Ultragenyx Announces Positive Data from Phase 1/2 Study of DTX401 Gene Therapy in Glycogen Storage Disease Type Ia
Increased Time to Hypoglycemia and Reduction in Cornstarch Use in Cohorts 1 and 2; Improvement of Additional Key Metabolic Measures Observed
Cohort 1 Patients Continue to Demonstrate Long-Term, Durable Responses
Company to Enroll Three Patients in Expansion Cohort to Confirm 6.0 × 10^12 GC/kg Dose as Optimal Dose for Phase 3 Study
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“Early data from Cohort 2 are promising, with increased week 6 glucose levels and reduced lactate measurements during the controlled fasting challenge indicating a higher level of transgene expression compared to Cohort 1. This is further supported by MRI data indicating better reduction of glycogen storage in the liver,” said
“The response to DTX401 has been better than expected. We have seen all of the patients wean their therapy with some already discontinuing therapy. Missed cornstarch doses no longer are resulting in hypoglycemia which previously could have been life threatening,” said
DTX401 Data Summary
Time to Hypoglycemia
All patients have demonstrated a biological and clinical response, reflected by an increase in time to hypoglycemia (defined as glucose <60 mg/dL or onset of clinical symptoms) compared to baseline during a controlled-fasting challenge, including a sustained response through week 52 for the first two patients enrolled. All patients will continue to be followed to evaluate long-term durability of treatment.
Cohort 2 patients showed significant hyperglycemia during the 6 week controlled fasting challenge, which was not observed at baseline and is consistent with a level of transgene expression and glucose release that was more than that observed with Cohort 1. This level of hyperglycemia results in an exaggerated insulin response, which in turn has the potential to drive hypoglycemia and an early termination of the controlled fasting challenge. Nevertheless, all Cohort 2 patients still demonstrated an increase in time to hypoglycemia in the fasting challenge.
|Time to Hypoglycemia (hours)|
|Visit||Patient 1||Patient 2||Patient 3||Patient 4||Patient 5||Patient 6|
|W24||6.8||13.1||6.5 (+20%)||7.0 (+15%)||4.4 (+22%)||NR|
|W52||7.7 (+103%)||10.6 (+159%)||NR||NR||NR||NR|
NR= Not yet reached
All patients have demonstrated normalization of daily glucose levels, which has allowed for clinically significant reductions in the amount of cornstarch. Significant cornstarch reduction generally occurred by week 24, and in Cohort 1 where longer-term data are available, cornstarch doses have continued to be titrated down including complete discontinuation of cornstarch for patient 1. Early titration results in Cohort 2 are promising, and titration is expected to continue over time as seen in Cohort 1.
|Cornstarch consumption (grams)|
|Visit||Patient 1||Patient 2||Patient 3||Patient 4||Patient 5||Patient 6|
|W24||94||96||76||100 (-69%)||224 (-16%)||105(-68%)*|
|W52||0 (-100%)||76 (-56%)||57 (-79%)||NR||NR||NR|
*Cornstarch level at week 18
Additional Metabolic Measures
Patients have shown meaningful improvements in additional metabolic and clinical assessments. Patients in Cohort 2 have all demonstrated lower lactate levels after treatment compared to baseline and compared to Cohort 1. All three Cohort 2 patients have also shown consistent early reductions in liver fat fraction (representative of glycogen storage) as measured by MRI at week 12. Cohort 2 patients had significant hyperglycemia during their 6-week controlled fasting challenges. This hyperglycemia may have been exacerbated by the effect of steroids on the steroid-responsive normal promoter of the transgene. This further supports the effect of DTX401 on glucose production and regulation, as GSDIa patients are normally expected to become hypoglycemic during steroid treatment. The cornstarch dose at the beginning of the controlled fasting challenge will be reduced in the future to limit the onset of an insulin spike that can significantly reduce blood sugar, affecting the timed hypoglycemia test.
DTX401 Expansion Cohort Enrollment Ongoing with Data Expected First Half 2020
Based on these results, Ultragenyx is proceeding to a confirmatory expansion cohort that will enroll three patients at the second cohort dose of 6.0 × 10^12 GC/kg. Data from the expansion cohort are expected in the first half of 2020. If the expansion cohort results are consistent with those observed to date, then the Phase 3 trial expected to begin in 2020 will study this dose level.
DTX401 Phase 1/2 Study Design
The open-label, multicenter Phase 1/2 study is evaluating the safety, tolerability and therapeutic response of DTX401 in adults with GSDIa. DTX401 is an AAV8 expressing the glucose-6-phosphatase gene (G6Pase-α) under control of the native promoter. In the first cohort, three patients received a single 2.0 × 10^12 GC/kg dose of DTX401. In the second cohort, three patients each received a single 6.0 × 10^12 GC/kg dose of DTX401. In the expansion cohort, three patients will receive the same dose of DTX401 as in Cohort 2. Key efficacy assessments include time to hypoglycemia (defined as glucose <60 mg/dL or onset of clinical symptoms) during a controlled in-hospital fasting challenge, cornstarch reduction, impact on biomarkers such as lactic acid, and measurement of glycogen storage in liver by MRI.
GSDIa is the most severe genetically inherited glycogen storage disease. It is caused by a defective gene for the enzyme G6Pase-α, resulting in the inability to regulate blood sugar (glucose). Hypoglycemia in patients with GSDIa can be life-threatening, while the accumulation of the complex sugar glycogen in certain organs and tissues can impair the ability of these tissues to function normally. If chronically untreated, patients can develop severe lactic acidosis, progress to renal failure, and potentially die in infancy or childhood. There are no approved pharmacologic therapies. An estimated 6,000 patients worldwide are affected by GSDIa.
DTX401 is an investigational AAV8 gene therapy designed to deliver stable expression and activity of G6Pase-α under control of the native promoter. DTX401 is administered as a single intravenous infusion and has been shown in preclinical studies to improve G6Pase-α activity and reduce hepatic glycogen levels, a well-described biomarker of disease progression. DTX401 has been granted Orphan Drug Designation in both
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