? ? The goal of this proposal is to carry out the preclinical studies and complete regulatory requirements necessary to initiate a clinical trial using an adeno-associated virus to transfer the human CLN2 cDNA to the brain of children with late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (LINCL), a fatal, neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disease. The strategy is based on the concept that persistent expression of the normal CLN2 cDNA in the brain will result in sufficient levels of the CLN2 product tripeptidyl peptidase-I (TPP-I) to slow down or halt neurodegeneration.
The specific aims are:
Aim 1. Demonstrate that the vector, AAV5cuhCLN2, when administered to the brain of experimental animals will result in sufficient distribution, duration and level of functional TPP-I to slow down or halt the progression of the CNS disease in children with LINCL.
Aim 2. Optimize the manufacture of the AAV5cuhCLN2 vector under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) conditions and quality control the vector for use in the proof of concept and toxicology studies and in a future clinical study.
Aim 3. To develop the toxicology data, clinical protocol and regulatory documents for the clinical study, and gain approval for a study from the Institutional Review Board ORB), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities/Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (NIH OBA/RAC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To achieve these aims and to insure that the milestones developed in conjunction with the NINDS staff are met, five teams with expertise in vector production, in vitro and in vivo analyses, experimental animal studies (proof of concept and toxicology), regulatory affairs and overall management will be used. Our objective is to be ready to commence a clinical study, to be developed as the data evolves, at the end of the 5 yr grant period. ? ?

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Type
Research Project--Cooperative Agreements (U01)
Project #
1U01NS047458-01A1
Application #
6874666
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZNS1-SRB-E (10))
Program Officer
Tagle, Danilo A
Project Start
2005-03-01
Project End
2010-02-28
Budget Start
2005-03-01
Budget End
2006-02-28
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2005
Total Cost
$1,435,327
Indirect Cost
Name
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Department
Genetics
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
060217502
City
New York
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
10065
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