Cytochrome P450 2B6 516G→T is associated with plasma concentrations of nevirapine at both 200 mg twice daily and 400 mg once daily in an ethnically diverse population



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  1. Errata: ERRATUM Volume 10, Issue 10, 661, Article first published online: 2 September 2009

Dr Tabitha W. Mahungu, Department of HIV Medicine, Royal Free NHS Trust, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG, UK. Tel: +44 207 472 6232; fax: +44 207 472 6233; e-mail:



The aim of the study was to characterize the impact of the cytochrome P450 2B6 (CYP2B6), CYP3A4, CYP3A5 and ATP-binding cassette sub-family B member 1 (ABCB1) polymorphisms on nevirapine plasma concentrations.


A total of 104 patients (82% male; 26% non-Caucasian) were genotyped for eight single nucleotide polymorphisms at four loci (CYP2B6, CYP3A4, CYP3A5 and MDR1). Nevirapine plasma concentrations were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography.


Non-Caucasian ethnicity [5609 ng/mL (n=27) for non-Caucasians vs. 3771 ng/mL (n=77) for Caucasians; P<0.0001] and CYP2B6 516G→T [GG, 3574 ng/mL (n=50); GT, 4634 ng/mL (n=50); TT, 8170 ng/mL (n=4); Panalysis of variance (anova)=0.001] were significantly associated with a higher nevirapine trough concentration (Ctrough). The latter association was maintained with both 200 mg twice daily (bid) and 400 mg once daily (qd) dosing [GG, 3527 ng/mL (n=30); GT, 4525 ng/mL (n=32); TT, 7020 ng/mL (n=2); Panova=0.05 and GG, 3645 ng/mL (n=20); GT, 4861 ng/mL (n=17); TT, 9508 ng/mL (n=2); Panova=0.01, respectively]. In a multivariable analysis, CYP2B6 516G→T and non-Caucasian ethnicity remained significant predictors of nevirapine Ctrough but CYP2B6 516G→T homozygosity had the greatest effect (108% higher, 46% higher). No associations were found between nevirapine Ctrough and the remaining polymorphisms.


In this population, both non-Caucasian ethnicity and carriage of the variant allele of CYP2B6 516G→T were significant predictors of nevirapine Ctrough. The association between CYP2B6 516G→T and higher plasma nevirapine exposure was maintained at both bid and qd dosing.