Gene Summary

Gene:UGT1A1; UDP glucuronosyltransferase family 1 member A1
Summary:This gene encodes a UDP-glucuronosyltransferase, an enzyme of the glucuronidation pathway that transforms small lipophilic molecules, such as steroids, bilirubin, hormones, and drugs, into water-soluble, excretable metabolites. This gene is part of a complex locus that encodes several UDP-glucuronosyltransferases. The locus includes thirteen unique alternate first exons followed by four common exons. Four of the alternate first exons are considered pseudogenes. Each of the remaining nine 5' exons may be spliced to the four common exons, resulting in nine proteins with different N-termini and identical C-termini. Each first exon encodes the substrate binding site, and is regulated by its own promoter. The preferred substrate of this enzyme is bilirubin, although it also has moderate activity with simple phenols, flavones, and C18 steroids. Mutations in this gene result in Crigler-Najjar syndromes types I and II and in Gilbert syndrome. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
Databases:OMIM, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1-1
Source:NCBIAccessed: 01 September, 2019


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Latest Publications: UGT1A1 (cancer-related)

Suarez-Kurtz G
Pharmacogenetic testing in oncology: a Brazilian perspective.
Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2018; 73(suppl 1):e565s [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Pharmacogenetics, a major component of individualized or precision medicine, relies on human genetic diversity. The remarkable developments in sequencing technologies have revealed that the number of genetic variants modulating drug action is much higher than previously thought and that a true personalized prediction of drug response requires attention to rare mutations (minor allele frequency, MAF<1%) in addition to polymorphisms (MAF>1%) in pharmacogenes. This has major implications for the conceptual development and clinical implementation of pharmacogenetics. Drugs used in cancer treatment have been major targets of pharmacogenetics studies, encompassing both germline polymorphisms and somatic variants in the tumor genome. The present overview, however, has a narrower scope and is focused on germline cancer pharmacogenetics, more specifically, on drug/gene pairs for which pharmacogenetics-informed prescription guidelines have been published by the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium and/or the Dutch Pharmacogenetic Working Group, namely, thiopurines/TPMT, fluoropyrimidines/UGT1A1, irinotecan/UGT1A1 and tamoxifen/CYP2D6. I begin by reviewing the general principles of pharmacogenetics-informed prescription, pharmacogenetics testing and the perceived barriers to the adoption of routine pharmacogenetics testing in clinical practice. Then, I highlight aspects of the pharmacogenetics testing of the selected drug-gene pairs and finally present pharmacogenetics data from Brazilian studies pertinent to these drug-gene pairs. I conclude with the notion that pharmacogenetics testing has the potential to greatly benefit patients by enabling precision medicine applied to drug therapy, ensuring better efficacy and reducing the risk of adverse effects.

Negoro Y, Yano R, Yoshimura M, et al.
Influence of UGT1A1 polymorphism on etoposide plus platinum-induced neutropenia in Japanese patients with small-cell lung cancer.
Int J Clin Oncol. 2019; 24(3):256-261 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The association between UGT1A1 polymorphism and etoposide-induced toxicities is still not clear. The aim of this study was to assess the association between uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) gene polymorphism and severe hematologic toxicities in Japanese patients receiving etoposide plus platinum chemotherapy for small-cell lung cancer.
METHODS: This retrospective analysis included patients with small-cell lung cancer who had received their first-line chemotherapy with etoposide plus cisplatin or carboplatin, between October 2008 and April 2018, at the University of Fukui Hospital. The relationship between UGT1A1 polymorphisms and first-cycle neutropenia as well as thrombocytopenia was evaluated.
RESULTS: A total of 55 patients were enrolled. The incidence of grade 4 neutropenia during the first cycle of etoposide-based chemotherapy was higher in patients with homozygous (hmz) polymorphisms for UGT1A1*28 and *6 (*28/*28, *6/*6, and *6/*28) than in patients with wild-type (wt) (*1/*1) and heterozygous (htz) (*1/*28 and *1/*6) polymorphisms (88% vs 43% P = 0.03). The incidence of febrile neutropenia and grade 4 thrombocytopenia, however, was not significantly different. Multivariate analysis suggested that grade 4 neutropenia associated significantly with an hmz UGT1A1 genotype [odds ratio (OR) 11.3; P = 0.04] and administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) before the neutrophil counts dropped to < 500 cells/µL (OR; P = 0.01).
CONCLUSIONS: UGT1A1*28 and UGT1A1*6 mutations might be regarded as predictors for etoposide-induced grade 4 neutropenia.

Lu H, Qin J, Han N, et al.
Banxia Xiexin Decoction Is Effective to Prevent and Control Irinotecan-Induced Delayed Diarrhea in Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer.
Integr Cancer Ther. 2018; 17(4):1109-1114 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Irinotecan (CPT-11) can be used as a first-line therapeutic drug against extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC); it can also be used in second-line treatment for SCLC. CPT-11-induced delayed diarrhea restricts its clinical application. This study aimed to confirm whether Banxia Xiexin decoction was effective in preventing and controlling CPT-11-induced delayed diarrhea.
METHODS: A total of 27 patients with recurrent SCLC undergoing chemotherapy regimens including CPT-11 were enrolled for the study. UGT1A1*28, UGTlAl*6, ABCB1*2, and SLCO1B1*15 gene polymorphisms were detected. If delayed diarrhea occurred in the first cycle of chemotherapy, Banxia Xiexin decoction was orally administered for 5 consecutive days starting 1 day before the second cycle of chemotherapy to prevent and control the delayed diarrhea. The objective response, overall survival, and toxicity were recorded.
RESULTS: Complete response, partial response, and stable disease were observed in none, 6, and 10 patients, respectively. Delayed diarrhea occurred in 6 patients, and 4 of 5 patients were relieved or controlled using Banxia Xiexin decoction. The median overall survival was 6 months.
CONCLUSION: Banxia Xiexin decoction appeared to prevent and control delayed diarrhea induced by CPT-11 in this small observational study, and further study with a larger sample size, including potentially randomized trials, is suggested.

