2009-04: AN OPEN-LABEL DOSE ESCALATION STUDY OF AN ADENO-ASSOCIATED VIRUS VECTOR (AAV2/2-hRPE65p-hRPE65) FOR GENE THERAPY OF SEVERE EARLY-ONSET RETINAL DEGENERATION
Mutations in RPE65 cause Leber’s congenital amaurosis, a progressive retinal degenerative disease that severely impairs sight in children. Gene therapy can result in modest improvements in night vision, but knowledge of its efficacy in humans is limited. We performed a phase 1–2 open-label trial involving 12 participants to evaluate the safety and efficacy of gene therapy with a recombinant adeno-associated virus 2/2 (rAAV2/2) vector carrying the RPE65 complementary DNA, and measured visual function over the course of 3 years. Four participants were administered a lower dose of the vector, and 8 were administered a higher dose. In a parallel study in dogs, we investigated the relationship among vector dose, visual function, and electroretinography (ERG) findings.