Pharmacogenomics and Phytochemicals

  • Madhumita Roy
  • Amitava Datta


It is well known for a long time that the same drugs have different efficacy in different patients due to variations in metabolism of the drugs. One of the reasons for these variations is the differences in genetic makeup of individuals. There may be variations in key inherited genes through germline cells from parents due to differences in copy numbers, variations due to single nucleotide polymorphism, or presence of different alleles of the same gene. There may also be variations in genetic makeup of somatic cells due to mutations in diseases like cancer. It is important to personalize medicines considering these genetic variations in individuals in order to decide on appropriate dosage for better outcome in treatment and also to reduce side effects of drugs. We have discussed the details of pharmacogenomics both due to genetic variations in germline cells and somatic cells. In particular we have discussed the effects of such genetic variations in cancer and how phytochemicals can mitigate the effects of some of these variations in cancer.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhumita Roy
    • 1
  • Amitava Datta
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Carcinogenesis and ToxicologyChittaranjan National Cancer InstituteKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Software EngineeringThe University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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