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Phenotyping Study of Cyclophosphamide 4-Hydroxylation in Malay Cancer Patients

Authors Fityatal Hasanah YI , Harahap Y , Purwanto DJ 

Received 27 August 2020

Accepted for publication 24 December 2020

Published 26 January 2021 Volume 2021:15 Pages 305—313


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Anastasios Lymperopoulos

Yesi Ihdina Fityatal Hasanah,1 Yahdiana Harahap,1,2 Denni Joko Purwanto3

1Bioavailability and Bioequivalence Laboratory, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia; 2Indonesia Defense University, Bogor 16810, West Java, Indonesia; 3Functional Medical Staff of Surgical Oncology, Dharmais Cancer Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia

Correspondence: Yahdiana Harahap Griya Depok Asri Blok G3 No. 1, Depok City, West Java 16411, Indonesia
Email [email protected]

Background: Cyclophosphamide (CP) is an anticancer alkylating group (nitrogen mustard) and a prodrug that will be metabolized to form its active metabolite, 4-hydroxycyclophosphamide (4-OHCP). The various enzymes involved in its bioactivation can cause a wide range of CP expression and activity among patients and ultimately affect the metabolism, efficacy and toxicity of this drug. The effectiveness of CP therapy can be determined by 4-OHCP level in dried blood spot (DBS).
Aim: The purpose of this study was to conduct the phenotyping of CP 4-hydroxylation rate in Malay cancer patients.
Methodology: Phenotyping study of CP 4-hydroxylation rate to 40 subjects of Malay cancer patients was done based on the value of its bioactivity ratio (4-OHCP to CP levels).
Results: The result shown the cyclophosphamide 4-hydroxylation rate of 80% (n=32) subjects as ultrarapid metabolizer (UM) and 20% (n=8) as poor metabolizer (PM).
Conclusion: Phenotyping study of CP 4-hydroxylation in Malay cancer patients can be conducted by quantifying CP bioactivity ratio (4-OHCP to CP level) in dried blood spot. In majority of Malay cancer patients, cyclophosphamide would be bioactivated through 4-hydroxylation in hepar rapidly as indicated by the high value of the bioactivity ratio or the increased CP clearance and 4-OHCP level.

Keywords: 4-hydroxycyclophosphamide, 4-OHCP, 4-hydroxylation rate, cyclophosphamide, CP, dried blood spots, DBS, Malay ethnicity


Cyclophosphamide (CP) is a nitrogen mustard, alkylating cytotoxic drug with a broad clinical spectrum for treatment of autoimmune disorders and various types of cancers like chronic lymphocytic leukemia, lymphomas, soft tissue and osteogenic sarcoma, and solid tumours (lung, breast, and ovary).1 CP is given singly or in combination with other agents, orally or by intravenous injection or infusion. Up to 70–80% of CP is metabolized by the liver microsomal enzymes and yields its active metabolite, 4-hydroxycyclophosphamide (4-OHCP). The drug-metabolizing enzymes (DME) involved in the bioactivation are CYP2A6, CYP2B6, CYP3A4, CYP3A5, CYP2C9, CYP2C18, and CYP2C19, with CYP2B6 providing the greatest activity. In the systemic circulation, 4-OHCP is in equilibrium with its tautomeric, aldophosphamide, which will be hydrolyzed spontaneously by nonenzymatic β-elimination to phosphoramide mustard and acrolein. Phosphoramide mustard is cross-linked (covalent) with DNA intra- and interstrand, thus inhibiting DNA replication and causing cell apoptosis.2–5

Several CP detoxification pathways compete with phosphoramide mustard formation and thus affect phosphoramide mustard levels. CP can undergo N-dechloroethylation which is catalyzed mainly by CYP3A4 to form 2-dechloroethylcyclophosphamide metabolite which is equimolar with chloroacetaldehyde by-products.3 This minor pathway accounts for approximately 19% of the total CP clearance. Besides, 4-OHCP undergoes secondary metabolism by CYP3A4 to form inactive 4-ketocyclophosphamide. The intermediate product (imino-cyclophosphamide) in this reaction can also undergo glutathione conjugation. Alcohol dehydrogenase and aldo-keto reductase also play a minor role in the elimination of aldophosphamide by reducing them to alcophosphamide. In contrast, the oxidation of aldophosphamide to carboxyphosphamide, catalyzed by ALDH1A1 and ALDH3A1, is an important inactivation pathway. Less than 20% of the CP dose is eliminated in the urine in its entirety. Between 30 and 60% of total CP is eliminated in the kidney in the form of major metabolite and the remainis eliminated through feces.2,3,6

