Vitamin K epoxide reductase genetic polymorphism is associated with venous thromboembolism: results from the EDITH Study

J Thromb Haemost. 2007 Oct;5(10):2020-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-7836.2007.02706.x.


Background: The vitamin K epoxide reductase complex subunit 1 (VKORC1) recycles endogenous vitamin K, a cofactor for vitamin K-dependent coagulation factor synthesis. Common polymorphisms in VKORC1, the gene coding for VKORC1, have been found to affect the dose response to vitamin K antagonists, and to confer an increased risk of vascular diseases in a Chinese population. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between the VKORC1 1173C > T polymorphism and venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Methods: We report the results of a case-control study designed to evaluate interactions between acquired and inherited risk factors of VTE. We studied 439 cases hospitalized with a first venous thromboembolic event that was not related to a major acquired risk factor for VTE, and 439 matched controls. The VKORC1 1173C > T polymorphism was selected for genotyping as the tagging single-nucleotide polymorphism for previously identified VKORC1 haplotypes.

Results: The relationship between VTE and the VKORCI 1173C > T polymorphism was consistent with a recessive model. The frequency of the VKORCI TT genotype was lower in cases than in controls. The odds ratio (OR) (95% CI) was 0.62 (0.41-0.94) for the TT genotype as compared to CT/CC genotypes. Adjustment on cardiovascular diseases, body mass index, factor V (FV) and prothrombin gene mutations did not alter the results.

Conclusions: In this case-control study, the frequency of the VKORCI TT genotype was lower in patients with VTE than in matched controls. The clinical consequence of these results remains to be determined, but gives new perspectives for exploration of the role of VKORCI polymorphism in the pathogenesis of VTE.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Factor V / genetics
  • Female
  • Gene Frequency
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mixed Function Oxygenases / genetics*
  • Mutation
  • Odds Ratio
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Prothrombin / genetics
  • Risk Factors
  • Venous Thrombosis / genetics*
  • Vitamin K Epoxide Reductases


  • Factor V
  • Prothrombin
  • Mixed Function Oxygenases
  • VKORC1 protein, human
  • Vitamin K Epoxide Reductases