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Acta Pharm Sin B. 2017 Jul;7(4):517-522. doi: 10.1016/j.apsb.2017.05.003. Epub 2017 Jun 7.

Arylamine N-acetyltransferase 2 genotype-dependent N-acetylation of isoniazid in cryopreserved human hepatocytes.

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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40202, USA.


Cryopreserved human hepatocytes were used to investigate the role of arylamine N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2; EC polymorphism on the N-acetylation of isoniazid (INH). NAT2 genotype was determined by Taqman allelic discrimination assay and INH N-acetylation was measured by high performance liquid chromatography. INH N-acetylation rates in vitro exhibited a robust and highly significant (P<0.005) NAT2 phenotype-dependent metabolism. N-acetylation rates in situ were INH concentration- and time-dependent. Following incubation for 24 h with 12.5 or 100 µmol/L INH, acetyl-INH concentrations varied significantly (P = 0.0023 and P = 0.0002) across cryopreserved human hepatocytes samples from rapid, intermediate, and slow acetylators, respectively. The clear association between NAT2 genotype and phenotype supports use of NAT2 genotype to guide INH dosing strategies in the treatment and prevention of tuberculosis.


Acetylation polymorphism; Genotype; Human hepatocytes; Isoniazid; N-Acetyltransferase 2; Phenotype

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