Safety Study of a Gene Transfer Vector (Rh.10) for Children With Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
Late Infantile Neuronal Lipofuscinosis
Genetic: AAVrh.10CUhCLN2 vector
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Direct CNS Administration of a Replication Deficient Adeno-associated Virus Gene Transfer Vector Serotype rh.10 Expressing the Human CLN2 cDNA to Children With Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (LINCL)|
- Rating on the Weill-Cornell scale [ Time Frame: 18 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- MRI Parameters [ Time Frame: 18 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
- CHQ/ITQoL questionnaire [ Time Frame: 18 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Quality of Life questionnaire to be filled out by parents.
- Mullen Scale (developmental assessment) [ Time Frame: 18 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||August 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||August 2032|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||August 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Group A
The first dose cohort consists of 6 subjects who received 9.0x10^11 genome copies (gc) total dose. This is equal to 900,000,000,000 molecules of the drug.
Genetic: AAVrh.10CUhCLN2 vector
The experimental drug for this second generation study has a genome identical to that used in our previous study and delivers the same gene, but instead of an AAV2 capsid (protein shell of the virus), the new vector has the capsid of AAVrh.10, a clade E AAV derived from rhesus macaque (a species of Old World monkeys). The first dose that was given to the first 6 subjects is 9.0x10^11(900,000,000,000 molecules of the drug) genome copies/subject. In regards to drug administrations, we propose to perform 2 series of 6 simultaneous administrations of vector for 75 min each. Each subject will receive the assigned dose of AAVrh.10CUhCLN2, divided among 12 locations delivered through 6 burr holes (2 locations at 2 depths through each hole), 3 burr holes per hemisphere.
Other Name: Adeno-associated virus expressing the CLN2 gene.
Experimental: Group B
The second dose cohort consists of 10 subjects, who will receive 2.85x10^11 genome copies (gc) total dose. This is equal to 285,000,000,000 molecules of the drug.
Genetic: AAVrh.10CUhCLN2 vector
The experimental drug for this 2nd generation study has a genome identical to that used in our previous study and delivers the same gene but instead of an AAV2 capsid (protein shell of the virus), the new vector has the capsid of AAVrh.10, a clade E AAV derived from rhesus macaque (a species of Old World monkeys). Group B will receive a dose of 2.85x10^11 genome copies (285,000,000,000 molecules of the drug). In regards to drug administration, we propose to perform 2 series of 6 simultaneous administrations of vector for 75 min each. Each subject will receive the assigned dose of AAVrh.10CUhCLN2, divided among 12 locations delivered through 6 burr holes, 3 burr holes per hemisphere.
Other Name: Adeno-associated virus expressing CLN2 gene.
The investigators propose to assess a new drug to treat children with a form of Batten Disease called Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (LINCL). These children are born with genetic changes called mutations in their CLN2 gene that result in the inability of the brain to properly recycle proteins. The recycling failure leads to death of the nerve cells in the brain and progressive loss of brain function. Children with Batten disease are normal at birth but by age 2 to 4 have motor and vision problems which progress rapidly to death at age approximately 10 years old. There are no therapies available to treat the disease.
The experimental gene transfer procedure treatment the investigators propose consists of augmenting the abnormal gene by a good copy. A virus is used to deliver the good gene to the nerve cells. Since the disease is due to an abnormal CLN2 gene, the aim of this study is to add a normal copy of the CLN2 gene to the brain of affected children to try to reverse death of cells in the brain. Previously the investigators have used a virus called adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) as the gene delivery system. That study showed that viral delivery of the gene was safe. We now propose to use a slightly different virus called AAVrh.10 as a gene delivery system and use 2 different doses of the virus. Children with Batten disease will get the drug injected into the brain and will receive extensive neurological assessment at intervals to determine if the transfer slows the rate of progress of the disease.
The primary aims of the study are: (1) to assess the hypothesis that direct administration of AAVrh.10CUhCLN2 to the brain of children with LINCL can be achieved safely and with minimal toxicity; and (2) to evaluate the hypothesis that direct administration of AAVrh.10CUhCLN2 to the brain of children with LINCL will slow down or halt progression of the disease as assessed by neurological rating scales and quantitative MRI (primary variables).
The investigators have recently completed a study in which the normal copy of the gene was surgically delivered to 12 locations in the brain in 10 children with LINCL. The children were assessed by a number of neurological and imaging parameters prior to and after gene transfer. The data demonstrated that the gene transfer was well tolerated and had a small impact on the progression of the disease and suggested that higher doses and a better delivery system may provide greater benefit. The previous study used the viral gene transfer vector adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2) at a dose of 2,000,000,000,000 molecules of the drug (2 x 10^12 particle units). The investigators now propose a very similar study with delivery of the identical payload with a slightly different viral gene delivery system based on the virus AAVrh.10.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01161576
|Contact: Charleen Hollmann, PhD, MPA, RN CCRPemail@example.com|
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|United States, New York|
|Weill Cornell Medical College||Recruiting|
|New York, New York, United States, 10021|
|Contact: Charleen Hollmann, RN,MPA,PhD 646-962-2672 email@example.com|
|Contact: Denesy Mancenido, BA 646-962-4537 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator: Ronald G Crystal, MD|
|Principal Investigator:||Ronald G Crystal, MD||Weill Medical College of Cornell University|