. Half of the post-TIA strokes occur within a year, 20% within one month. TIAs double the risk of heart attack. Those on ASA had 42% fewer strokes. It has been reported that immediate use of ASA be considered in all patients with acute ischemic stroke. Sandercock PAG, Lancet 1997;349:1563-1565, 1569-1581.

Many of the current studies point to an inflammatory etiology for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders. Anti-inflammatory agents have shown benefits for the treatment and prevention of these endothelial dysfunction diseases. This invention provides a composition to overcome the obstacles inherent in the prior approaches.

Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) has been known to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease by reducing thrombosis, but the real effect is as an anti-inflammatory agent. ASA inhibits cyclo-oxygenase in both platelets and endothelial cells. At low doses ASA inhibits the formation of thromboxane A2 (TXA2), a potent vasoconstrictor and platelet agonist formed via cyclo-oxygenase-dependent pathwasy in platelets. At higher doses, ASA has been shown to block the formation of prostacyclin (PGI2), a vasodilator and inhibitor of platelet aggregation, in endothelial cells.

The use of ASA for the primary prevention of CAD was examined in the PHS in which 22,000 U.S. male physicians were observed for about 5 years. Those who took 325 mg of ASA every other day had a 44% reduction in the incidence of first myocardial infarction, and a 25% reduction in the incidence of subsequent myocardial infarction, stroke, and death from cardiovascular causes. Milani R V, Lavie C J, Postgraduate Medicine 1996;99(2):109-120.

NSAIDs fall into seven major classes: proprionic acid derivatives, indole derivatives, fenamates, pyrrolealkanoic acids, pyrazolone derivatives, oxicams and salicylic acids. NSAIDs for purposes of this invention are selected from, but not limited to acetylsalicylic acid, ibuprofen, naproxen and ketoprofen. Most develop some erosions in the stomach after each dose. The number of NSAID users presenting with serious GI complications is low (1-2%), but the high usage of NSAIDs means the number affected is large. The annual death rate amongst patients with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis due to serious adverse consequences of GI ulceration (perforation and hemorrhage) has been estimated at 16,500 in the U.S. alone.

High gastric acidity contributes to NSAID injury to the stomach and duodenal bulb. Most NSAIDs are weak acids (pKa values 3.5 to 6) existing in a non-ionized form at low pH, and are lipid soluble. They readily diffuse into surface cells and become trapped at the higher intracellular pH. This accumulation causes local toxicity. Gastric acid and possibly pepsin, appears to deepen some of the superficial lesions that occur with NSAIDs. Most superficial lesions repair within 1-2 hours, but some patches of damaged tissues do not repair in time to prevent deeper tissue destruction.

The critical factor is how fast ASA is absorbed to reduce thrombosis within the 2 hour time frame. Enteric-coated ASA takes about 60 minutes to reach peak blood levels; regular ASA reaches peak blood levels in 30 minutes; but chewing an ASA tablet reaches blood levels and inhibits platelet activity in 5 minutes. Undissolved tablets and large particles that adhere to the gastric mucosa result in lesions. Micropulverized ASA particles, 100-600 .mu.m, cause fewer lesions because they diffuse readily reducing contact with the gastric mucosa.

The dosage of ASA for the present invention consists of 325 mg per day which may be in divided dose when mixed with the amino sugar and zinc compound.