Salvador-Martín S, García-González X, García MI, et al.
Clinical utility of ABCB1 genotyping for preventing toxicity in treatment with irinotecan.
Pharmacol Res. 2018; 136:133-139 [PubMed] Related Publications
Preventing severe irinotecan-induced adverse reactions would allow us to offer better treatment and improve patients' quality of life. Transporters, metabolizing enzymes, and genes involved in the folate pathway have been associated with irinotecan-induced toxicity. We analyzed 12 polymorphisms in UGT1A1, ABCB1, ABCG2, ABCC4, ABCC5, and MTHFR in 158 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer treated with irinotecan and studied the association with grade >2 adverse reactions (CTCAE). Among the most frequent ADRs, the SNPs rs1128503, rs2032582, and rs1045642 in ABCB1 and rs1801133 in MTHFR were associated with hematological toxicity and overall toxicity. The SNP rs11568678 in ABCC4 was also associated with overall toxicity. After correction of P values using a false discovery rate, only ABCB1 variants remained statistically significant. Haplotype analysis in ABCB1 showed an 11.3-fold and 4.6-fold increased risk of hematological toxicity (95% CI, 1.459-88.622) and overall toxicity (95% CI, 2.283-9.386), respectively. Consequently, genotyping of the three SNPs in ABCB1 can predict overall toxicity and hematological toxicity with a diagnostic odds ratio of 4.40 and 9.94, respectively. Genotyping of ABCB1 variants can help to prevent severe adverse reactions to irinotecan-based treatments in colorectal cancer.

Cecchin E, De Mattia E, Ecca F, Toffoli G
Host genetic profiling to increase drug safety in colorectal cancer from discovery to implementation.
Drug Resist Updat. 2018; 39:18-40 [PubMed] Related Publications
Adverse events affect the pharmacological treatment of approximately 90% of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients at any stage of the disease. Chemotherapy including fluoropyrimidines, irinotecan, and oxaliplatin is the cornerstone of the pharmacological treatment of CRC. The introduction of novel targeted agents, as anti-EGFR (i.e. cetuximab, panitumumab) and antiangiogenic (i.e. bevacizumab, ziv-aflibercept, regorafenib, and ramucirumab) molecules, into the oncologist's toolbox has led to significant improvements in the life expectancy of advanced CRC patients, but with a substantial increase in toxicity burden. In this respect, pharmacogenomics has largely been applied to the personalization of CRC chemotherapy, focusing mainly on the study of inhered polymorphisms in genes encoding phase I and II enzymes, ATP-binding cassette (ABC)/solute carrier (SLC) membrane transporters, proteins involved in DNA repair, folate pathway and immune response. These research efforts have led to the identification of some validated genetic markers of chemotherapy toxicity, for fluoropyrimidines and irinotecan. No validated genetic determinants of oxaliplatin-specific toxicity, as peripheral neuropathy, has thus far been established. The contribution of host genetic markers in predicting the toxicity associated with novel targeted agents' administration is still controversial due to the heterogeneity of published data. Pharmacogenomics guidelines have been published by some international scientific consortia such as the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) and the Dutch Pharmacogenetics Working Group (DPWG) strongly suggesting a pre-treatment dose adjustment of irinotecan based on UGT1A1*28 genotype and of fluoropyrimidines based on some DPYD genetic variants, to increase treatment safety. However, these recommendations are still poorly applied at the patient's bedside. Several ongoing projects in the U.S. and Europe are currently evaluating how pharmacogenomics can be implemented successfully in daily clinical practice. The majority of drug-related adverse events are still unexplained, and a great deal of ongoing research is aimed at improving knowledge of the role of pharmacogenomics in increasing treatment safety. In this review, the issue of pre-treatment identification of CRC patients at risk of toxicity via the analysis of patients' genetic profiles is addressed. Available pharmacogenomics guidelines with ongoing efforts to implement them in clinical practice and new exploratory markers for clinical validation are described.

Chen P, Zhu KW, Zhang DY, et al.
Influence of UGT1A1 polymorphisms on the outcome of acute myeloid leukemia patients treated with cytarabine-base regimens.
J Transl Med. 2018; 16(1):197 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUNDS: UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A subfamily (UGT1A) enzymes can inactivate cytarabine (Ara-C) by glucuronidation, and thus serves as candidate genes for interindividual difference in Ara-C response. UGT1A1 is a major UGT1A isoform expressed in human liver.
METHODS: UGT1A1*6 and *28 polymorphisms resulting in reduced UGT1A1 activity were genotyped in 726 adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients treated with Ara-C based regimens. Influences of both polymorphisms on chemosensitivity and disease prognosis of the patients were evaluated.
RESULTS: After one or two courses of Ara-C based induction chemotherapy, the complete remission (CR) rate was significantly higher in patients carrying the UGT1A1*6 (77.0%) or the UGT1A1*28 (76.4%) alleles as compared with corresponding wild-type homozygotes (66.9 and 68.5%, respectively). Carriers of the UGT1A1*6 or *28 alleles showed significantly decreased risk of non-CR (OR = 0.528, 95% CI 0.379-0.737, P = 1.7 × 10
CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that UGT1A1*28 and UGT1A1*6 are associated with improved clinical outcomes in Chinese AML patients treated with Ara-C.

Hahn RZ, Antunes MV, Verza SG, et al.
Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacogenetic Markers of Irinotecan Toxicity.
Curr Med Chem. 2019; 26(12):2085-2107 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Irinotecan (IRI) is a widely used chemotherapeutic drug, mostly used for first-line treatment of colorectal and pancreatic cancer. IRI doses are usually established based on patient's body surface area, an approach associated with large inter-individual variability in drug exposure and high incidence of severe toxicity. Toxic and therapeutic effects of IRI are also due to its active metabolite SN-38, reported to be up to 100 times more cytotoxic than IRI. SN-38 is detoxified by the formation of SN-38 glucuronide, through UGT1A1. Genetic polymorphisms in the UGT1A1 gene are associated to higher exposures to SN-38 and severe toxicity. Pharmacokinetic models to describe IRI and SN-38 kinetic profiles are available, with few studies exploring pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic-based dose individualization. The aim of this manuscript is to review the available evidence supporting pharmacogenetic and pharmacokinetic dose individualization of IRI in order to reduce the occurrence of severe toxicity during cancer treatment.
METHODS: The PubMed database was searched, considering papers published in the period from 1995-2017, using the keywords irinotecan, pharmacogenetics, metabolic genotyping, dose individualization, therapeutic drug monitoring, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, either alone or in combination, with original papers being selected based on the presence of relevant data.
CONCLUSION: The findings of this review confirm the importance of considering individual patient characteristics to select IRI doses. Currently, the most straightforward approach for IRI dose individualization is UGT1A1 genotyping. However, this strategy is sub-optimal due to several other genetic and environmental contributions to the variable pharmacokinetics of IRI and its active metabolite. The use of dried blood spot sampling could allow the clinical application of limited sampling and population pharmacokinetic models for IRI doses individualization.

