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Thromb Res. 2007;120(6):893-9. Epub 2007 Mar 6.

Role of the T744C polymorphism of the P2Y12 gene on platelet response to a 600-mg loading dose of clopidogrel in 597 patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, CHU Timone, Marseille, France.



Variability in platelet response to clopidogrel and its clinical relevance have been well described. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Recently, the T744C polymorphism of the P2Y12 receptor gene has been associated with enhanced platelet aggregation in healthy volunteers, suggesting a possible mechanism for modulation of clopidogrel response.


To assess whether the clopidogrel response may be influenced by the T744C P2Y12 gene polymorphism in patients with non ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE ACS).


597 NSTE ACS patients were included in our study and were divided into 3 groups: CC homozygotes, CT heterozygotes ad TT homozygotes. All patients received loading doses of 600 mg clopidogrel and 250 mg aspirin at least 12 hours before blood samples. Clopidogrel response was assessed by post-treatment ADP 10 micromol/L-induced platelet aggregation (ADP-Ag), VASP phosphorylation (PRI VASP) and P-selectin expression (PS). Clopidogrel resistance was defined by persistence of High Post-treatment Platelet Reactivity (HPPR=ADP-Ag>70%).


Significant variability in the distribution of platelet parameters was observed in the overall study population. No significant difference in platelet parameter profiles was observed within patients having the same genotype, for ADP-Ag (p=0.39), PRI VASP (p=0.97) and PS (p=0.62). The genotype frequencies of the T744C polymorphism of the P2Y12 gene were similar in responders and non responders defining by HPPR (p=0.75).


Our study did not show any influence of the T744C polymorphism of the P2Y12 receptor gene on clopidogrel response assessed by ADP-Ag, PRI VASP or P-selectin expression in NSTE ACS patients.

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