Effect of IL28B Genotype on Early Viral Kinetics During Interferon-Free Treatment of Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C

Roche, Nutley, New Jersey, USA.
Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 16.72). 01/2012; 142(4):790-5. DOI: 10.1053/j.gastro.2011.12.057
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Although interleukin 28B (interferon, lambda 3) (IL28B) genotype affects the response of patients with chronic hepatitis C to peginterferon and ribavirin, little is known regarding its effect on response to direct-acting antivirals in interferon-free combinations. We analyzed the effects of IL28B genotype on the viral kinetic (VK) response to an interferon-free combination of the nucleoside polymerase inhibitor mericitabine (RG7128) and the hepatitis C virus (HCV) protease inhibitor danoprevir.
We performed a double-blind, dose-escalation study of patients with chronic HCV genotype 1 infection who were interferon treatment naive or had not responded to previous therapy with peginterferon and ribavirin. Patients were sequentially assigned to 1 of 7 cohorts then randomly assigned to groups that received up to 13 days of treatment with mericitabine (500 or 1000 mg, twice daily) plus danoprevir (100 or 200 mg, every 8 hours, or 600 or 900 mg, twice daily) or placebo. Eighty-three of 87 patients were genotyped for the IL28B single-nucleotide polymorphism rs12979860. VKs were analyzed only in patients who received 13 days of treatment, at optimal doses, using a biphasic model to describe first- and second-phase slopes of viral decay during therapy.
At day 14 (the end of interferon-free treatment), the mean reduction in the serum level of HCV RNA was slightly greater in patients with the CC polymorphism (5.01 log(10) IU/mL) than those without (4.59 log(10) IU/mL). Modeling revealed that patients with the CC polymorphism had slightly better early VKs, most apparent in the β-phase of viral decay. A mixed effect on the α-phase was observed, which was reduced in magnitude but prolonged in patients with CC, who also had better on-treatment response to peginterferon and ribavirin during follow up.
IL28B genotype appears to affect early VKs in patients with chronic hepatitis C receiving interferon-free treatment.

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    • "The introduction of new proteases based therapies for HCV may diminish the importance of the IL28B genotypes for prediction of sustained virological response . The rs12979860 genotypes however, have the role for prediction of response to interferon and the direct acting antivirals based triple therapies for HCV [Chu et al., 2012; Bota et al., 2013]. Since, HCV 3a genotype is the most prevalent in Pakistani patients, hence direct acting antiviral based therapies have not yet been approved and the pegylated interferon and ribavirin combination therapy happens to be the standard treatment [Gonzalez-Moreno and Payeras-Cifre, 2013]. "
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to describe the genetic characteristics of Pakistani patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in relation to IL28B polymorphisms and its association to interferon and ribavirin treatment response. A total of 220 patients, infected with HCV were enrolled, out of which 100 were responders and 120 were nonresponders. The whole blood samples were collected to extract viral RNA and genomic DNA. PCR following the restriction fragment length polymorphism method was used to genotype IL28B rs12979860, rs8099917, and rs12980275 polymorphisms. Liver biopsies and HCV genotyping were performed in nonresponder patients. The rs12980275 AA genotype exhibited significant correlation to treatment response and was found in 62% of the responders and 37.5% of nonresponder patients, whereas AG genotype was noticed frequently in the nonresponder group (P < 0.0001). The rs12979860 CT and rs8099917 TT genotypes were found in 74% and 66% of the responders as compared to 58.3% and 50.8% in nonresponder patients (P = 0.001 and P = 0.032) respectively. HCV 3a genotypes were detected in 50.8% of the nonresponder patients. No significant association was detected between liver biopsy findings and IL28B SNPs (P > 0.05). The results showed the significant association of rs12980275 polymorphism with treatment response in HCV patients followed by rs12979860 and rs8099917. This is the first report describing the association of rs12980275 with response to HCV treatment from Pakistan. These findings may help in predicting the outcome of pegylated interferon and ribavirin treatment in HCV patients, and may reduce the side effects and cost of treatment in predicting non-responder patients. J. Med. Virol. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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    • "Furthermore, interferon-free combinations of direct-acting antiviral agents have become an area of considerable clinical interest. Chu et al. have reported that IL28B genotype appears to affect early viral kinetics in patients with chronic hepatitis C receiving interferon-free treatment [38]. Recently, two groups have discovered IFN lambda 4 (IFNL4), a new gene that may account for associations of spontaneous and IFN-based treatment clearance of HCV [39,40]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Natural killer cell responses play a crucial role in virus clearance by the innate immune system. Although the killer immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) in combination with its cognate human leukocyte antigen (HLA) ligand, especially KIR2DL3-HLA-C1, is associated with both treatment-induced and spontaneous clearance of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Caucasians, these innate immunity genes have not been fully clarified in Japanese patients. We therefore investigated 16 KIR genotypes along with HLA-B and -C ligands and a genetic variant of interleukin (IL) 28B (rs8099917) in 115 chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 patients who underwent pegylated-interferon-α2b (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin therapy. HLA-Bw4 was significantly associated with a sustained virological response (SVR) to treatment (P = 0.017; odds ratio [OR] = 2.50, ), as was the centromeric A/A haplotype of KIR (P = 0.015; OR 3.37). In contrast, SVR rates were significantly decreased in patients with KIR2DL2 or KIR2DS2 (P = 0.015; OR = 0.30, and P = 0.025; OR = 0.32, respectively). Multivariate logistic regression analysis subsequently identified the IL28B TT genotype (P = 0.00009; OR = 6.87, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 2.62 - 18.01), KIR2DL2/HLA-C1 (P = 0.014; OR = 0.24, 95% CI = 0.08 - 0.75), KIR3DL1/HLA-Bw4 (P = 0.008, OR = 3.32, 95% CI = 1.37 - 8.05), and white blood cell count at baseline (P = 0.009; OR = 3.32, 95% CI = 1.35 - 8.16) as independent predictive factors of an SVR. We observed a significant association between the combination of IL28B TT genotype and KIR3DL1-HLA-Bw4 in responders (P = 0.0019), whereas IL28B TT along with KIR2DL2-HLA-C1 was related to a non-response (P = 0.0067). In conclusion, combinations of KIR3DL1/HLA-Bw4, KIR2DL2/HLA-C1, and a genetic variant of the IL28B gene are predictive of the response to PEG-IFN and ribavirin therapy in Japanese patients infected with genotype 1b HCV.
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    • "First and foremost, it marks host genetic variation as an important player in the outcome of infection, bringing to the fore the era of personalized medicine. From a clinical perspective, genotyping for polymorphisms near the IL28B gene have impacted on decision making with regard to who to treat and when to treat with PegIFN/R, but also for the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA)-based therapies and interferon-free regimens [11,12]. From the perspective of pathogenesis, the discovery has led to important new knowledge, with type III interferons recognized as the predominant interferon produced by HCV infection in humans and chimpanzees and that best correlates with induction of interferon-sensitive genes (ISGs) [13]. "
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    ABSTRACT: It is a widely held view that drug response genes have not proved as useful in clinical practice as anticipated at the start of the genomic era. An exception is in the treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection with pegylated interferon α and ribavirin. In 2009, four independent genome-wide analyses identified IL28B polymorphisms that predict drug response in chronic hepatitis C (CHC). This discovery had immediate clinical impact. First, the IL28B genotype could be used to personalize therapy. In the 2 years since discovery, most of the more than 100,000 CHC patients commencing therapy for CHC in the West will have considered IL28B genotype testing. Second, the discovery has supported clinical trials for the use of the protein encoded by the gene known as interferon lambda. Third, it is expected that new insights into HCV pathogenesis will follow from studies of how IL28B affects HCV viral clearance and, ultimately, this will lead to new therapeutic strategies for CHC. This review discusses how IL28B genotyping is now used in personalizing therapy and, with the dramatically changing clinical landscape in CHC, with the advent of direct-acting antivirals, the prospects ahead.
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