Pharmacokinetics, safety, and efficacy of FOLFIRI plus bevacizumab in Japanese colorectal cancer patients with UGT1A1 gene polymorphisms

Mitsukuni Suenaga, Nozomu Fuse, Tatsuro Yamaguchi, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Shigeki Motomura, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Yasuo Hamamoto, Nobuyuki Mizunuma, Toshihiko Doi, Kiyohiko Hatake, Junko Iwasaki, Atsushi Ohtsu

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Previous reports of the influence of UGT1A1 gene polymorphisms on the pharmacokinetics of irinotecan metabolism have not assessed Asian patients treated with FOLFIRI plus bevacizumab for advanced and recurrent colorectal cancer. Twenty-one Japanese colorectal cancer patients received intravenous FOLFIRI (bolus irinotecan, folinic acid, and fluorouracil followed by 46-hour fluorouracil infusion) followed by bevacizumab (5 mg/kg) in Cycle 1. In Cycle 2, patients received bevacizumab followed by FOLFIRI. The regimen was in 2-week cycles. The area under-the-curves ratio (AUC0-last) (Cycle 2/Cycle 1) was determined from plasma concentrations of irinotecan and metabolites (SN-38, SN-38G). Safety, efficacy, and drug-drug interactions were analyzed. Median observation period was 7.8 months; median number of cycles 15. Drug-drug interactions were evaluated in eight patients without irinotecan dose reduction. Mean AUC0-last ratios (with/without bevacizumab) of irinotecan, SN-38, and SN-38G were 0.959, 0.927, and 0.931 respectively. Response rate was 65%; median progression-free survival 16.4 months. Response occurred in four patients with, and nine without, UGT1A1 polymorphism. No significant differences occurred between efficacy, safety, or polymorphism status. This cohort showed no differences in safety or efficacy compared to previous reports. Bevacizumab did not affect the pharmacokinetics of irinotecan and its metabolites, irrespective of UGT1A1 polymorphism status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Pharmacology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May
Externally publishedYes


  • UGT1A1
  • bevacizumab
  • colorectal cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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