Yu Q, Zhang T, Xie C, et al.
UGT1A polymorphisms associated with worse outcome in colorectal cancer patients treated with irinotecan-based chemotherapy.
Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2018; 82(1):87-98 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: To investigate the association between UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT)1A polymorphisms and irinotecan-treatment efficacy in a Chinese population with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).
METHODS: The present study was based on a prospective multicenter trial of Chinese mCRC patients treated with irinotecan-based chemotherapy (NCT01282658, registered at ). Fifteen single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in four UGT1A genes were selected for genotyping in 164 patients. Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analyses were used to assess the association between potential signatures and survival outcome.
RESULTS: We found that UGT1A1*28 variant genotype was significantly associated with decreased progression-free survival (PFS) [adjusted hazard ratio (HR), 1.803; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.217-2.671] and overall survival (OS) (adjusted HR 1.979; 95% CI 1.267-3.091) compared with wild-type genotype. Patients carrying (TA)7 allele showed a median PFS of 7.5 (95% CI 5.5-9.6) months compared with 9.8 (95% CI 8.6-10.9) months for patients with wild-type genotype. Median OSs were 13.3 (95% CI 10.3-16.2), and 20.8 (95% CI 18.7-23.0) months for (TA)6/7 or (TA)7/7, and (TA)6/6 patients, respectively. Similarly but more significantly, the copy number of haplotype III (composed by rs3755321-T, rs3821242-C, rs4124874-G and rs3755319-C) constructed among the selected SNPs also correlated with survival outcome.
CONCLUSIONS: UGT1A polymorphisms are predictive of survival outcome of irinotecan-treated Chinese mCRC patients. After validation, UGT1A polymorphisms might be helpful in facilitating stratification of mCRC patients for individualized treatment options.

Xie ZC, Li TT, Gan BL, et al.
Investigation of miR-136-5p key target genes and pathways in lung squamous cell cancer based on TCGA database and bioinformatics analysis.
Pathol Res Pract. 2018; 214(5):644-654 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Lung squamous cell cancer (LUSC) is a common but challenging malignancy. It is important to illuminate the molecular mechanism of LUSC. Thus, we aim to explore the molecular mechanism of miR-136-5p in relation to LUSC.
METHODS: We used the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database to investigate the expression of miR-136-5p in relation to LUSC. Then, we identified the possible miR-136-5p target genes through intersection of the predicted miR-136-5p target genes and LUSC upregulated genes from TCGA. Bioinformatics analysis was performed to determine the key miR-136-5p targets and pathways associated with LUSC. Finally, the expression of hub genes, correlation between miR-136-5p and hub genes, and expected significance of hub genes were evaluated via the TCGA and Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project.
RESULTS: MiR-136-5p was significantly downregulated in LUSC patients. Glucuronidation, glucuronosyltransferase, and the retinoic acid metabolic process were the most enriched metabolic interactions in LUSC patients. Ascorbate and aldarate metabolism, pentose and glucuronate interconversions, and retinol metabolism were identified as crucial pathways. Seven hub genes (UGT1A1, UGT1A3, UGT1A6, UGT1A7, UGT1A10, SRD5A1, and ADH7) were found to be upregulated, and UGT1A1, UGT1A3, UGT1A6, UGT1A7, and ADH7 were negatively correlated with miR-136-5p. UGT1A7 and ADH7 were the most significantly involved miR-136-5p target genes, and high expression of these genes was correlated with better overall survival and disease-free survival of LUSC patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Downregulated miR-136-5p may target UGT1A7 and ADH7 and participate in ascorbate and aldarate metabolism, pentose and glucuronate interconversions, and retinol metabolism. High expression of UGT1A7 and ADH7 may indicate better prognosis of LUSC patients.

Lin PS, Semrad TJ
Molecular Testing for the Treatment of Advanced Colorectal Cancer: An Overview.
Methods Mol Biol. 2018; 1765:281-297 [PubMed] Related Publications
Concurrent with an expansion in the number of agents available for the treatment of advanced CRC, there has been an increase in our understanding of selection biomarkers to optimize the management of patients with this disease. For CRC patients being considered for anti-EGFR therapy, expanded RAS testing is the standard of care to determine the subset of patients who can benefit from cetuximab or panitumumab in conjunction with chemotherapy. A small fraction of patients have HER2 amplification where emerging data suggest treatment with drugs targeting this alteration. Although advanced CRC patients who harbor the BRAF V600E mutation have a poorer prognosis, they are eligible for combinatorial therapy targeting EGFR/BRAF or BRAF/MEK within the MAP kinase signaling pathway. Once primarily thought to be a negative prognostic marker, BRAF V600E mutation is now considered as a positive predictive factor with an opportunity for clinical intervention. A growing body of evidence also supports MSI testing as clinical benefits with immune checkpoint blockade by cancer immunotherapy have been demonstrated in MSI-high patients whose tumors exhibit high mutational burden. It has been established that UGT1A1*28 polymorphism is associated with irinotecan toxicity, but this test is rarely performed as the management strategy has not been identified. No established predictive biomarker for anti-VEGF therapy has yet to be discovered.It is becoming increasingly apparent that our growing understanding of biomarkers is revolutionizing and improving our strategies in the treatment of advanced CRC. Traditional nonselective cytotoxic chemotherapy is gradually being augmented and even in some cases supplanted by selective targeted agents based on our increasing understanding of tumor signaling and mechanism at the molecular level. The prospect of personalized medicine in directing treatment approaches that are optimally beneficial for patients brings tremendous excitement to the growing field of cancer therapeutics. As discussed in this chapter, the concurrent development of molecular biomarkers with new treatment strategies holds great promise of precision medicine in improving outcomes for patients with advanced CRC.