A number of patents disclose the use of ASA, primarily as analgesics both systemically and topically. Cotty et al, U.S. Pat. No. 4,049,803, discloses a composition of acetaminophen, ASA and caffeine. Patel, U.S. Pat. No. 4,867,984, discloses beads of ASA or acetaminophen coated with PVP. Frisbee, U.S. Pat. No. 4,970,081, discloses a formulation for a controlled release aspirin tablet. Bru et al, U.S. Pat. No. 5,437,874, discloses a composition of ASA or carbasalate calcium, metoclopramide, a hydrophilic polymer, anhydrous magnesium citrate and lactose. Eickhoff et al, U.S. Pat. No. 5,518,738, discloses NSAID particles coated with PVP. Liversidge et al, U.S. Pat. No. 5,552,160, discloses surface modified NSAID nanoparticles. Moshyedi, U.S. Pat. No. 5,770,215, discloses a vitamin supplement with ASA. Medford et al, U.S. Pat. No. 5,846,959, discloses a method for treating CVD with PUFA and CV drugs. Riley et al, U.S. Pat. No. 5,948,443, discloses a method for treating nutritional losses and heart disease with ASA, multivitamins and minerals. Noack et al, U.S. Pat. No. 5,973,011, discloses a method of treating endothelial dysfunction with PETN and active compounds to treat CVD. Weissman et al, U.S. Pat. No. 6,121,249, discloses a method for treating CVD with ASA, antioxidants and vitamins. Calanchi et al, U.S. Pat. No. 6,261,602 B1, discloses a microencapsulated mixture of thickening agents, disintegrating agents and pharmaceutically active substances.

NSAIDs inhibit prostaglandin (PG) synthesis by blocking the action of cyclooxygenase (COX), which exists in two forms. COX-1 is present in virtually all tissues and synthesizes PG which provides GI mucosal protection. COX-2 is activated in response to cytokines and other inflammatory factors. NSAIDs currently available inhibit both COX-1 and COX-2 to varying degrees. Selective COX-2 inhibitors, Vioxx (rofecoxib) and Celebrex (celecoxib) were promoted to provide pain relief and avoid GI complications. However, all NSAIDs, including COX-2 inhibitors, can cause GI adverse events, including life-threatening perforations, ulcers or bleeds. One study comparing Vioxx to naproxen detected a four fold risk of myocardial infarction. Nissen S E, et al, JAMA 2001;286:954-959. COX-2 isoenzymes are necessary for maintaining renal blood flow. COX-2 inhibitors have been reported too cause acute renal failure.

Platelets play an important role in the development of atherosclerosis. COX-2 inhibitors reduce the levels of prostacyclin (PGI2), a cyclooxygenase product that inhibits platelet activation and may accelerate atherosclerosis. Nonselective NSAIDs suppress both thromboxane and prostacyclin and retard atherogenesis. Pratico D, Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A. 2001;98:3358-3363. The cardioprotective effects of ASA are not seen with COX-2 inhibitors, which do not inhibit TXA2 production by platelets. Hart C, Modern Drug Discovery May/June 1999.

ASA has also been reported to be effective in reducing the risk of gastric cancer. Zaridze D, Int J Cancer 1999;82:473-476. ASA has also been reported to be effective against diabetic retinopathy, Alzheimers Disease, colon and rectal cancer, deep vein thrombosis, kidney failure, migraine headaches, cataracts, gallstones, and insect bites.

It is the object of this invention to incorporate an NSAID, such as ASA, to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic benefits to prevent and treat endothelial dysfunction.

One of the gastrointestinal (GI) side-effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), is aggravating or initiating colitis type disorders, and explained by the hypothesis that NSAIDs inhibit glucosamine synthetase resulting in a reduction of the glucoaminoglycan (GAG) layer of the GI tract. The GAG layer is mechanical, located in the pre-endothelial and sub-endothelial area in the arterial network, and an electrostatic barrier, due to the negative charges from the highly anionic GAGs. The neutralization of the electrostatic barrier, results in a breakdown of the GAG defense, resulting in an increase in extravasation of body fluids into the intestinal lumen and also the passage of toxins and large foreign molecular weight antigens into the circulation. Russell A L, Medical Hypothesis 1999;52(4):297-301. There is a close histological and pathophysiological association with endothelial membrane changes in GI disorders and the endothelium of the vasculature. An atheroma occurs due to a defect in GAG function at the inflammation site of the endothelium allowing the defect to be saturated with cholesterol. Aminosugars such as glucosamine, chondroitin and synthetic mucopolysaccharide pentosam sulfate have been shown to replace the GAG layer and improve GI and vascular inflammatory disorders. Rheumatoid arthritis is believed due to increased permeability of the GI tract. Glucosamine, for purposes of this invention, may be regarded as a preventative of endothelium dysfunction.

