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HLA-B*58:01 allele is strongly associated with allopurinol-induced severe cutaneous adverse reactions in a Thai population

  • Thawinee Jantararoungtong1,
  • Ticha Rerkpattanapipat2,
  • Santirat Prommas1,
  • Napatrupron Koomdee1,
  • Siwalee Santon1,
  • Montri Chammanphol1,
  • Apichaya Puangpetch1 and
  • Chonlaphat Sukasem1
Clinical and Translational Allergy20144(Suppl 3):P120

https://doi.org/10.1186/2045-7022-4-S3-P120

Published: 18 July 2014

Background

Allopurinol has been reported as the most frequent causes of SCARs (severe cutaneous adverse reactions) in Thailand. Recent publications have shown that HLA-B*58:01 allele is a strong marker for allopurinol-induced SJS/TEN (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis). The aim of this study was to clarify the association of allopurinol-induced SCARs with the HLA-B*58:01 allele in Thai patients.

Method

To investigate this relationship, we performed PCR-SSOP (sequence specific oligonucleotide probe) on allopurinol-tolerant controls (n=56) and patients affected by allopurinol-induced SCARs (n=14). Among of allopurinol-induced SCARs, including 3 patients with allopurinol-induced DRESS (drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms), 9 patients with SJS/TEN and 2 patients with MPE (maculo-papular exanthema) were included. The presence of HLA-B*58:01 allele were genotyped by PCR-SSOP method at Laboratory for Pharmacogenomics, Ramathibodi Hospital.

Results

Of the 14 patients with allopurinol-induced SCARs, 13 (92.8%) patients (3 DRESS, 9 SJS/TEN and one severe MPE) had HLA-B*58:01 while only 6 (10.71%) of the allopurinol-tolerant controls had this allele. The risk of allopurinol-induced SCARs was significantly higher in the patients with HLA-B*58:01 with an OR (odd ratios) of 108.33 (95% CI 11.96-980.82, p<10-6). When compared with normal population, HLA-B*58:01 was associated with a higher risk of SCARs, both DRESS (OR: 80, 95%CI 3.42-372.87) and SJS/TEN (OR: 217.26, 95%CI 12.41-925.35).

Conclusion

In this study we confirmed that HLA-B*58:01 allele is strongly associated with allopurinol-induced SCARs in Thai population. Therefore, screening tests for HLA-B*58:01 allele in patients who will be treated with allopurinol will be clinically helpful in preventing the risk of developing SCARs.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Laboratory for Pharmacogenomics, Ramathibodi Hospital
(2)
Medicine Department, Ramathibodi Hospital

Copyright

© Jantararoungtong et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014

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