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A Study of VEGF Gene Polymorphism in Egyptian Patients with Diabetic Retinopathy

Session Details

Session Title: Vascular Diseases and Diabetic Retinopathy II

Session Date/Time: Friday 18/09/2015 | 16:30-18:00

Paper Time: 17:34

Venue: Calliope

First Author: : M.Abdelhakim EGYPT

Co Author(s): :    R. Shahin   M. Owid   M. ElNady        

Abstract Details

PURPOSE:There are subgroups of patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) in whom diabetic retinopathy (DR) does not develop despite poor long-term control of their disease, while others exercising fairly good control, develop retinopathy. So, we aimed to investigate the association of DR with _2578 polymorphism of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene, which has been reported to be associated with increased VEGF production, in Egyptian diabetic patients.


All patients were recruited from the Ophthalmology and Internal Medicine outpatient clinics, Kasr Al Ainy Hospital. Kasr Al Ainy hospital is a central university hospital in Cairo and it is the centre for referral from most of the governorates in Egypt.


This is a case control study in which 148 diabetic patients were enrolled. Among them, 44 subjects had proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), 30 had non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR), and 74 individuals without retinopathy served as controls. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the VEGF gene, a C!A transversion at _2578 (the C/A polymorphism), was investigated by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP).


We found a higher frequency of the polymorphic genotype in both the NPDR (66.7%) and PDR (72.7%) groups compared to the wild C/C genotype (33.3% in NPDR and 27.3% in PDR), but with no statistically significant difference from the control group. Significant association of the progression of DR to the polymorphic genotype was achieved at diabetes duration more than 20 years.


Despite of the higher frequency of both the polymorphic genotype and the A allele in cases with DR compared to the control group, there might be no significant association between the VEGF gene polymorphism and DR per se, unless it is longstanding.

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