Pharmacogenetics of Asthma

  • Gregory A. Hawkins
  • Stephen P. Peters
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 448)


Asthma is a common disease characterized by airway inflammation and bronchorestriction. There are several common categories of medications for treating asthma; however, not all asthmatics have the same response to these medications, some of which are adverse responses that are potentially life threatening. Because interindividual responses to asthma medications can vary considerably, the potential for genetic contributions to variable drug responses is significant. This chapter reviews the most common biological pathways targeted by asthma therapy and briefly discusses the genetic contribution to varied responses to asthma therapy for four common types of asthma medications: β-agonists, anticholinergics, leukotriene modifiers, and corticosteroids.


Anticholinergics asthma β-agonist corticosteroids drug response genetic association leukotriene polymorphisms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory A. Hawkins
    • 1
  • Stephen P. Peters
    • 1
  1. 1.Section on Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Immunologic Diseases, Center for Human GenomicsWake Forest University School of MedicineWinston-SalemNorth Carolina

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