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Enzyme Deactivates Heart-Friendly HDL

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Science  10 Sep 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5690, pp. 1558-1559
DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5690.1558b

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA-- More than 10,000 chemists, physicists, and materials scientists gathered here from 22 to 26 August for the 228th national American Chemical Society meeting. In patients with coronary-artery-clogging plaques, as much as half of the high density lipoprotein, which carries the "good" cholesterol, is chemically altered, blocking its normal ability to combat the buildup of cholesterol deposits, researchers reported at the meeting.