The CP chemotherapy effectiveness is determined by the active metabolite, 4-OHCP, level in the blood, which is formed through 4-hydroxylation. The various enzymes involved in CP metabolism can cause a wide range of CP expression and activity among individuals, and ultimately affect the pharmacokinetic, efficacy, and toxicity of this drug. A wide variability of the CP 4-hydroxylation rate between individuals (100 folds) can affect the drug pharmacokinetics (elimination rate and drug level) so that it gives different responses (efficacy and toxicity) among patients. Genetic factors (polymorphism) and environment factors such as diet, smoking, alcohol, drugs, disease, age, and sex can affect the manifestation of CP 4-hydroxylation.7

Given the complex scheme of CP metabolism, it is clear that many pathways can affect the interindividual variability of CP response. However, most pharmacogenomic studies have focused on assessing the genetic variant of CYP2B6, an enzyme that catalyzes the initial bioactivation step. The CYP2B6 gene is located on chromosome 19q13.2, ranges in ~26 kb region, consists of nine exons, and encodes for 491 amino acids.8 CYP2B6 SNP coding region changes the function and expression (activity) of the enzyme produced, which can vary depending on the substrate.9,10 CYP2B6 is highly induced and can be auto-induced by CP within 24 h after continuous infusion or after repeated administration for several days.11 Increased CP activation will increase the 4-OHCP levels and CP clearance.12 The pharmacogenetics of CYP2B6 is very complex because SNPs encoding common proteins can exist in various haplotype combinations. This causes the distribution of allele variant frequencies in each population to be very diverse.

The CYP2B6*6 allele variant with the greatest prevalence was found in the Caucasian population (26%),13 Japan (16%),14 West Africa (42%), and Papua New Guinea (62%).8 The CYP2B6 *8 allele was found at low frequency (~1%) in the Caucasian population and was absent in African American, Hispanic, and Asian subjects.15 In the Timor population (East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia), CYP2B6 *9, *4, and *6 were found to be respectively; 40.6; 29.2; and 22.9%.16 The CP 4-hydroxylation rate by CYP2B6 was categorized into poor metabolizer (PM) (*6 and/or *7), extensive metabolizer (EM) (*5 and wild type), and ultra rapid metabolizer (UM) (*4).17 Based on other literature, CYP2B6 *6/*6 and *6/*7 were classified as PM, CYP2B6 *1/*1 (wild type), *1/*5, *1/*6, *1/*7, and *5/*5 was classified as EM, and CYP2B6 *1/*4, *4/*5, and *4/*6 were classified as UM.13,18,19 Classification of 4-hydroxylationratetypeof CYP2B6 alleles is still inconsistent with several studies. The Xie et al study found that the CYP2B6 G516T allele variant (n=8) had an average bioactivity ratio and CP clearance two times greater than the wild type (n=21) with values (0.027±0.0020) and (0.017±0.0014), and (8.13±4.23 L/h) and (5.13±1.67 L/h).20 Allele variants with the G516T mutation are known to be present in CYP2B6 *6, *7, and *9. From several studies, CYP2B6 *6 allele variant carrier had greater 4-hydroxylation activity than noncarriers.11,20–22 However, in a study on Japanese patients, correlation between the CP 4-hydroxylation rate with CYP2B6 *6 and *9 alleles was not found.6 Differences between study results might be due to several factors including ethnicity, number of subjects, CP dose, or co-medication.

The interindividual variability of CP metabolism influenced the differences on CP toxicity and efficacy profile among patients. The CP metabolism is a manifestation of genetic expression (DME genetic polymorphism factor) combined with the environment factors (diet, lifestyle, co-medication, comorbidity, age, sex, pollutants, etc) so that phenotypes are not always correlated according to the genotype.7,11 However, some researchers still consider genetic factors to play a relatively large role in influencing the metabolic phenotype compared to other factors. The genotype is a detailed gene structure in an individual whereas phenotype is more commonly measured using drugs as a marker of a particular DME and measuring the ratio of metabolite levels to their parent drug.23 Polymorphisms that occur in individuals will continue to be passed down to the next generation so that the frequency of polymorphisms in each ethnicity or population varies. Therefore, there is a need for personalized medicine and the provision of safe, effective, and rational therapeutic doses in a population. Research on the metabolic activity of CP has been widely carried out but is limited to populations in developed countries such as countries in Europe, USA, Japan, and China.13,14,24 However, there have been no studies related to the activity (rate) of CP 4-hydroxylation metabolism in the population in Indonesia until now. This underlies the need for a phenotypic study of the CP 4-hydroxylation rate in cancer patients, especially those of the Malay ethnicity, which is the largest ethnic group in Indonesia. Malay, also known as the Mongoloid ethnicity, is considered to be the ancestors of the Indonesian nation and differentiated into Proto-Malay and Deutro-Malay.25,26 In this phenotyping study, the CP 4-hydroxylation will be determined by calculating the CP bioactivity ratio (4-OHCP to CP level) in dried blood spot (DBS) of Malay cancer patients which analyzed using UPLC-MS/MS with internal standard SIL 4-OHCP-d4.

