Chapter 5: Pharmacogenomics of Drug Transporters: Clinical Implications

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Drug transporters play an important role in the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic consequences of many clinically used drugs. One possible reason for some of the inter-individual differences in drug pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics reported in humans is polymorphisms in transporter genes. Among the numerous variants identified to date, the functional significance of 174V>A in SLCO1B1 and 421C>A in ABCG2 has been recognized using in vitro expression and in vivo human studies. The maximum change observed in pharmacokinetic parameters [e.g., area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC)] due to these variants was approximately 300%. This value was less than for some drug transporter mediated drug-drug interactions; for example, the interaction between statins and cyclosporine via OATP1B1 has been associated with a maximum change of more than 1000% in the AUC; however, 300% is still potentially significant clinically. On the other hand, for P-glycoprotein (ABCB1), a well-known and important transporter that acts as an efflux barrier against chemical compounds in various human tissues, resulting in lower bioavailability and/or serum concentrations of substrate drugs with large inter-individual variability, the clinical significance of its gene polymorphisms has not yet been established. One possible reason for this is that the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of most substrate drugs for P-glycoprotein are regulated by multiple transporters and, thus, to accurately evaluate its genetic polymorphisms in humans, a specific probe P-glycoprotein substrate is essential. However, there is currently no specific substrate for P-glycoprotein. Since many clinically used drugs are substrates for multiple transporters, the concept that gene-gene interactions may be necessary for correctly evaluating genotype and phenotype relationships warrants future investigation. These issues may obscure the net in vivo functions of variants in humans. Therefore, numerous variants in other transporter genes, in addition to those already recognized in SLCO1B1 and ABCG2, need to be considered for new and existing drug treatments in the future as knowledge expands.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivileged Scaffolds in Medicinal Chemistry
Subtitle of host publicationDesign, Synthesis, Evaluation
EditorsKuresh Youdim, David Thurston, Glynis Nicholls
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameRSC Drug Discovery Series
ISSN (Print)2041-3203
ISSN (Electronic)2041-3211

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Drug Discovery


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