CYP2C19

CYP2C19CYP2C19 is a member of the cytochrome P450 family of enzymes involved in the metabolism and bioactivation of drugs. In particular, CYP2C19 is integral for the generation of the active form of clopidogrel (Plavix®), which is prescribed in a prodrug form. This prodrug is converted by CYP2C19 to the active form in the liver. Several variants of CYP2C19 have been identified which have an impact on its ability to metabolize drugs. The main CYP2C19 alleles include the non-functional alleles *2 and *3, as well as the hyperactive *17 allele.

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