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Test ID: 3A4Q Cytochrome P450 3A4 Genotype, Varies

Ordering Guidance

Testing is available as the single gene assay (this test) and as a part of a psychotropic or focused pharmacogenomics panel.


If multiple pharmacogenomic genotype testing is desired, order PGXQP / Focused Pharmacogenomics Panel, Varies.


If genotype testing for psychotropic medications is desired, order PSYQP / Psychotropic Pharmacogenomics Gene Panel, Varies.

Additional Testing Requirements

Most drugs metabolized by CYP3A4 are also metabolized by CYP3A5, but usually to a lesser extent, so testing of CYP3A5 may also be relevant and should be determined on a case by case basis. If CYP3A5 genotyping is needed, order 3A5Q / Cytochrome P450 3A5 Genotype, Varies.

Specimen Required

Multiple genotype tests can be performed on a single specimen after a single extraction. See Multiple Genotype Test List in Special Instructions for a list of tests that can be ordered together.


Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Specimen Type: Whole blood

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 3 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Invert several times to mix blood.

2. Send specimen in original tube.

Specimen Stability Information: Ambient (preferred) 9 days/Refrigerated 30 days


Specimen Type: Saliva

Patient Preparation: Patient should not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes prior to collection.

Supplies: Saliva Swab Collection Kit (T786)

Specimen Volume: One swab

Collection Instructions: Collect and send specimen per kit instructions.

Specimen Stability Information: Ambient 30 days


Specimen Type: Extracted DNA

Container/Tube: 2 mL screw top tube

Specimen Volume: 100 mcL (microliters)

Collection Instructions:

1. The preferred volume is 100 mcL at a concentration of 50 ng/mcL.

2. Include concentration and volume on tube.

Specimen Stability Information: Frozen (preferred)/Ambient/Refrigerated


1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. The following documents are available in Special Instructions:

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576)

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing-Spanish (T826)

2. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

-Pharmacogenomics Test Request (T797)

-Cardiovascular Test Request (T724)

-Neurology Specialty Testing Client Test Request (T732)

-Therapeutics Test Request (T831)

Useful For

Aids in determining therapeutic strategies for drugs that are metabolized by cytochrome P450 3A4, including atorvastatin, simvastatin, and lovastatin


This test is not useful for managing patients receiving fluvastatin, rosuvastatin, or pravastatin since these drugs are not metabolized appreciably by CYP3A4.

Method Name

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) With Allelic Discrimination Analysis

Reporting Name

CYP3A4 Genotype, V

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

Blood: 0.4 mL
Saliva: 1 swab

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Varies

Clinical Information

CYP3A4 is a member of the CYP3A family of genes located on chromosome 7. The cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A subfamily of enzymes is responsible for the metabolism of more than 50% of medications that undergo hepatic metabolism and first-pass metabolism in intestinal epithelial cells, including some lipid-lowering drugs. The CYP3A4 enzyme activity is highly variable. Interindividual differences in enzyme expression may be due to several factors including: variable homeostatic control mechanisms, disease states that alter homeostasis, up- or down-regulation by environmental stimuli, and genetic variation.(1)


One variant, CYP3A4*22 (c.522-191C>T), has been studied extensively. This variant affects hepatic expression of CYP3A4 and response to statin drugs. The CYP3A4*22 allele is associated with reduced CYP3A4 activity, which may result in a better response to lipid-lowering drugs, such as simvastatin, atorvastatin, or lovastatin. However, reduced CYP3A4 activity may also be associated with statin-induced myopathy, especially for simvastatin. Studies show that in livers with the reference (wild-type) genotype (homozygous C or CC) the CYP3A4 mRNA level and enzyme activity were 1.7- and 2.5-fold greater than in CYP3A4*22 heterozygotes (CT) and homozygotes (TT), respectively. In 235 patients taking stable doses of drugs for lipid control, carriers of the T allele required significantly lower statin doses for optimal lipid control than did non-T carriers.(2) These results indicate that CYP3A4*22 markedly affects expression of CYP3A4 and could serve as a biomarker for CYP3A4 metabolizer phenotype. The reported allele frequency of CYP3A4*22 is 5% to 8% in the white population and 4.3% in African American and Chinese populations.


Other alleles have not been as extensively studied in clinical trials but are expected to have similar impacts on statin metabolism and the metabolism of other drugs primarily metabolized by CYP3A4.


The following table displays the CYP3A4 variants detected by this assay, the corresponding star allele, and the effect on CYP3A4 enzyme activity. Individuals without a detectable CYP3A4 variant are designated as CYP3A4*1/*1.

CYP3A4 allele

cDNA nucleotide change


Effect on enzyme activity


None (wild type)

Normal activity



No activity



Reduced activity



Reduced activity



No activity



Minimal activity



No activity



Reduced activity



Reduced activity



No activity


Genotype to phenotype predictions are based on the Pharmacogene Variation Consortium website (3) and review of the CYP3A4 literature.

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.


An interpretive report will be provided.


The genotype, with associated star alleles, is assigned using standard allelic nomenclature as published by the Pharmacogene Variation (PharmVar) Consortium.(3)


For additional information regarding pharmacogenomic genes and their associated drugs, see the Pharmacogenomics Associations Tables in Special Instructions. This resource also includes information regarding enzyme inhibitors and inducers, as well as potential alternate drug choices.

Clinical Reference

1. Evans WE, Relling MV. Pharmacogenomics: translating functional genomics into rational therapeutics. Science. 1999;286(5439):487-491. doi: 10.1126/science.286.5439.487

2. Wang D, Guo Y, Wrighton SA, Cooke GE, Sadee W. Intronic polymorphism in CYP3A4 affects hepatic expression and response to statin drugs. Pharmacogenomics J. 2011;11(4):274-286. doi:10.1038/tpj.2010.28

3. PharmVar: Pharmacogene Variation Consortium. Updated March 3, 2021. Accessed March 22, 2021. Available at

4. Lamba JK, Lin YS, Schuetz EG, Thummel KE. Genetic contribution to variable human CYP3A-mediated metabolism. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2002;54(10):1271-1294. doi: 10.1016/s0169-409x(02)00066-2

5. Elens L, Becker ML, Haufroid V, et al. Novel CYP3A4 intron 6 single nucleotide polymorphism is associated with simvastatin-mediated cholesterol reduction in the Rotterdam Study. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2011;21(12):861-866. doi: 10.1097/FPC.0b013e32834c6edb

6. Elens L, van Schaik RH, Panin N, et al. Effect of a new functional CYP3A4 polymorphism on calcineurin inhibitors' dose requirements and trough blood levels in stable renal transplant patients. Pharmacogenomics. 2011;12(10):1383-1396. doi: 10.2217/pgs.11.90

7. Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC). Accessed October 14, 2020.

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Report Available

3 to 8 days

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
3A4Q CYP3A4 Genotype, V 74007-6


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
610110 CYP3A4 Genotype 81139-8
610111 CYP3A4 Phenotype 81145-5
610112 Interpretation 69047-9
610113 Additional Information 48767-8
610114 Method 85069-3
610115 Disclaimer 62364-5
610116 Reviewed by 18771-6
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