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Neurology. 2017 Oct 31;89(18):1915-1922. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004606. Epub 2017 Oct 4.

Meta-analysis of pharmacogenetic interactions in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis clinical trials.

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From the Department of Neurology, Brain Centre Rudolf Magnus (R.P.A.v.E., F.P.D., W.v.R., J.H.V., L.H.v.d.B., M.A.v.E.), and Department of Biostatistics and Research Support (M.J.C.E.), University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands; Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute and United Kingdom Dementia Research Institute Centre (A.R.J., W.S., A.S., C.E.S., A.A.-C.), Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, King's College London; Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) (P.J.S.), University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire; Department of Clinical Neuroscience (P.N.L.), Trafford Centre for Biomedical Research, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer, Brighton; The Walton Centre NHS Trust (C.A.Y.), Liverpool, UK; Istituti Clinici Scientifici Maugeri IRCSS (G.M.), Milan; Department of Neuroscience (J.M.), Sant'Agostino-Estense Hospital and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena; Department of Neurology (G.B.), Azienda Universitario Ospedaliera di Cagliari and University of Cagliari; Istituti Clinici Scientifici Maugeri IRCSS (P.V.), Mistretta, Italy; Rijnstate Ziekenhuis (E.V.), Arnhem, the Netherlands; Rita Levi Montalcini' Department of Neuroscience (A.C.), ALS Centre, University of Torino; and Azienda Ospedaliera Città della Salute e della Scienza (A.C.), Turin, Italy.
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From the Department of Neurology, Brain Centre Rudolf Magnus (R.P.A.v.E., F.P.D., W.v.R., J.H.V., L.H.v.d.B., M.A.v.E.), and Department of Biostatistics and Research Support (M.J.C.E.), University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands; Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute and United Kingdom Dementia Research Institute Centre (A.R.J., W.S., A.S., C.E.S., A.A.-C.), Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, King's College London; Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) (P.J.S.), University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire; Department of Clinical Neuroscience (P.N.L.), Trafford Centre for Biomedical Research, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer, Brighton; The Walton Centre NHS Trust (C.A.Y.), Liverpool, UK; Istituti Clinici Scientifici Maugeri IRCSS (G.M.), Milan; Department of Neuroscience (J.M.), Sant'Agostino-Estense Hospital and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena; Department of Neurology (G.B.), Azienda Universitario Ospedaliera di Cagliari and University of Cagliari; Istituti Clinici Scientifici Maugeri IRCSS (P.V.), Mistretta, Italy; Rijnstate Ziekenhuis (E.V.), Arnhem, the Netherlands; Rita Levi Montalcini' Department of Neuroscience (A.C.), ALS Centre, University of Torino; and Azienda Ospedaliera Città della Salute e della Scienza (A.C.), Turin, Italy. m.a.vanes@umcutrecht.nl ammar.al-chalabi@kcl.ac.uk.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess whether genetic subgroups in recent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) trials responded to treatment with lithium carbonate, but that the treatment effect was lost in a large cohort of nonresponders.

METHODS:

Individual participant data were obtained from 3 randomized trials investigating the efficacy of lithium carbonate. We matched clinical data with data regarding the UNC13A and C9orf72 genotype. Our primary outcome was survival at 12 months. On an exploratory basis, we assessed whether the effect of lithium depended on the genotype.

RESULTS:

Clinical data were available for 518 of the 606 participants. Overall, treatment with lithium carbonate did not improve 12-month survival (hazard ratio [HR] 1.0, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.7-1.4; p = 0.96). Both the UNC13A and C9orf72 genotype were independent predictors of survival (HR 2.4, 95% CI 1.3-4.3; p = 0.006 and HR 2.5, 95% CI 1.1-5.2; p = 0.032, respectively). The effect of lithium was different for UNC13A carriers (p = 0.027), but not for C9orf72 carriers (p = 0.22). The 12-month survival probability for UNC13A carriers treated with lithium carbonate improved from 40.1% (95% CI 23.2-69.1) to 69.7% (95% CI 50.4-96.3).

CONCLUSIONS:

This study incorporated genetic data into past ALS trials to determine treatment effects in a genetic post hoc analysis. Our results suggest that we should reorient our strategies toward finding treatments for ALS, start focusing on genotype-targeted treatments, and standardize genotyping in order to optimize randomization and analysis for future clinical trials.

PMID:
28978660
PMCID:
PMC5664299
DOI:
10.1212/WNL.0000000000004606
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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