Monday, August 10, 2020

CYP3A5 released on PharmVar

PharmVar and PharmGKB are excited to announce that CYP3A5 has been transitioned into the PharmVar database. Variation information has been extensively curated by the PharmVar CYP3A5 gene experts which led to the correction of some allele definitions or reclassification of others. The submission of new data added novel suballeles, as well as helped to raise the evidence levels for several alleles from ‘Lim’ to ‘Def’. Important CYP3A5 information is provided in the ‘Read Me’ document such as reference sequences used and how the PharmVar CAVE tool facilitates comparisons of core allele definitions. All changes and revisions have been summarized in the ‘Change Log’ document. Here we also list all new haplotypes. Check it out at https://www.pharmvar.org/gene/CYP3A5.

And finally, a big thank you to all of the CYP3A5 gene experts who serve on this panel for their hard work.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

PharmVar user survey released

The Pharmacogene Variation (PharmVar) Consortium, a central repository for pharmacogene (PGx) variation that focuses on haplotype structure and allelic variation is interested in hearing from the PGx user community regarding their resource.  Please take a couple of minutes to fill out their user survey.

Friday, July 10, 2020

ICPC publishes GWAS analysis on platelet reactivity and cardiovascular response in patients treated with clopidogrel

The GWAS analysis on platelet reactivity and cardiovascular outcome for clopidogrel, the third paper by the International Clopidogrel Pharmacogenomics Consortium (ICPC), has just been published in journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Clopidogrel is an antiplatelet agent widely used in patients with acute coronary syndrome, percutaneous coronary intervention, or ischemic stroke. Individual responses to clopidogrel show substantial variability, and poor response is often associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Genetic variants in CYP2C19 play an important role in response to clopidogrel. However, loss of function variants in CYP2C19 only account for a small percentage of the overall variation in platelet reactivity, suggesting that novel genetic variants for clopidogrel response remain to be discovered.

The International Clopidogrel Pharmacogenomics Consortium (ICPC) was established to identify genetic factors influencing clopidogrel efficacy and cardiovascular outcomes, using both genome-wide and candidate gene approaches. It comprises 17 study sites from 13 countries that contributed clinical and genetic data for a total of 8,929 patients treated with clopidogrel. Investigators from ICPC performed a GWAS on data from 2,750 individuals of European ancestry. The GWAS analysis showed that CYP2C19*2 is still the strongest genetic determinant of on-clopidogrel platelet reactivity, and no SNP reached genome wide significance for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) endpoints. However, in subgroup analyses for patients with coronary artery disease, percutaneous coronary intervention, and acute coronary syndrome, mutations in SCOS5P1, CDC42BPA and CTRAC1 showed genome-wide significance with MACE or stent thrombosis outcomes. This study represents the largest GWAS performed to date for clopidogrel response.

In addition to the GWAS analysis, the ICPC previously published the design paper and results from the candidate gene study, which developed a pharmacogenomic polygenic response score (PgxRS) - based on 31 candidate gene polymorphisms and assessed in 3,391 clopidogrel treated patients from the ICPC.  Several variants in CYP2C19, CES1, CYP2C9, CYP2B6 and PEAR1 were identified to have significantly influenced on-clopidogrel platelet reactivity. Patients who carried increasing number of risk alleles that lead to high platelet reactivity were significantly more likely to experience adverse cardiovascular events than patients who carried alleles that lead to better platelet inhibition.

For more information, please refer to the following publications by ICPC:

  1. Genome-wide association study of platelet reactivity and cardiovascular response in patients treated with clopidogrel: a study by the International Clopidogrel Pharmacogenomics Consortium (ICPC). Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2020 May 30. doi: 10.1002/cpt.1911. PMID: 32472697
  2. Pharmacogenomic Polygenic Response Score Predicts Ischemic Events and Cardiovascular Mortality in Clopidogrel-Treated Patients. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Pharmacother. 2019 Sep 3:pvz045. doi:10.1093/ehjcvp/pvz045. PMID: 31504375.
  3. Genome-wide and candidate gene approaches of clopidogrel efficacy using pharmacodynamic and clinical end points-Rationale and design of the International Clopidogrel Pharmacogenomics Consortium (ICPC). Am Heart J. 2018 Apr;198:152-159. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2017.12.010. PMID: 29653637

