Pharmacogenomics of MRP transporters (ABCC1-5) and BCRP (ABCG2)

Drug Metab Rev. 2008;40(2):317-54. doi: 10.1080/03602530801952617.


Elucidation of the key mechanisms that confer interindividual differences in drug response remains an important focus of drug disposition and clinical pharmacology research. We now know both environmental and host genetic factors contribute to the apparent variability in drug efficacy or in some cases, toxicity. In addition to the widely studied and recognized genes involved in the metabolism of drugs in clinical use today, we now recognize that membrane-bound proteins, broadly referred to as transporters, may be equally as important to the disposition of a substrate drug, and that genetic variation in drug transporter genes may be a major contributor of the apparent intersubject variation in drug response, both in terms of attained plasma and tissue drug level at target sites of action. Of particular relevance to drug disposition are members of the ATP Binding Cassette (ABC) superfamily of efflux transporters. In this review a comprehensive assessment and annotation of recent findings in relation to genetic variation in the Multidrug Resistance Proteins 1-5 (ABCC1-5) and Breast Cancer Resistance Protein (ABCG2) are described, with particular emphasis on the impact of such transporter genetic variation to drug disposition or efficacy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily G, Member 2
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters / genetics*
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters / metabolism
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Membrane Transport Proteins / genetics
  • Multidrug Resistance-Associated Proteins / genetics*
  • Multidrug Resistance-Associated Proteins / metabolism
  • Neoplasm Proteins / genetics*
  • Neoplasm Proteins / metabolism
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / metabolism*
  • Pharmacogenetics*
  • Phenotype


  • ABCC4 protein, human
  • ABCC5 protein, human
  • ABCG2 protein, human
  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily G, Member 2
  • ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters
  • Membrane Transport Proteins
  • Multidrug Resistance-Associated Proteins
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • multidrug resistance-associated protein 3
  • multidrug resistance-associated protein 2
  • multidrug resistance-associated protein 1