Long-term safety and efficacy of enzyme replacement therapy for Fabry disease

William R Wilcox, Maryam Banikazemi, Nathalie Guffon, Stephen Waldek, Philip Lee, Gabor E Linthorst, Robert J Desnick, Dominique P Germain
American Journal of Human Genetics 2004, 75 (1): 65-74
Elsewhere, we reported the safety and efficacy results of a multicenter phase 3 trial of recombinant human alpha -galactosidase A (rh-alpha GalA) replacement in patients with Fabry disease. All 58 patients who were enrolled in the 20-wk phase 3 double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled study received subsequently 1 mg/kg of rh-alpha GalA (agalsidase beta, Fabrazyme, Genzyme Corporation) biweekly in an ongoing open-label extension study. Evidence of long-term efficacy, even in patients who developed IgG antibodies against rh- alpha GalA, included the continuously normal mean plasma globotriaosylceramide (GL-3) levels during 30 mo of the extension study and the sustained capillary endothelial GL-3 clearance in 98% (39/40) of patients who had a skin biopsy taken after treatment for 30 mo (original placebo group) or 36 mo (original enzyme-treated group). The mean serum creatinine level and estimated glomerular filtration rate also remained stable after 30-36 mo of treatment. Infusion-associated reactions decreased over time, as did anti-rh- alpha GalA IgG antibody titers. Among seroconverted patients, after 30-36 mo of treatment, seven patients tolerized (no detectable IgG antibody), and 59% had > or =4-fold reductions in antibody titers. As of 30 mo into the extension trial, three patients were withdrawn from the study because of positive serum IgE or skin tests; however, all have been rechallenged successfully at the time of this report. Thus, enzyme replacement therapy for 30-36 mo with agalsidase beta resulted in continuously decreased plasma GL-3 levels, sustained endothelial GL-3 clearance, stable kidney function, and a favorable safety profile.

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