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Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and the Risk of Smoking-Related COPD*

Seiichiro Sakao; Koichiro Tatsumi; Tomohiro Hashimoto; Hidetoshi Igari; Yuji Shino; Hiroshi Shirasawa; Takayuki Kuriyama
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*From the Departments of Respirology (Drs. Sakao, Tatsumi, Hashimoto, Igari, and Kuriyama) and Molecular Virology (Drs. Shino and Shirasawa), Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan.

Correspondence to: Koichiro Tatsumi, MD, Department of Respirology, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, 1-8-1 Inohana, Chuou-ku, Chiba 260-8670, Japan; e-mail: tatsumi@med.m.chiba-u.ac.jp



Chest. 2003;124(1):323-327. doi:10.1378/chest.124.1.323
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Study objectives: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling may be required for maintenance of the alveolar structures, and alveolar septal cell apoptosis could contribute to the pathogenesis of COPD presenting emphysematous changes; however, the common mutation at position 936 in the 3′ untranslated region of the VEGF gene, a C to T substitution (the C allele was denoted as 1, and the T allele as 2), VEGF936*2, has been reported to be associated with significantly lower VEGF plasma levels. Based on these concepts, we hypothesized that VEGF936*1/2 polymorphism may be linked to the development of COPD.

Design: The differences in VEGF936*1/2 allele frequency were examined in 113 patients with smoking-related COPD and two control groups (101 smoker/ex-smoker control subjects and 102 population control subjects) using the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism technique.

Results: VEGF936*1/2 allele frequencies did not differ among the groups: 0.792/0.208 in COPD patients, 0.822/0.178 in smoker/ex-smoker control subjects, and 0.842/0.152 in population control subjects.

Conclusion: The 936 C/T polymorphism of the VEGF gene (including both homozygous and heterozygous) was not associated with the development of COPD (odds ratio, 1.23; 95% confidence interval, 0.760 to 1.995).


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