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Human genetic variation, Sport and Exercise Medicine, and Achilles tendinopathy: role for angiogenesis-associated genes

Rahim, M., El Khoury, L., Raleigh, S. M., Ribbans, W. J., Posthumus, M., Collins, M. and September, A. V. (2016) Human genetic variation, Sport and Exercise Medicine, and Achilles tendinopathy: role for angiogenesis-associated genes. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology. 20(9) 1536-2310.

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Abstract: Sport and Exercise Medicine is one of the important subspecialties of 21st century healthcare contributing to improving the physical function, health, and vitality of populations while reducing the prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases. Moreover, sport and exercise are associated with injuries such as Achilles tendinopathy, which is a common tendon injury. The angiogenesis-associated signaling pathway plays a key role in extracellular matrix remodeling, with increased levels of angiogenic cytokines reported after cyclic stretching of tendon fibroblasts. We investigated the variants in angiogenesis genes in relation to the risk of Achilles tendinopathy in two population samples drawn independently from South Africa (SA) and the United Kingdom (UK). The study sample comprised 120 SA and 130 UK healthy controls, and 108 SA and 87 UK participants with Achilles tendinopathy. All participants were genotyped for five functional polymorphisms in the vascular endothelial growth factor, A isoform (VEGFA) (rs699947, rs1570360, rs2010963) and kinase insert-domain receptor (KDR) genes (rs1870377, rs2071559). The VEGFA A-G-G inferred haplotype was associated with an increased risk of Achilles tendinopathy in the SA group (15% in controls vs. 20% in cases, p = 0.048) and the combined SA+UK group (14% in controls vs. 20% in cases, p = 0.009). These new findings implicate the VEGFA gene with Achilles tendinopathy risk, while highlighting the potential biological significance of the angiogenesis signaling pathway in the etiology of Achilles tendinopathy. The evidence suggesting a genetic contribution to the susceptibility of sustaining a tendon injury is growing. We anticipate that high-throughput and multi-omics approaches, building on genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, may soon uncover the pathophysiology of many diseases in the field of Sports and Exercise Medicine, as a new frontier of global precision medicine.
Creators: Rahim, Masouda, El Khoury, Louis, Raleigh, Stuart M, Ribbans, William J, Posthumus, Michael, Collins, Malcolm and September, Alison V
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Sports, Exercise & Life Sciences
Date: 1 September 2016
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology
Volume: 20
Number: 9
Language: English
ISSN: 1536-2310
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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