|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 350-354
Evaluation of CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1 polymorphisms and phenotypic response to clopidogrel in healthy Indian adults
Kannan Sridharan, Rachna Kataria, Drishti Tolani, Shital Bendkhale, Nithya J Gogtay, Urmila M Thatte
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||20-Apr-2016|
|Date of Acceptance||05-Jun-2016|
|Date of Web Publication||13-Jul-2016|
Urmila M Thatte
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Introduction: CYP2C19 and P2Y12 polymorphisms have been claimed to alter the pharmacodynamic response to clopidogrel. ABCB1 polymorphism has been associated with the efflux of clopidogrel resulting in decreased bioavailability. Due to paucity of data from Indian population, the present study was undertaken to evaluate the association of genetic polymorphisms of CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1 with inhibition of platelet aggregation (IPA) by clopidogrel.
Methods: Healthy adults (n = 90) of either gender were administered single dose of 300 mg clopidogrel. Baseline, 4 h postdose, and day 7 assessment of platelet aggregation and genotype of CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1 were carried out using standardized laboratory methods. The difference in the maximum platelet aggregation (MPA) between baseline and 4 h postdose was considered as delta-MPA (DMPA), and percentage change of MPA at 4 h from baseline was considered as IPA. Those with an IPA of <30% were considered as poor responders. Inferential statistics was applied to find out significant difference of these parameters between various groups of genetic polymorphisms.
Results: Mean (standard deviation [SD]) of MPA (%) at baseline, 4 h postdose, and day 7 were 78 (5), 56 (16), and 71 (8), respectively. Similarly, mean (SD) of DMPA (%) and IPA (%) were 23 (17) and 29 (21), respectively. A total of 54/90 (60%) cases were found to be poor responders to clopidogrel. A wild genotype (*1/*1) of CYP2C19 was observed in 35 (40.2%), 42 (48.3%) had *1/*2, 2 (2.3%) individuals had *1/*3, and 8 (9.2%) had *2/*2 mutant genotypes. Although statistically not significant (P = 0.09), a trend was observed in having decreased inhibition values (both MPA and IPA) as we proceed from wild genotype (*1/*1) to mutant genotypes in the order of *1/*2, *1/*3, and *2/*2. Similarly, in P2Y12, a wild haplotype (H1/H1) was present in 77 (89.5%) and 9 (10.5%) individuals had H1/H2 type. A statistically significant difference in DMPA and IPA was observed with more IPA by clopidogrel in individuals with H2 haplotype. No association was observed between the carriers and noncarriers of mutant (T) allele of ABCB1.
Conclusion: A trend of decrease in the IPA with CYP2C19 genotypes and an increase in the same with the H2 haplotype of P2Y12 following clopidogrel in Indian healthy adults were observed. Assessment of genetic polymorphisms of the same may aid in personalizing the therapy with clopidogrel.
Keywords: Antiplatelet drugs, clopidogrel, genotype, pharmacogenetics, phenotype
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Sridharan K, Kataria R, Tolani D, Bendkhale S, Gogtay NJ, Thatte UM. Evaluation of CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1 polymorphisms and phenotypic response to clopidogrel in healthy Indian adults. Indian J Pharmacol 2016;48:350-4
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Sridharan K, Kataria R, Tolani D, Bendkhale S, Gogtay NJ, Thatte UM. Evaluation of CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1 polymorphisms and phenotypic response to clopidogrel in healthy Indian adults. Indian J Pharmacol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Jun 21];48:350-4. Available from: https://www.ijp-online.com/text.asp?2016/48/4/350/186191
Clopidogrel is an inhibitor of platelet aggregation. It antagonizes the activity of adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and is used in clinical practice since 1997 for the management of patients with myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, and peripheral arterial disease. Clopidogrel binds to ADP receptor (P2Y12), and genetic polymorphisms in P2Y12 gene (H1 and H2) haplotypes affect the phenotypic response to the drug. Furthermore, clopidogrel is a prodrug depending on CYP2C19 for conversion to an active metabolite, 2-oxo-clopidogrel. Polymorphisms in CYP2C19 (*1, *2, and *3) have been shown to affect antiplatelet response of clopidogrel in various studies. ABCB1 C3435T has been shown to hinder with the intestinal absorption of clopidogrel, thereby reducing its antiplatelet activity. However, studies from the Western population were inconclusive regarding the changes in the phenotypic effect of this exact mutation in the ABCB1. In recent, platelet aggregation methods have been standardized and the phenotypic activity of clopidogrel can be established by analyzing its activity to decrease the platelet aggregation. Considering the paucity of Indian data regarding the influence of CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1 genetic polymorphisms on the antiplatelet effect of clopidogrel, we conducted this study in healthy Indian adults.
