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Effect of genetic polymorphisms in cytochrome p450 ( CYP) 2C9 and CYP2C8 on the pharmacokinetics of oral antidiabetic drugs: clinical relevance.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus affects up to 8% of the adult population in Western countries. Treatment of this disease with oral antidiabetic drugs is characterised by considerable interindividual variability in pharmacokinetics, clinical efficacy and adverse effects. Genetic factors are known to contribute to individual differences in bioavailability, drug transport, metabolism and drug action. Only scarce data exist on the clinical implications of this genetic variability on adverse drug effects or clinical outcomes in patients taking oral antidiabetics. The polymorphic enzyme cytochrome P450 ( CYP) 2C9 is the main enzyme catalysing the biotransformation of sulphonylureas. Total oral clearance of all studied sulphonylureas (tolbutamide, glibenclamide [glyburide], glimepiride, glipizide) was only about 20% in persons with the CYP2C9*3/*3 genotype compared with carriers of the wild-type genotype CYP2C9*1/*1, and clearance in the heterozygous carriers was between 50% and 80% of that of the wild-type genotypes. For reasons not completely known, the resulting differences in drug effects were much less pronounced. Nevertheless, CYP2C9 genotype-based dose adjustments may reduce the incidence of adverse effects. The magnitude of how doses might be adjusted can be derived from pharmacokinetic studies. The meglitinide-class drug nateglinide is metabolised by CYP2C9. According to the pharmacokinetic data, moderate dose adjustments based on CYP2C9 genotypes may help in reducing interindividual variability in the antihyperglycaemic effects of nateglinide. Repaglinide is metabolised by CYP2C8 and, according to clinical studies, CYP2C8*3 carriers had higher clearance than carriers of the wild-type genotypes; however, this was not consistent with in vitro data and therefore further studies are needed. CYP2C8*3 is closely linked with CYP2C9*2. CYP2C8 and CYP3A4 are the main enzymes catalysing biotransformation of the thiazolidinediones troglitazone and pioglitazone, whereas rosiglitazone is metabolised by CYP2C9 and CYP2C8. The biguanide metformin is not significantly metabolised but polymorphisms in the organic cation transporter (OCT) 1 and OCT2 may determine its pharmacokinetic variability. In conclusion, pharmacogenetic variability plays an important role in the pharmacokinetics of oral antidiabetic drugs; however, to date, the impact of this variability on clinical outcomes in patients is mostly unknown and prospective studies on the medical benefit of CYP genotyping are required.[1]


  1. Effect of genetic polymorphisms in cytochrome p450 (CYP) 2C9 and CYP2C8 on the pharmacokinetics of oral antidiabetic drugs: clinical relevance. Kirchheiner, J., Roots, I., Goldammer, M., Rosenkranz, B., Brockmöller, J. Clinical pharmacokinetics. (2005) [Pubmed]
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