Riera P, Salazar J, Virgili AC, et al.
Relevance of CYP3A4*20, UGT1A1*37 and UGT1A1*28 variants in irinotecan-induced severe toxicity.
Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2018; 84(6):1389-1392 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Severe irinotecan-induced toxicity is associated with UGT1A1 polymorphisms. However, some patients develop side-effects despite harbouring a normal UGT1A1 genotype. As CYP3A4 is also an irinotecan-metabolizing enzyme, our study aimed to elucidate the influence of the CYP3A4*20 loss-of-function allele in the toxicity profile of these patients. Three-hundred and eight metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with an irinotecan-containing chemotherapy were studied. The presence of CYP3A4*20, UGT1A1*37 and UGT1A1*28 alleles was tested. Associations between these genetic variants and toxicity were evaluated. UGT1A1*28 was significantly associated with severe diarrhoea, neutropenia and asthenia (P = 0.002, P = 0.037 and P = 0.041, respectively). One patient with the UGT1A1*28/*37 genotype presented with grade IV neutropenia and lethal septic shock. One heterozygous UGT1A1 (*1/*28) patient also carried the CYP3A4*20 allele but did not develop toxicity. We confirm that UGT1A1*37 and UGT1A1*28 are associated with severe toxicity and suggest that the CYP3A4*20 allele does not play a role in irinotecan-induced toxicity.

Izumi K, Inoue S, Ide H, et al.
Uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A expression as an independent prognosticator in urothelial carcinoma of the upper urinary tract.
Int J Urol. 2018; 25(5):429-435 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: To determine the expression status of uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A, a major phase II drug metabolism enzyme, in upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma, as well as to assess its prognostic significance.
METHODS: We immunohistochemically stained for uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A in tissue microarray consisting of 99 upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma samples and paired non-neoplastic urothelial tissues. We also assessed the effect of uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A knockdown on urothelial cancer cell growth.
RESULTS: Uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A was positive in 92.9% (27.3% weak [1+], 37.4% moderate [2+], 28.3% strong [3+]) of tumors, which was significantly (P < 0.001) lower than in benign urothelial tissues (98.8%; 3.5% 1+, 18.8% 2+, 76.4% 3+). All 37 (100%) non-muscle-invasive versus 55 (88.7%) of 62 muscle-invasive tumors (P = 0.043) were immunoreactive for uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A. The rates of moderate-to-strong uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A expression and its positivity were also strongly associated with the absence of concomitant carcinoma in situ (P = 0.034) and lymphovascular invasion (P = 0.016), respectively. However, there were no statistically significant associations between uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A expression and tumor grade or pN/M status. Uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A loss in M0 tumors was strongly associated with lower progression-free survival (P < 0.001) and cancer-specific survival (P < 0.001) rates. Multivariate analysis further identified a strong correlation of uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A positivity with reduced cancer-specific mortality (hazard ratio 0.28, P = 0.018). Meanwhile, uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A knockdown in urothelial cancer cells resulted in significant increases in their viability and migration.
CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest a preventive role of uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A signals in the development and progression of upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma. Loss of uridine 5'diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A expression might serve as an independent predictor of poor prognosis in patients with upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma.

Cavalcante GC, Amador MA, Ribeiro Dos Santos AM, et al.
Analysis of 12 variants in the development of gastric and colorectal cancers.
World J Gastroenterol. 2017; 23(48):8533-8543 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
AIM: To evaluate the relation between 12 polymorphisms and the development of gastric cancer (GC) and colorectal cancer (CRC).
METHODS: In this study, we included 125 individuals with GC diagnosis, 66 individuals with CRC diagnosis and 475 cancer-free individuals. All participants resided in the North region of Brazil and authorized the use of their samples. The 12 polymorphisms (in
RESULTS: After statistical analyses with the control of confounding factors, such as genetic ancestry, three markers (rs79071878 in
CONCLUSION: These findings are important for the comprehension of gastric and CRC development, particularly in highly admixed populations, such as the Brazilian population.

Endo-Tsukude C, Sasaki JI, Saeki S, et al.
Population Pharmacokinetics and Adverse Events of Erlotinib in Japanese Patients with Non-small-cell Lung Cancer: Impact of Genetic Polymorphisms in Metabolizing Enzymes and Transporters.
Biol Pharm Bull. 2018; 41(1):47-56 [PubMed] Related Publications
Determinants of interindividual variability in erlotinib pharmacokinetics (PK) and adverse events remain to be elucidated. This study with 50 Japanese non-small-cell lung cancer patients treated with oral erlotinib at a standard dose of 150 mg aimed to investigate whether genetic polymorphisms affect erlotinib PK and adverse events. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes encoding metabolizing enzymes (CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP2D6, CYP3A4, CYP3A5, UGT1A1, UGT2B7, GSTM1, and GSTT1) or efflux transporters (ABCB1, and ABCG2) were analyzed as covariates in a population PK model. The ABCB1 1236C>T (rs1128503) polymorphism, not ABCB1*2 haplotype (1236TT-2677TT-3455TT, rs1128503 TT-rs2032582 TT-rs1045642 TT), was a significant covariate for the apparent clearance (CL/F), with the TT genotype showing a 29.4% decrease in CL/F as compared with the CC and the CT genotypes. A marginally higher incidence of adverse events (mainly skin rash) was observed in the TT genotype group; however, patients with high plasma erlotinib exposure did not always experience skin rash. None of the other SNPs affected PK or adverse events. The ABCB1 genotype is a potential predictor for erlotinib adverse events. Erlotinib might be used with careful monitoring of adverse events in patients with ABCB1 polymorphic variants.