Materials and Methods


Cyclophosphamide (CP) and semicarbazide hydrochloride as derivatization agent were purchased from Sigma-Aldrich (Singapore). 4-hydroxycyclophosphamide (4-OHCP) kit and internal standard (IS) 4-hydroxycyclophosphamide-d4 kit (4-OHCP-d4) were purchased from Toronto Research Chemicals (USA). Methanol (HPLC grade), acetonitrile (HPLC Grade), and formic acid was purchased from Merck (Darmstadt, Germany). Ultrapure water was prepared by using a Millipore Direct-Q™ 5 water system (Millipore, Watford, Hertfordshire, UK). Perkin Elmer 226 DBS card was obtained from PerkinElmer (USA).


Dried blood spots (DBS) samples were acquired with written informed consent from cancer patients from “Dharmais” Cancer Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia. Subjects were interviewed for ethnicity background for three generations background. This study was reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Committees of “Dharmais” Cancer Hospital, Jakarta 11,420, Indonesia (No. 150/KEPK/VII/2019). Subjects were eligible for this study if they were 18–65 years old cancer patients of Malay ethnicity who received intravenous infusion of CP as their chemotherapy regimen. Subjects who were contraindicated with CP and had liver and kidney disorders were excluded from the study. DBS samples were collected after complete the CP infuse on by finger-prick through the fingertips using a lancet, collected in a tube, and spotted immediately on DBS card which contain dried semicarbazide derivative agent.

Method Validation

Full validation of CP and 4-OHCP analysis method in DBS was conducted based on the Food and Drug Administration (2018) and European Medicines Agency (2011) guidelines for validation of bioanalysis, by validating LLOQ, linearity, accuracy and precision, selectivity, carryover, recovery, dilution integrity, matrix effect, and stability.27,28

Cyclophosphamide 4-Hydroxylation Assay

Cyclophosphamide 4-hydroxylation was measured by quantifying CP and 4-OHCP in DBS samples with internal standard SIL 4-OHCP-d4 by UPLC-MS/MS. Due to 4-OHCP instability, it carried out on-card DBS derivatization. Initially, the DBS card was spotted by 50 μL semicarbazide 2 M and air-dried for two hours. Blood samples were spotted 30 μL on the DBS card and air-dried for three hours. Blood spots were cut off completely and added by 20 μL internal standard 4-OHCP-d4 1 mg/mL and 1000 mL methanol. The mixture was vortexed for two minutes, sonicated for 10 min, and centrifugated for five minutes at 10,000 rpm. Aliquots of 850 μL of supernatant was evaporated at 60°C for 15 min under N2 gas flow. The residue was reconstituted by 100 μL of the mobile phase, sonicated for one minute, vortexed for 30 seconds, and centrifuged for five minutes at 10,000 rpm. Afterward, 10 μL of aliquot was injected into the ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) system.

CP and 4-OHCP in DBS were quantified using ESI+ ionization method (Waters Xevo TQD Triple Quadrupole). Chromatographic separation was performed using a UPLC H-Class Acquity column BEH C18 (100⨰2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) maintained at 50°C. The flow rate was 0.20 mL/min, and the mobile phase was 0.01% formic acid as eluent A and acetonitrile as eluent B. The gradient program was as follows: initial elution with 75% A, followed by a linear gradient to 10% A from 0 to 1.0 min and maintained for 1.0 min, to 75% A from 2.0 to 2.5 min and maintained for 2.5 min until the end of the run. The quantitation was conducted using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) and the quantitation traces were 261.03 >140.16 (cone voltage, 34 V; collision voltage, 22 V) for CP, 334.10 >221.04 (cone voltage, 16 V; collision voltage, 14 V) for 4-OHCP-semicarbazone and 338.10 >225.06 (cone voltage, 10 V; collision voltage, 10 V) for IS 4-OHCP-d4-semicarbazone. The optimized parameters for MS were as follows: capillary voltage, 3.5 kV; gas desolvation temperature and flow rate, 350°C; 500 L/h, respectively. Calibration range was 10–40,000 ng/mL for CP and 5–4000 ng/mL for 4-OHCP, at seven levels of concentration for each. Cyclophosphamide 4-hydroxylation rate was determined by bioactivity ratio of CP which can be calculated by dividing 4-OHCP level to CP level ([4-OHCP]:[CP]).

