The utility of surrogate markers in predicting HLA alleles associated with adverse drug reactions in Vietnamese

Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2022 Jun;40(2):134-140. doi: 10.12932/AP-170219-0493.


Background: Screening for HLA-A*31:01/HLA-B*15:02, HLA-B*57:01 and HLA-B*58:01 is recommended in selected populations for prevention of carbamazepine, abacavir, and allopurinol-induced severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs). Compared to conventional methods for detection of HLA alleles, PCR using a tag single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) can be cost-effective, particularly where the surrogate marker SNP is in absolute linkage disequilibrium with the relevant HLA allele.

Objective: To determine guidelines for prevention of SCARs though predictive screening for the Australian Vietnamese population, the prevalence of four HLA alleles (HLA-A*31:01, HLA-B*15:02, HLA-B*57:01 and HLA-B*58:01) was examined. The utility of surrogate markers, rs2395029 and rs9263726, was investigated to predict for the presence of HLA-B*57:01 and HLA-B*58:01, respectively.

Methods: Genotyping for specific HLA alleles was performed in 152 healthy Vietnamese living in Sydney using validated and established PCR-based methods. SNP genotyping was conducted using restriction-fragment-length-polymorphism analysis.

Results: rs2395029 and rs9263726 strongly correlated with HLA-B*57:01 (κ = 1, p < 0.001) and HLA-B*58:01 (Κ = 0.9, p < 0.001) with 100% sensitivity and 100% negative predictive value for predicting the HLA-B*57:01 and HLA-B*58:01 carriers, respectively. A high prevalence of carriers of HLA-A*31:01 (3.29%), HLA-B*15:02 (14.47%), HLA-B*57:01 (6.58%) and HLA-B*58:01 (9.21%) was revealed.

Conclusions: Screening is recommended for these alleles in Australian Vietnamese prior to introducing relevant therapies. SNPs, rs2395029 and rs9263726, can be successfully used as surrogate markers for HLA-B*57:01 and HLA-B*58:01 in this population.

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Asian People / genetics
  • Australia
  • Biomarkers
  • Cicatrix*
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions*
  • Genotype
  • HLA-A Antigens / genetics
  • HLA-B Antigens / genetics
  • Humans


  • Biomarkers
  • HLA-A Antigens
  • HLA-B Antigens