The Pharmacogenomics Journal (PHARMACOGENOMICS J)

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group

Journal description

The Pharmacogenomics Journal is dedicated to the publication of original research and reviews on pharmacogenomics and its clinical applications. Topics covered include: identification of novel genomic targets for drug development, clinical applications of genomic science, potential benefits of pharmacogenomics, effects of genetic variability on drug toxicity and efficacy, pharmacokinetic variation and drug toxicity, pharmacodynamic variation and drug efficacy plus, the integration of new developments in the genome project and proteomics into clinical medicine, pharmacology, and therapeutics.

Current impact factor: 5.51

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 5.513
2012 Impact Factor 5.134
2011 Impact Factor 4.536
2010 Impact Factor 4.306
2009 Impact Factor 4.398
2008 Impact Factor 5.435
2007 Impact Factor 4.968
2006 Impact Factor 3.957
2005 Impact Factor 3.989

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 4.46
Cited half-life 5.20
Immediacy index 1.12
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.35
Website Pharmacogenomics Journal, The website
Other titles Pharmacogenomics journal (Online)
ISSN 1470-269X
OCLC 49965587
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to examine interindividual variability in codeine requirements and pain management by examining select genetic polymorphisms in the codeine pharmacological pathway. The study included a nested cohort of 98 women who were prescribed codeine following cesarean section. Participants were genotyped for select polymorphisms of the COMT, ABCB1, CYP2D6, UGT2B7 and OPRM1 genes and instructed to describe their level of pain using the visual analog scale (mm) 1 h following each dose of codeine. Analysis revealed that reported pain increases with maternal age (P=0.041). Asians required more codeine than Caucasians (P=0.048). Significant differences in mean dose consumption were seen among the genotypic groups of the OPRM1 A118G (P=0.001) and UGT2B7 C802T (P=0.015) variants. These variants were found to predict codeine consumption in the cohort overall (P=0.000) and among Caucasians (P=0.001). These findings will assist in customizing therapy to effectively manage postpartum pain.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 10 March 2015; doi:10.1038/tpj.2015.3.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 03/2015; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2015.3
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    ABSTRACT: Preferential conversion of azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine into methylated metabolites is a major cause of thiopurine resistance. To seek potentially Mendelian causes of thiopurine hypermethylation, we recruited 12 individuals who exhibited extreme therapeutic resistance while taking azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine and performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) and copy-number variant analysis by array-based comparative genomic hybridisation (aCGH). Exome-wide variant filtering highlighted four genes potentially associated with thiopurine metabolism (ENOSF1 and NFS1), transport (SLC17A4) or therapeutic action (RCC2). However, variants of each gene were found only in two or three patients, and it is unclear whether these genes could influence thiopurine hypermethylation. Analysis by aCGH did not identify any unusual or pathogenic copy-number variants. This suggests that if causative mutations for the hypermethylation phenotype exist they may be heterogeneous, occurring in several different genes, or they may lie within regulatory regions not captured by WES. Alternatively, hypermethylation may arise from the involvement of multiple genes with small effects. To test this hypothesis would require recruitment of large patient samples and application of genome-wide association studies.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 10 March 2015; doi:10.1038/tpj.2015.9.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 03/2015; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2015.9
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    ABSTRACT: We recently found variants in cancer stem cell genes (CD44, ALCAM and LGR5) significantly associated with increased time to recurrence (TTR) in patients with stage III and high-risk stage II colon cancer treated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-based chemotherapy. In this study, we validated these genetic biomarkers in a large and independent patient cohort (n=599). Patients who received 5-FU-based adjuvant chemotherapy (n=391) carrying at least one C allele in LGR5 rs17109924 had a significantly increased TTR compared with patients carrying the homozygous T/T variant (HR 0.38, 95%CI 0.19-0.79; P=0.006). In patients treated with surgery alone (n=208), no association between LGR rs17109924 and TTR was found (P=0.728). In the multivariate Cox-analysis, LGR5 rs17109924 remained statistically significant (HR 0.38, 95%CI 0.18-0.78; P=0.008) for patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy. We confirmed in a large and independent study cohort that LGR5 rs17109924 is a predictive genetic biomarker for TTR in patients with colon cancer treated with 5-FU-based adjuvant chemotherapy.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 10 February 2015; doi:10.1038/tpj.2015.2.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 02/2015; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2015.2
