Metabolomics biomarkers to predict acamprosate treatment response in alcohol-dependent subjects

David J. Hinton, Marely Santiago Vázquez, Jennifer R. Geske, Mario J. Hitschfeld, Ada M.C. Ho, Victor M. Karpyak, Joanna M. Biernacka, Doo Sup Choi

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Precision medicine for alcohol use disorder (AUD) allows optimal treatment of the right patient with the right drug at the right time. Here, we generated multivariable models incorporating clinical information and serum metabolite levels to predict acamprosate treatment response. The sample of 120 patients was randomly split into a training set (n = 80) and test set (n = 40) five independent times. Treatment response was defined as complete abstinence (no alcohol consumption during 3 months of acamprosate treatment) while nonresponse was defined as any alcohol consumption during this period. In each of the five training sets, we built a predictive model using a least absolute shrinkage and section operator (LASSO) penalized selection method and then evaluated the predictive performance of each model in the corresponding test set. The models predicted acamprosate treatment response with a mean sensitivity and specificity in the test sets of 0.83 and 0.31, respectively, suggesting our model performed well at predicting responders, but not non-responders (i.e. many non-responders were predicted to respond). Studies with larger sample sizes and additional biomarkers will expand the clinical utility of predictive algorithms for pharmaceutical response in AUD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2496
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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