Pharmacogenetic profiling in patients with advanced colorectal cancer treated with first-line FOLFOX-4 chemotherapy

Annamaria Ruzzo, Francesco Graziano, Fotios Loupakis, Eliana Rulli, Emanuele Canestrari, Daniele Santini, Vincenzo Catalano, Rita Ficarelli, Paolo Maltese, Renato Bisonni, Gianluca Masi, Gaia Schiavon, Paolo Giordani, Lucio Giustini, Alfredo Falcone, Giuseppe Tonini, Rosarita Silva, Rodolfo Mattioli, Irene Floriani, Mauro Magnani

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Purpose: The objective is to investigate whether polymorphisms with putative influence on fluorouracil/ oxaliplatin activity are associated with clinical outcomes of patients with advanced colorectal cancer treated with first-line oxaliplatin, folinic acid, and fluorouracil palliative chemotherapy. Materials and Methods: Consecutive patients were prospectively enrolled onto medical oncology units in Central Italy. Patients were required to have cytologically/histologically confirmed metastatic disease with at least one measurable lesion. Peripheral blood samples were used for genotyping 12 polymorphisms in thymidylate synthase, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, xeroderma pigmentosum group D (XPD), excision repair cross complementing group 1 (ERCC1), x-ray cross complementing group 1, x-ray cross complementing protein 3, glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) genes. The primary end point of the study was to investigate the association between genotypes and progression-free survival (PFS). Results: In 166 patients, ERCC1-118 T/T, XPD-751 A/C, and XPD-751 C/C genotypes were independently associated with adverse PFS. The presence of two risk genotypes (ERCC1-118 T/T combined with either XPD-751 A/C or XPD-751 C/C) occurred in 50 patients (31%). This profiling showed an independent role for unfavorable PFS with a hazard ratio of 2.84% and 95% CI of 1.47 to 5.45 (P = .002). Neurotoxicity was significantly associated with GSTP1-105 A/G. Carriers of the GSTP1-105 G/G genotype were more prone to suffer from grade 3 neurotoxicity than carriers of GSTP1-105 A/G and GSTP1-105A/A genotypes. Conclusion: A pharmacogenetic approach may be an innovative strategy for optimizing palliative chemotherapy in patients with advanced colorectal cancer. These findings deserve confirmation in additional prospective studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1247-1254
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)


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