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Systematic Pharmacogenomis analysis of a Malay whole genome: Proof of concept for personalized medicine

posted Jul 3, 2013, 11:59 PM by Vinod Scaria   [ updated Jun 19, 2016, 7:42 AM ]

Salleh MZ*, Teh LK, Lee LS, Ismet RI, Patowary A, Joshi K, Pasha A, Ahmed AZ, Janor MH, Hamzah AS, Adam I, Yusoff K, Hoh BP, Hatta FM, Ismail MI, Scaria V*, Sivasubbu S*

PLoS ONE (2013) Accepted

Background: With a higher throughput and lower cost in sequencing, second generation sequencing technology has immense potential for translation into clinical practice and in the realization of pharmacogenomics based patient care. The systematic analysis of whole genome sequences to assess patient to patient variability in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics responses towards drugs would be the next step in future medicine in line with the vision of personalizing medicine.

Methods: Genomic DNA was obtained from a 55 years old, self-declared healthy, anonymous male of Malay descent was sequenced. The subject’s mother died of lung cancer and the father had a history of schizophrenia and deceased at the age of 65 years old. A systematic, intuitive computational workflow/pipeline integrating custom algorithm in tandem with large datasets of variant annotations and gene functions for genetic variations with pharmacogenomics impact was developed. A comprehensive pathway map of drug transport, metabolism and action was used as a template to map non-synonymous variations with potential functional consequences.
Principle findings: Over 3 million known variations and 100,898 novel variations in the Malay genome were identified. Further in-depth pharmacogenetics analysis revealed a total of 607 unique variants in 563 proteins, with the eventual identification of 4 drug transport genes, 2 drug metabolizing enzyme genes and 33 target genes harboring deleterious SNVs involved in pharmacological pathways, which could have a potential role in clinical settings.

Conclusions: The current study successfully unravels the potential of personal genome sequencing in understanding the functionally relevant variations with potential influence on drug transport, metabolism and differential therapeutic outcomes. These will be essential for realizing personalized medicine through the use of comprehensive computational pipeline for systematic data mining and analysis.

Keywords: Human Genome Re-sequencing, Pharmacogenomics, Malaysian, Personal Genome, Analysis Pipeline