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Impact of Human Adrb1 Gene Arg389Gly Polymorphism on Heart Failure Patients

Grant Winners

  • Genevieve Hale, Pharm.D. – College of Pharmacy
  • Anastasios Lymperopoulos, Ph.D. – College of Pharmacy
  • Tina Joseph, Pharm.D. – College of Pharmacy
  • Ashley Simpson – College of Pharmacy
  • Ruben Zorrilla – College of Pharmacy
  • Eve Kankam – College of Pharmacy
  • Abeera Choudhry – College of Pharmacy
  • Celina Pollard – College of Pharmacy
  • Shelby Wertz – College of Pharmacy
  • MMR Healthcare
  • Cambridge Medical Group


  • Michelle Clark, Ph.D. – College of Pharmacy


Award Winners Need/background: Beta blockers are an important component of therapy in patients with current or prior symptoms of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Current evidence and guidelines propose that three beta blockers - bisoprolol, carvedilol and metoprolol succinate - in HF patients produce similar benefits, and therefore, holds a class effect in this disease state. However, other sources of literature report difference between these agents, especially when comparing carvedilol to bisoprolol or metoprolol.

Rationale: This project proposes that genetic polymorphism can play a significant role in the response to beta blockers. In particular, the Arg389Gly polymorphism has been shown to directly influence the beta receptor's function, with the Arg allele resulting in a receptor more capable of stimulating cardiac contractility than its Gly counterpart. Our overall hypothesis is that that in HF patients with the Arg389Gly polymorphism a decreased response to beta-1 selective beta blocker agents, such as bisoprolol or metoprolol, will occur compared to non-selective agents, namely carvedilol.

Methodological design and material/data analysis: The proposed project is a pilot prospective cohort study examining the relationship between the Arg389Gly beta-1 adrenoceptor genotype and the efficacy of beta blockers in HF patients. The intervention will consist of genetic testing done at baseline in HF patients located at accountable care organization (ACO) primary care clinics located in Palm Beach County. Genetic testing will occur at baseline. At baseline and 3 months symptom and functional (hemodynamic) status will be assessed. Subjects eligible for study inclusion include HFrEF patients who are currently treated with beta blocker therapy. Genetic data will be compiled and analyzed to identify the presence of a beta-polymorphism.

Significance of the study: The proposed study will establish new pathways for personalized beta blocker selection in patients with HFrEF. This study can provide greater insight into the role that genetic polymorphisms may play in beta blocker response, knowledge which is currently lacking and that promises to yield new insights into beta blocker use in HFrEF.
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