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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Sanfilippo syndrome type B (MPS IIIB) is a lysosomal storage disease resulting from a deficiency of N-acetyl-glucosaminidase (NAGLU) activity. In an attempt to correct the disease in the murine model of MPS IIIB, neonatal mice were treated with intracranial AAV2/5-NAGLU (AAV), syngeneic bone marrow transplant (BMT), or both (AAV/BMT). All treatments resulted in some improvement in clinical phenotype. Adeno-associated viral (AAV) treatment resulted in improvements in lifespan, motor function, hearing, time to activity onset, and daytime activity level, but no reduction of lysosomal storage. BMT resulted in improved hearing by 9 months, and improved circadian measures, but had no effect on lifespan, motor function, or central nervous system (CNS) lysosomal storage. AAV/BMT treatment resulted in improvements in hearing, time to activity onset, motor function, and reduced CNS lysosomal storage, but had no effect on lifespan. Combination therapy compared to either therapy alone resulted in synergistic effects on hearing and CNS lysosomal inclusions but antagonistic effects on motor function and lifespan. AAV alone is more efficacious than BMT or AAV/BMT treatment for lifespan. BMT was the least efficacious treatment by all measures. CNS-directed AAV treatment alone appears to be the preferred treatment, combining the most efficacy with the least toxicity of the approaches assessed.
    Full-text Article · Feb 2010 · Molecular Therapy
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (INCL, Infantile Batten Disease) is an inherited, neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder. INCL is the result of a CLN1 gene mutation leading to a deficiency in palmitoyl protein thioesterase 1 (PPT1) activity. Studies in the forebrain demonstrate the PPT1-deficient mouse (PPT1-/-) mimics the clinical symptoms and underlying pathology of INCL; however, little is known about changes in cerebellar function or pathology. In this study, we demonstrate Purkinje cell loss beginning at 3 months, which correlates with changes in rotarod performance. Concurrently, we observed an early stage reactive gliosis and a primary pathology in astrocytes, including changes in S100beta and GLAST expression. Conversely, there was a late stage granule cell loss, microglial activation, and demyelination. This study suggests that neuronal-glial interactions are the core pathology in the PPT1-/- cerebellum. In addition, these data identify potential endpoints for use in future efficacy studies for the treatment of INCL.
    Full-text Article · Jun 2009 · Experimental Neurology
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    Jeffrey H Grubb · Carole Vogler · Yun Tan · [...] · William S Sly
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Glycosaminoglycan storage begins in prenatal life in patients with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). In fact, prenatal hydrops is a common manifestation of MPS VII because of beta-glucuronidase (GUS) deficiency. One way to address prenatal storage might be to deliver the missing enzyme across the placenta into the fetal circulation. Maternal IgG is transported across the placenta by the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn), which recognizes the Fc domain of IgG and mediates transcytosis from maternal to fetal circulation. We hypothesized that we could exploit this process to deliver corrective enzyme to the fetus. To test this hypothesis, the C-terminal fusion protein, GUS-Fc, was compared with native, untagged, recombinant GUS for clearance from the maternal circulation, delivery to the fetus, and reduction of lysosomal storage in offspring of MPS VII mice. We observed that GUS-Fc, infused into pregnant mothers on embryonic days 17 and 18, was transported across the placenta. Similarly infused untagged GUS was not delivered to the fetus. GUS-Fc plasma enzyme activity in newborn MPS VII mice was 1,000 times that seen after administration of untagged GUS and approximately 100 times that of untreated WT newborns. Reduced lysosomal storage in heart valves, liver, and spleen provided evidence that in utero enzyme replacement therapy with GUS-Fc targeted sites of storage in the MPS VII fetus. We hypothesize that this noninvasive approach could deliver the missing lysosomal enzyme to a fetus with any lysosomal storage disease. It might also provide a method for inducing immune tolerance to the missing enzyme or another foreign protein.
    Full-text Article · Jul 2008 · Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We have tested an acidic oligopeptide-based targeting system for delivery of enzymes to tissues, especially bone and brain, in a murine mucopolysaccharidosis type VII (MPS VII) model. This strategy is based upon tagging a short peptide consisting of acidic amino acids (AAA) to N terminus of human beta-glucuronidase (GUS). The pharmacokinetics, biodistribution, and the pathological effect on MPS VII mouse after 12 weekly infusions were determined for recombinant human untagged and tagged GUS. The tagged GUS was taken up by MPS VII fibroblasts in a mannose 6-phosphate receptor-dependent manner. Intravenously injected AAA-tagged enzyme had five times more prolonged blood clearance compared with the untagged enzyme. The tagged enzyme was delivered effectively to bone, bone marrow, and brain in MPS VII mice and was effective in reversing the storage pathology. The storage in osteoblasts was cleared similarly with both enzyme types. However, cartilage showed a little response to any of the enzymes. The tagged enzyme reduced storage in cortical neurons, hippocampus, and glia cells. A highly sensitive method of tandem mass spectrometry on serum indicated that the concentration of serum dermatan sulfate and heparan sulfate in mice treated with the tagged enzyme decreased more than the untagged enzyme. These preclinical studies suggest that this AAA-based targeting system may enhance enzyme-replacement therapy.
