P546 The safety and efficacy of the new-generation budesonide-MMX in the aspect of the cytochrome P-450 enzyme genotype

Resál, T.(1);Farkas, K.(1);Molnár, T.(1);

(1)University of Szeged, Ist Department of internal medicine, Szeged, Hungary


Unlike previous forms of budesonide absorbing from the ileal and ascending colon region, the new-generation budesonide-MMX contains a formula, that allows absorption throughout the whole colon. Budesonide is degraded in the liver by cytochrome P450 3A enzyme, but so far, there is no study examining the relationship between the budesonide’s effect and the enzyme activity. CYP3A5 is absent in 90% of the European/caucasian population due to a functional loss mutation (CYP3A5*3), whereas patients with the wild-type CYP3A5*1 allele may be expected to have increased metabolism. The most common genetic polymorphisms in CYP3A4 (CYP3A4*1B and CYP3A4*22) result in increased and decreased expression, respectively.


We enrolled 33 patients with UC in this prospective study until January of 2021. Patients received 9 mg oral budesonide-MMX once daily until 8 weeks. Laboratory parameters (cholesterol, triglyceride, CRP) and serum hormone levels (parathormone, dehydroepiandrosterone and cortisol) were monitored before and after the 8-week therapy to follow metabolic and hormonal changes. During these visits, body composition analysis was also performed with InBody 770 machine to observe the adverse effects of budesonide-MMX in respect of body fat mass, body mass index, protein content of the body and bone mineral content. We examined the CYP450 3A (CYP3A5 and CYP3A4) enzyme genotype of the patients, to see, whether the different alleles of this drug-degrading enzyme affect the efficacy and safety.


33 patients had received the 2-month therapy. By the end of follow-up, based on partial Mayo score, 26 (78.8%) patients experienced remission and 6 patients (18.2%) were primary non-responders. Mean pMayo score decreased from 4.18 to 1.63 (p<0.001). No significant changes were observable regarding body composition. Serum cholesterol level showed significant increase (p<0.001), while triglyceride and CRP did not show significant changes. Serum cortisol levels were decreased (p<0.001), while PTH and DHEA showed no significant decrease. Only two patients experienced side effects: one of them hypertonia, headache and acnes, while the other mild diarrhoea. 3 patients have CYP3A5*1/*3 genotype, and 16 have CYP3A5*3/*3. There was no significant difference between the two groups, regarding safety and efficacy. Only 1 patient have CYP3A4*1B genotype, while the rest have CYP3A4*1, hence, no statistics could be performed.


In our study, budesonide-MMX proved to be safe and effective in the therapy of UC, however, cholesterol was elevated in the serum. Based on our cohort, different genotypes of CYP3A don’t have an impact on the effect of the drug, however, CYP3A allele variants are rare, therefore, further examinations should be performed.