A Physiologic Approach to the Pharmacogenomics of Hypertension

Michael T. Eadon, Arlene B. Chapman

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Hypertension is a multifactorial condition with diverse physiological systems contributing to its pathogenesis. Individuals exhibit significant variation in their response to antihypertensive agents. Traditional markers, such as age, gender, diet, plasma renin level, and ethnicity, aid in drug selection. However, this review explores the contribution of genetics to facilitate antihypertensive agent selection and predict treatment efficacy. The findings, reproducibility, and limitations of published studies are examined, with emphasis placed on candidate genetic variants affecting drug metabolism, the renin-angiotensin system, adrenergic signalling, and renal sodium reabsorption. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms identified and replicated in unbiased genome-wide association studies of hypertension treatment are reviewed to illustrate the evolving understanding of the disease's complex and polygenic pathophysiology. Implementation efforts at academic centers seek to overcome barriers to the broad adoption of pharmacogenomics in the treatment of hypertension. The level of evidence required to support the implementation of pharmacogenomics in clinical practice is considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-105
Number of pages15
JournalAdvances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Antihypertensive
  • Cytochrome P450
  • Implementation
  • Pharmacogenomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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