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|Abeona Therapeutics Announces Publication of Preclinical Data Supporting Clinical Translation of MPS IIIA Gene Therapy|
Researchers concluded that "… an intravenous injection of scAAV9-U1a-hSGSH vector, leading to restoration of SGSH activity and reduction of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) throughout the central nervous system (CNS) and somatic tissues at a dose…". Other benefits included improved learning ability, increased survival, and improved GAG storage pathology in the CNS, leading researchers to note that: "The study suggests that there is potential for gene therapy intervention in MPS IIIA at intermediate stages of the disease, and extends the clinical relevance of our systemic scAAV9-hSGSH gene delivery approach."
"The data support the clinical translation of ABO-102 for patients with Sanfilippo syndromes, and demonstrates AAV delivery to target tissues in the central nervous system as well as peripheral organs led to resolution of the underlying disease pathology," stated
"These promising data continues to reinforce our conviction that our novel portfolio of gene therapies including ABO-102 for MPS IIIA have transformational potential to treat devastating monogenic diseases," stated
The publication article can be accessed by clicking on the following link: (http://www.nature.com/articles/mtm201636).
About ABO-102 (AAV-SGSH): ABO-102 (AAV-SGSH) is a single treatment gene therapy strategy for patients with Sanfilippo syndrome type A (MPS IIIA), which is enrolling and treating patients in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. MPS IIIA is a rare autosomal recessive disease that is caused by genetic mutations that result in a deficiency of SGSH enzyme activity, leading to abnormal accumulation of glycosaminoglycan (specifically, heparan sulfate, or "HS") in the CNS and systemic tissues and organs. This accumulation of HS results in neurocognitive decline, speech loss, loss of mobility, and premature death in children.
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