    Article · Jul 2008 · Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Enzyme replacement therapy has been used successfully in many lysosomal storage diseases. However, correction of brain storage has been limited by the inability of infused enzyme to cross the blood-brain barrier. The newborn mouse is an exception because recombinant enzyme is delivered to neonatal brain after mannose 6-phosphate receptor-mediated transcytosis. Access to this route is very limited after 2 weeks of age. Recently, several studies showed that multiple infusions of high doses of enzyme partially cleared storage in adult brain. These results raised the question of whether correction of brain storage by repeated high doses of enzyme depends on mannose 6-phosphate receptor-mediated uptake or whether enzyme gains access to brain storage by another route when brain capillaries are exposed to prolonged, high levels of circulating enzyme. To address this question, we used an enzyme whose carbohydrate-dependent receptor-mediated uptake was inactivated by chemical modification. Treatment of human beta-glucuronidase (GUS) with sodium metaperiodate followed by sodium borohydride reduction (PerT-GUS) eliminated uptake by mannose 6-phosphate and mannose receptors in cultured cells and dramatically slowed its plasma clearance from a t(1/2) of <10 min to 18 h. Surprisingly, PerT-GUS infused weekly for 12 weeks was more effective in clearing central nervous system storage than native GUS at the same dose. In fact, PerT-GUS resulted in almost complete reversal of storage in neocortical and hippocampal neurons. This enhanced correction of neuronal storage by long-circulating enzyme, which targets no known receptor, suggests a delivery system across the blood-brain barrier that might be exploited therapeutically.
    Full-text Article · Feb 2008 · Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) is available for several lysosomal storage diseases. Except for Gaucher disease, for which an enzyme with exposed mannosyl residues targets mannose receptors (MR) on macrophages, ERT targets primarily the mannose 6-phosphate receptor (MPR). Most recombinant lysosomal enzymes contain oligosaccharides with both terminal mannosyl and mannose 6-phosphate residues. Effective MPR-mediated delivery may be compromised by rapid clearance of infused enzyme by the MR on fixed tissue macrophages, especially Kupffer cells. To evaluate the impact of this obstacle to ERT, we introduced the MR-null mutation onto the mucopolysaccharidosis type VII (MPS VII) background and produced doubly deficient MR-/- MPS VII mice. The availability of both MR+/+ and MR-/- mice allowed us to study the effects of eliminating the MR on MR- and MPR-mediated plasma clearance and tissue distribution of infused phosphorylated (P) and nonphosphorylated (NP) forms of human beta-glucuronidase (GUS). In MR+/+ MPS VII mice, the MR clearance system predominated at doses up to 6.4 mg/kg P-GUS. Genetically eliminating the MR slowed plasma clearance of both P- and NP-GUS and enhanced the effectiveness of P-GUS in clearing storage in kidney, bone, and retina. Saturating the MR clearance system by high doses of enzyme also improved targeting to MPR-containing tissues such as muscle, kidney, heart, and hepatocytes. Although ablating the MR clearance system genetically is not practical clinically, blocking the MR-mediated clearance system with high doses of enzyme is feasible. This approach delivers a larger fraction of enzyme to MPR-expressing tissues, thus enhancing the effectiveness of MPR-targeted ERT.
    Full-text Article · Nov 2006 · Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) effectively reverses storage in several lysosomal storage diseases. However, improvement in brain is limited by the blood-brain barrier except in the newborn period. In this study, we asked whether this barrier could be overcome by higher doses of enzyme than are used in conventional trials. We measured the distribution of recombinant human beta-glucuronidase (hGUS) and reduction in storage by weekly doses of 0.3-40 mg/kg administered i.v. over 1-13 weeks to mucopolysaccharidosis type VII mice immunotolerant to recombinant hGUS. Mice given up to 5 mg/kg enzyme weekly over 3 weeks had moderate reduction in meningeal storage but no change in neo-cortical neurons. Mice given 20-40 mg/kg three times over 1 week showed no reduction in storage in any area of the CNS except the meninges. In contrast, mice receiving 4 mg/kg per week for 13 weeks showed clearance not only in meninges but also in parietal neocortical and hippocampal neurons and glia. Mice given 20 mg/kg once weekly for 4 weeks also had decreased neuronal, glial, and meningeal storage and averaged 2.5% of wild-type hGUS activity in brain. These results indicate that therapeutic enzyme can be delivered across the blood-brain barrier in the adult mucopolysaccharidosis type VII mouse if administered at higher doses than are used in conventional ERT trials and if the larger dose of enzyme is administered over a sufficient period. These results may have important implications for ERT for lysosomal storage diseases with CNS involvement.
    Full-text Article · Nov 2005 · Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We used recombinant forms of human beta-glucuronidase (GUS) purified from secretions from stably transfected CHO cells to compare the native enzyme to a GUS-Tat C-terminal fusion protein containing the 11-amino-acid HIV Tat protein transduction domain for: (1) susceptibility to endocytosis by cultured cells, (2) rate of clearance following intravenous infusion, and (3) tissue distribution and effectiveness in clearing lysosomal storage following infusion in the MPS VII mouse. We found: (1) Native GUS was more efficiently taken up by cultured human fibroblasts and its endocytosis was exclusively mediated by the M6P receptor. The GUS-Tat fusion protein showed only 30-50% as much M6P-receptor-mediated uptake, but also was taken up by adsorptive endocytosis through binding of the positively charged Tat peptide to cell surface proteoglycans. (2) GUS-Tat was less rapidly cleared from the circulation in the rat (t(1/2) = 13 min vs 7 min). (3) Delivery to most tissues of the MPS VII mouse was similar, but GUS-Tat was more efficiently delivered to kidney. Histology showed that GUS-Tat more efficiently reduced storage in renal tubules, retina, and bone. These studies demonstrate that Tat modification can extend the range of tissues corrected by infused enzyme.
    Full-text Article · Sep 2005 · Molecular Therapy