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Role of elosulfase alfa in mucopolysaccharidosis IVA

Authors Regier D, Tanpaiboon P

Received 28 July 2015

Accepted for publication 22 April 2016

Published 14 June 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 67—74

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/TACG.S69080

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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Martin H. Maurer


Debra S Regier, Pranoot Tanpaiboon

Division of Genetics and Metabolism, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: Mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA (MPS IVA or Morquio A) is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease which results in a striking skeletal phenotype, but does not negatively impact the intellect of the patient. MPS IVA has a phenotypic continuum that ranges from a severe and rapidly progressing form to a slowly progressive form. The clinical diagnosis is often made in the preschool years based on abnormal bone findings on physical examination and dysplasia on radiographic imaging. Supportive care has been the mainstay in caring for patients. Orthopedic physicians often form the core of the care team due to the early and severe skeletal abnormalities; however, systemic disease is common and requires aggressive monitoring and management. Interdisciplinary care teams often consist of medical geneticists, cardiologists, pulmonary specialists, gastroenterologists, otolaryngologists, audiologists, and ophthalmologists. With the US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of elosulfase alfa, patients >5 years of age now have access to this medication from the time of diagnosis. The clinical trial with once weekly intravenous dosing (2.0 mg/kg per week) showed improvement in the 6-minute walk test. The composite end point analysis to evaluate the combining changes from baseline in 6-minute walk test, 3-minute stair climb test, and respiratory function showed that at a dose of 2.0 mg/kg per week, subjects performed better when compared to placebo. This indication was clinically meaningful in the treatment group. The treatment was generally well tolerated, and the uncommon infusion reactions responded well to traditional enzyme replacement therapy infusion reaction management algorithms. Currently, clinical trials are underway to determine the efficacy and safety in MPS IVA patients <5 years of age.

Keywords: mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA, elosulfase alfa, enzyme replacement therapy, Morquio syndrome, lysosomal storage disease, keratan sulfate

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