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Study Ethics and Participants
The study was initiated following approval from the Institutional Ethics Committee of Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital (EC/OA-29/2011) and was registered in the Clinical Trial Registry of India (CTRI/2011/06/001795). As no literature exists regarding the change of delta-maximum platelet aggregation (DMPA) and inhibition of platelet aggregation (IPA) by clopidogrel in Indian population, no formal sample size calculation was undertaken. Adults between 18 and 40 years of age of either gender with an uneventful medical and surgical history, normal hematological (hemoglobin, red blood corpuscle count, white blood cell count, and platelet count) and biochemical (random blood glucose, blood urea, serum creatinine, total and direct bilirubin, aspartate aminotransferase, and alanine aminotransferase) parameters, and a MPA of at least 70% as assessed by platelet reactivity index were recruited in the study after obtaining the written informed consent.
Eligible study participants were asked to come after an overnight fast and a standardized breakfast was given to all the study participants. After half an hour, 20 ml of blood was withdrawn for assessment of baseline MPA and genotyping of CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1. They were immediately administered 300 mg clopidogrel (4 tablets of Clopivas 75 mg, batch number D 10392 manufactured by Cipla Ltd.). After 4 h of drug administration, 10 ml of blood was withdrawn for postdose MPA. The study participants were closely observed for any adverse event for 8 h, and then discharged from the hospital. Telephonic follow-up of the study participants for any adverse event was done for 24 h period, and the participants were asked to come for a follow-up on day 7 for MPA assessment and any adverse event.
Genotyping of CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1 were carried out as per the methodology described by Adithan et al., Braun et al., and Hu et al., respectively. The primer sequence used for identification of the same is shown in [Table 1].
|Table 1: Poor responder status with CYP2C19 genotypes and P2Y12 haplotypes|
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Platelet aggregatory response to ADP (20 µM) was studied using the turbidimetric method described by Born  on a chronolog platelet aggregocorder.
Endpoints and Statistical Analyses
The exact difference in the MPA between baseline and 4 h postdose was considered as DMPA and percentage reduction in the 4 h postdose MPA as compared to baseline was considered as IPA. Those with an IPA of <30% were categorized as poor responders. All the numerical data were assessed for normality using Kolmogorov–Smirnov test. The differences in DMPA and IPA were evaluated between the individuals with various genotypes of CYP2C19 using one-way analysis of variance, and unpaired Student's t-test was used for the same among P2Y12 haplotypes. Kruskal-Wallis H test was used to assess the statistical significance of DMPA and IPA between various genotypes of ABCB1. Mann–Whitney U-test was applied for assessing the difference of predose, DMPA and IPA between noncarriers (CC) and carriers of T alleles (TC + TT). Chi-square test was used to assess the proportion of poor responders between different genotypes. Trend analysis for the assessment of poor responder status between CYP2C19 genotypes was performed by Chi-square test for trend. Statistical analysis was performed in SPSS version 17.0 (SPSS Inc., Illinois, Chicago, USA). P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.
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A total of 90 participants (male:female, 2:1) were enrolled in the present study with the median (range) of age in years of 21 (18–35). None of the study participants had any adverse event with clopidogrel.
CYP2C19 genotyping was available for 87 participants, of whom 35 (40.2%) had the wild genotype (*1/*1), 42 (48.3%) had *1/*2, 2 (2.3%) individuals had *1/*3, and 8 (9.2%) had *2/*2 mutant genotypes. P2Y12 genotyping results were available for 86 participants of which wild haplotype (H1/H1) was present in 77 (89.5%) and 9 (10.5%) individuals had H1/H2 and none with H2/H2 type. ABCB1 genotyping results were available only for 55 study participants. A total of 47 (85.5%) participants were identified to carry T allele (23/55 [41.8%] had CT, 24/55 [43.7%]) and the remaining (8/55 [14.5%]) were identified to harbor CC genotype (noncarriers of T allele).
Mean (standard deviation [SD]) of MPA (%) at baseline, 4 h postdose, and day 7 were 78 (5), 56 (16), and 71 (8), respectively. Similarly, mean (SD) of DMPA (%) and IPA (%) were 23 (17) and 29 (21), respectively. A total of 54 subjects (60%) were found to be poor responders to clopidogrel.
