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Current Cardiology Reviews

Volume 4 Issue 1
ISSN: 1573-403X
eISSN: 1875-6557

 

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  The Real Code of Leonardo da Vinci
  pp.60-62 (3) Author: Leiv Ose
 
 
      Abstract

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Italy. Among the researchers and scientists, he is favourably known for his remarkable efforts in scientific work. His investigations of atherosclerosis judiciously combine three separate fields of research. In 1506, he finished his masterpiece, painting of Mona Lisa. A careful clinical examination of the famous painting reveals a yellow irregular leather-like spot at the inner end of the left upper eyelid and a soft bumpy well-defined swelling of the dorsum of the right hand beneath the index finger about 3 cm long. This is probably the first case of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). The FH code of Leonardo da Vinci was given immense consideration by scientists like Carl Muller, who described the xanthomas tuberosum and angina pectoris. On the contrary, Akira Endo searched for microbial metabolites that would inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme in the synthesis of cholesterol and finally, Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein published a remarkable series of elegant and insightful papers in the 70s and 80s. They established that the cellular uptake of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) essentially requires the LDL receptor. In conclusion: this was the real Code of Leonardo da Vinci.

 
  Keywords: Familial hypercholesterolemia, Leonardo da Vinci
  Affiliation: Lipidklinikken, Medical Department, Rikshospitalet HF, NO 0027 Oslo, Norway.
 
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