Department of Ophthalmology
Eye Diseases | Ophthalmology | Therapeutics
PURPOSE: To provide an initial assessment of the safety of a recombinant adeno-associated virus vector expressing RPE65 (rAAV2-CB-hRPE65) in adults and children with retinal degeneration caused by RPE65 mutations.
DESIGN: Nonrandomized, multicenter clinical trial.
PARTICIPANTS: Eight adults and 4 children, 6 to 39 years of age, with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) or severe early-childhood-onset retinal degeneration (SECORD).
METHODS: Patients received a subretinal injection of rAAV2-CB-hRPE65 in the poorer-seeing eye, at either of 2 dose levels, and were followed up for 2 years after treatment.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary safety measures were ocular and nonocular adverse events. Exploratory efficacy measures included changes in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), static perimetry central 30 degrees visual field hill of vision (V30) and total visual field hill of vision (VTOT), kinetic perimetry visual field area, and responses to a quality-of-life questionnaire.
RESULTS: All patients tolerated subretinal injections and there were no treatment-related serious adverse events. Common adverse events were those associated with the surgical procedure and included subconjunctival hemorrhage in 8 patients and ocular hyperemia in 5 patients. In the treated eye, BCVA increased in 5 patients, V30 increased in 6 patients, VTOT increased in 5 patients, and kinetic visual field area improved in 3 patients. One subject showed a decrease in BCVA and 2 patients showed a decrease in kinetic visual field area.
CONCLUSIONS: Treatment with rAAV2-CB-hRPE65 was not associated with serious adverse events, and improvement in 1 or more measures of visual function was observed in 9 of 12 patients. The greatest improvements in visual acuity were observed in younger patients with better baseline visual acuity. Evaluation of more patients and a longer duration of follow-up will be needed to determine the rate of uncommon or rare side effects or safety concerns.
DOI of Published Version
Ophthalmology. 2016 Jul;123(7):1606-20. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.03.003. Epub 2016 Apr 19. Link to article on publisher's site
Weleber RG, Pennesi ME, Wilson DJ, Kaushal S, Erker LR, Jensen L, McBride MT, Flotte TR, Humphries M, Calcedo R, Hauswirth WW, Chulay JD, Stout JT. (2016). Results at 2 Years after Gene Therapy for RPE65-Deficient Leber Congenital Amaurosis and Severe Early-Childhood-Onset Retinal Dystrophy. Open Access Publications by UMMS Authors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.03.003. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/2803
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