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    ABSTRACT: The role of cytochrome P450 2J2 (CYP2J2) in cyclophosphamide (Cy) bioactivation was investigated in patients, cells and microsomes. Gene expression analysis showed that CYP2J2 mRNA expression was significantly (P<0.01) higher in 20 patients with hematological malignancies compared with healthy controls. CYP2J2 expression showed significant upregulation (P<0.05) during Cy treatment before stem cell transplantation. Cy bioactivation was significantly correlated to CYP2J2 expression. Studies in HL-60 cells expressing CYP2J2 showed reduced cell viability when incubated with Cy (half maximal inhibitory concentration=3.6 mM). Inhibition of CYP2J2 using telmisartan reduced Cy bioactivation by 50% and improved cell survival. Cy incubated with recombinant CYP2J2 microsomes has resulted in apparent Km and Vmax values of 3.7-6.6 mM and 2.9-10.3 pmol/(min·pmol) CYP, respectively. This is the first study demonstrating that CYP2J2 is equally important to CYP2B6 in Cy metabolism. The heart, intestine and urinary bladder express high levels of CYP2J2; local Cy bioactivation may explain Cy-treatment-related toxicities in these organs.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 20 January 2015; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.82.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 01/2015; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.82
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    ABSTRACT: Bendamustine is used in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Routes for bendamustine entry into target cells are unknown. This study aimed at identifying transporter proteins implicated in bendamustine uptake. Our results showed that hOCT1 is a bendamustine transporter, as bendamustine could cis-inhibit the uptake of a canonical hOCT1 substrate, with a Ki in the micromolar range, consistent with the EC50 values of the cytotoxicity triggered by this drug in HEK293 cells expressing hOCT1. hOCT1 polymorphic variants determining impaired bendamustine-transporter interaction, consistently reduced bendamustine cytotoxicity in HEK293 cells stably expressing them. Exome genotyping of the SLC22A1 gene, encoding hOCT1, was undertaken in a cohort of 241 CLL patients. Ex vivo cytotoxicity to bendamustine was measured in a subset of cases and shown to correlate with SLC22A1 polymorphic variants. In conclusion, hOCT1 is a suitable bendamustine transporter, thereby contributing to its cytotoxic effect depending upon the hOCT1 genetic variants expressed.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 13 January 2015; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.77.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 01/2015; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.77
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    ABSTRACT: The ABCB1 gene encodes for P-glycoprotein (P-gp), an efflux pump for a variety of xenobiotics. The role of ABCB1 polymorphisms in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) outcomes of standard chemotherapy (cytarabine plus anthracyclines) remains controversial. A systematic search was made of studies evaluating the association between ABCB1 polymorphisms 1236C>T, 2677G>T/A and 3435C>T and effectiveness variables. We found seven cohort studies (1241 patients) showing a significantly higher overall survival (OS) among carriers of the variant allele of 1236C>T at year 4 (odds ratio (OR): 1.47, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.07-2.01), 2677G>T/A at years 4-5 (OR: 1.37, 95% CI: 1.01-1.86) and 3435C>T at years 3 (OR: 1.41, 95% CI: 1.03-1.94) and 4-5 (OR: 1.42, 95% CI: 1.05-1.91). In the subgroup analysis according to ethnicity, Caucasians carrying variant allele showed consistent results in OS. ABCB1 influence upon complete remission could not be demonstrated. Future studies based on larger populations and multiethnic groups should help clarify the effect of P-gp polymorphisms upon other outcomes.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 6 January 2015; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.80.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 01/2015; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.80
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    ABSTRACT: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a heterogeneous disease with genetic profiles and clinical outcomes dependent on the anatomic location of the primary tumor. How location has an impact on the molecular makeup of a tumor and how prognostic and predictive biomarkers differ between proximal versus distal colon cancers is not well established. We investigated the associations between tumor location, KRAS and BRAF mutation status, and the messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of proteins involved in major signaling pathways, including tumor growth (epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)), angiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2)), DNA repair (excision repair cross complement group 1 (ERCC1)) and fluoropyrimidine metabolism (thymidylate synthase (TS)). Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor specimens from 431 advanced CRC patients were analyzed. The presence of seven different KRAS base substitutions and the BRAF V600E mutation was determined. ERCC1, TS, EGFR and VEGFR2 mRNA expression levels were detected by reverse transcriptase-PCR. BRAF mutations were significantly more common in the proximal colon (P<0.001), whereas KRAS mutations occurred at similar frequencies throughout the colorectum. Rectal cancers had significantly higher ERCC1 and VEGFR2 mRNA levels compared with distal and proximal colon tumors (P=0.001), and increased TS levels compared with distal colon cancers (P=0.02). Mutant KRAS status was associated with lower ERCC1, TS, EGFR and VEGFR2 gene expression in multivariate analysis. In a subgroup analysis, this association remained significant for all genes in the proximal colon and for VEGFR2 expression in rectal cancers. The mRNA expression patterns of predictive and prognostic biomarkers, as well as associations with KRAS and BRAF mutation status depend on primary tumor location. Prospective studies are warranted to confirm these findings and determine the underlying mechanisms.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 23 December 2014; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.73.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 12/2014; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.73
