The BDNF-Val66Met-polymorphism leads to altered intracellular transport and secretion of BDNF, and is thus a logical candidate for a gene that influences susceptibility and, more specifically, the clinical course of multiple sclerosis.
Therefore, we investigated the impact of the BDNF-Val66Met polymorphism on the susceptibility and clinical course in a case-control study of 224 multiple sclerosis (MS) Spanish patients and 177 healthy controls.
To investigate the association of the rs6265 (Val66Met) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) with brain morphometry and functional status as measured by quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neurocognitive testing in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
Our imaging genetic study demonstrates that the Val(66)Met polymorphism of the BDNF gene contributes to some of the individual variability in the functional response to a working memory challenge in healthy controls but it does not provide evidence for an MS-specific pattern of gene action.
Here we review the role and relevance of the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism in neurodegenerative diseases, with particular emphasis on glaucoma, multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD).