Aspirin-induced peptic ulcer and genetic polymorphisms.
ABSTRACT There are a few studies of the association between genetic polymorphisms and the risks of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)-induced ulcer or its complications. Two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) of cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1), A-842G and C50T, exhibited increased sensitivity to aspirin and had lower prostaglandin synthesis capacity, lacking statistical significance in the association with bleeding peptic ulcer. A recent Japanese study indicated that the number of COX-1-1676T alleles was a significant risk factor for peptic ulcer in users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). There are some genetic polymorphisms for aspirin resistance, such as platelet membrane glycoproteins, thromboxane A2 (TXA2) receptor, platelet activating factor acetylhydrolase and coagulation factor XIII; however, data on the frequency of gastrointestinal (GI) events in these variants are lacking. Carrying the CYP2C9 variants is reported a significantly increased risk of non-aspirin NSAID-related GI bleeding. The polymorphisms of interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) have been associated with development of peptic ulcer or gastric cancer. In a recent investigation, carriage of the IL-1beta-511 T allele was significantly associated with peptic ulcer among low-dose aspirin users. Hypoacidity in corpus gastritis related to polymorphisms of pro-inflammatory cytokines seems to reduce NSAIDs or aspirin-related injury. Data on which polymorphisms are significant risk factors for GI events in aspirin users are still lacking and further large-scale clinical studies are required.