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Rojas L.,University of Santiago de Chile | Rojas L.,Hospital Universitari i Politecnic | Neumann I.,University of Santiago de Chile | Neumann I.,McMaster University | And 9 more authors.
Pharmacogenomics Journal

The highly variable pharmacokinetics of tacrolimus can hamper the optimal management of kidney transplant patients. This variability has been attributed to the genetic polymorphism of CYP3A5 6986A>G, but the evidence is not clear. We conducted a meta-analysis of studies evaluating the effect of CYP3A5 polymorphism on kidney transplant recipients with tacrolimus plasma concentration divided by daily dose per body weight (C/D) and clinical outcomes. We searched in MEDLINE and EMBASE. We found evidence suggesting a significantly lower C/D among CYP3A5∗1 allele carriers compared with carriers of the CYP3A5∗3/∗3 genotype at weeks 1 and 2, and months 1, 3, 6 and 12. We demonstrated that the expresser genotype might have higher risk of acute rejection and chronic nephrotoxicity. In conclusion, CYP3A5 6986A>G polymorphism can affect tacrolimus pharmacokinetics and the incidence of acute rejection and chronic nephrotoxicity on kidney transplant recipients. Patients at high risk of developing tacrolimus-related complications could be detected even before their kidney transplant. © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Source

Bastida G.,Hospital Universitari i Politecnic | Beltran B.,Hospital Universitari i Politecnic
World Journal of Gastroenterology

Smoking is a major environmental factor that interferes in the establishment and clinical course of ulcerative colitis (UC). Firstly, the risk of smoking status impact in the development of UC is reviewed, showing that current smoking has a protective association with UC. Similarly, being a former smoker is associated with an increased risk of UC. The concept that smoking could have a role in determining the inflammatory bowel disease phenotype is also discussed. Gender may also be considered, as current smoking delays disease onset in men but not in women. No clear conclusions can be driven from the studies trying to clarify whether childhood passive smoking or prenatal smoke exposure have an influence on the development of UC, mainly due to methodology flaws. The influence of smoking on disease course is the second aspect analysed. Some studies show a disease course more benign in smokers that in non-smokers, with lower hospitalizations rates, less flare-ups, lower use of oral steroids and even less risk of proximal extension. This is not verified by some other studies. Similarly, the rate of colectomy does not seem to be determined by the smoking status of the patient. The third issue reviewed is the use of nicotine as a therapeutic agent. The place of nicotine in the treatment of UC is unclear, although it could be useful in selected cases, particularly in recent ex-smokers with moderate but refractory attacks of UC. Finally, the effect of smoking cessation in UC patients is summarised. Given that smoking represents a major worldwide cause of death, for inpatients with UC the risks of smoking far outweigh any possible benefit. Thus, physicians should advise, encourage and assist UC patients who smoke to quit. © 2011 Baishideng. All rights reserved. Source

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