Influence of nonsynonymous polymorphisms of UGT1A8 and UGT2B7 metabolizing enzymes on the formation of phenolic and acyl glucuronides of mycophenolic acid. Drug Metab Dispos

Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Drug Metabolism and Disposition (Impact Factor: 3.25). 10/2006; 34(9):1539-45. DOI: 10.1124/dmd.106.010553
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Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is the active metabolite of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), a standard immunosuppressive drug approved for clinical use in the prevention of acute allograft rejection after organ transplantation. This study examines the role of the genetic variants of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A8 and 2B7 enzymes involved in the formation of the primary metabolite of MPA, the inactive phenolic glucuronide (MPAG), and the reactive acyl glucuronide (AcMPAG). The first exon of UGT1A8 was first resequenced in the region encoding for the substrate binding domain in 254 Caucasians and 41 African Americans. Eight nonsynonymous changes were observed and led to the following amino acid substitutions: S43L, H53N, S126G, A144V, A173G, A231T, T240A, and C277Y. Thirteen haplotypes were inferred, comprising only two previously described alleles, namely, UGT1A8*2 (A173G) and UGT1A8*3 (C277Y). Upon stable expression in human embryonic kidney 293 cells, the UGT1A8*3 (C277Y), *5 (G173A240), *7 (A231T), *8 (S43L), and *9 (N53G) proteins were associated with the most profound decreases in the formation of MPAG and AcMPAG, indicating that these amino acids are critical for substrate binding and enzyme function. Altogether, the low-activity UGT1A8 enzymes are carried by 2.8 to 4.8% of the population. The variant of the UGT2B7 protein (UGT2B7*2 Y268), the main enzyme involved in the formation of AcMPAG, demonstrated a catalytic efficiency comparable with that of UGT2B7*1 (H268). In conclusion, although the common UGT2B7*2 variant is predicted to have limited impact, several UGT1A8 variants identified may potentially account for the large interindividual variance in MMF pharmacokinetics and deserve further clinical investigations.

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    • "For UGT1A8, the UGT1A8 * 3 allele is associated with a 4.3-fold lower metabolic capacity of the enzyme toward MPA [14]. By contrast, the results are less clear for the UGT1A8 * 2 allele [14, 20]. As for the other UGTs, UGT2B7 is polymorphically expressed, and two frequent SNPs, the 802C[T (defining the UGT2B7 * 2 allele) and the -842G[A promoter SNPs, have been reported. "
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    • "These observations suggest that these three mutations in the UGT1A9 gene may impact the pharmacokinetics of MPA in Asians. UGT2B7, which metabolizes MPA to its toxic metabolite AcMPAG, has also attracted attention[12]. UGT2B7 G211T (A71S) was first reported in a patient who was a poor responder to morphine. "
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    • "It has been demonstrated that in renal transplant recipients, carriers of either or both polymorphisms had lower MPA AUC and C 0 (Johnson et al, 2008; Kuypers et al., 2005; van Schaik et al., 2009). On the other hand, UGT1A8*3 (P277C>Y) polymorphism results in an approximately 30-fold reduction in MPAG formation (Bernard et al., 2006). MPA inhibits inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH), a key enzyme in the pathway for purine synthesis.. "
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