Ishiguro H, Saji S, Nomura S, et al.
A phase I/II pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics study of irinotecan combined with S-1 for recurrent/metastatic breast cancer in patients with selected UGT1A1 genotypes (the JBCRG-M01 study).
Cancer Med. 2017; 6(12):2909-2917 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
S-1 and irinotecan combination is attractive for breast cancer refractory to anthracyclines and taxanes. Patients with advanced human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer previously treated with anthracyclines and taxanes were eligible. Patients with brain metastases and homozygous for UGT1A1 *6 or *28 or compound heterozygous (*6/*28) were excluded. A dose-escalation design was chosen for the phase I portion (level 1: irinotecan 80 mg/m

Marques D, Ferreira-Costa LR, Ferreira-Costa LL, et al.
Association of insertion-deletions polymorphisms with colorectal cancer risk and clinical features.
World J Gastroenterol. 2017; 23(37):6854-6867 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
AIM: To investigate the association between 16 insertion-deletions (INDEL) polymorphisms, colorectal cancer (CRC) risk and clinical features in an admixed population.
METHODS: One hundred and forty patients with CRC and 140 cancer-free subjects were examined. Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood samples. Polymorphisms and genomic ancestry distribution were assayed by Multiplex-PCR reaction, separated by capillary electrophoresis on the ABI 3130 Genetic Analyzer instrument and analyzed on GeneMapper ID v3.2. Clinicopathological data were obtained by consulting the patients' clinical charts, intra-operative documentation, and pathology scoring.
RESULTS: Logistic regression analysis showed that polymorphism variations in
CONCLUSION: The INDEL variations in

Fukuda M, Okumura M, Iwakiri T, et al.
Relationship between UGT1A1*27 and UGT1A1*7 polymorphisms and irinotecan-related toxicities in patients with lung cancer.
Thorac Cancer. 2018; 9(1):51-58 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of gene polymorphisms, including UGT1A1*7, *27, and *29, on the safety of irinotecan therapy.
METHODS: The eligibility criteria were: lung cancer patients scheduled to undergo irinotecan therapy, aged ≥ 20 years, with a performance status of 0-2. Thirty-one patients were enrolled and their blood was collected and used to examine the frequency of UGT1A1*6, *7, *27, *28, and *29 polymorphisms and the concentrations of irinotecan, SN-38, and SN-38G after irinotecan therapy.
RESULTS: The patients' characteristics were as follows: male/female 25/6, median age 71 years (range 55-84), stage IIB/IIIA/IIIB/IV 2/6/11/12, and adenocarcinoma/squamous cell carcinoma/small cell carcinoma/other 14/10/3/4, respectively. The -/-, *6/-, *7/-, *27/-, *28/-, and *29/- UGT1A1 gene polymorphisms were observed in 10 (32%), 10 (32%), 2 (6%), 2 (6%), 7 (23%), and 0 (0%) cases, respectively. The UGT1A1*27 polymorphism occurred separately from the UGT1A1*28 polymorphism. The lowest leukocyte counts of the patients with the UGT1A1*27 and UGT1A1*6 gene polymorphisms were lower than those observed in the wild-type patients. SN-38 tended to remain in the blood for a prolonged period after the infusion of irinotecan in patients with UGT1A1*27 or UGT1A1*28 polymorphisms. No severe myelotoxicity was seen in the patients with UGT1A1*7.
CONCLUSION: UGT1A1*27 can occur separately from UGT1A1*28 and is related to leukopenia during irinotecan treatment. UGT1A1*7 is less relevant to irinotecan-induced toxicities, and UGT1A1*29 seems to have little clinical impact.

Peng H, Duan Z, Pan D, et al.
UGT1A1 Gene Polymorphism Predicts Irinotecan-Induced Severe Neutropenia and Diarrhea in Chinese Cancer Patients.
Clin Lab. 2017; 63(9):1339-1346 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Irinotecan was widely used in colon cancer and lung cancer, etc., and adverse reactions occur some times. The primary aim of this research is to investigate the association between UGT1A1 gene polymorphisms and irinotecan-related adverse effect in Chinese Han population with a novel kind of gene chip technology.
METHODS: UGT1A1*6/*28 gene polymorphisms were detected by PCR and gene chip as well as sequencing. The correlation between UGT1A1 gene polymorphisms and severe delayed diarrhea or neutropenia and effect on response rate and progression-free survival were analyzed.
RESULTS: A total of 106 patients receiving irinotecan-based regimens and with detected UGT1A1 gene polymorphisms were enrolled in this research. According to our results, no significant differences of severe diarrhea were found in patients with UGT1A1*6 genotypes (p = 0.608). However, the incidence of severe diarrhea in patients with TA7/7 genotype (66.7%, 4/6) was significantly higher than that in patients with TA6/7 (31.5%, 6/19) or TA6/6 (1.28%, 1/78) genotypes (p < 0.001). The incidence of severe hematologic toxicity in patients with AA (100%, 2/2) was significantly higher than that in patients with GA (33.3%, 7/21) or GG genotype (7.23%, 6/83) (p = 0.011).
CONCLUSIONS: In terms of irinotecan-based regimens in cancers, UGT1A1*6 plays a more vital role in hematologic toxicity (p = 0.011) whereas UGT1A1*28 get more involved in diarrhea (p < 0.001).

Nath A, Wang J, Stephanie Huang R
Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics of Targeted Therapeutics in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.
Mol Diagn Ther. 2017; 21(6):621-631 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
The advent of targeted therapeutics has greatly improved outcomes of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients. Despite increased efficacy and better clinical responses over cytotoxic chemotherapies, many patients receiving targeted drugs exhibit a poor initial response, develop drug resistance, or undergo relapse after initial success. This inter-individual variation in response has heightened the interest in studying pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics (PGx) of cancer drugs. In this review, we discuss the influence of various germline and somatic factors on targeted drug response in CML. Specifically, we examine the role of genetic variants in drug metabolism genes, i.e. CYP3A family genes, and drug transporters, i.e. ABC and SLC family genes. Additionally, we focus on acquired somatic variations in BCR-ABL1, and the potential role played by additional downstream signaling pathways, in conferring resistance to targeted drugs in CML. This review highlights the importance of PGx of targeted therapeutics and its potential application to improving treatment decisions and patient outcomes.

