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The influence of VKORC1 and CYP2C9 gene sequence variants on the stability of maintenance phase warfarin treatment.

Thromb Res. 2012 Nov 15;

Authors: Skov J, Bladbjerg EM, Leppin A, Jespersen J


INTRODUCTION: A substantial part of the inter-individual variation in vitamin K-antagonist dose can be explained by certain sequence variants in the genes CYP2C9 (NG_008385.1:g.8633C>T or *1/*2, NG_008385.1:g.47639A>C or *1/*3) and VKORC1 (NG_011564.1:g.6399C>T). Patients possessing these variant alleles require lower doses and have increased risk of overanticoagulation. METHODS: We investigated the influence of the above sequence variants on stability of maintenance phase warfarin therapy in a prospective study of 300 consecutive patients followed for one year at an anticoagulant clinic. RESULTS: Patients having one VKORC1 variant allele (n=144) had a time in therapeutic range of INR (TTR) of 71.4%, significantly lower (p=0.02) than the 76.7% TTR of patients with none (n=96) or two (n=46) variant alleles. Patients carrying the CYP2C9 *3 allele (n=40) trended towards lower TTR than patients without this variant allele (69.8% vs. 74.7%, p=0.09). Six patients possessed two variant alleles of CYP2C9 (*2/*3 or *3/*3) and had significantly lower TTR (60.5% vs. 74.3%, p=0.012) and higher risk of an INR>4.5 (67% vs. 23%, p=0.03) compared with the remaining patients. CONCLUSIONS: We observed modest effects of common gene sequence variants in CYP2C9 and VKORC1 on stability of maintenance phase warfarin therapy. Patients attending an anticoagulant clinic using computer-assisted dosage were safely monitored regardless of these sequence variants, but for the small subgroup of patients with the CYP2C9 genotype *2/*3 or *3/*3, treatment stability was reduced.

PMID: 23159229 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]