We aimed to establish a population pharmacokinetic (PK) model of tacrolimus and identify clinical covariates, especially the genetic polymorphisms of , 1 and *28 that affected the PK to prevent fluctuation in the trough concentration of tacrolimus during the early period after renal transplantation.Tacrolimus trough concentration, clinical data and // genotypes were retrospectively collected from 234 kidney transplant recipients during the first month post-transplantation. The population PK model was built using the non-linear mixed effects modeling software NONMEM. Dosing simulation was performed based on the final model.A one-compartment model with first-order absorption and elimination was used to characterize the PK of tacrolimus. Among the genotypes, only genotype was confirmed to have clinical significance. The final model describing CL/F (l/h) was as follows:[Formula: see text]. The inter-individual variability in CL/F was 21.9%. Monte Carlo simulation based on the final model was carried out to determine the optimal dosage regimen. genotype, post-operative day and hematocrit were confirmed as critical PK factors of tacrolimus. The model could be used to accurately predict individual PK parameters of tacrolimus and provide valuable insights into the dosage optimization.

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