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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Haloperidol plasma concentration in Japanese psychiatric subjects with gene duplication of CYP2D6.

AIMS: The cytochrome P-450 2D6 (CYP2D6) gene duplication/multiduplication producing an increase in enzyme activity, and the common Japanese mutation, CYP2D6*10A producing a decrease of enzyme activity were screened in a large number of Japanese psychiatric subjects (n = 111) in order to investigate whether these mutated alleles affected the plasma concentration of haloperidol. METHODS: Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method was performed to identify the CYP2D6*10A and CYP2D6*2 genotypes in subjects who had been taking haloperidol. For the screening of duplicated active CYP2D6 gene, allele-specific long PCR was performed. Plasma concentration of haloperidol was measured by the enzyme immunoassay, and expressed as "plasma concentration dose ratio" to normalize individual differences. RESULTS: The plasma concentration-dose ratio showed large interindividual differences of approximately 18-fold. PCR-RFLP methods revealed that 29 (26.1%), 10 (9.0%), 39 (35.1%), 0 (0%), seven (6.3%) and 26 (23.4%) cases possessed the CYP2D6 genotypes *1/*1, *1/*2, *1/*10A, *2/*2, *2/*10A and *10 A/*10A, respectively. Six cases (5.4%) had duplicated CYP2D6 genes. There were no significant differences of plasma concentration-dose ratio between the groups classified by CYP2D6*10A and *2 genotypes (Kruskal-Wallis test; P = 0.37), even in those cases whose daily doses were lower than 20 mg (n = 90, P = 0.91). Subjects having duplicated genes (n = 6) did not show significant differences of plasma concentration-dose ratio by comparison with subjects who had no duplicated genes (Mann-Whitney U-test; P = 0.80). CONCLUSIONS: Gene duplication, and the common Japanese mutation CYP2D6*10A on CYP2D6 gene are not likely to be the main modulatory factors of plasma concentration of haloperidol in Japanese psychiatric subjects.[1]


  1. Haloperidol plasma concentration in Japanese psychiatric subjects with gene duplication of CYP2D6. Ohnuma, T., Shibata, N., Matsubara, Y., Arai, H. British journal of clinical pharmacology. (2003) [Pubmed]
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