Reversible valproate hepatotoxicity due to mutations in mitochondrial DNA polymerase gamma (POLG1).
ABSTRACT We report the case of a 2-year-old boy with seizures who developed hepatic failure shortly after commencing sodium valproate. Unexpectedly, liver function returned to normal on stopping the drug. Sequencing of the mitochondrial polymerase gamma gene (POLG1) revealed four heterozygous substitutions, two of which have been identified in cases of Alpers-Huttenlocher disease.
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ABSTRACT: Mitochondria are probably a target in antiepileptic drug-induced hepatotoxicity accompanied by oxidative stress. Most studies discuss valproic acid. The information regarding other antiepileptic drugs is scarce. Most studies used in vitro methods and animal models. In this study, the authors have investigated the effect of antiepileptic drugs, other than valproic acid, on the oxidative phosphorylation process in children, by measuring mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production and the enzymatic activities of respiratory chain complexes II-IV in peripheral white blood cells. The results demonstrate that several antiepileptic drugs can affect the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. The authors have concluded that the effect of antiepileptic drugs on the mitochondria is not limited only to valproic acid, but can affect different mitochondrial pathways and can be performed in humans by relatively simple methods, using small samples of peripheral white blood cells.Journal of child neurology 05/2010; 25(5):541-5. · 1.59 Impact Factor
Article: Standardization of nomenclature and causality assessment in drug-induced liver injury: summary of a clinical research workshop.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is an important but relatively infrequent cause of potentially severe acute and chronic liver injury. The aim of this clinical research workshop was to review and attempt to standardize the current nomenclature and terminology used in DILI research. Because DILI is a diagnosis of exclusion, selected elements of the medical history, laboratory tests, and previous reports were proposed to improve causality assessment. Definitions and diagnostic criteria regarding the onset of DILI, evolution of liver injury, risk factors, and mandatory testing versus optional testing for competing causes were reviewed. In addition, the role of intentional and inadvertent rechallenge, liver histology, and host genetic polymorphisms in establishing the diagnosis and prognosis of DILI were reviewed. Consensus was established regarding the need to develop a web-of-knowledge database that provides concise, reliable, and updated information on cases of liver injury due to drugs and herbal and dietary supplements. In addition, the need to develop drug-specific computerized causality assessment methods that are derived from prospectively phenotyped cases was a high priority. Proposed scales for grading DILI severity and assessing the likelihood of an agent causing DILI and written criteria for improving the reliability, accuracy, and reproducibility of expert opinion were reviewed. Finally, the unique challenges of assessing causality in children, patients with underlying liver disease, and subjects taking herbal and dietary supplements were discussed. Conclusion: Workshop participants concluded that multicenter referral networks enrolling patients with suspected DILI according to standardized methodologies are needed. These networks should also collect biological samples that may provide crucial insights into the mechanism(s) of DILI with the ultimate aim of preventing future cases of DILI.Hepatology 08/2010; 52(2):730-42. · 11.66 Impact Factor