A view of response and resistance to atomoxetine treatment in children with ADHD: effects of CYP2C19 polymorphisms and BDNF levels

DEMİRCİ E., ŞENER E. F., Gul M. K., ÖNAL M. G., Dal F.

European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, vol.78, no.7, pp.1095-1104, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 78 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00228-022-03321-2
  • Journal Name: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Chimica, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1095-1104
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No


© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.Objective: Although several genes have previously been studied about the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the number of studies investigating the effects of genes on atomoxetine (ATX) treatment is very limited. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect of CYP2C19 polymorphisms, which have a role in ATX biotransformation, on the treatment response and also to assess whether there is a relationship between BDNF and treatment response in children and adolescents with ADHD. Methods: One hundred children with ADHD and 100 healthy controls (HCs) were included in this study. The treatment response was assessed 2 months after the start of the ATX treatment. DNA samples from peripheral venous blood were replicated using PCR and analyzed using the ILLUMINA next-generation sequencing method. The resulting fastqs were analyzed using Basespace’s Variant Interpreter Program. Plasma BDNF levels were evaluated with ELISA kits. Results: Treatment response was found to be lower in both heterozygous and homozygous carriers of the c.681G > A (CYP2C19*2) polymorphism. When the BDNF level was compared, it was found to be significantly higher in the ADHD group compared to HCs. Also, BDNF has a stronger predictive value for assessing resistance to ATX treatment. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first study to assess the effects of CYP2C19 polymorphisms and BDNF levels together on ATX treatment in children. Further studies with an extensive population are needed to better understand the effects of CYP2C19 polymorphisms on treatment and side effects, as well as the effects of BDNF levels.