Mycophenolic acid trough level monitoring in solid organ transplant recipients treated with mycophenolate mofetil: Association with clinical outcome

UIC Multiorgan Transplant Center, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.
Current Medical Research and Opinion (Impact Factor: 2.65). 01/2007; 22(12):2355-64. DOI: 10.1185/030079906X148481
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Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is widely and successfully used in immunosuppressive regimens for the prophylaxis of organ rejection following transplantation. Conventionally, it is administered at a fixed dose without serial measurements of plasma concentrations of mycophenolic acid (MPA), the active metabolite. Recently, there has been an increased interest in therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of MMF therapy to optimize the benefit/risk index of the drug. Predose trough samples of MPA are considered most convenient and economic, thereby allowing an increased use of TDM in the transplant setting. However, the added value of TDM for MMF therapy is still under debate.
This paper reviews (based on a systematic PubMed and EMBASE search, 1995-June 2006) the current evidence of the usefulness and clinical relevance of MPA trough level monitoring during MMF therapy in solid organ transplantation.
Based on data available in the public domain, the contribution of MPA trough level monitoring during MMF therapy in solid organ transplant recipients remains unproven. Available studies have limitations and report conflicting results. There is a lack of prospective randomized trials, particularly in pediatric renal transplant recipients and in cardiac and liver transplantation. While there is a suggestion that there may be a relationship between efficacy and MPA trough levels, the majority of studies showed no correlation between MPA plasma concentrations and adverse effects. Based on current evidence, the adherence to presently recommended target ranges for MPA troughs in solid organ transplantation cannot assure an improved clinical outcome with MMF therapy. Whether MPA trough level monitoring leads to improved efficacy and less toxicity is currently subject to a large randomized trial; final results are eagerly awaited.

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    • "In addition to lower MPA AUC0-12, due to higher glucuronidation activity of UGT1A9 in carriers of T-275A mutation, Cmax was significantly lower with no significant difference in C0. Since C0 is not a good predictor of drug efficacy (24), its influence by polymorphism seems to be of less value than other parameters such as AUC and CL/F. We also failed to show the effect of polymorphism on AUC6-12 of MPA as it was reported in Kuypres study (20). "
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    ABSTRACT: There are wide individual differences in pharmacokinetic parameters of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) among transplanted patients. Some studies have shown that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the Uridine Diphosphate Glucuronosyl Transferase1A9 (UGT1A9) are responsible for these differences in early days after transplantation. Therefore it was decided to evaluate the influence of UGT polymorphism on MMF pharmacokinetics among stable Iranian transplant patients. This was a cross sectional study from March 2008 through December 2008 in Imam Khomeini Hospital affiliated to the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Blood samples were taken from 40 de novo stable Iranian renal transplant patients taking 2 g MMF daily with SrCr≤1.4 mg/dL with at least 3 months history of transplantation. Appropriate PCR and HPLC methods were used for the determination of SNPs and their impact on MPA pharmacokinetics. T-275A polymorphism occurred in 15% of patients, UGT1A9*3 occurred in 2.5% of patients. Carriers of T-275A polymorphism had significant lower MPA AUC 0-12 in comparison with non-carriers or wild type (73.3±17.8 g/h/mL vs. 110.8±31.1 μg/h/mL, p = 0.006). There was no significant difference in AUC 6-12 between the two groups although carriers of T-275A SNP had lower MPA AUC 6-12 (22.4±4.5 μg/h/mL vs. 26.8±10.2 μg/h/mL, p = 0.24). Cmax was lower in the carriers of (20.2±9.0 μg/mL vs. 37.2±12.5 μg/mL, p=0.004). There was no significant difference in C0 between two groups. (3.0±1.2 μg/mL vs. 3.9±1.6 μg/mL, p = 0.1). This study in Iranian stable transplanted patients shows that carriers of T-275A polymorphism had significantly lower MPA exposure compared to non-carriers.
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    • "This has led to recommendations that MMF dose be adjusted in patients receiving Tac [15] [16]. In fact, MMF doses during Tac comedication are around 30% to 50% lower than those used with CsA [17]. With EC- MPS, a modest degree of change in MPA exposure has been reported in a randomized calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) crossover study in stable RTx patients; MPA AUC was 19% higher during concomitant treatment with Tac versus CsA [18]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Information is lacking concerning concomitant administration of enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium with tacrolimus (EC-MPS+Tac) in renal transplant recipients (RTxR). In this 6-month, prospective, open-label, multicenter study, de novo RTxR were randomized (1 : 1) to low-dose (LD) or standard-dose (SD) Tac with basiliximab, EC-MPS 720 mg bid, and steroids. Primary objective was to compare renal function at 6-month posttransplantation. Secondary objectives were to compare the incidences of biopsy-proven acute rejection (BPAR), graft loss and death, and new-onset diabetes mellitus (NODM). 292 patients (LD n = 151, SD n = 141) were included. Mean Tac levels were at the low end of the target range in standard-exposure patients (SD, n = 141) and exceeded target range in low-exposure patients (LD = 151) throughout the study. There was no significant difference in mean glomerular filtration rate (GFR) between treatments (ITT-population: 63.6 versus 61.0 mL/min). Incidence of BPAR was similar (10.6% versus 9.9%). NODM was significantly less frequent in LD Tac (17% versus 31%; P = 0.02); other adverse effects (AEs) were comparable. EC-MPS+Tac (LD/SD) was efficacious and well tolerated with well-preserved renal function. No renal function benefits were demonstrated, possibly related to poor adherence to reduced Tac exposure.
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