Increased omeprazole metabolism in carriers of the CYP2C19*17 allele; a pharmacokinetic study in healthy volunteers

Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2008 May;65(5):767-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2008.03104.x. Epub 2008 Feb 20.


What is already known about this subject: The only existing study of CYP2C19*17-associated alterations in drug pharmacokinetics was retrospective and compared probe drug metabolic ratios. The CYP2C19*17 allele had been associated with a two- and fourfold decrease in omeprazole and S/R-mephenytoin metabolic ratios.

What this study adds: This study characterized the single-dose pharmacokinetics of omeprazole, along with the 5-hydroxy and sulphone metabolites, in CYP2C19*17/*17 and CYP2C19*1/*1 subjects. The observed differences in omeprazole AUC(infinity) suggest that the CYP2C19*17 allele is an important explanatory factor behind individual cases of therapeutic failure. AIMS To investigate the influence of the CYP2C19*17 allele on the pharmacokinetics of omeprazole, a commonly used CYP2C19 probe drug, in healthy volunteers.

Methods: In a single-dose pharmacokinetic study, 17 healthy White volunteers genotyped as either CYP2C19*17/*17 or CYP2C19*1/*1 received an oral dose of 40 mg of omeprazole. Plasma was sampled for up to 10 h postdose, followed by quantification of omeprazole, 5-hydroxy omeprazole and omeprazole sulphone by high-performance liquid chromatography.

Results: The mean omeprazole AUC(infinity) of 1973 h nmol l(-1) in CYP2C19*17/*17 subjects was 2.1-fold lower [95% confidence interval (CI) 1.1, 3.3] than in CYP2C19*1/*1 subjects (4151 h nmol l(-1), P = 0.04). A similar trend was observed for the sulphone metabolite with the CYP2C19*17/*17 group having a mean AUC(infinity) of 1083 h nmol l(-1), 3.1-fold lower (95% CI 1.2, 5.5) than the CYP2C19*1/*1 group (3343 h nmol l(-1), P = 0.03). A pronounced correlation (r(2) = 0.95, P < 0.0001) was seen in the intraindividual omeprazole AUC(infinity) and omeprazole sulphone AUC(infinity) values.

Conclusions: The pharmacokinetics of omeprazole and omeprazole sulphone differ significantly between homozygous CYP2C19*17 and CYP2C19*1 subjects. For clinically important drugs that are metabolized predominantly by CYP2C19, the CYP2C19*17 allele might be associated with subtherapeutic drug exposure.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alleles
  • Anti-Ulcer Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Ulcer Agents / pharmacokinetics*
  • Area Under Curve
  • Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylases / genetics*
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP2C19
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mixed Function Oxygenases / genetics*
  • Omeprazole / administration & dosage
  • Omeprazole / pharmacokinetics*
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*


  • Anti-Ulcer Agents
  • Mixed Function Oxygenases
  • Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylases
  • CYP2C19 protein, human
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP2C19
  • Omeprazole