The VDR FokI (rs2228570) polymorphism is involved in Parkinson's disease

Cristina Agliardi, Franca Rosa Guerini, Milena Zanzottera, Elisabetta Bolognesi, Mario Meloni, Giulio Riboldazzi, Roberta Zangaglia, Andrea Sturchio, Carlo Casali, Cherubino Di Lorenzo, Brigida Minafra, Mario Clerici

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The etiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) is presumably multifactorial and likely involves interactions between genetic and environmental factors, as well as mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress and inflammation. Among environmental factors, Vitamin D was reported to associate with the risk of PD. Vitamin D activity is mediated by its binding to the vitamin D Receptor (VDR), a transcriptional factor for almost 3% of human genes. We genotyped for ApaI, BsmI, TaqI, FokI and rs1989969 VDR single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) a cohort of 406 PD and 800 healthy controls (HC) and found a strong association between the FokI (rs2228570) VDR SNP and PD. Thus, the TT genotype and the T allele resulted associated with PD in the overall analyzed PD population. Gender-based stratification of data indicated that results were maintained for FokI TT genotype and T allele in male PD patients, whereas the FokI T allele alone was confirmed as a risk factor for PD in females. Co-segregation analyses indicated the TaqI ApaI FokI rs1989969 GCTG as a “risk” haplotype for PD. In a subgroup of patients and controls neural Vitamin D and VDR concentration was analyzed in extravesicles (NDEVs) isolated from peripheral blood: no differences emerged between PD and HC. NDEVs results will need to be validated in ampler cohort but we can speculate that, if at neuronal level the amounts of Vitamin D and of VDR are comparable, than the bioavailability of vitamin D and the efficacy of the vitamin D/VDR axis is differentially modulated in PD by VDR SNPs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117606
JournalJournal of the Neurological Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Sep 15 2021


  • FokI
  • NDEVs
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Rehabilitation
  • VDR
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


Dive into the research topics of 'The VDR FokI (rs2228570) polymorphism is involved in Parkinson's disease'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this