Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is a secretory glycoprotein that belongs to the tumor necrosis factor receptor family and plays a role in atherosclerosis. OPG has been hypothesized to modulate vascular functions; however, its role in mediating atherosclerosis is controversial. Epidemiological data in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) indicate that OPG serum levels are associated with several inflammatory markers, myocardial infarction events, and calcium scores, suggesting that OPG may be causative for CVD.
- Gene Polymorphism
- Peripheral arterial disease