Zhou X, Zheng Z, Xu C, et al.
Disturbance of Mammary UDP-Glucuronosyltransferase Represses Estrogen Metabolism and Exacerbates Experimental Breast Cancer.
J Pharm Sci. 2017; 106(8):2152-2162 [PubMed] Related Publications
The progression of breast cancer is closely related to the levels of estrogens within the body. UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) is an important class of phase II metabolizing enzymes, playing a pivotal role in detoxifying steroid hormone. In the present study, we aim at uncovering the potential dysregulation pattern of UGT and its role in estrogen metabolism and in the pathogenesis of breast cancer. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with 100 mg/kg dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA) to induce breast cancer. Our results showed that the expression and activity of UGT in mammary tissues were downregulated significantly in DMBA rats. Consistent with this, levels of estradiol, 4-hydroxylated estradiol, and 2-hydroxylated estradiol were increased in both mammary tissues and serum, supporting a notable accumulation of toxic estrogen species in the target tissue of breast cancer. In addition, we also observed the decreased cell migration, cell proliferation, and DNA damage in UGT-transfected MCF-7 cells, suggesting a protective role of UGT against estrogen-induced mammary carcinogenesis. Taken together, these results indicated that accumulation of estrogens induced by UGT deficiency is a critical factor to induce the development of breast cancer. UGT contributes to estrogen elimination, and its glucuronidation capacity influences the estrogen signaling pathway and the pathogenesis of breast cancer.

Ohnami S, Nagashima T, Urakami K, et al.
Whole exome sequencing detects variants of genes that mediate response to anticancer drugs.
J Toxicol Sci. 2017; 42(2):137-144 [PubMed] Related Publications
Certain interindividual differences affecting the efficacy of drug treatment and adverse drug reactions are caused by genetic variants, and their phenotypic effects differ among ethnic groups. In this study, we used whole exome sequencing (WES) systematically to identify germline mutations that influence the activities of drug-metabolizing enzymes, as well as that of a transporter. We analyzed DNA isolated from blood samples from 2,042 Japanese patients with diverse cancers. We identified sequence variants of CYP2B6 (rs3745274), CYP2C9 (rs1057910), CYP2C19 (rs4986893), CYP2C19 (rs4244285), TPMT (rs1142345), NAT2 (rs1799930), NAT2 (rs1799931), UGT1A1 (rs4148323), COMT (rs4680), ABCB1 (rs1045642), and CDA (rs60369023). Wider application of WES will help to determine the effects of mutations on the activities of proteins encoded by drug response genes, and the information gained will accelerate the development of personalized therapies for patients with cancer. Moreover, this knowledge may provide clues for preventing cancer before the onset of symptoms.

Kalthoff S, Landerer S, Reich J, Strassburg CP
Protective effects of coffee against oxidative stress induced by the tobacco carcinogen benzo[α]pyrene.
Free Radic Biol Med. 2017; 108:66-76 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIMS: Coffee consumption has been epidemiologically associated with a lower risk for liver cirrhosis and cancer. UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGT1A) catalyze the detoxification of reactive metabolites thereby acting as indirect antioxidants. Aim of the study was to examine UGT1A regulation in response to Benzo[α]pyrene (BaP) to elucidate the potentially protective effects of coffee on BaP-induced oxidative stress and toxicity.
RESULTS: In cell culture (HepG2, KYSE70 cells) and in htgUGT1A-WT mice, UGT1A transcription was activated by BaP, while it was reduced or absent htgUGT1A-SNP (containing 10 commonly occurring UGT1A-SNPs) mice. siRNA-mediated knockdown identified aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and nuclear factor erythroid2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) as mediators of BaP-induced UGT1A upregulation. Exposure to coffee led to a reduction of BaP-induced production of reactive oxygen species in vitro and in htgUGT1A-WT and -SNP mice. After UGT1A silencing by UGT1A-specific siRNA in cell culture, the coffee-mediated reduction of ROS production was significantly impaired compared to UGT1A expressing cells.
CONCLUSION: A common UGT1A haplotype, prevalent in 9% (homozygous) of the White population, significantly impairs the expression of UGT1A enzymes in response to the putative tobacco carcinogen BaP and is likely to represent a significant risk factor for reduced detoxification and increased genotoxicity. Coffee was demonstrated to inhibit BaP-induced production of oxidative stress by UGT1A activation, and is therefore an attractive candidate for chemoprotection in risk groups for HCC or other tumors.

De Mattia E, Cecchin E, Polesel J, et al.
UGT1A polymorphisms as genetic biomarkers for hepatocellular carcinoma risk in Caucasian population.
Liver Int. 2017; 37(9):1345-1353 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The definition of new biomarkers of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk, especially in high-risk HBV/HCV-positive population, is urgently needed to improve HCC clinical management. This study focused on variants of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A (UGT1A) enzymes that catalyse the reaction of glucuronidation, one of the most important chemical defence pathway of the body. The aim of this study was to elucidate the contribution of UGT1A polymorphisms in predicting HCC susceptibility in Caucasians.
METHODS: In this retrospective case-control analysis, 192 HCC liver transplanted patients represent the study group. Two age/sex-matched groups were used as control, one composed of 167 HBV- and/or HCV-infected individuals, and the other of 192 healthy subjects. All the cases were characterized for a panel of UGT1A1, UGT1A7 and UGT1A9 variants. The study end-point was the association between UGT1A markers and HCC onset.
RESULTS: UGT1A7*3 allele emerged as a protective marker for HCC development among both high-risk HBV/HCV-positive patients (OR=0.64, P=.0026), and healthy subjects (OR=0.47, P=.0051). UGT1A1*28 (OR=0.61, P=.0013) and UGT1A9*22 (OR=2.18, P=.0003) alleles were also associated to HCC occurrence, especially among healthy subjects. UGT1A haplotype, summarizing the UGT1A genetic alterations, confirmed the protective role against HCC development emerged for low-activity alleles. The observed associations could probably be linked to an increase of serum levels of health-beneficial molecules including free bilirubin.
CONCLUSION: A predictive effect of UGT1A polymorphisms on HCC risk was identified. If confirmed, these findings could contribute to improve the HCC surveillance, treatment tailoring and patients care.

