Study pinpoints genetic connections to perio and coronary artery disease in addition to lifestyle factors
Results of a meta-analysis to be presented at EuroPerio9 reported that periodontal disease and coronary artery disease (CAD) share a common genetic basis, involving the VAMP8 function. “Knowledge of the shared genetic basis helps to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie and predispose to the disease,” explained lead author, Dr. Arne S Schäfer, a professor at the department of periodontology and synoptic dentistry based at Charité University Medicine in Berlin, Germany.
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