Amino sugars, for purposes of this invention, consist of but are not limited to; glucosamine, glucosamine sulphate, glucosamine hydrochloride, N-acetylglucosamine and Poly-Nag. Glucosamine, which is formed in the body as glucosamine-6-phosphate (G6-P), is a building block for glycolipids, glycoproteins, glycosaminoglycans, hyaluronate and proteoglycans. It is an essential component of cell membranes and cell surface proteins as well as interstitial structural molecules that hold cells together.

Glucosamine is a small molecule, very soluble in water, and 90% absorbed in the GI tract. Glucosamine sulfate (GS) appears to be linked to its ability to stimulate the synthesis of proteoglycans needed to stabilize cell membranes and increase intracellular ground substance. Since the anti-inflammatory ability of GS is different than that of NSAIDs, it is possible the two might have a synergistic effect in alleviating some types of inflammation. Evidence indicates a combined treatment utilizing glucosamine with an NSAID can decrease the amount of NSAID required to produce an antiexudative result by a factor of 2-2.7 times with preservation of activity. Kelly G S, Alt Med Rev 1998;3(1):27-39.

The dosage range for glucosamine can vary from 200 mg to 3000 mg per day, in divided doses, for the treatment and prevention of endothelial dysfunction, osteoarthritis and inflammation, depending on body weight and severity of symptoms. The usual dosage is 500 to 1000 mg per day based on the amount of ASA used in each dosage.

The use of amino sugars, such as glucosamine, is well known in the art. Jacobi, U.S. Pat. No. 3,859,436, discloses a topical composition of glucose, fructose, glucosamine and desoxyribose and ribose. Prudden, U.S. Pat. No. 4,006,224, discloses a method for treating ulcerative colitis with d-glucosamine. Henderson, U.S. Pat. No. 5,364,845, discloses a composition for the repair of connective tissue with glucosamine, chrondroitin sulfate and manganese. Sherman et al, U.S. Pat. No. 6,117,851, discloses a method for treating osteoarthritis.

It is a further object of this invention to incorporate an amino sugar, such as glucosamine, to enhance the GAG defense, anti-inflammatory properties, and synergistic effect with NSAIDs to treat and prevent endothelial dysfunction.

Zinc is known to have gastroprotective effects in both humans and experimental animals. Gastric lesions were induced in rats by the intragastric administration of indomethacin. Mucosal ulcerations were completely prevented by pre-treatment with zinc sulphate. These protective effects result from the inhibition of lipid peroxidation and the preservation of mucosal nitric oxide synthase. Joseph R M, Varela V, Kanji V K, Subramony C, Mihas A A, Aliment Pharmacol Ther 1999 February;13(2):203-8. Zinc sulphate taken orally was shown to heal gastric ulcers at three times the rate of a placebo. Zinc sulphate taken orally appears to act by the local action of zinc ions on the gastric mucosa. Frommer D J, Med J of Australia 1975;2:793-796.

Zinc compounds have anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties. Zinc has an inhibitory effect on the release of histamine from mast cells due to its stabilizing effect of the mast cell membrane. Mast cells isolated from specimens of atherosclerotic plaques contained matrix metalloproteinase type 9, one of the enzymes that can produce collagen degradation. Kovanen P t, et al. J. Am College of Cardiology 1998;32:606-612. Zinc can inhibit the growth of Streptococci and Actinomyces bacteria when used as a dentifrice. Zinc compounds have antiseptic, antifungal and astringent properties. As an astringent, zinc can be used therapeutically to arrest hemorrhage by coagulating blood, check diarrhea, reduce inflammation of mucus membranes, promote healing, toughen skin and decrease sweating. Zinc's dominant biological action is membrane stabilization. The inhibitory effect of zinc on allergy and immunology make it an excellent enhancement to glucosamine and chondroitin therapy.

