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Effects of CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 polymorphisms on tacrolimus pharmacokinetics in Chinese adult renal transplant recipients: a population pharmacokinetic analysis.

Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2013 Mar 1;

Authors: Zuo XC, Ng CM, Barrett JS, Luo AJ, Zhang BK, Deng CH, Xi LY, Cheng K, Ming YZ, Yang GP, Pei Q, Zhu LJ, Yuan H, Liao HQ, Ding JJ, Wu D, Zhou YN, Jing NN, Huang ZJ


OBJECTIVE: Tacrolimus is used clinically for the long-term treatment of antirejection of transplanted organs in liver and kidney transplant recipients, although dose optimization is poorly managed. The aim of this study was to examine the association between tacrolimus pharmacokinetic variability and CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 genotypes by a population pharmacokinetic analysis based on routine drug monitoring data in adult renal transplant recipients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Trough tacrolimus concentrations were obtained from 161 adult kidney transplant recipients after transplantation. The population pharmacokinetic analysis was carried out using the nonlinear mixed-effect modeling software NONMEM version 7.2. The CYP3A4*1G and CYP3A5*3 genetic polymorphisms from the patients studied were determined by direct sequencing using a validated automated genetic analyzer. RESULTS: A one-compartment model with first-order absorption and elimination adequately described the pharmacokinetics of tacrolimus. Covariates including CYP3A5*3 and CYP3A4*1G alleles and hematocrit were retained in the final model. The apparent clearance of tacrolimus was about two-fold higher in kidney transplant patients with higher enzymatic activity of CYP3A5*1 and CYP3A4*1G (with the CYP3A5*1/*1 or *1/*3 and CYP3A4*1/*1G or CYP3A4*1G/*1G) compared with those with lower enzymatic activity (CYP3A5*3/*3 and CYP3A4*1/*1). CONCLUSION: This is the first study to extensively determine the effect of CYP3A4*1G and CYP3A5*3 genetic polymorphisms and hematocrit value on tacrolimus pharmacokinetics in Chinese renal transplant recipients. The findings suggest that CYP3A5*3 and CYP3A4*1G polymorphisms and hematocrit are determinant factors in the apparent clearance of tacrolimus. The initial dose design is mainly based on CYP3A5 and CYP3A4 genotypes as well as hematocrit. This result may also be useful for maintenance tacrolimus dose optimization and may help to avoid fluctuating tacrolimus levels and improve the efficacy and tolerability of tacrolimus in kidney transplant recipients.

PMID: 23459029 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]