Results and Discussion

Method Validation

Linearity and LLOQ

Calibration curves obtained were linear in the concentration range within 10–40,000 ng/mL for CP and 5–4000 ng/mL for 4-OHCP, with correlation coefficient (r ≥0.9980) and LLOQ 10 and 5 ng/mL, respectively.


Retention times of CP, 4-OHCP, and IS were 3.13; 1.94; and 1.91 min, respectively. There was no significant interfering peak observed around the CP, 4-OHCP, and IS, due to endogenous components or reagents.

Accuracy and Precision

Quality control samples were run a five replicates at four concentration levels for each analyte, which were: 10 ng/mL (LLOQ), 30 ng/mL (QCL), 20,000 ng/mL (QCM), 30,000 ng/mL (QCH) for CP and 5 ng/mL (LLOQ), 15 ng/mL (QCL), 2000 ng/mL (QCM), 3000 ng/mL (QCH) for 4-OHCP by within-run and between-run. They fulfill the requirement if %diff and %CV obtained within 15%, except for LLOQ 20%. The intra-batch accuracy and precision performed on LLOQ, QCL, QCM, and QCH shown in Table 1 were within the acceptable criteria based on FDA 2018 and EMA 2011 guidelines.27,28

Table 1 Accuracy and Precision of CP and 4-OHCP


There was no carryover found in the blank sample after the injection of the highest concentration (ULOQ) sample. The carryover still met the requirements for analytes <20% and <5% for IS, which CP, 4-OHCP, and IS were 17.53, 1.48, and 0.01, respectively.

Recovery and Matrix Effect

The extraction recoveries of CP at three levels of concentration QCL, QCM, and QCH were 85.02–95.69% and 4-OHCP were 75.18–94.55%. The matrix effect of CP, 4-OHCP, and IS obtained were fulfilled the %CV criteria for both matrix factor and internal standard normalized matrix factor, not exceeding ±15%. There was no significant matrix effect observed.

Dilution Integrity

Dilution process was conducted in human blank whole blood until QCH and half QCH concentration. Dilution integrity obtained was acceptable and still fulfils accuracy and precision requirements with %diff and %CV not more than 15%.


Stock solutions storage of CP, 4-OHCP, and IS 4-OHCP-d4 in water at room temperature for 24 h and in the freezer (−80°C) for 30 days (long-term stability) did not alter the analyte of CP, 4-OHCP, and IS 4-OHCP-d4. The stability test results of CP and 4-OHCP in DBS were stable enough during sample preparation, storage conditions and autosampler.

Cyclophosphamide 4-Hydroxylation Assay

All subjects who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria were 40 Malay women. Subject interviews were conducted after signing the informed consent to obtain subject information related to ethnic and tribe backgrounds, lifestyle, and physiological condition. All subjects were patients receiving two-hour prolonged CP infusions. About 200 µL blood sample was taken by finger-prick, after two hours CP administration. The blood was immediately spotted onto the DBS card containing dried semicarbazide and air-dried for three hours. The blood sampling time at two hours was based on the tmax of active metabolites 4-OHCP (2.1±2.5 h) and CP (1.7±1.3 h) so expected that 4-OHCP has been optimally formed and CP can still be detected in large quantities.29 Blood sampling at the elimination time (four hours) after CP administration was not possible due to patient unwillingness and over hospital operating hours. Blood spotting (30 µL) on DBS card must be done immediately because 4-OHCP t1/2in blood at 37°C is about four minutes.30

