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Eur Heart J. 2012 Sep;33(17):2143-50. Epub 2012 Mar 26.

The relationship between CYP2C19 polymorphisms and ischaemic and bleeding outcomes in stable outpatients: the CHARISMA genetics study.

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  • 1VA Boston Healthcare System, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, 1400 VFW Parkway, Boston, MA 02132, USA.



Clinical trials have established the value of clopidogrel therapy in a wide spectrum of patients with cardiovascular diseases. Both loss- and gain-of-function single nucleotide variants of CYP2C19 genes have been identified that affect clopidogrel metabolism and anti-platelet response. We sought to determine the impact of CYP2C19 polymorphisms on ischaemic and bleeding events.


A subset of patients from the Clopidogrel for High Atherothrombotic Risk and Ischemic Stabilization, Management, and Avoidance (CHARISMA) trial who consented to genotyping was analysed. Patients with clinically evident cardiovascular disease or multiple risk factors were enrolled in the trial. The rates of ischaemic and bleeding events were compared between carriers and non-carriers of loss-of-function and gain-of-function alleles in patients randomized to clopidogrel vs. placebo. A total of 4819 patients were genotyped and available for the analysis. Carriers of CYP2C19 loss-of-function alleles did not have an increased rate of ischaemic events. However, clopidogrel-treated patients did have a significantly lower rate of any bleeding in carriers: 36.1% (240/665) vs. 42.5% (681/1601) in non-carriers, HR: 0.80, 95% CI: 0.69-0.93, P = 0.003 (genotype/treatment interaction, P-value = 0.023). The CYP2C19 gain-of-function alleles did not affect ischaemic or bleeding endpoints.


No relationship was seen between CYP2C19 status and ischaemic outcomes in stable patients treated with clopidogrel. There was, however, significantly less bleeding with clopidogrel in carriers of the loss-of-function allele, suggesting less anti-platelet response. Although several prior studies, including mainly stented patients, have emphasized the relationship between CYP2C19 loss-of-function alleles and efficacy of clopidogrel, this study of stable patients establishes a potential link with reduced bleeding complications.


This study is registered with number, NCT00050817.

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