One of the side effects of ASA is salicylate inducted hearing loss and tinnitus. The inner ear has the highest concentration of zinc in the body. Studies have suggested that a zinc deficiency can cause a hearing-nerve impairment and tinnitus. Shambaugh G E Jr., Am J Otol 1989 March;10(2):156-60. Salicylate-induced hearing loss was completely prevented by the simultaneous administration of zinc. Gunther T, Rebentisch E, Vormnann J, J Trace Elem Electrolytes Health Dis 1989 March;3(1):51-3. Zinc was also found to be useful in treating tinnitus. Ochi K, Ohashi T, et al Nippon Jibiinkoka Gakkai Kaiho 1997 September:100(9):915-9.

In a preferred form of the invention, the composition uses a zinc salt such as zinc gluconate or sulphate, with the dosage range of 10 to 60 mg per day in divided doses. Zinc salts are selected from a group consisting of, but not limited to: zinc sulfate, zinc chloride, zinc acetate, zinc phenol sulfonate, zinc borate, zinc bromide, zinc nitrate, zinc glycerophosphate, zinc benzoate, zinc carbonate, zinc citrate, zinc hexafluorosilicate, zinc diacetate trihydrate, zinc oxide, zinc peroxide, zinc salicylate, zinc silicate, zinc stannate, zinc tannate, zinc titanate, zinc tetrafluoroborate, zinc gluconate, and zinc glycinate.

It is a further object of this invention to incorporate a zinc compound, such as zinc gluconate or sulphate, to reduce inflammation, prevent gastric ulceration, prevent toxic side effects of NSAIDs, and treat and prevent endothelial dysfunction.

To the mixture may also be added; dyes, flavorings, sweeteners, pigments, antioxidants, antibacterial agents, anti-inflammatory agents, bismuth compounds, such as those known to persons skilled in the art may be added in amounts sufficient to impart their particular characteristic.

The above-mentioned patents are hereby incorporated by reference.

Many variations of the present invention will suggest themselves to those skilled in the art in light of the above-detailed description. All such obvious modifications are ithin the full intended scope of the appended claims.

References:

Caligiuri G, Immune system activated in patients with unstable angina J Am Coll Cardiol 1998;32:1295-1304.

Di Napoli M, C reactive protein and acute phase of ischemic stroke BMJ 2001;322:1605. Hingorani A D, et al., New explanation proposed for link between inflammation and cardiac events Circulation 2000;102:994-999.

Feldman M, Cryer B, Chewing aspirin hastens its anti-platelet effect Am J Cardiol 1999;84:404-409.

Frommer D J, The Healing of Gastric Ulcers-by Zinc Sulphate Med J of Australia 1975;2:793-796.

Gunther T, Rcbentisch E, Vormnann J, Protection against salycilate ototoxicity by zinc J Trace Elem Electrolytes Health Dis 1989 March;3(1):51-3.

Hart C, Will Super Aspirin Supersede Aspirin Modern Drug Discovery May/June 1999.

Joseph R M, Varela V, Kanji V K, Subramony C, Mihas A A, Protective effects of zinc in indomethacin-induced gastric mucosal injury: evidence for a dual mechanism involving lipid peroxidation and nitric oxide Aliment Pharmacol Ther 1999 February;13(2):203-8.

Kelly G S, The Role of Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfates in the Treatment of Degenerative Joint Diesease Alt Med Rev 1998;3(1):27-39. Kuller L H, Tracy R P, The Role of Inflammation in Cardiovascular Disease Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2000;20(4):901

Malik J, Melenovsky V, Wichterle D, Function and dysfunction of the endothelium, Cas Lek Cesk 2000 April 12;139(7):197-202.

Milani R V, Lavie C J, Pharnacologic prevention of coronary artery disease Postgraduate Medicine 1996;99(2):109-120.