Kuo SH, Yang SY, You SL, et al.
Polymorphisms of ESR1, UGT1A1, HCN1, MAP3K1 and CYP2B6 are associated with the prognosis of hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer.
Oncotarget. 2017; 8(13):20925-20938 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
In this study, we investigated whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified by genome-wide association study (GWAS) (MAP3K1, FGFR2, TNRC9, HCN1, and 5p12), and SNPs involved in the metabolism of estrogen (CYP19, COMT, ESR1, and UGT1A1), tamoxifen (CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP3A5, and CYP2D6), and chemotherapeutic agents (ABCB1, ALDH3A1, and CYP2B6) are associated with the prognoses of 414 hormone receptor (HR)-positive early breast cancers with negative or 1 to 3 nodal metastases. At a median follow-up period of 10.6 years, 363 patients were alive, and 51 (12.3%) had died. Multiple-adjusted hazard ratios (aHRs) and the corresponding 95% confidence intervals for distant disease-free survival (DDFS), disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS) in association with the genotypes of 34 SNPs from the above-mentioned 16 genes were evaluated, using the stepwise selection Cox model. We found that the SNP, ESR1-codon325 rs1801132 (G/G+G/C), was associated with a longer DDFS, whereas UGT1A1 rs4148323 (A/A+A/G), and HCN1 rs981782 (A/A+A/C) were significantly associated with poorer DDFS. MAP3K1 rs889312 (C/C) and CYP2B6 rs3211371 (T/C) were significantly associated with poor DFS, DDFS and OS. Among premenopausal women, MAP3K1 rs889312 (C/C), CYP2B6 rs3211371 (T/C), CYP2B6 rs4802101 (T/T), ABCB1 rs2032582 (C/C), and ALDH3A1 rs2231142 (G/G) were significantly associated with poor DDFS, DFS, or OS. Our results provide additional evidence that genetic polymorphisms observed in SNPs are associated with the prognoses of patients with HR-positive breast cancers; this may indicate different treatment strategies for these patients.

Deng B, Jia L, Tan H, et al.
Effects of Shengjiangxiexin decoction on irinotecan-induced toxicity in patients with UGT1A1*28 and UGT1A1*6 polymorphisms.
J Tradit Chin Med. 2017; 37(1):35-42 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of Shengjiangxiexin decoction (SXD), prepared with a formula from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), in reducing irinotecan-induced hematological and gastrointestinal toxicities in patients with UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT)1A1*28 and UGT1A1*6 polymorphisms.
METHODS: This clinical trial included 115 patients receiving irinotecan combined with 5-fluorouracil plus l-leucovorin (FOLFIRI) treatment. All patients consented to UGT1A1*28 and *6 gene polymorphism detection prior to chemotherapy. SXD were administered from 1 day prior to chemotherapy to 6 day post chemotherapy. Chemotherapy induced adverse reactions (neutropenia, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anorexia and infection) were recorded, and short-term effect of chemotherapy was evaluated regularly.
RESULTS: A total of 50 patients had *1/*1 wild genotype, 58 patients had single allele variants with genotype *1/*6 or *1/*28 , and 7 patients had two alleles variants with genotype *6/*6, *28/*28 or *6/* 28. In *1/*6 or *1/*28 patients (high risk group), 9 patients (15.5% ) developed Ⅰ-Ⅱ grade diarrhea and no patient developed severe diarrhea; neutropenia occurred in 19 patients (32.8%) and only 3 patients (8.6% ) developed sever neutropenia. There were no significant differences in any toxic effects (neutropenia, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anorexia or infection) between *6 or *28 variant patients (high risk group) and wild type patients. No sever toxicity was found in high risk two alleles variants patients (*6/*6, *6/*28 or *28/*28). No significant differences were observed between UGT1A1*6/*28 polymorphisms and clinical response of chemotherapy.
CONCLUSION: SXD could significantly reduce irinotecan-induced hematological and gastrointestinal toxicities in UGT1A1*28 or *6 variant patients (high risk group), while this treatment didn't affect clinical response of chemotherapy.

Heydarov R, Titov S, Abramov M, et al.
Hydrogel microarray for detection of polymorphisms in the UGT1A1, DPYD, GSTP1 and ABCB1 genes.
Cancer Biomark. 2017; 18(3):265-272 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Improving the efficacy of anticancer therapy remains an urgent and very important task. Screening of the individual genetic metabolism of cancer patients allows for prescribing adequate medication in the correct dose as well as for decreasing side effects associated with drug toxicity.
OBJECTIVE: Estimation of a microarray-based method for genotyping of the UGT1A1, DPYD, GSTP1, and ABCB1 metabolic regulation genes to evaluate for an increased risk of toxicity of anticancer drugs.
METHODS: The microarray was used to conduct genotyping of specimens taken from 115 cancer patients and 31 healthy donors.
RESULTS: A microarray-based method for identification of the rs8175347, rs3918290, rs1695, and rs1045642 polymorphisms in the corresponding UGT1A1, DPYD, GSTP1, and ABCB1 genes has been developed for genotyping. The results obtained were in full concordance with those obtained using control sequencing. The frequencies of the rs8175347, rs3918290, rs1695, and rs1045642 genetic variations were 0.38, 0, 0.35, and 0.56, respectively.
CONCLUSION: The implementation of this biochip-based method in diagnostic practice should increase the overall survival and quality of life of cancer patients, decrease the length of their hospital stay, and reduce treatment costs.