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    ABSTRACT: Stress and hormones released in response to stress influence the effects of nicotine and the severity of nicotine withdrawal. Here, we systematically examine the contribution of a stress response gene, FKBP5, to the acute and chronic behavioral effects of nicotine in smokers. Subjects were European- and African-American (EA and AA) heavy smokers who participated in an intravenous (IV) nicotine administration study (total n=169). FKBP5 rs3800373 genotype was analyzed for association to several outcomes, including nicotine withdrawal and the acute subjective, heart rate (HR), blood pressure and plasma cortisol responses to IV nicotine. Nicotine withdrawal was also examined in relation to rs3800373 allele frequencies in an independent cohort of EA and AA current smokers (n=3821). For a subset of laboratory subjects FKBP5 mRNA (n=48) expression was explored for an association to the same outcomes. The rs3800373 minor allele was associated with less severe nicotine withdrawal in laboratory subjects and the independent cohort of smokers. The rs3800373 minor allele was also associated with lower subjective ratings of negative drug effects in response to IV nicotine. Low FKBP5 mRNA expression was associated lower cortisol levels, lower subjective ratings of negative drug effects and a blunted HR response to nicotine. Stress hormone regulation via FKBP5 warrants further investigation as a potential contributor to the effects of nicotine withdrawal, which occurs commonly, and has an important role in the maintenance of smoking behavior and relapse following a quit attempt.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 23 December 2014; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.76.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 12/2014; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.76
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    ABSTRACT: Integrins (ITGs) are key elements in cancer biology, regulating tumor growth, angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis through interactions of the tumor cells with the microenvironment. Moving from the hypothesis that ITGs could have different effects in stage II and III colon cancer, we tested whether a comprehensive panel of germline single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ITG genes could predict stage-specific time to tumor recurrence (TTR). A total of 234 patients treated with 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy at the University of Southern California were included in this study. Whole-blood samples were analyzed for germline SNPs in ITG genes using PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism or direct DNA sequencing. In the multivariable analysis, stage II colon cancer patients with at least one G allele for ITGB3 rs4642 had higher risk of recurrence (hazard ratio (HR)=4.027, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.556-10.421, P=0.004). This association was also significant in the combined stage II-III cohort (HR=1.975, 95% CI 1.194-3.269, P=0.008). The predominant role of ITGB3 rs4642 in stage II diseases was confirmed using recursive partitioning, showing that ITGB3 rs4642 was the most important factor in stage II diseases. In contrast, in stage III diseases the combined analysis of ITGB1 rs2298141 and ITGA4 rs7562325 allowed to identify three distinct prognostic subgroups (P=0.009). The interaction between stage and the combined ITGB1 rs2298141 and ITGA4 rs7562325 on TTR was significant (P=0.025). This study identifies germline polymorphisms in ITG genes as independent stage-specific prognostic markers for stage II and III colon cancer. These data may help to select subgroups of patients who may benefit from ITG-targeted treatments.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 9 December 2014; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.66.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 12/2014; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.66
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    ABSTRACT: Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are thought to promote resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs in glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive primary brain tumor. However, the use of high-throughput drug screens to discover novel small-molecule inhibitors for CSC has been hampered by their instability in long-term cell culture. We asked whether predictive models of drug response could be developed from gene expression signatures of established cell lines and applied to predict drug response in glioblastoma stem cells. Predictions for active compounds were confirmed both for 185 compounds in seven established glioma cell lines and 21 compounds in three glioblastoma stem cells. The use of established cell lines as a surrogate for drug response in CSC lines may enable the large-scale virtual screening of drug candidates that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to test directly in CSCs.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 2 December 2014; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.61.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 12/2014; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.61