Association of Genotyping and Phenotyping
[Figure 1] depicts the mean (SD) of DMPA (%) and IPA (%) for different groups of CYP2C19 (*1/*1, *1/*2, *1/*3, and *2/*2). Although statistically not significant (P = 0.09), a trend of decreased inhibition values (both MPA and IPA) was observed as we proceed from wild genotype (*1/*1) to the mutant genotypes in the order of *1/*2, *1/*3, and *2/*2. Furthermore, the proportion of poor responders was not significantly different between the various CYP2C19 genotypes (P = 0.1) [Table 2]. Mean (SD) of DMPA (%) and IPA (%) among carriers (23.8 [17.5] and 30 [22.2]) of any of the mutant alleles (*2/*3) and noncarriers (*1/*1) (21 [15.4] and 27 [19.2]) was not found statistically significant (P = 0.17) [Figure 2].
|Figure 1: CYP2C19 genotype and phenotypic parameters (n = 87). DMPA = Delta-maximum platelet aggregation, IPA = Inhibition of platelet aggregation, P < 0.05 (not significant) using one-way analysis of variance. No statistically significant difference was observed with either DMPA or IPA between the different genotypes of CYP2C19|
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|Table 2: ABCB1 genotype and phenotypic parameters in health subject taking clopidogrel|
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|Figure 2: Carriers and noncarriers of mutant allele in CYP2C19 genotype and phenotypic parameters (n = 87). DMPA = Delta-maximum platelet aggregation, IPA = Inhibition of platelet aggregation, P = 0.17 (not statistically significant for both DMPA and IPA between the carriers and noncarriers of mutant alleles)\s|
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[Figure 3] illustrates the difference in mean (SD) of DMPA (%) and IPA (%) for the haplotypes of P2Y12 (H1/H1 and H1/H2). A statistically significant difference was obtained in both DMPA (P = 0.03) and IPA (P = 0.02) between individuals with H1/H1 and H1/H2 haplotypes. Individuals with H2 haplotype were found to have more IPA following clopidogrel administration. However, the proportion of poor responders was not significantly different (P = 0.2) between the haplotypes [Table 2]. A total of two participants had a combination of mutant alleles in CYP2C19 (*2/*3) and P2Y12 (H2), with the DMPA (%) of 9, 42 and IPA (%) of 13, 59, respectively.
|Figure 3: P2Y12 haplotype and phenotypic parameters (n = 86). DMPA = Delta-maximum platelet aggregation, IPA = Inhibition of platelet aggregation, P = 0.03 (significant) using unpaired t-test for DMPA and P = 0.02 (significant). A statistically significant reduction in both DMPA and IPA was observed with H1/H2 haplotype in comparison with H1/H1 haplotype|
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With regard to genotyping of ABCB1, [Table 2] depicts the various parameters of platelet aggregation values. It can be observed that there was no significant difference in predose, DMPA or IPA between carriers and noncarriers of T allele. However, when analyzed by genotype group (wild, hetero mutant and homo mutant), a statistically significant reduction in DMPA and IPA was observed for hetero mutant (CT) as compared to wild (CC) and homo mutant (TT) types. A total of 34/55 (61.8%) individuals were identified as poor responders and the proportion of poor responders was not significantly different when analyzed based on either the carrier status or genotype group [Table 2].
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The present study was done to find out the association of genetic polymorphisms of CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1 with phenotypic response of inhibiting platelet aggregation following a single dose of 300 mg clopidogrel in healthy adult Indians. We found a trend of decrease in platelet inhibition among individuals with mutant genotypes of CYP2C19. On the other hand, those with H2 haplotype (H1/H2) in P2Y12 had a profound IPA. Nearly 60% of the study participants have been found to be poor responders to clopidogrel, and there was no significant difference observed between various CYP2C19 genotypes or P2Y12 haplotypes or ABCB1 genotypes.