Cao Y, Zhang G, Wang P, et al.
Clinical significance of UGT1A1 polymorphism and expression of ERCC1, BRCA1, TYMS, RRM1, TUBB3, STMN1 and TOP2A in gastric cancer.
BMC Gastroenterol. 2017; 17(1):2 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Individualized therapeutic regimen is a recently intensively pursued approach for targeting diseases, in which the search for biomarkers was considered the first and most important. Thus, the goal of this study was to investigate whether the UGT1A1, ERCC1, BRCA1, TYMS, RRM1, TUBB3, STMN1 and TOP2A genes are underlying biomarkers for gastric cancer, which, to our knowledge, has not been performed.
METHODS: Ninety-eight tissue specimens were collected from gastric cancer patients between May 2012 and March 2015. A multiplex branched DNA liquidchip technology was used for measuring the mRNA expressions of ERCC1, BRCA1, TYMS, RRM1, TUBB3, STMN1 and TOP2A. Direct sequencing was performed for determination of UGT1A1 polymorphisms. Furthermore, correlations between gene expressions, polymorphisms and clinicopathological characteristics were investigated.
RESULTS: The expressions of TYMS, TUBB3 and STMN1 were significantly associated with the clinicopathological characteristics of age, gender and family history of gastric cancer, but not with differentiation, growth patterns, metastasis and TNM staging in patients with gastric cancer. No clinical characteristics were correlated with the expressions of ERCC1, BRCA1, RRM1 and TOP2A. Additionally, patients carrying G allele at -211 of UGT1A1 were predisposed to developing tubular adenocarcinoma, while individuals carrying 6TAA or G allele respectively at *28 or -3156 of UGT1A1 tended to have a local invasion.
CONCLUSIONS: The UGT1A1 polymorphism may be useful to screen the risk population of gastric cancer, while TYMS, TUBB3 and STMN1 may be potential biomarkers for prognosis and chemotherapy guidance.

Audet-Delage Y, Rouleau M, Rouleau M, et al.
Cross-Talk between Alternatively Spliced UGT1A Isoforms and Colon Cancer Cell Metabolism.
Mol Pharmacol. 2017; 91(3):167-177 [PubMed] Related Publications
Alternative splicing at the human glucuronosyltransferase 1 gene locus (UGT1) produces alternate isoforms UGT1A_i2s that control glucuronidation activity through protein-protein interactions. Here, we hypothesized that UGT1A_i2s function as a complex protein network connecting other metabolic pathways with an influence on cancer cell metabolism. This is based on a pathway enrichment analysis of proteomic data that identified several high-confidence candidate interaction proteins of UGT1A_i2 proteins in human tissues-namely, the rate-limiting enzyme of glycolysis pyruvate kinase (PKM), which plays a critical role in cancer cell metabolism and tumor growth. The partnership of UGT1A_i2 and PKM2 was confirmed by coimmunoprecipitation in the HT115 colon cancer cells and was supported by a partial colocalization of these two proteins. In support of a functional role for this partnership, depletion of UGT1A_i2 proteins in HT115 cells enforced the Warburg effect, with a higher glycolytic rate at the expense of mitochondrial respiration, and led to lactate accumulation. Untargeted metabolomics further revealed a significantly altered cellular content of 58 metabolites, including many intermediates derived from the glycolysis and tricarboxylic acid cycle pathways. These metabolic changes were associated with a greater migration potential. The potential relevance of our observations is supported by the down-regulation of UGT1A_i2 mRNA in colon tumors compared with normal tissues. Alternate UGT1A variants may thus be part of the expanding compendium of metabolic pathways involved in cancer biology directly contributing to the oncogenic phenotype of colon cancer cells. Findings uncover new aspects of UGT functions diverging from their transferase activity.

Fukuda M, Shimada M, Kitazaki T, et al.
Phase I study of irinotecan for previously treated lung cancer patients with the UGT1A1*28 or *6 polymorphism: Results of the Lung Oncology Group in Kyushu (LOGIK1004A).
Thorac Cancer. 2017; 8(1):40-45 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Various polymorphisms have been detected in the UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A ( UGT1A ) gene, and UGT1A1 *28 and UGT1A1 *6 have important effects on the pharmacokinetics of irinotecan and the risk of severe toxicities during irinotecan therapy. This study was conducted to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of irinotecan chemotherapy according to the UGT1A1 genotype in previously treated lung cancer patients with the UGT1A1 *28 or UGT1A1 *6 polymorphism.
METHODS: The eligibility criteria were as follows: lung cancer patients that had previously been treated with anticancer agents other than irinotecan, possessed the UGT1A1 *28 or UGT1A1 *6 polymorphism (group A included *28/*28, *6/*6, and *28/*6, and group B included *28 /- and *6 /-), were aged ≤75 years old, had a performance score of 0-1, and exhibited adequate bone marrow function. The patients were scheduled to receive irinotecan on days 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and 36.
RESULTS: Four patients were enrolled in this trial. Two patients were determined to be ineligible. The remaining two patients, who belonged to group B, received an initial irinotecan dose of 60 mg/m
CONCLUSIONS: The MTD of irinotecan for previously treated lung cancer patients that are heterozygous for the UGT1A1 * 28 or UGT1A1 * 6 gene polymorphism is 60 mg/m

Nishikawa Y, Kanai M, Narahara M, et al.
Association between UGT1A1*28*28 genotype and lung cancer in the Japanese population.
Int J Clin Oncol. 2017; 22(2):269-273 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and is closely linked to tobacco smoking. Genetic polymorphisms in genes that encode enzymes involved in metabolizing tobacco carcinogens could affect an individual's risk for lung cancer. While polymorphism of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase1A1 (UGT1A1) is involved in detoxification of benzo(a)pyrene-7,8-dihydrodiol(-), a major tobacco carcinogen, the association between UGT1A1 genotype and lung cancer has not been examined.
METHODS: We retrieved the clinical data of 5,285 patients who underwent systemic chemotherapy at Kyoto University Hospital. A total of 765 patients (194 lung cancer patients and 671 patients with other malignancies) with UGT1A1 genotyping data were included in this analysis. We used logistic regression with recessive, dominant, and additive models to identify differences in genotype frequencies between lung cancer and other malignancies.
RESULTS: In the recessive model, UGT1A1*28*28 genotype was significantly associated with lung cancer compared to other malignancies (odds ratio 5.3, P = 0.0083). Among lung cancer patients with a smoking history, squamous cell carcinoma was significantly predominant in patients with UGT1A1*28*28 compared to those with other UGT1A1 genotypes (P = 0.024).
CONCLUSION: This is the first study to demonstrate a significant association between the homozygous UGT1A1*28 genotype and lung cancer.

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