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    ABSTRACT: Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is caused by unpredictable adverse drug reaction due mainly to the accumulation of hepatotoxic compounds in the liver resulting in significant damage. Drug-metabolizing enzymes have been prime targets for molecular studies relevant to DILI. The gene UGT1A9 mainly expresses in the liver and has an important role in drug metabolism. The Han Chinese has a very long and complex demographic history, and the population stratification arising from the interplay of different geographic areas may influence the polymorphism pattern. We selected 260 healthy subjects in three different geographic areas (including Xian, Shanghai and Liuzhou) for systemic screening and analysis of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the promoter region of UGT1A9. Eight SNPs were identified and no regional disparity exists among the three populations. Based on these results, 213 DILI patients from all over the Chinese mainland were further recruited to investigate possible association between UGT1A9 and DILI. We observed statistically significant associations between SNP rs2741045 and DILI at both allele and genotype levels (allele: P=0.032; genotype: P=0.029; after Bonferroni correction). Also, multivariate interaction analysis discovered the interaction between rs2741045 and age associated with DILI significantly. This is the first such screening study to investigate the association between UGT1A9 promoter polymorphisms and DILI in the Chinese population and it could provide the basis for further study of DILI mechanisms.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 2 December 2014; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.75.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 12/2014; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.75
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    ABSTRACT: There is large interindividual variability and ethnic differences in phenylephrine-mediated vasoconstriction. We tested the hypothesis that genetic variation in ADRA1A, the α1A adrenergic receptor gene, contributes to the variability and ethnic differences. We measured local dorsal hand vein responses to increasing doses of phenylephrine in 64 Caucasians and 42 African-Americans and genotyped for 32 ADRA1A single nucleotide polymorphisms. The ED50 ranged from 11 to 5442 ng min(-1), and the Emax ranged from 13.5-100%. The rs574647 variant was associated with a trend towards lower logED50 in each race and in the combined cohort (P=0.008). In addition, rs1079078 was associated with a trend to higher logED50 in each race and in the combined cohort (P=0.011). Neither variant accounted for the ethnic differences in response. None of the ADRA1A haplotypes was associated with the outcomes. In conclusion, ADRA1A variants do not contribute substantially to the marked interindividual variability or ethnic differences in phenylephrine-mediated venoconstriction.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 25 November 2014; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.69.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 11/2014; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.69
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    ABSTRACT: Dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase is a crucial enzyme for the degradation of 5-fluorouracil (5FU). DPYD, which encodes dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase, is prone to acquire genomic rearrangements because of the presence of an intragenic fragile site FRA1E. We evaluated DPYD copy number variations (CNVs) in a prospective series of 242 stage I-III colorectal tumours (including 87 patients receiving 5FU-based treatment). CNVs in one or more exons of DPYD were detected in 27% of tumours (deletions or amplifications of one or more DPYD exons observed in 17% and 10% of cases, respectively). A significant relationship was observed between the DPYD intragenic rearrangement status and dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) mRNA levels (both at the tumour level). The presence of somatic DPYD aberrations was not associated with known prognostic or predictive biomarkers, except for LOH of chromosome 8p. No association was observed between DPYD aberrations and patient survival, suggesting that assessment of somatic DPYD intragenic rearrangement status is not a powerful biomarker to predict the outcome of 5FU-based chemotherapy in patients with colorectal cancer.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 28 October 2014; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.68.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 10/2014; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.68
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    ABSTRACT: Whole-genome/exome sequencing used in clinical trials (CTs) to identify 'druggable' mutations and targets uncovers incidental findings unrelated to the trial objectives but of value for participants, although ethically challenging. To be disclosed to trial participants, the analytical validity, clinical validity, clinical utility, clinical relevance and actionability of incidental genomic findings (IGFs) must be established. Special considerations should be taken with minors to disclose only those findings related to early-onset conditions or diseases and in cases where early implementation of measures is necessary to prevent the occurrence of diseases. A plan for disclosing incidental findings that classifies the types that can be found, and who, when and how these findings will be disclosed to participants, should be included in the trial protocol to be approved by the relevant institutional review board. IGFs in CTs raise new ethical challenges that must be discussed by CT stakeholders, professional associations and patient advocates.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 28 October 2014; doi:10.1038/tpj.2014.62.
    The Pharmacogenomics Journal 10/2014; DOI:10.1038/tpj.2014.62