The characteristic data of the subjects is shown in Table 2. A total of 38 subjects (95%) were breast cancer patients while two subjects (5%) were non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer patients. Various combination of chemotherapy regimen were given to patients: 27 subjects (67.5%) were given the FAC chemotherapy regimen (fluorouracil+adriamycin+cyclophosphamide), six subjects (15%) AC (adriamycin+cyclophosphamide), ffour subjects (10%) TAC (docetaxel+adriamycin+cyclophosphamide), two patients (5%) RCHOP (rituximab+cyclophosphamide+adriamycin+vincristine+prednisone), and one subject (2.5%) TC (docetaxel+cyclophosphamide). Subjects received an intravenous infusion of CP chemotherapy with doses varying between 510 and 1100 mg; 10–20 mg/kg body weight; or 401–691 mg/m2 body area. The average given CP dose was 804.8±119.86 mg; 13.7±1.88 mg/kg; or 508.0±56.40 mg/m2. The given CP dose is in accordance with standard intravenous CP chemotherapy protocol, which is between 500 and 1000 mg/m2 and is usually done without considering other variables such as age, genetic factors, and comorbid conditions.31

Table 2 Characteristic of Subjects

The results of the analysis of CP and 4-OHCP levels in DBS can be seen in Table 3. CP and the active metabolite 4-OHCP were found in all DBS samples. CP was found with the lowest levels in SN 01 at 4699 ng/mL, while the highest levels were found in SN 26 at 39,859 ng/mL. The mean CP level was found at 23,790±11,472.52 ng/mL with 48.22% CV value. The active metabolite 4-OHCP was found with the lowest levels in SN 01 at 281 ng/mL and the highest levels were found in SN 22 at 946 ng/mL. The mean 4-OHCP metabolite level was found at 599±158.95 ng/mL with 26.54% CV value. The bioactivity ratio is calculated from dividing the 4-OHCP metabolites levels against the CP prodrug levels in DBS and can be seen in Figure 1 and Table 3. The lowest ratio bioactivity ([4-OCP]:[CP]) was found in SN 16 at 0.0112, while the highest ratio was found in SN 09 at 0.0975, and the mean ratio was found at 0.0348±0.02378 with 68.34% CV value.

Table 3 Phenotype Analysis of Subjects

Figure 1 CP bioactivity ratio [4-OHCP]:[CP] on subjects.

Note: Black dashed-line shows a limit bioactivity ratio of 0.0170.

Determination of the type of drug metabolism rate can be seen phenotypically based on the bioactivity ratio value,11 but no literature has published for the classification of the three types of CP 4-hydroxylation rate (PM, EM, and UM) with the limiting value of the bioactivity ratio. Previously it has been agreed in some literature that CYP2B6 wild type is categorized as extensive metabolizer (EM) type.11,13,17–19 Therefore, the (mean) wild type bioactivity ratio of 0.0170,20 can be used as the standard limit for the EM value, so that the CP 4-hydroxylation type is classified into two types, namely PM if the bioactivity ratio value is <0.0170 and the UM for the bioactivity ratio value is ≥0.0170. In this study, the results showed that from all 40 subjects of Malay cancer patients, 80% of subjects (n=32) was classified as UM and 20% of subjects (n=8) was PM (Table 3). The profile of the distribution of the bioactivity ratio values in the two CP 4-hydroxylation groups, namely poor metabolizers and ultrarapid metabolizers, is shown in Figure 2 and it can be seen that although the data distribution is not symmetrical, extreme data or outliers are not found.

Figure 2 Box plot of CP bioactivity ratio [4-OHCP]:[CP] in 4-hydroxylation group of poor metabolizer and ultrarapid metabolizer.

The UM phenotype indicates that CP will be bioactivated through 4-hydroxylation in hepar rapidly as indicated by the high value of the bioactivity ratio or the increased CP clearance and 4-OHCP level. The prevalence result of CP metabolism phenotypes in this study corresponded with several previous studies in other ethnicities.8,11,13,14,16,20–22,24 Based on these other studies, it can be estimated that in Malay ethnicity the majority of the CP 4-hydroxylation phenotype type is obtained as a UM which might be genetically derived from the CYP2B6 *6 allele variant.

