VEGF plays a role in heart disease, cancer, chronic inflammation, depression, tissue oxygenation, cognitive function, kidney disease and macular degeneration.  VEGF can be harmful at high or low levels.

Introduction to VEGF

VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor) is a protein that initiates blood vessel formation.

The Good

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VEGF Helps Oxygenate Tissue (by Creating New Blood Vessels)

Cells which are not getting oxygen (either problems with blood flow or problems with overworked cells) produce “hypoxia inducible factor” which stimulates the release of VEGF (R).

VEGF helps create new blood vessels (R, R2).

VEGF leads to creation of blood vessels in the unborn baby (R).

VEGF makes blood vessels bigger which means more blood flow (R).

Part of the mechanism by which it leads to new blood vessel formation is by increasing MMPs (R).

Histamine, a natural compound found in the body and in many foods, can also enhance VEGF production, and in turn promote the formation of more blood vessels (R).

VEGF Can Benefit Heart Disease (by Creating New Blood Vessels)

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The VEGF gene can be injected into cells to make them produce more VEGF (R).

This will make new capillaries grow, and will help bypass blocks in blood vessels caused by plaque (R).

VEGF Helps Immune Function

VEGF outside the blood vessels attracts immune fighter cells (R).

VEGF builds lymph vessels, which are important for immune cells as they move through your body, looking for dangerous bacteria, viruses, and fungi (R).

The negative to this is that it can increase inflammation.

VEGF Protects the Brain

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VEGF can help prevent brain impairments by improving neuron function and viability (R).

Exercise and high levels of VEGF in adolescents led to better spatial better memory (R).

It can also help prevent diabetes-related memory loss (R).

By increasing blood flow, VEGF can help prevent neurodegeneration and ALS in animal models. People with genes that cause low VEGF are at higher risk for ALS (R).

The Bad

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VEGF May Increase Inflammation by Activating Microglia

VEGF is capable of activating microglia, which can contribute to inflammation (R).

VEGF Leads To Holes In Blood Vessels To Make Them More Leaky

VEGF removes molecules that makes blood vessel cells stick to each other (like different sections of a pipe are held together with screws). This makes blood vessels leaky (R).

VEGF can increase permeability of the blood brain barrier (R).

VEGF Contributes to the Spread of Cancer

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VEGF builds blood vessels, which increases blood supply to cancer cells to allow them to grow at a high rate (R).

By making it easier for cancer cells to grow, it makes it harder to destroy cancer cells (R).

VEGF Worsens Some Autoimmune Diseases

VEGF causes fluid to leak out of blood vessels by making them leaky (R).

This pinches nerves and causes more inflammation which makes rheumatoid arthritis worse (R).

Blood levels of VEGF correlate with disease activity in a large number of autoimmune diseases and fall with the use of standard therapy.

There is considerable evidence in systemic lupus erythematosus and multiple sclerosis, and it’s believed that VEGF contributes to theses disorders (R).

VEGF Makes Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration Worse

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During diabetes, the cells of the retina don’t get enough oxygen, which leads to VEGF release and more capillary formation (R).

During age related macular degeneration, cells at the back of the eye release VEGF because they are damaged by oxidizing molecules (R). This causes new blood vessel formation (R).

These new blood vessels are fragile, and can burst, leading to blood leaking out and damaging the back of the eye where light is transformed into a picture (R).

VEGF Causes Kidney Damage

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VEGF builds blood vessels in the kidneys (R).

Kidney cells, which are filters through which fluid from blood is sieved through eventually cannot take that much fluid coming through them and are destroyed (R).

This leads to everything going through the filter as it is now destroyed (R).

This kills kidney cells, and makes the urine have things it shouldn’t have like protein (R).

VEGF changes can indicate early-onset pre-eclampsia which can cause miscarriages (R).

VEGF Contributes to Depression

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Higher levels of VEGF were found in people with depression (R).

This is due to the fact that VEGF influences the level of neurotrophins in the brain. VEGF can also mimic the actions of antidepressants, causing them to not work (R).

VEGF Activates Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs)

MMPs increase inflammation in the body and contribute to variety of diseases.

Inhibiting VEGF

Increasing VEGF

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Genes for VEGF

SelfDecode has a variety of SNPs for VEGF, including:

  1. RS10434 (VEGFA)
  2. RS1570360 (VEGFA)
  3. RS2146323 (VEGFA)
  4. RS25648 (VEGFA)
  5. RS3024994 (VEGFA)
  6. RS3025000 (VEGFA)
  7. RS3025010 (VEGFA)
  8. RS3025020 (VEGFA)
  9. RS3025035 (VEGFA)
  10. RS3025039 (VEGFA)
  11. RS833061 (VEGFA)
  12. RS833068 (VEGFA)
  13. RS833069 (VEGFA)

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  • Shari

    Do you know any reasons a VEGF level would be in 700 and 800 range?

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