Pharmacogenetic polymorphisms in folate metabolism affect toxicity after high dose methotrexate in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia
2012 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
We hypothesized that polymorphisms in folate metabolism would affect treatment effects of the folate antagonist methotrexate (MTX). We studied whether ATIC347C>T, MTHFR677C>T, MTHFR1298C>A and SHMT1-1420C>T polymorphisms influence risk of disease or efficacy and toxicity of MTX in a large population of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). The children were treated after standardized Nordic protocols with 5-8 g/m2 high-dose MTX courses and long term oral maintenance therapy with weekly MTX. Ninety-four percent (n=533) of the children diagnosed during a 16 year time period were included. The study showed that the polymorphisms had no effect on risk of ALL, MTX pharmacokinetics or outcome. However after high-dose MTX treatment, patients with MTHFR677TT/MTHFR677CT had more liver toxicity than patients with MTHFR677CC (alanine transferase: 174/154 versus 115U/L, p=0.049). Patients with MTHFR1298AA had more liver toxicity than patients with MTHFR1298CC (alanine transferase: 144 versus 108 U/L, p=0.04). More bone marrow toxicity was found in patients with MTHFR1298CC compared to MTHFR1298CT / MTHFR1298AA (Nadir means: Platelets 72 versus 109/93*109/L, p=0.0001).
In conclusion this study supports that MTHFR1298C>A and MTHFR677C>T are associated with toxicity in MTX treatment and the MTHFR variants should be considered as markers for individualization of treatment in childhood ALL in combination with other pharmacogenetic markers.
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Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77622OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-77622DiVA: diva2:528142