Genetic polymorphisms of CYP2C9 and CYP2C19 are not related to drug-induced idiosyncratic liver injury (DILI)

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Background and purpose:

The general view on the pathogenesis of drug-induced idiosyncratic liver injury (DILI) is that parent compounds are rendered hepatotoxic by metabolism, mainly by cytochrome (CYP) 450, although other metabolic pathways can contribute. Anecdotal reports suggest a role of CYP 450 polymorphisms in DILI. We aimed to assess in a series of Spanish DILI patients the prevalence of important allelic variants of CYP2C9 and CYP2C19, known to be involved in the metabolism of several hepatotoxic drugs.

Experimental approach:

Genotyping of CYP2C9 (*2, *3) and CYP2C19 (*2 and *3), was carried out in a total of 28 and 32 patients with a well established diagnosis of DILI. CYP2C9 and CYP2C19 variants were analysed in genomic DNA by means of PCR-FRET and compared with previous findings in other Caucasian populations.

Key results:

CYP2C9 and CYP2C19 allele and genotype frequencies were in agreement with Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. Fourteen patients (50%) were heterozygous and 1(4%) found to be compound heterozygous for the CYP2C9 allele. Seven (22%) were found to carry one and 1(3%) carried two CYP2C19 mutated alleles. No patients were homozygous for *3 allele. The distribution of both CYP2C9 and CYP2C19 allelic variants in DILI patients were similar to those in other Caucasian populations. Patients with variant and those with wild-type alleles did not differ in regard to clinical presentation of DILI, type of injury and outcome.

Conclusions and Implications:

We find no evidence to support CYP2C9 and CYP2C19 genetic polymorphisms as predictable potential risk factors for DILI.

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