Molecular study of weight gain related to atypical antipsychotics: clinical implications of the CYP2D6 genotype

Vol. 55 No. 3 Suppl., 2014
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Laura Alexandra Nussbaum, Victor Dumitrascu, Anca Tudor, Raluca Gradinaru, Nicoleta Andreescu, Maria Puiu

Atypical antipsychotics, especially some of them, influence cellular lipogenesis, being associated with metabolic side effects including weight gain. Due to the increasing use of atypical antipsychotics in children and adolescents, their metabolic and endocrine adverse effects are of particular concern especially within this pediatric population that appears to be at greater risk. Genetic factors with a possible influence on atypical antipsychotics adverse effects include CYP2D6 polymorphisms. Our study, performed in 2009-2014, with a two-year enrolment period during which we recruited children and adolescents with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder on treatment with the antipsychotics (Risperidone, Aripiprazole or Olanzapine), included 81 patients, aged between 9 and 20 years, median age being 15.74 years. The gender percentage was 54% girls/46% boys. The CYP2D6 genotyping was performed after enrolment of the last patient. Based on the CYP2D6 genotype, three activity groups were identified and compared and we found that the patients with wt/4 genotype, intermediary metabolizer (carrier of one functional and one non-functional allele) have significantly higher weight gain values than the patients who did not exhibit allele 4. The CYP2D6 genotype in children and adolescents with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, proved to be a good predictor for the response to atypical antipsychotics and the side effects registered. The significant correlations between the CYP2D6 polymorphisms and the weight gain/BMI (body mass index) increase, as major side effects induced by antipsychotics proved the fact that the pharmacogenetic screening is needed in the future clinical practice, allowing for individualized, tailored treatment, especially for at-risk individuals.

Corresponding author: Raluca Gradinaru; e-mail:

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Petra Surlin, Bogdan Oprea, Sorina Mihaela Solomon, Simona-Georgiana Popa, Maria Mota, Garofita Olivia Mateescu, Anne-Marie Rauten, Dora-Maria Popescu, Lucian-Paul Dragomir, Ileana Puiu, Maria Bogdan, Mihai Raul Popescu

There is scientific data to support the existence of a two-way relationship between diabetes and periodontitis, with diabetes increasing the risk for periodontitis, and periodontal inflammation negatively affecting the diabetic status. Our study aims to investigate the expression of MMP-7, -8, -9 and -13 in the gingiva of the young patients with aggressive periodontitis (AP) and type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D). Gingival biopsies were harvested from five adult patients aged 19-29 years with T1D+AP with moderate (three cases) to severe (two cases) forms of AP and from four adult patients aged 18-28 years with moderate AP without T1D. The MMP-7 immunoreaction was positive in the five cases with T1D+AP with different staining patterns. The MMP-8 immunostaining was positive in all cases. The reaction was more intense in cases with T1D+AP, especially in those with severe periodontitis. The MMP-9 immunoreaction was present in all the structures of the gingival mucosa with different intensity, being frequently present surrounding the blood vessels of the chorion. In most of the patients, reaction to MMP-9 was intense, localized at the level of the cells in the superficial chorion and very rarely at the level of some dispersed cells in the connective vascular islands. MMP-13 was present in all cases, but it was more intense in the two cases with T1D+AP with probing depth (PD)>6 mm when it had similar patterns as MMP-9 staining and in one case with AP when the staining was observed strictly in the lamina propria associated with moderate chronic inflammatory infiltrate. The expression of MMP-7, -8, -9 and -13 in the gingiva of the young patients with aggressive periodontitis and T1D was positive in all studied cases supporting the hypothesis that both are inflammatory diseases with common pathogenic mechanisms involving inflammatory mediators and may be possible biomarkers of disease status.

Corresponding author: Anne-Marie Rauten, Lecturer, DMD, PhD; e-mail:

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