Nissen S E, et al,COX-2 inhibitors linked to increased cardiovascular event rate JAMA 2001;286:954-959.

Ochi K, Ohashi T, Kinoshita H, Akagi M, Kikuchi H, Mitsui M, Kaneko T, Kato I, Serum zinc level in patients with tinnitus and the effect of zinc treatment Nippon Jibiinkoka Gakkai Kaiho 1997 September:100(9):915-9.

Pepine C J, Clinical implications of endothelial dysfunction, Clin Cardiol 1998 November;21(11):795-9.

Pratico D, Aspirin and other nonspecific COX inhibitors may slow atherosclerosis Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A. 2001;98:3358-3363.

Rawles J, Importance of Thrombolytic Therapy Pre-Hospital Immediate Care 1997;1:12-18.

Ridker P M, Inflammation, Infection, and Cardiovascular Risk Circulation 1998;97:1671-1674.

Ridker P M, Cushman M, Stampfer M J,et al, Inflammation, Aspirin, and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Apparently Healthy Men NEJM 1997;336(14):973-979.

Russell A L, Glycoaminoglycan (GAG) deficiency in protective barrier as an underlying, primary cause of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, interstitial cystitis and possibly Reiter's syndrome Medical Hypothesis 1999;52(4):297-301.

Sandercock PAG, Aspirin administration recommended after Ischemic Stroke Onset Lancet 1997;349:1563-1565, 1569-1581.

Shambaugh G E Jr., Zinc: the neglected nutrient Am J Otol 1989 March;10(2):156-60.

Tierney Jr. L M, McPhee S J, Papadakis M A, Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, Appelton & Lange, Norwalk, Conn., 3rd ed 1994 p.490.

Tindall W N, Cardiac rehab: Movement and medication Business & Health February 1998.

Quyyumi A A, Endothelial Function in Health and Disease: New Insights into the Genesis of Cardiovascular Disease Am J of Medicine 1998;105(1A):32S-39S.

Ward S R, Topol E J, New Strategies for the Prevention of Restenosis after Coronary Angioplasty Resident & Staff Physician 1995;41(3):11-8.

Zaridze D, Aspirin, other NSAIDs help prevent gastric cancer Int J Cancer 1999;82:473-476.

Patents:

U.S. Pat. No. 3,859,436 Jan. 7, 1975 Jacobi

U.S. Pat. No. 4,006,224 Feb. 1, 1977 Prudden

U.S. Pat. No. 4,049,803 Sep. 20, 1977 Cotty et al

U.S. Pat. No. 4,867,984 Sep. 19, 1989 Patel

U.S. Pat. No. 4,970,081 Nov. 13, 1990 Frisbee

U.S. Pat. No. 5,364,845 Nov. 15, 1994 Henderson

U.S. Pat. No. 5,437,874 Aug. 1, 1995 Bru et al

U.S. Pat. No. 5,518,738 May 5, 1996 Eickhoff et al

U.S. Pat. No. 5,552,160 Sep. 3, 1996 Liversidge et al

U.S. Pat. No. 5,770,215 Jan. 23, 1998 Moshyedi

U.S. Pat. No. 5,846,959 Dec. 8, 1998 Medford et al

U.S. Pat. No. 5,948,443 Sep. 9, 1999 Riley et al

U.S. Pat. No. 5,973,011 Oct. 26, 1999 Noack et al

U.S. Pat. No. 6,117,851 Sep. 12, 2000 Sherman et al

U.S. Pat. No. 6,121,249 Sep. 19, 2000 Weissman et al

U.S. Pat. No. 6,261,602B1 Jul. 17, 2001 Calanchi et al

Claim 1 of 20 Claims

What is claimed is:

1. A composition for the treatment and prevention of endothelial dysfunction in mammals comprising a therapeutically effective amount of anti-inflammatory agents comprising; acetylsalicylic acid, an amino sugar and a zinc compound.




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