Pharmacoepigenomic responses of antipsychotic drugs on pharmacogenes are likely to be modulated by miRNAs

Babu Swathy1 , Koramannil R Saradalekshmi1 , Indu V Nair2, Chandrasekharan Nair3 & Moinak Banerjee*,1

Epigenomics. 2017 Jun;9(6):811-821. doi: 10.2217/epi-2016-0181. Epub 2017 Apr 21.


Aim:It is imperative to differentiate the role of host epigenetics from pharmacoepigenetics in resolving therapeutic response. Therefore, the objective was to identify how antipsychotic drugs influence epigenetic response on pharmacogenes. Materials & methods: The study design was based on in vitro evaluation of pharmacoepigenetic response of haloperidol, clozapine and olanzapine. Post antipsychotic treatment, the alterations in expression of ABCB1, CYP1A2 and CYP3A4 were monitored, and followed up by promoter methylation and their target miRNA expression studies. Critical observations were followed up in a restrictive clinical setting. Results: Under in vitro conditions increased expression of ABCB1, CYP1A2 and CYP3A4 was observed which seems to be regulated by miR-27a and miR-128a and not by methylation. A similar pattern was observed in clinical setting with ABCB1, which was reflective of good therapeutic response. Conclusion: The study demonstrates that antipsychotic drugs can influence miRNA-mediated epigenetic response in pharmacogenes resulting in modulating therapeutic response.