The association between UGT1A1 polymorphisms and treatment toxicities of liposomal irinotecan

Y. Y. Su, N. J. Chiang, J. S. Chang, Y. W. Wang, B. N. Shen, Y. J. Li, D. Y. Hwang, Y. S. Shan, L. T. Chen

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Background: Initial dose adjustment is recommended for patients with known UGT1A1∗28 homozygosity for both conventional irinotecan and liposomal irinotecan (nal-IRI). A recent population pharmacokinetic (PK) study showed that Asian patients had a lower prevalence of UGT1A1∗28 homozygosity but a significantly higher maximum blood concentration of SN-38 (SN-38 Cmax) and a higher incidence of grade ≥3 neutropenia after nal-IRI administration than Caucasian patients. The current study investigated the association of UGT1A1 polymorphisms, including the Asian prevalent UGT1A1∗6, PK and toxicities of nal-IRI-based therapy in the Asian population. Patients and methods: A total of 162 patients with nal-IRI-based therapy and available UGT1A1∗6 and UGT1A1∗28 genotyping were included, with 82 Asian patients from six previous phase I or II studies of nal-IRI (cohort 1) and another 80 patients with nal-IRI + 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin every 2 weeks as real-world practice in a single institute in Taiwan (cohort 2). Results: The frequency of UGT1A1∗6 or UGT1A1∗28 homozygosity/compound heterozygosity was 9.3%, with UGT1A1∗6/∗6 in 2.5%, UGT1A1∗28/∗28 in 1.9% and UGT1A1∗6/∗28 in 4.9%. Among the 53 patients in cohort 1 with available PK data, all 7 patients with homozygosity/compound heterozygosity harbored UGT1A1∗6 and had a significantly higher level of median dose-normalized area under the concentration–time curve (AUC) and Cmax of SN-38 than those with single heterozygosity/wild type. Of the entire study population, the incidence of grade ≥3 neutropenia and diarrhea was significantly higher in patients with homozygosity/compound heterozygosity than in those with single heterozygosity/wild type, 73.3% versus 38.1% (P = 0.012, Fisher's exact test) and 33.3% versus 9.5% (P = 0.018, Fisher's exact test), respectively. Conclusion: The results suggest that the recommendation of a lower starting dose of nal-IRI for patients with UGT1A1∗28 homozygosity should be extended to include patients with UGT1A1∗6 homozygosity/compound heterozygosity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100746
JournalESMO Open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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