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Human variability in polymorphic CYP2D6 metabolism: Implications for the risk assessment of chemicals in food and emerging designer drugs

Abstract : The major human cytochrome P450 CYP2D6 isoform enzyme plays important roles in the liver and in the brain with regards to xenobiotic metabolism. Xenobiotics as CYP2D6 substrates include a whole range of pharmaceuticals, pesticides and plant alkaloids to cite but a few. In addition, a number of endogenous compounds have been shown to be substrates of CYP2D6 including trace amines in the brain such as tyramine and 5-methoxytryptamine as well as anandamide and progesterone. Because of the polymorphic nature of CYP2D6, considerable inter-phenotypic and inter-ethnic differences in the pharmaco/toxicokinetics (PK/TK) and metabolism of CYP2D6 substrates exist with potential consequences on the pharmacology and toxicity of chemicals. Here, large extensive literature searches have been performed to collect PK data from published human studies for a wide range of pharmaceutical probe substrates and investigate human variability in CYP2D6 metabolism. The computed kinetic parameters resulted in the largest open source database, quantifying inter-phenotypic differences for the kinetics of CYP2D6 probe substrates in Caucasian and Asian populations, to date. The database is available in supplementary material (CYPD6 DB) and EFSA knowledge junction (DOI to added). Subsequently, meta-analyses using a hierarchical Bayesian model for markers of chronic oral exposure (oral clearance, area under the plasma concentration time curve) and acute oral exposure (maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) provided estimates of inter-phenotypic differences and CYP2D6-related uncertainty factors (UFs) for chemical risk assessment in Caucasian and Asian populations classified as ultra-rapid (UM), extensive (EMs), intermediate (IMs) and poor metabolisers (PMs). The model allowed the integration of inter-individual (i.e. inter-phenotypic and inter-ethnic), inter-compound and inter-study variability together with uncertainty in each PK parameter. Key findings include 1. Higher frequencies of PMs in Caucasian populations compared to Asian populations (>8% vs 1-2%) for which EM and IM were the most frequent phenotype. 2. Large inter-phenotypic differences in PK parameters for Caucasian EMs (coefficients of variation (CV) > 50%) compared with Caucasian PMs and Asian EMs and IMs (i.e CV < 40%). 3. Inter-phenotypic PK differences between EMs and PMs in Caucasian populations increase with the quantitative contribution of CYP2D6 for the metabolism (fm) for a range of substrates (fm CYP2D6 range: 20-95% of dose) (range: 1-54) to a much larger extent than those for Asian populations (range: 1-4). 4. Exponential meta-regressions between Fm CYP2D6 in EMs and inter-phenotypic differences were also shown to differ between Caucasian and Asian populations as well as CYP2D6-related UFs. Finally, implications of these results for the risk assessment of food chemicals and emerging designer drugs of public health concern, as CYP2D6 substrates, are highlighted and include the integration of in vitro metabolism data and CYP2D6 variability distributions for the development of quantitative in vitro in vivo extrapolation models.
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Kevin Darney, Leonie S Lautz, Camille Béchaux, Witold Wiecek, Emanuela Testai, et al.. Human variability in polymorphic CYP2D6 metabolism: Implications for the risk assessment of chemicals in food and emerging designer drugs. Environment International, Elsevier, 2021, 156, ⟨10.1016/j.envint.2021.106760⟩. ⟨anses-03318285⟩



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