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International Serious Adverse Events Consortium announces initial study results in its global research collaboration to identify genetic markers related to drug induced liver injury
Date:5/31/2009

ely than non-carriers to develop DILI in response to this antibiotic. This risk-associated variant is relatively common in Europe, but less prevalent in Africa and East Asia. In addition to HLA-B*5701, variations on chromosome 3 were also found to influence the risk for DILI. These findings provide initial insights into the mechanism of DILI and may have the potential to help identify individuals who have an increased risk for flucloxacillin related liver injury. Despite being at substantially higher risk than non-carriers, only a small proportion of carriers actually develop liver problems in response to flucloxacillin. Thus, further analysis and research will be needed to determine whether a clinically useful biomarker test could be developed for this susceptibility.

The paper can be found on both the Nature Genetics (http://www.nature.com/ng/index.htm) and the SAEC's (www.saeconsortium.org) websites. Qualified researchers, who enter into a data use agreement, can obtain free access via the SAEC's website to the supporting study data, for use exclusively in biomedical research.

"We are pleased to be able to provide these initial results to the research community, to both improve the productivity of drug development and to begin the critical process of developing validated biomarkers to forecast patients who may be at risk for DILI," said Arthur Holden, founder and chairman of the SAEC. "To date, in conjunction with our collaborators, we have assembled one of the largest DILI research collections in the world. We expect additional important DILI genetic findings to emerge from these research efforts over the next 12-18 months."

"Our aim is to ensure that commonly prescribed drugs can be used more safely. This is an important step in developing a test that can be used prior to prescribing flucloxacillin. We look forward to m
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Contact: Arthur Holden
aholden@earthlink.net
773-867-8595
International Serious Adverse Events Consortium
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