Phase I Trial of Gene Vector to Patients With Retinal Disease Due to RPE65 Mutations (LCA)

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University of Pennsylvania

Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 1


Retinal Diseases
Amaurosis of Leber


Genetic: rAAV2-CBSB-hRPE65

Study type


Funder types



UF IBC RD: 2795 ;
UP IRB: 804582 ;
Grant: 1 U10 EY017280-01 ;
WIRB: 20061300
UF GCRC: 675 ;
UP IBC: 06-105 ;

Details and patient eligibility


A recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 2 (rAAV2) vector has been altered to carry the human RPE65 (hRPE65) gene. This vector has been shown to restore vision in animal models that resemble human RPE65-associated Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an incurable retinal degeneration that causes severe vision loss. The proposed study is an open label, Phase I clinical trial of subretinal rAAV2-CBSB-hRPE65 administration to individuals with RPE65-associated retinal disease. Five cohorts will be included in this trial. Cohorts 1, 2 and 4 will consist of individuals 18 years of age and older. Cohorts 3 and 5 will consist of individuals between the ages of 8 and 17, inclusive. Enrollment in Cohorts 3 and 5 will begin only after confirming the safety of rAAV2-CBSB-hRPE65 administration in the older groups of participants. This trial will lead to a greater understanding of the safety and thereby potential value of gene transfer in RPE65-associated retinal disease and will have implications for other forms of retinal degenerative disease amenable to this type of intervention. The goal of this clinical trial is to determine the safety of uniocular subretinal administration of rAAV2-CBSB-hRPE65 in individuals with RPE65-associated retinal disease. Ocular and systemic toxicity will be assessed prior to and following vector administration to determine if there are adverse changes that may be associated with vector administration.


15 estimated patients




8+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • RPE65-associated retinal disease (two disease-causing RPE65 mutations);
  • Clinical diagnosis of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA)/early-onset retinal degeneration (EORD) and of severely impaired visual and retinal function, and best corrected visual acuity of 20/40 or worse in the study eye;
  • Ability to perform tests of visual and retinal function;
  • Visible photoreceptor layer on a standard OCT scan;
  • Good general health;
  • Ability to comply with research procedures;
  • Specific for Cohorts 1, 2 and 4: 18 years of age and older;
  • Specific for Cohorts 3 and 5: Between 8 and 17 years of age, inclusive.

Exclusion criteria

  • AAV antibody titers greater than two standard deviations above normal at baseline;
  • Humoral immune deficiency as evidenced by low tetanus toxoid IgG antibody titers;
  • Pre-existing eye conditions that would preclude the planned surgery or interfere with the interpretation of study endpoints or surgical complications;
  • Complicating systemic diseases;
  • Use of anti-platelet agents that may alter coagulation within 7 days prior to study agent administration;
  • Use of immunosuppressive medications;
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding;
  • Individuals (males and females) of childbearing potential who are unwilling to use effective contraception;
  • Any condition that would prevent a subject from completing follow-up examinations during the course of the study;
  • Any condition that makes the subject unsuitable for the study;
  • Current, or recent participation, in any other research protocol involving investigational agents or therapies;
  • Recent receipt of an investigational biologic therapeutic agent.

Trial design

15 participants in 1 patient group

Experimental group
All clinical trial subjects received the same vector.
Genetic: rAAV2-CBSB-hRPE65

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