Irinotecan pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics and UGT1A genetic polymorphisms in Japanese: roles of UGT1A1*6 and *28

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ObjectivesSN-38, an active metabolite of irinotecan, is detoxified by glucuronidation with UGT1A isoforms, 1A1, 1A7, 1A9, and 1A10. The pharmacogenetic information on UGT1A haplotypes covering all these isoforms is important for the individualized therapy of irinotecan. Associations between UGT1A haplotypes and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of irinotecan were investigated to identify pharmacogenetic markers.MethodsAssociations between UGT1A haplotypes and the area under concentration curve ratio (SN-38 glucuronide/SN-38) or toxicities were analyzed in 177 Japanese cancer patients treated with irinotecan as a single agent or in combination chemotherapy. For association analysis, diplotypes of UGT1A gene segments [(1A1, 1A7, 1A9, 1A10), and Block C (common exons 2–5)] and combinatorial haplotypes (1A9-1A7-1A1) were used. The relationship between diplotypes and toxicities was investigated in 55 patients treated with irinotecan as a single agent.ResultsAmong diplotypes of UGT1A genes, patients with the haplotypes harboring UGT1A1*6 or *28 had significantly reduced area under concentration curve ratios, with the effects of UGT1A1*6 or *28 being of a similar scale. A gene dose effect on the area under concentration curve ratio was observed for the number of haplotypes containing *28 or *6 (5.55, 3.62, and 2.07 for 0, 1, and 2 haplotypes, respectively, P<0.0001). In multivariate analysis, the homozygotes and double heterozygotes of *6 and *28 (*6/*6, *28/*28 and *6/*28) were significantly associated with severe neutropenia in 53 patients who received irinotecan monotherapy.ConclusionsThe haplotypes significantly associated with reduced area under concentration curve ratios and neutropenia contained UGT1A1*6 or *28, and both of them should be genotyped before irinotecan is given to Japanese and probably other Asian patients.

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