Effects of uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase 2B7 and 1A7 pharmacogenomics and patient clinical parameters on steady-state mycophenolic acid pharmacokinetics in glomerulonephritis

Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2010 Nov;66(11):1119-30. doi: 10.1007/s00228-010-0846-x. Epub 2010 Jun 22.


Purpose: The role of pharmacogenomics, clinical and demographic parameters in pharmacokinetic predictions was evaluated in patients receiving mycophenolic acid (MPA).

Methods: A cohort study design of patients with glomerulonephritis secondary to lupus nephritis and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) vasculitis was employed. Forty-six patients with lupus nephritis and ANCA vasculitis who were receiving MPA were recruited from the nephrology clinic. The study assessed the relative single and combined roles of genomic, clinical, and demographic characteristics on pharmacokinetic parameters using general linear models. The study focused on polymorphisms in UGT1A7, UGT2B7, and ABCB1/MDR1; all of which have limited data available concerning MPA pharmacokinetics. All patients had pharmacokinetic assessments for MPA and glucuronide metabolites (MPAG, AcMPAG). Genotyping was performed for known variants of UGTs (UGT1A9, UGT1A7, UGT2B7), and multidrug resistance protein (ABCB1/MDR1), involved in MPA disposition. Analyses included univariate and multivariate linear modeling.

Results: In univariate analyses, UGT2B7 heterozygosity (coefficient 0.3508; R (2)=0.0873) and UGT1A7 heterozygosity (coefficient 0.3778; R (2)=0.0966) predicted increased apparent oral clearance of MPA. UGT1A7 heterozygosity (coefficient -0.4647; R (2) 0.0897) predicted lower MPA trough concentrations. In multivariate assessments, higher urinary protein excretion, lower serum creatinine, and increased weight predicted greater apparent oral clearance of MPA (p < 0.0001). White race and higher serum creatinine predicted higher MPA trough concentrations (p < 0.0001). Higher exposure to MPA was predicted by decreased urinary protein excretion and increased serum creatinine.

Conclusions: Clinical and demographic parameters were 2-4 times more important in MPA disposition than genotypes and explained 30-40% of the pharmacokinetic parameters.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B
  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B, Member 1 / genetics
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic / blood*
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Creatinine / blood
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / blood
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / pharmacokinetics*
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Glucuronosyltransferase / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Lupus Nephritis / drug therapy*
  • Lupus Nephritis / enzymology*
  • Lupus Nephritis / genetics
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycophenolic Acid / blood
  • Mycophenolic Acid / pharmacokinetics*
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • UDP-Glucuronosyltransferase 1A9
  • Vasculitis / drug therapy*
  • Vasculitis / enzymology*
  • Vasculitis / genetics
  • Vasculitis / immunology


  • ABCB1 protein, human
  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B
  • ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B, Member 1
  • Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic
  • Biomarkers
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • UGT1A9 protein, human
  • Creatinine
  • UGT2B7 protein, human
  • Glucuronosyltransferase
  • UDP-Glucuronosyltransferase 1A9
  • UGT1A7 protein, human
  • Mycophenolic Acid