Genetic risk factors associated with lipid‐lowering drug‐induced myopathies

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Muscle & Nerve (Impact Factor: 2.28). 08/2006; 34(2):153 - 162. DOI: 10.1002/mus.20567


Lipid-lowering drugs produce myopathic side effects in up to 7% of treated patients, with severe rhabdomyolysis occurring in as many as 0.5%. Underlying metabolic muscle diseases have not been evaluated extensively. In a cross-sectional study of 136 patients with drug-induced myopathies, we report a higher prevalence of underlying metabolic muscle diseases than expected in the general population. Control groups included 116 patients on therapy with no myopathic symptoms, 100 asymptomatic individuals from the general population never exposed to statins, and 106 patients with non–statin-induced myopathies. Of 110 patients who underwent mutation testing, 10% were heterozygous or homozygous for mutations causing three metabolic myopathies, compared to 3% testing positive among asymptomatic patients on therapy (P = 0.04). The actual number of mutant alleles found in the test group patients was increased fourfold over the control group (P < 0.0001) due to an increased presence of mutation homozygotes. The number of carriers for carnitine palmitoyltransferase II deficiency and for McArdle disease was increased 13- and 20-fold, respectively, over expected general population frequencies. Homozygotes for myoadenylate deaminase deficiency were increased 3.25-fold with no increase in carrier status. In 52% of muscle biopsies from patients, significant biochemical abnormalities were found in mitochondrial or fatty acid metabolism, with 31% having multiple defects. Variable persistent symptoms occurred in 68% of patients despite cessation of therapy. The effect of statins on energy metabolism combined with a genetic susceptibility to triggering of muscle symptoms may account for myopathic outcomes in certain high-risk groups. Muscle Nerve, 2006

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    • "Due to the statin therapy, genomic variation has been found in COQ2 gene which encoding para-hydroxybenzoate-polyprenyl transferase for CoQ10 biosynthesis [48]. Another report suggests that statins may affect energy metabolism (Carnitine palmitoyltransferase II deficiency) combined with a genetic susceptibility triggering myopathic outcomes in certain high-risk patients [49]. "
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    • "The finding of RYR1 disease-causing mutations and variants in individuals with severe and mild statin myopathy and none in the statin-tolerant control group suggests that RYR1 mutations and selected variants should be added to the existing list of associations with risk for mild and severe statin myopathy [38]. Only 34 variants in RYR1 were analyzed in this study of which only 18 were proven to be disease-causing according to the European Malignant Hyperthermia Group ( "
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