Vascular endothelial growth factor gene variations as a risk predictor in disc degeneration

<div><p>ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the frequency of polymorphisms in the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene, as well as to identify a potential risk haplotype among the polymorphic regions in this gene in patients with disc degeneration and in the Control Group. Methods: This study analyzed a total of 217 individuals distributed into the Disc Degeneration and Control Groups. Peripheral blood was collected from all patients to detect VEGF gene polymorphisms identified by qPCR (rs699947, rs1570360, rs2010963, rs833061 and rs3025039). All patients presenting disc degeneration had the confirmation by nuclear magnetic resonance test and were rated according to disc degeneration level. Results: All polymorphisms were in Hardy- Weinberg equilibrium (p>0.05) in the studied population. The genotypic frequency for Disc Degeneration and Control Group were rs699947 p = 0.475, rs1570360 p = 0.862, rs2010963 p = 0.823, rs833061 p=0.596 and rs3025039 p=0.230. In haplotype analysis, the compositions CAGGC (p=0.094) and CCGGC (p=0.054) stood out. Conclusion: The correlation between VEGF gene polymorphism as a risk predictor for disc degeneration was negative in the studied population. However, the VEGF gene has a large polymorphic region, and it is activated by various catabolic and metabolic factors in the disc degeneration process, which has not been fully elucidated.</p></div>