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Association of CYP3A4/5, ABCB1 and ABCC2 polymorphisms and clinical outcomes of Thai breast cancer patients treated with tamoxifen

Authors Sensorn I, Sirachainan E, Chamnanphon M, Pasomsub E, Trachu N, Supavilai P, Sukasem C, Pinthong D, Limsila P

Received 13 February 2013

Accepted for publication 13 May 2013

Published 26 August 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 93—98

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PGPM.S44006

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Insee Sensorn,1 Ekaphop Sirachainan,2 Montri Chamnanphon,3 Ekawat Pasomsub,4 Narumol Trachu,5 Porntip Supavilai,1 Chonlaphat Sukasem,3 Darawan Pinthong1

1Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; 2Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, 3Division for Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, 4Division for Virology, Department of Pathology, 5Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Background: Pharmacogenetic study of cytochrome P450 (CYP) gene CYP2D6 and tamoxifen outcomes remain controversial. Apart from CYP2D6, other drug-metabolizing enzymes and transporters also play a role in tamoxifen metabolic pathways. The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of CYP3A4/5, ABCB1, and ABCC2 polymorphisms on the risk of recurrence in Thai patients who received tamoxifen adjuvant therapy.
Methods: Patients with early-stage breast cancer who received tamoxifen adjuvant therapy were recruited in this study. All six single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), including CYP3A4*1B (-392 A>G)/*18(878 T>C), CYP3A5*3(6986 G>A), ABCB1 3435 C>T, ABCC2*1C (-24 C>T), and ABCC2 68231 A>G, were genotyped using real-time polymerase chain reaction assays. The impacts of genetic variants on disease-free survival (DFS) were analyzed using the Kaplan–Meier method and Cox regression analysis.
Results: The ABCB1 3435 C>T was found to have the highest allele frequency among other variants; however, CYP3A4*1B/*18 could not be found in this study. Patients with heterozygous ABCB1 3435 CT genotype showed significantly shorter DFS than those with homozygous 3435 CC genotype (P = 0.041). In contrast, patients who carried homozygous 3435 TT genotype showed no difference in DFS from wild-type 3435 CC patients. Cox regression analysis showed that the relative risk of recurrence was increased by five times (P = 0.043; hazard ratio = 5.11; 95% confidence interval: 1.05–24.74) in those patients carrying ABCB1 3435 CT genotype compared to those with ABCB1 3435 CC.
Conclusion: ABCB1 3435 C>T is likely to have a clinically significant impact on recurrence risk in Thai patients with breast cancer who receive tamoxifen adjuvant therapy.

Keywords: breast cancer, CYP3A4/5, drug transporters, pharmacogenetics, disease-free survival, tamoxifen

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