High 4-OHCP level on ultrarapid metabolizer can improve cancer therapy response better but alternatively, it also increases toxicity.12 Unlike other side effects (myelosuppression, dysuria, nausea, vomiting, alopecia, cardiotoxicity, hypersensitivity, immunosuppression) that can also be caused by other anticancer substances, hemorrhagic cystitis is a severe side effect caused especially by the oxazophosphoric drug class, namely CP and ifosfamide, to be precise by the urotoxic metabolite acrolein. Acrolein is also a spontaneous (nonenzymatic) β-elimination product beside 4-OHCP so that the 4-OHCP level also correlates with the acrolein level. It can be assumed that the CP 4-hydroxylation rate phenotype affects acrolein metabolite levels and the potential for urological side effects, hemorrhagic cystitis. In many cases, side effects of hemorrhagic cystitis generally occur in 10–40% of patients receiving high or long-term CP chemotherapy. Hemorrhagic cystitis cases were also found based on indicators of hematuria formation with a prevalence of 17.5% (n=40) at “Dharmais” Cancer Hospital.32 It was found that a high number of cases of hemorrhagic cystitis in patients at “Dharmais” Cancer Hospital required several efforts to minimize these side effects. Generally, prevention procedure that can minimize the hemorrhagic cystitis are reducing CP dose, hyperhydration, and administration of a uroprotective drug, mesna, a thiol (sulfhydryl) compound which can neutralize acrolein into a nontoxic thioester compound. Mesna should be used only for chemotherapy with ifosfamide high doses or CP greater than 1000 mg/m2.33 Reducing the CP dose for patients at Dharmais Cancer Hospital is not suggested because the dose has been relatively low (±500 mg/m2) so it is more advisable to give mesna accompanied by hyperhydration on patients while undergoing chemotherapy.

The clear correlation study of the phenotypes on DME metabolism can facilitate personalized medicine. If the DME metabolism shows a strong phenotype-genotype correlation, then only by analyzing the patient’s DME genetic polymorphisms, the physicians can determine the dose for personalized medicine. Clinically, phenotypic metabolism studies have advantages over genotypes because they can directly and significantly describe DME capacity/activity through blood drug levels which correlate directly with the effectiveness and toxicity of therapy in patients. This is due to genetic factors are only one of several confounding factors that influence the metabolic pharmacokinetics of drugs.7,23 The DME metabolic phenotype study itself has limitations because biomatrix sampling can only be carried out within a certain time, namely when tmax of analyte is achieved after drug administration, bioanalysis costs are relatively expensive, and the need for special handling (sampling, transportation, and storage) with the right techniques and conditions, and analysis as soon as possible to maintain the stability of the analyte in the biomatrix. In contrast, practically speaking, the genotyping study of DME metabolism has the advantage because the analysis is faster, easier, simpler, and relatively low-cost than phenotyping study. Genotype studies are also practical because sampling and analysis can be carried out at any time without the need for prior drug administration to the patient. We suggested that this phenotyping study of CP 4-hydroxylation should be continued by doing genotyping study (CYP2B6 gene polymorphism analysis) and with a larger quantity of subjects to strengthen the data analysis and obtain a correlation between the phenotype of drug metabolic capacity (activity) and the genetic polymorphism of DME.


The results showed the cyclophosphamide 4-hydroxylation rate of 80% (n=32) subjects as UM and 20% (n=8) as PM. It can be concluded that in Malay cancer patients, cyclophosphamide would be bioactivated through 4-hydroxylation in hepar rapidly as indicated by the high value of the bioactivity ratio or the increased CP clearance and 4-OHCP level.


4-OHCP, 4-hydroxycyclophosphamide; AC, adriamycin+cyclophosphamide; CP, cyclophosphamide; CV, coefficient of variance; DBS, dried blood spot; diff, difference/bias; EM, extensive metabolizer; EMEA, European Medicines Agency; ESI, electrospray ionization; FAC, fluorouracil+adriamycin+cyclophosphamide; LLOQ, lower limit of quantification; m/z, ass per charge ratio; MRM, multiple reaction monitoring; MS/MS, tandem mass spectrometry; PM, poor metabolizer; QC, quality control; QCH, quality control high; QCL, quality control low; QCM, quality control medium; RCHOP, rituximab+cyclophosphamide+adriamycin+vincristine+prednisone; SN, subject number; TAC, docetaxel+adriamycin+cyclophosphamide; TC, docetaxel+cyclophosphamide; ULOQ, upper limit of quantification; UM, ultrarapid metabolizer; UPLC, ultra high performance liquid chromatography.


This study was reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Committees of “Dharmais” Cancer Hospital, Jakarta 11,420, Indonesia (No. 150/KEPK/VII/2019). This study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki.


This study was supported by Directorate of Research and Community Services (DRPM) Universitas Indonesia with grant number: NKB-2095/UN2.RST/HKP.05.00/2020 and Dharmais Cancer Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia.


The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.


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