Association of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Val66Met) polymorphism with the risk of Parkinson’s disease and influence on clinical outcome

Syed Tazeem, Fathima ; Fatima SD, Tasneem ; Rukmini Mridula, Kandadai ; Vijay Kumar, Kutala ; Rupam, Borgohain


Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disease. Motor symptoms of rigidity, tremor, and bradykinesia and non-motor symptoms like the cognitive deficit, autonomic dysfunction, dementia, anxiety and depression all contribute to morbidity. Emerging shreds of evidence suggest the role of BDNF (Val66Met) polymorphism in PD risk and associated cognitive deficit. Hence, the current study is aimed to investigate the role of BDNF Val66Met in the risk of PD development and associated cognitive abnormalities. A total of 269 PD cases and 271 healthy, age, ethnicity and gender matched controls were recruited in the study. Genomic DNA was isolated, amplified and SNP was identified using the RFLP method and validated by Sanger’s sequencing. There was a significant association of BDNF Val66Met with PD risk in both Dominant and recessive models (GG vs GA+AA: OR: 1.47, CI: 1.04-2.09, P =0.03, GG+GA vs AA: OR: 2.32, CI: 1.07-5.00, P =0.02). The main nonmotor symptom i.e. cognitive impairment was significantly associated with the variant genotype of BDNF Val66Met Polymorphism (GG vs GA+AA: OR: 1.47, CI: 1.04-2.09, P =0.03, GG+GA vs AA: OR: 2.32, CI: 1.07-5.00, P =0.02).We found a significant association of variant genotype with disease severity, the activity of daily living as assessed by S & E score as it was found to better with wild genotype and a significant decrease in quality of life with homozygous mutant genotype. We did not find significant differences in disease duration, absolute levodopa response among the genotypes. Our results implicate BDNF Val66Met polymorphism is associated with the risk of PD, cognitive impairment, poor quality of life and greater disease severity in PD.


BDNF polymorphism; Bradykinesia; Cognitive impairment; Dementia; MoCA; Parkinson’s disease

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