Clopidogrel, one of the commonly used agents in the management of thromboembolic disorders has been found to be associated with high inter-individual variability and around one-third of patients were found to be nonresponsive. Among the various factors contributing to this variability, genetic influence of the enzymes involved in activation (CYP2C19) and metabolism (CYP3A4, CYP3A5, and CYP2C9), transport (ABCB1) and pharmacodynamic target (P2Y12) is the widely studied one. Of these, the present study had assessed the influence of CYP2C19 and P2Y12 polymorphisms with their effect on the degree of platelet inhibition. The allele frequencies of *2 and *3 of CYP2C19 in Asian population have been found to be range between 29–35% and 2–9%, respectively., Depending on the activity, those with *1/*1 genotype in CYP2C19 were termed as extensive metabolizers, *1/*2 as intermediate and the rest (*1/*3, *2/*2, *2/*3 and *3/*3) as poor metabolizers. We found majority of the individuals with *1/*2 genotype (48%) followed by *1/*1 (40%) similar to other studies from the West  and India. Although statistically not significant, a trend was observed in decreased response to clopidogrel with mutant genotypes as compared to wild although several other authors have established a significant association either in healthy volunteers or patients.,, A similar trend was also observed in another study with drug-naive patients of acute myocardial infarction from the same population. This can be either attributed to influence of other genetic factors that were not assessed or an inadequate sample size in the present study. Furthermore, because of the aforementioned reason, we did not find any significant difference between carriers and noncarriers of reduced function alleles. Interestingly, Mega et al. had found that carriers of at least one of these reduced function alleles had a relative reduction of 32.4% of the active metabolite of clopidogrel in their plasma as compared to noncarriers. In addition, the authors in the same study had also found 9% decrease in the MPA among carriers of any of these reduced function alleles. Even the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) has recently revised the prescribing information highlighting the impact of CYP2C19 genotyping with clopidogrel response. The US FDA has even issued a “black-box” warning of reduced effectiveness of clopidogrel in patients with *2 alleles and recommends either initiation of clopidogrel at higher dose or other alternative antiplatelet agent. Considering the prevalence of mutant alleles of CYP2C19 in Indian population, it may be worthwhile to do genetic testing to determine the adequate dose of clopidogrel but there is a paucity of data on the cost-effectiveness of this strategy. Studies evaluating the cost-effectiveness of performing pharmacogenetic testing for clopidogrel administration are the need of the hour to determine their clinical utility, especially in Indian setup. We also found a greater IPA with H2 halotype of P2Y12 similar to earlier studies. Interestingly, H2 haplotype has been found to be a high-risk factor for coronary artery disease  and peripheral arterial disease  due to an increased ADP-induced platelet aggregation. Although the combination of H2 haplotype with CYP2C19 mutant genotype has been shown to have altered antiplatelet response following clopidogrel response, we had only two patients in the present study leaving no such conclusions. Similarly, we found no significant differences between the carriers and noncarriers of mutant (T) allele of ABCB1. The results are corroborative to other studies  and also from a meta-analysis. However, the meta-analysis  found an increased risk of early major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with carriers of T allele in ABCB1 at 3435 position.
The proportion of poor responders to clopidogrel was found to be 60% in the present study similar to other studies. Although variant intestinal absorption, efflux transporter (ACB1) activity, CYP2C19, and P2Y12 activity have been discussed by various authors as reasons for such nonresponsiveness to clopidogrel, we did not find any association between CYP2C19, P2Y12, and ABCB1 polymorphisms with poor responder status. Higher dose (600 mg) of clopidogrel or other antiplatelet drugs has been recommended by various other authors in such individuals.
The study results should be interpreted with the limitations of not having assessed the influence of other genes involved in the pharmacokinetics of clopidogrel; in addition, in CYP2C19 alleles, presence of *17 (has ultra-rapid activity) was not looked at; patients on clopidogrel have not been included and therefore data on clinical endpoints were not available. To conclude, we found a trend of decrease in the IPA with CYP2C19 genotypes and an increase in the same with the H2 haplotype of P2Y12 following clopidogrel in Indian healthy adults. Assessment of genetic polymorphisms of the same may aid in personalizing the therapy with clopidogrel in patients.
We would like to thank Dr. Jaideep Gogtay, Medical Director, Cipla Ltd., Mumbai, for offering clopivas tablets and Ms. Juhi Bhargava (undergraduate medical student), Ms. Madhuri Shewale (postgraduate (M.S.) biotechnology student), Dr. Priya Wagh and Dr. Sudharshan Upadhyay (M. Sc. Pharmaceutical Sciences students) for their help in data collection and Ms. Prajakta Gandhe for her help in genotyping of P2Y12. We also thank the Indian Council of Medical Research for funding this study under Ad-Hoc research grant.
Financial Support and Sponsorship
The study was funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research under Ad-Hoc grant.
Conflicts of Interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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