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Problem: Therapeutic response to antimalarials depends on multiple determinants associated with the parasite (species, mutations, parasitaemia, etc.) and the host (nutrition, genes, metabolism, etc.), but little is known about the host factors.
Objectives: To evaluate in non-complicated falciparum malaria patients undergoing treatment with amodiaquine-sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (AQ-SP), some relationships between treatment response, nutritional status and characteristics of the gen CYP2C8.
Methodology: A randomly assigned, balanced, non blind, controlled clinical design. Treatment response was assessed according to WHO 1998 criteria. Analysis included anthropometry, plasma levels of retinol, ferritin and selenium, and assessment of 2C8*1 (wild), 2C8*2 (Il29F) and 2C8*3 variants of CYP2C8 (R139K y K399R).
Results: 33 patients were studied, all of them evidenced adequate treatment response, 10% had retinol deficiency, 25% selenium deficiency and 40% low ferritine levels. One patient exhibited the variant Il29F of CYP2C8*2 in a heterozygous fashion, the remaining individuals were homozygous for the wild form of this gene. The mutant R139K of CYP2C8*3 was absent in all individuals. Amplification fragments obtained of K339R (CYP2C8*3 gen) were not suitable for digestion, regardless of the modifications performed. These results confirm previous findings made in 22% of 23 patients in whom some variation was observed (5 in CYP2C8*2 and 2 in CYP2C8*3). For CYP2C8*3 the mutant R139K, was observed in 2 individuals.
Conclusion: only one of the 33 patients (3%) had CYP2C8*2 in a heterozygous fashion, the remaining were homozygous for the wild allele of this variant. None of the patients had the mutation R139K of the CYP2C8*3 variant. This is a novel report for Latin America.

Jaime Carmona Fonseca, Universidad de Antioquia

Profesor Titular, Facultad de Medicina, Grupo Salud y Comunidad, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia.

Valentina Guzmán Pérez, Universidad Javeriana

Profesora Asistente, Grupo Relación Estructura-Función de Biomoléculas en la Fisiopatología de Enfermedades no Transmisibles, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.

Amanda Maestre Buitrago, Universidad de Antioquia

Profesora Asociada, Facultad de Medicina, Grupo Salud y Comunidad, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia.
Carmona Fonseca, J., Guzmán Pérez, V., & Maestre Buitrago, A. (2009). Malaria: efficacy of amodiaquine-sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, nutritional status and alellic variaton of CYP2C8 gen. Colombia Medica, 40(1), 103–113.


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