Race/ethnicity difference in the pharmacogenetics of bilirubin-related atazanavir discontinuation

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BackgroundAtazanavir causes plasma indirect bilirubin to increase. We evaluated associations between Gilbert’s polymorphism and bilirubin-related atazanavir discontinuation stratified by race/ethnicity.Patients and methodsPatients had initiated atazanavir/ritonavir-containing regimens at an HIV primary care clinic in the southeastern USA, and had at least 12 months of follow-up data. Metabolizer group was defined by UGT1A1 rs887829 C→T. Genome-wide genotype data were used to adjust for genetic ancestry in combined population analyses.ResultsAmong 321 evaluable patients, 15 (4.6%) had bilirubin-related atazanavir discontinuation within 12 months. Homozygosity for rs887829 T/T was present in 28.1% of Black, 21.4% of Hispanic, and 8.6% of White patients. Among all patients the hazard ratio (HR) for bilirubin-related discontinuation with T/T versus C/C genotype was 7.3 [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.7–31.5; P=0.007]. Among 152 White patients the HR was 14.4 (95% CI: 2.6–78.7; P=0.002), but among 153 Black patients the HR was 0.8 (95% CI: 0.05–12.7; P=0.87).ConclusionAmong patients who initiated atazanavir/ritonavir-containing regimens, UGT1A1 slow metabolizer genotype rs887829 T/T was associated with increased bilirubin-related discontinuation of atazanavir in White but not in Black patients, this despite T/T genotype being more frequent in Black patients.

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