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Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM)

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Volume 38, Issue 9


CYP2D6 Genotyping in Patients on Psychoactive Drug Therapy

Elizabeta Topić / Mario Štefanović / Ana Maria Ivanišević / Franciska Blazinić / Jadranka Čulav / Željko Skočilić
Published Online: 2005-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2000.135


The polymorphic isoenzyme CYP2D6 has a major role in the oxidative metabolism of many deal of psychoactive drugs. Its six mutant alleles (null alleles *3, *4, *5, *6, *7 and *8) encode for inactive enzyme molecules. A carrier of two mutant alleles is considered a poor metabolizer phenotype, while a carrier of only one damaged allele is considered an intermediate metabolizer phenotype. The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of null alleles in a group of psychiatric patients suffering from depression (n=49) and schizophrenia (n=86) in comparison with healthy individuals (n=145) by the method of multiplex allele specific PCR. Only CYP2D6*3,*4 and *6 mutant alleles were found in the study subjects. No significant difference between the depression and control groups was found for allele prevalence, genotype or phenotype distribution (p>0.05). However, a significant difference was observed between schizophrenic patients and controls for allele frequency (p=0.002), genotype distribution (p=0.016), and phenotype prevalence (p=0.018). The odds ratio of 2.542 for 2D6*4 suggested a significant association between this allele and schizophrenia, significantly contributing to poor metabolizer phenotype (odds ratio=5.020). The relationship between CYP2D6 gene polymorphism and side effects in schizophrenic patients undergoing long-term psychoactive drug therapy was investigated. A significant difference was obtained for allele prevalence (p=0.002), genotype (p=0.029), and phenotype (p=0.002) distribution between patients without and with side effects. A relative risk of 2.626 and 5.333 for 2D6*4 and 2D6*6, respectively, and of 7.08 for poor metabolizer phenotype suggested a significant association between the hereditary susceptibility for a particular type of drug metabolism (defect alleles) and side effects. These preliminary r e s u l t s suggest that the CYP2D6 genotyping appears to be useful for predicting risks for side effects of psychoactive drugs in schizophrenic patients, but their usefulness should be further explored.

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Published Online: 2005-06-01

Published in Print: 2000-09-18

Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Volume 38, Issue 9, Pages 921–927, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2000.135.

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