Monday, July 6, 2020

PharmVar GeneFocus paper for CYP2C19 is published

The PharmVar GeneFocus: CYP2C19 paper, the second of the GeneFocus series, has just been published by Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
PharmVar thanks all CYP2C19 experts as well as the PharmGKB team who have served on this panel and diligently curated this gene and reviewed submissions ever since PharmVar was launched back in 2017. This review provides a general overview of CYP2C19 as well as a deeper dive into the nomenclature.
The GeneFocus also provides a summary of a revision of CYP2C19*1. This revision was introduced to apply PharmVar allele definition criteria consistently across all CYP2C19 haplotypes, as well as to align definitions with the current reference sequence and its recently released LRG. Highlights of the revision include:
·       All but one *1 suballele contained g.80161A>G (I331V), which posed a conflict as this SNP is also present on many other star alleles 
·       To resolve this conflict, *1.001 (previously known as *1A) was revised to *38
o   This haplotype matches the NG_008384.3 RefSeq and LRG_584; therefore, there are no SNVs in the *38 core allele definition
o   All remaining *1 subvariants now contain g.80161A>G (I331V); consequently, g.80161A>G (I331V) has been added to the *1 core allele definition
·       *1 subvariants (with g.80161A>G (I331V)) are more commonly observed than *38
o   Commonly used genotyping platforms do not test for g.80161A>G (I331V) and thus, *1 will be assigned by default
·       The I331V amino acid change does not appear to impact function; therefore, both *1 and *38 are normal function
Changes such as the update from CYP2C19*1.001 to *38 may be viewed as ‘interruptive’. However, having standardized nomenclature that is consistently applied will greatly benefit the research and clinical PGx communities moving forward. The revision can now be found on the PharmVar page for CYP2C19.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

LCD announces coverage for PGx testing under Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have posted a FUTURE Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for MolDX: Pharmacogenomics Testing (L38294). This includes broad coverage for pharmacogenomic testing to go in effect this summer.

CPIC provided presentations to Palmetto prior to their draft LCD, and provided written comments on LCD ID L38294 back in November of 2019. CPIC members were instrumental in the feedback provided, and many of CPIC’s suggestions have been incorporated, and CPIC guidelines are cited throughout their document. For example, their post states:  “PGx tests are indicated when medications are being considered for use (or already being administered) that are medically necessary, appropriate, and approved for use in the patient’s condition and are known to have a gene(s)-drug interaction that has been demonstrated to be clinically actionable as defined by the FDA (PGx information required for safe drug administration) or Clinical Pharmacogenetic Implementation Consortium (CPIC) guidelines (category A and B).”

The LCD defines ‘actionable use’ of PGx as “when the genotype information may lead to selection of or avoidance of a specific therapy or modification of dosage of a therapy. The selection, avoidance, or dose change must be based on the FDA-label for the drug, an FDA warning or safety concern, or a CPIC level A or B gene-drug interaction”. PharmGKB uses the ‘Alternate Drug’ and ‘Dosing Info’ tags to highlight drug label annotations where the label contains information about contraindications or dosing changes based on genotype information. These tags can be used to filter our table of drug label annotations.

Monday, June 8, 2020

PGRN Transition

After 20 years of NIH funding, the Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN) is becoming an independent scientific society on July 1, 2020. The deadline for becoming a founding member has been extended. If you are interested in joining, please visit www.pgrn.org.

On behalf of all of the NIH PGRN funded investigators, we thank NIH for their past support, particularly our original program officer, Dr. Rochelle Long (NIGMS Director, Division of Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry).

Update 6/29/2020 The inaugural Research In Progress (RIPS) webinar from the PGRN society will be given by Alan Shuldiner, MD, on Friday July 17 at 11am Eastern time. Dr. Shuldiner will speak on "Building bridges between industry, academia, health care systems and communities to advance Precision Medicine".

From Friday August 14, RIPS webinars will be held on the second Friday of every month at 11am Eastern time for all PGRN members. A schedule of upcoming RIPS webinars can be found here. If you are interested in joining the PGRN, you can become a member at www.pgrn.org.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Dr. Stuart Scott joins Stanford

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Stuart Scott will be joining Stanford University as a Professor in the Department of Pathology effective 1 September 2020. In addition, Dr. Scott will be Laboratory Director of the Stanford Medicine Clinical Genomics Program. Dr. Scott is moving from the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Sema4 (previously the Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory). He is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in both Clinical Molecular Genetics and Clinical Cytogenetics and Genomics. Dr. Scott’s research interests include pharmacogenomics (PGx), cytogenomics, epigenomics, and the implementation of genomic medicine. He has long standing collaborations with Stanford’s multi-institutional efforts in PGx including PharmGKB, CPIC, PharmVar and PharmCAT.