5-Aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide-transformylase and inosine-triphosphate-pyrophosphatase genes variants predict remission rate during methotrexate therapy in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Serena Pastore, Gabriele Stocco, Valentina Moressa, Luigi Zandonà, Diego Favretto, Noelia Malusà, Giuliana Decorti, Loredana Lepore, Alessandro Ventura

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For children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) who fail to respond to methotrexate, the delay in identifying the optimal treatment at an early stage of disease can lead to long-term joint damage. Recent studies indicate that relevant variants to predict methotrexate response in JIA are those in 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide-transformylase (ATIC), inosine-triphosphate-pyrophosphatase (ITPA) and solute-liquid-carrier-19A1 genes. The purpose of the study was, therefore, to explore the role of these candidate genetic factors on methotrexate response in an Italian cohort of children with JIA. Clinical response to methotrexate was evaluated as clinical remission stable for a 6-month period, as ACRPed score and as change in Juvenile Arthritis Disease score. The most relevant SNPs for each gene considered were assayed on patients’ DNA. ITPA activity was measured in patients’ erythrocytes. Sixty-nine patients with JIA were analyzed: 52.2 % responded to therapy (ACRPed70 score), while 37.7 % reached clinical remission stable for 6 months. ATIC rs2372536 GG genotype was associated with improved clinical remission (adjusted p value = 0.0090). For ITPA, rs1127354 A variant was associated with reduced clinical remission: (adjusted p value = 0.028); this association was present even for patients with wild-type ITPA and low ITPA activity. These preliminary results indicate that genotyping of ATIC rs2372536 and ITPA rs1127354 variants or measuring ITPA activity could be useful to predict methotrexate response in children with JIA after validation by further prospective studies on a larger patient cohort.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-627
Number of pages9
JournalRheumatology International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • 5-Aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide-transformylase
  • Clinical remission
  • Inosine-triphosphate-pyrophosphatase
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Methotrexate
  • Pharmacogenetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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